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From left, SFU professors Hugo Cardoso and Deanna Reder have been named members of the Royal Society of Canada College, while professors Richard Lockart, Fiona Brinkman and Jin-me Yoon are the latest 2018 RSC Fellows. Three Simon Fraser University faculty members have been named Fellows to The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) , while an additional two SFU faculty members have been named as College Members, Artists and Scientists. Fellowship in the RSC is Canada’s highest academic honour.

The society was established under an Act of Parliament in 1883 as Canada’s National Academy. Its primary objective is to promote research and learning in the arts, humanities and sciences. The RSC Fellowship is awarded to peer-elected, distinguished individuals who have made substantial contributions in these fields.

The College of New Scholars is the first national system for Canada’s emerging generation of intellectual leadership. New college embers are nominated by existing members of the College, RSC fellows and institutional members.

Nominations are based on demonstrated levels of high achievement in their early careers.

Award recipients will be officially recognized at the inductee ceremony in November 2018.

SFU’s RSC 2018 Fellows include: Fiona Brinkman , professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Faculty of Science and associate member, School of Computing Science and Faculty of Health Sciences.

Fiona Brinkman is a world-leading bioinformatics expert who has led research efforts, including large consortiums, to tackle the global health threats posed by infectious and inflammatory diseases and antibiotic resistance. Her research and widely used open-source computational tools have led to fundamental insights into how microbes evolve, and are enabling health agencies to implement more sustainable control of infectious diseases and to preserve microbiota essential for human and environmental health.

“I have always been fascinated by the beauty and balanced complexity of nature,” says Brinkman. “I love learning how it functions and in that context developing more sustainable approaches for control of diseases in a ‘One Health’ context — with applications to human health, agricultural health and environmental health.”

“I also have enjoyed learning more about the hidden world of microbes all around us — the good microbes and the bad. I enjoy the puzzle of deciphering their DNA code, and discovering so many fascinating facts about them—and ourselves—through how they interact with us.” Richard Lockhart , professor, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Faculty of Science.

Richard Lockhart wants to understand when and why statistical methods do or do not work. He seeks approximate solutions to a wide variety of problems of inference in the face of uncertainty and then tries to delimit the sphere of problems in which those approximations may be expected to work. These attitudes have taken him to applications in fields from physics to number theory.

“I have always been inspired by my PhD supervisor, David Blackwell, the first black member of the United States National Academy of Science,” says Lockhart. “Blackwell once said, ‘I am not interested in doing research. I am interested in understanding, which is quite a different thing’. I believe that is the essential joy of being a theorist.” Jin-me Yoon , professor, School for the Contemporary Arts, Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology.

Jin-me Yoon is a Korean-born Canadian contemporary artist-researcher. Her early photographic work unpacked dominant discourses and stereotypical assumptions about citizenship, nationhood, culture, gender and race. Expanding her practice to include video and installation, Yoon’s ongoing work utilizes a transnational lens to witness and consider local histories, environments, identities and bodies in the context of entangled and interdependent global relations. Her work has been presented in more than 180 exhibitions and is held in 17 public collections in Canada and internationally, including […]

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