Two Schulich professors receive Distinguished University Professorship

Friday, March 30, 2012

From primary health care and biochemistry to engineering and military history, Western's latest Distinguished University Professorship (DUP) winners emulate the motivation behind why the award was created. In honouring faculty who have built a record of excellence in the areas of teaching, research and service over a substantial career at Western, this year's recipients receive an award of $10,000 to support their scholarly activities and will deliver a public lecture at a future date.

This year's DUP winners from Schulich are:

Paul Mayne, Western NewsMoira Stewart, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Considered an international leader in research methods in primary health care (PHC), Moira Stewart's flourishing research program has created a first-in-Canada database using the international standard of classification of primary care coding within an electronic medical record.

A professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Stewart holds the Dr. Brian W. Gilbert Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Primary Health Care. Under her leadership, the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, a multidisciplinary centre focused on the enhancement of family medicine and primary health care practice through research, has grown in funding and scope, currently encompassing 10 researchers and attracting more than $8 million in grants on a yearly basis.

"We are extremely grateful for the contributions Dr. Stewart had made to Schulich and to the university over her distinguished career," said Schulich Dean Michael Strong.

Paul Mayne, Western NewsStanley Dunn, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Stanley Dunn's productivity - and ensuing recognition - within the field of biochemistry is astounding.

His work has graced the pages of Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Journal of Biological Chemistry and Journal of Molecular Biology, to name just a few. While the significance of his contributions can be measured by the prestige of the journals, consider also the fact Dunn's published papers have received more than 3,000 citations to date, with a current citation rate of nearly one every other day.

As a researcher, he has made important advances and achieved intentional recognition in the field of bioenergetics and bioinformatics. Since 1983, his laboratory has been funded without interruption by the Medical Research Council and then the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). With his current CIHR grant awarded for another five years, Dunn is assured of at least 30 years of continuous funding.

"His unselfish nature, common sense approach and outstanding critical judgment are highly respected by many colleagues," said Schulich Dean Michael Strong.