By Linda Scales
The title of Distinguished University Professor is conferred on faculty members in recognition of exceptional scholarly achievement, pre-eminence in a field of knowledge and a solid teaching record. Five professors were selected this year:
Chad Gaffield, PhD
Chad Gaffield is a professor of history and University Research Chair in Digital Scholarship. He is one of Canada’s outstanding historians, with expertise on the sociocultural history of 19th- and 20th-century Canada with special reference to the question of language. From 2006 to 2014, he also served as president and CEO of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Barbara Vanderhyden, PhD
Barbara Vanderhyden is a professor in the Faculty of Medicine, a senior scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and Corinne Boyer Chair in Ovarian Cancer Research. Her research explores strategies for the prevention and early detection of ovarian cancer and the creation of models for testing novel treatments. She established and oversees two science outreach programs for youth: Let’s Talk Science / Parlons sciences, and Science Travels / La science voyage.
Colla Jean MacDonald, PhD
Colla Jean MacDonald is a professor in the Faculty of Education (cross-appointed to the Faculty of Medicine) and a senior researcher at the Élisabeth Bruyère Research Institute. Her research concentrates on curriculum design, evaluation and eLearning. She presents her cutting-edge eLearning frameworks, resources and evaluation tools across Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere around the world. Her innovative resources are being used in more than 30 countries.
Jianping Yao, PhD
Jianping Yao is a professional engineer, a professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and University Research Chair in Microwave Photonics. Considered a world leader in microwave photonics, he is renowned for his research contributions in this field.
Alvaro P. Pires, PhD
Alvaro P. Pires is a professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences (Department of Criminology) and Canada Research Chair in Legal Traditions and Penal Rationality. A specialist in criminal justice systems in modern societies, his research examines the widespread imposition of harsh jail sentences in Western societies, with the aim of putting human rights at the forefront of sentencing.