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Dalhousie faculty receive honours from prestigious Royal Society of Canada for outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement

Posted by Media on November 4, 2015 in News, Health, Law, Research, Science, Arts and society

(Halifax, NS) - Dalhousie University congratulates its professors who have been recognized by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) for their outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement. The RSC recognized 87 new fellows, including Richard Devlin from Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law and Jeffrey Hutchings, from the Department of Biology. The RSC also recognized 48 new college members including, Christine Chambers, Department of Pediatrics and Psychology and Neuroscience; Chike Jeffers, Department of Philosophy; and Krista Kesselring, Department of History.

“We are extremely pleased to see so many of our faculty honoured by the Royal Society of Canada,” says Dr. Martha Crago, Vice-President Research at Dalhousie University. “To be recognized in this way is evidence of the impact each of them is making to their field. We are thrilled that they contribute to our Dalhousie community every day.”

According to the Royal Society of Canada, the fellows comprise over 2000 Canadian scholars, artists, and scientists, peer-elected as the best in their field; making remarkable contributions in the arts, the humanities and the sciences, as well as in Canadian public life. Those named to the College represent the emerging generation of scholarly, scientific and artistic leadership in Canada. They will address issues of concern to new scholars, artists and scientists, for the advancement of understanding and the benefit of society.

Here are Dalhousie University’s Royal Society fellows and College members:

Richard Devlin - Schulich School of Law
Richard Devlin is an internationally recognized scholar who draws on the insights of critical theory and radical democracy to analyse, critique, and reconstruct law and legal institutions. His work exposes and challenges the ways that law excludes on the basis of class, race, gender and disability. He has also focused on legal/judicial ethics, and the regulation of lawyers and judges.

Jeffrey Hutchings – Department of Biology 
Jeffrey Hutchings pioneered the integration of basic fish ecology and evolution with applied population dynamics and conservation biology. He is at the forefront of a wide range of research, including: life-history evolution; reproductive strategies; species recovery; and fisheries sustainability. He has chaired or served on national and international expert panels and advisory committees. 

Christine Chambers – Department of Pediatrics and Psychology and Neuroscience
Christine Chambers is an internationally recognized researcher and clinician for her important contributions to the understanding and treatment of pain in children. Her award-winning research has provided new tools for assessing pain and significant new approaches to managing children’s pain.

Chike Jeffers – Department of Philosophy
Chike Jeffers has established himself in Canadian philosophical studies, especially with his work on Africana philosophy and on theories of race. He is recognized by the College for shedding light upon some of the most challenging issues facing contemporary society.

Krista Kesselring – Department of History
Krista Kesselring has established an international reputation for her explorations of law, violence, gender, and popular politics in early modern Britain. She is an academic leader whose scholarship challenges the way we look at the role of law and social relations of power in the formation of the modern state.

This year's new Fellows will be inducted to the academies of the RSC during the Induction and Awards ceremony on Friday, November 27, 2015 at Fairmont Empress in Victoria, BC. The Presentation of the RSC College cohort will also take place during that time.

Visit the Royal Society of Canada for more information.


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Janet Bryson
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Dalhousie University

Lindsay Dowling
Communications Advisor
Dalhousie University



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