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Stuart McLean, Emőke Szathmáry receive honorary degrees, Donald Smith awarded Order of the University

UToday HomeJune 11, 2013

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Donald SmithDonald Smith
The honorary degree, the Doctor of Laws, is the University of Calgary’s highest academic honour bestowed on individuals whose notable achievements and community service merit recognition. Today’s recipients are:

Stuart McLeanmorning convocation for Arts and Graduate Studies

Stuart McLean is one of Canada’s great storytellers. He began his broadcasting career making documentaries for CBC Radio’s Sunday Morning, and received an ACTRA award for best radio documentary about the Jonestown massacre. McLean is professor emeritus at Ryerson University and former director of the broadcast division of the School of Journalism. Since 1998, McLean has toured with The Vinyl Cafe to theatres across Canada and the U.S. Over 1.5 million people listen to The Vinyl Cafe every weekend on CBC Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio and a growing number of public radio stations in the U.S.

Emőke Szathmáryafternoon convocation for Arts and Graduate Studies

Emőke Szathmáry is an internationally recognized biological anthropologist and specialist in the genetics of Canada’s northern indigenous populations. An exemplary scholar, she is a leader in Canadian academic administration, and a beloved role model and mentor. Szathmáry’s research addresses the genetics of the indigenous peoples of North America, focusing on the causes of type-2 diabetes, the genetic relationships within and between North American and Asian peoples, and the microevolution of subarctic and arctic populations. In 1998, she was named Distinguished Lecturer, the highest recognition given by the American Anthropological Association, for a lifetime of exemplary scholarship.

Today’s Order of the University of Calgary

The Order of The University of Calgary recognizes those who have a history of distinguished service to the university. Today’s recipient is:

Donald Smithafternoon convocation for Arts and Graduate Studies

Don Smith is a respected professor emeritus, a senior scholar in the history of Aboriginal Canada, an esteemed biographer and a champion for Aboriginal students at the University of Calgary. He excelled at leadership, research, teaching and community service during the 35 years that he taught Canadian history at the university. Smith’s research and service to numerous historical organizations advanced and highlighted the history of Western Canada. He left a heritage legacy for Calgarians by preventing the demolition of the Lougheed Building and the Grand Theatre. Smith was one of the founders and is current president of the Calgary Association of Life-long Learners.

Learn more about graduation and convocation, honorary degrees and the Order of the University of Calgary.


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