University of Saskatchewan

September 18, 2014   

Distinguished Researchers - 2003

David E. Smith
   Spring, 2003

David E. Smith (* Download Professor Smith's address - Word document)

Political Studies

The Distinguished Researcher Award recognizes a faculty member's contribution to scholarship through the creation, expansion and critique of knowledge. David E. Smith, Professor of Political Studies, College of Arts & Science, is the recipient of the Spring 2003 award.

Professor Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Western Ontario (1959), and both a Master of Arts (1962) and a Doctorate of Philosophy (1964) from Duke University. He began his career at the University of Saskatchewan in 1964, first as a member of the Department of Economics and Political Science and then in 1985 as a member of the newly created Department of Political Studies. In 1987 he joined a select group of individuals to be awarded a Doctorate of Letters by the University.

Professor Smith is a leading authority on constitutional governance in Canada. In particular, his scholarship explores the central political institutions and political processes of Canadian democracy. His recent monographs, The Invisible Crown: The First Principle of Government and The Republican Option in Canada: Past and Present are ground-breaking and highly creative analyses of previously understudied aspects of Canadian political life. His most recent work The Canadian Senate in Bicameral Perspective will be released in the upcoming year. His scholarship has not only contributed to political studies in Canada, but has informed studies of comparative politics generally.

Professor Smith's scholarly work covers a broad spectrum. He has examined prairie political culture, political leaders and public intellectuals, Canadian broadcasting, and emergency government. His early work on the politics of Saskatchewan remains a classic in the field.

Professor Smith's career is also characterized by a tremendous investment of time and energy in public service. He has been actively involved in the Canadian Political Science Association both as president and as a member of the executive, and in the Humanities and Social Science Federation of Canada. He has contributed to the work of Parliament - providing expert testimony to parliamentary committees considering measures such as the Clarity Bill and the Royal Assent Bill, and has served as a Commissionaire of electoral boundaries. He also served as chair of the Department of Political Studies at the University.

Professor Smith is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and has been awarded a number of prestigious fellowships including the Killam Research Scholarship 1994-1995, and SSHRC's Jules and Gabrielle Leger Fellowship 1992-93.

Professor Smith has made nationally and internationally recognized contributions to the fields of Western Canadian and constitutional studies. He is a deserving recipient of this award.

Reuben Mapletoft - Fall, 2003

Professor in Department of Clinical Studies, Western College of Veterinary Medicine

The Distinguished Researcher Award recognizes a faculty member's contribution to scholarship through the creation, expansion and critique of knowledge. The University has selected Dr. Reuben Mapletoft of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) as the Fall 2003 recipient of this award.

Dr. Mapletoft earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (1967) at the University of Guelph. He achieved both his Master's degree (1975) and Ph.D. (1977) in Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology at the University of Wisconsin. He moved back to his native Saskatchewan in 1977 to accept an associate professorship in the Department of Clinical Studies at the WCVM.

He is a member of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and served as department head for three years. In addition to his research, he has provided clinical instruction concerning both cattle and companion animals in the veterinarian teaching hospital at the College, which involves both routine and emergency clinical duties.

Dr. Mapletoft is world renowned for his work in bovine embryo transfer, ovulation synchronization and superovulation. He has been instrumental in developing the embryo transfer industry in Canada and around the world. He is Past President of both the International Embryo Transfer Society and the Canadian Embryo Transfer Association, and continues to serve on their various committees. His embryo transfer protocols have become the de facto standard for clinical use worldwide.

He patented a substance that replaces serum in culture and cryopreservation procedures used when transporting embryos. He also developed a drug to induce superovulation in cattle, as well as one of the first practical methods to synchronize estrus cycles for "artificial insemination by appointment" in cattle. These developments allow increased embryo production in superior animals and allow producers to preschedule embryo transfer and artificial insemination.

An acknowledged expert in reproductive endocrinology and physiology, Dr. Mapletoft is much sought after as a speaker on the international stage. He has given over 150 invited lectures and conference presentations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. He has contributed nearly 300 papers to published conference proceedings, and authored more than 100 refereed papers in scholarly journals.

He has brought over $5.75 million dollars in research funding to the U of S through grants from both federal and provincial governments, plus industry associations and private corporations.

An enthusiastic mentor, Dr. Mapletoft transfers his knowledge and thirst for discovery through training more than 30 graduate students, both locally and from abroad, and he has served on numerous other graduate student advisory committees. He also provides training on embryo transfer to practising veterinarians, and has held over three dozen workshops over the past 25 years to teach the techniques to more than 200 veterinary professionals. His advice is regularly sought by producers, veterinarians and researchers, both at home in Canada and around the world.

Dr. Mapletoft has set international standards for scientists and veterinarians. His work has led to viable embryo transfer technologies to help improve cattle genetics on every continent. His efforts and enthusiasm speak well, both for him and for the university. He is highly deserving of this award.