Professors receive highest honor
Posted Friday, October 2, 2009 9:00 AM
Left to right: Drs. Digvir Jayas, Ken Standing, Noralou Roos, Ron Stewart.

Three University of Manitoba professors have been elected to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the country’s most prestigious association of scholars and scientists. A fourth professor was named a medal winner.

Election to the society is the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences.

The new inductees are Dr. Digvir Jayas, Dr. Noralou Roos and Dr. Ronald Stewart, the RSC recently announced. Dr. Kenneth Standing received the Sir John William Dawson Medal.

“We are very proud of these outstanding researchers,” says Dr. Joanne Keselman, Vice-President (Academic) and Provost at the University of Manitoba. “They have each made enormous contributions in their fields of study and are most deserving of this honour.”

Jayas, Distinguished Professor and Vice-President (Research), is a world renowned leader in grain storage research, striving to reduce losses in grain quality and quantity during storage in farm and commercial systems. His research results are published in 270 refereed papers and are the basis upon which storage recommendations are made in North America and around the world. In reducing spoilage of stored grain, Jayas’ research has increased the availability of high-quality grains to feed the growing population of the world.

Roos, professor of community health sciences, founded the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and pioneered the use of administrative data to identify the health-care use patterns of Manitobans over the past three decades.  She was awarded a Tier I Canada Research Chair in population health. Citations to Roos’ work rank her among the top 100 Canadian scientists according to the Institute of Scientific Information’s website:

Stewart, professor and head of the department of environment and geography, is a global leading expert on precipitation processes within winter storms. He plays an important role internationally, including within the Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment and now its new initiative on climate extremes. He completed his graduate studies in physics at the University of Toronto and has held several positions in universities and government, including senior scientist with Environment Canada. Stewart is former president of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and held a Natural Sciences and Engineering Industrial Research Chair in extreme weather at McGill University.

Standing, Professor Emeritus of physics and astronomy, is internationally renowned for innovations in time-of-flight mass spectrometry that have provided significant improvements in methods for characterizing large biomolecules. He and his colleagues hold a patent on the orthogonal injection matrix-assisted laser desorption technique. He collaborated with scientists at the Canadian National Microbiology Laboratory which produced the first analysis of the proteins from the human SARS virus.
The new Fellows will be officially inducted November 28, 2009, at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec. The University of Manitoba professors are among 81 new scholars and scientists elected this year by the Royal Society of Canada.

Founded in 1882, the society’s primary objective is to promote learning and research in the arts and sciences. It consists of approximately 2,000 Fellows. These are men and women from across the country who are selected by their peers for outstanding contributions to the natural and social sciences and in the humanities.

For more information, contact:
Katie Chalmers-Brooks
Research Communications Officer
Office of the Vice-President (Research)
Phone: (204) 474-7184
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