University of Saskatchewan

September 16, 2014   

Distinguished Researchers - 2001

David Christensen
   Spring, 2001

David Christensen

Professor of Animal and Poultry Science

Professor Christensen earned a B.S.A (1958) at the University of Saskatchewan, Master of Science degree (1960) and a Ph.D. (1963) at McGill University. In 1965, he returned to the U of S as an Assistant Professor. He has been a tenured professor here since 1976, and served an 11-year term as Head of the Department of Animal and Poultry Science.

Professor Christensen is internationally recognized for his work in dairy cow nutrition and has had a significant impact on Western Canadian agriculture.

Early in his career, he helped establish the Saskatchewan Feed Testing Laboratory. This initiative brought scientific nutrition information and ration formulation to the farm.

Professor Christensen was one of the first nutritionists to appreciate the extent and economic impact of trace mineral deficiencies in cattle in Western Canada. Trace mineral supplementation is now widespread, primarily as the result of a 10-year research program led by Professor Christensen.

More recently, he has been active in the development of new, high-value feedstuffs based on Saskatchewan commodities for use on Canadian farms and for export. His research is critical to the development of new export markets for Saskatchewan feed products.

Professor Christensen teaches nutrition and dairy management to undergraduate, graduate, vocational and veterinary students. Forty-one graduate students have completed graduate degrees under his supervision, and he currently supervises seven graduate students.

He has published 115 refereed articles and presented 46 major invited papers at national and international conferences, as well as over 200 invited lectures around the world.

Professor Christensen has been involved with most of the animal science producer groups in Saskatchewan and has served on the province's Advisory Committee on Animal Science. He is a Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada and has received their International Recognition Award.

Among the other awards he has received is the J. W. George Ivany Internationalization Award, which Professor Christensen received for his work in bringing U of S agricultural research to the world. He has been active as a lecturer, consultant and project manager in over 20 countries in Africa, Central America, the Middle East, and Asia.

Professor Christensen excels in teaching, research, technology transfer and extension, industry and community development, and international development. He has contributed greatly to agriculture not only in Saskatchewan, but around the world and has been a highly effective international ambassador for the University and the province.


John Courtney
 Fall, 2001

John Courtney

Professor in the Department of Political Studies

Professor Courtney earned his B.A. (1958) at the University of Manitoba, his M.B.A. (1960) at the University of Western Ontario, and his Master's (1962) and Ph.D. (1964) at Duke University. He joined the U of S faculty in 1965.

Prof. Courtney is a world-renowned expert on the fundamental institutions of electoral democracy due to his innovative research into political parties, the electoral system, and representation. His most recent book, Commissioned Ridings: Designing Canada's Electoral Districts (2001) is widely considered to be the definitive look at Canadian electoral boundaries.

He also examined the Canadian political system in his previous books, Do Conventions Matter?: Choosing National Party Leaders in Canada (1995) and The Selection of National Party Leaders in Canada (1973).

Prof. Courtney brought his knowledge and expertise to government in 1987 when he served on the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission. His co-authored report for the Department of External Affairs on International Cooperation for the Development of Human Rights and Democratic Institutions led to the creation in Montreal of the centre of the same name.

One of Canada's best-known political scientists, Prof. Courtney is frequently asked to testify before parliamentary committees and has appeared as an expert witness in several important cases involving Canada's electoral laws.

A highly regarded teacher, Prof. Courtney often serves as external examiner on graduate committees across Canada and as an analyst on radio and television. He has been a visiting scholar at universities in the United States, Germany, Israel and England. In 1990-91, he held the Mackenzie King Chair in Canadian Studies at Harvard University.

In addition to his own books, he has edited or co-edited five books and written 31 book chapters and 26 articles. He has received numerous federal research grants and was awarded the prestigious Killam Research Fellowship in 1998.

He served as a member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for six years, including a stint as Vice-President from 1989-91. His 1989 report on the SSHRC Research Grants Program led to a fundamental overhaul of social science and humanities research funding nationally.

He has served on the board of the Canadian Political Science Association, including a term as president in 1987-88 and as English-language editor of the Canadian Journal of Political Science for three years.

Prof. Courtney's work has helped shape political studies in Canada and the nation itself