NEWS/ TRU — Dr. Cynthia Ross Friedman of Thompson Rivers University is among the first group of Canadians named to the College of New Scholars, Artists by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).
Nominated by 51 Canadian universities and the National Research Council, the 91 new members represent the emerging generation of scholarly, scientific and artistic leadership in Canada.
“The naming of Dr. Ross Friedman to the Royal Society’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists marks an outstanding achievement and recognizes her research as being at the forefront of her field,” said Dr. Will Garrett Petts, AVP TRU Research and Graduate Studies. “We are very proud of her, and TRU is proud to celebrate its first member of the Royal Society.”
“I am honoured and excited to be part of the College and in a position to provide guidance on issues of importance to Canadians, and to promote Canadian achievements in the arts, humanities and sciences around the world,” said Ross Friedman.
A professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Ross Friedman investigates the reproductive capacity of dwarf mistletoes (Arceuthobium spp.), parasitic flowering plants found in Canada’s forests.
“Professor Friedman has consistently demonstrated an ability to combine research excellence with excellence in student training and teaching,” said Dr. Tom Dickinson, TRU Dean Faculty of Science.
She was awarded a TRU Teaching Excellence Award in 2010, and was recognized in 2011 for a TRU Excellence in Research award when it was noted that each of the 20 papers she had recently published were co-authored by an undergraduate student.
TRU said in a press release she draws upon her expertise in the fields of forest and urban ecology, microscopy, mathematical biology, and physics to conduct pioneering work that explores the mechanism of explosive seed discharge in these parasites and has contributed greatly to the understanding of plant development as well as forest ecology and conservation.
According to RSC president Graham Bell, the College is Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of leaders. The members of the College will be in a position to provide guidance on issues of importance to Canadians, and to promote Canadian achievements in the arts, humanities and sciences around the world, he said.
The presentation for this first group will take place Friday, Nov. 21 at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City, with a banquet to follow.