Distinguished Researchers - 2006
Professor of Hydrogeology
The Distinguished Researcher Award recognizes a faculty member’s contribution to scholarship through the creation, expansion, and critique of knowledge. Jim Hendry, Professor of Hydrogeology in the Department of Geological Sciences, College of Arts and Science, is the recipient of the Spring 2006 award.
Hendry is world-renowned for pioneering insights and imaginative research with aquitards – near-impermeable underground layers that sandwich the water-rich aquifers providing water supplies across Canada and around the world. Clay-rich aquitards are also the material of choice to sequester the dangerous wastes of modern technological society – everything from PCBs to mine tailings and nuclear waste.
Despite their importance, aquitards are among the most difficult geological features to study and thus the least understood area in groundwater science. Hendry was the first to address this challenge and thus define the field. With more than 100 research papers in peer reviewed journals on the topic to date, his work is the most significant and comprehensive reference on aquitards in existence. This knowledge has conferred new methods for stewardship of Earth’s precious water resources.
Hendry achieved his B.Sc. in geology and M.Sc. in geochemistry in the 1970s from the University of Waterloo. He was awarded a PhD in hydrogeochemistry at the Universities of Waterloo and Alberta in 1984. For 10 years he was head of the Groundwater Section for Alberta Agriculture at the Lethbridge Research Centre before becoming director of research for the U.S. National Groundwater Association in 1988.
He returned to Canada in 1990 to lead the Groundwater and Contaminants Project at the National Hydrology Research Institute in Saskatoon. When Cameco donated a research chair to the University in 1994, an international peer-reviewed competition selected Hendry to fill it. This was leveraged into a Cameco-NSERC Industrial Research Chair, recently renewed for a third five-year term.
Hendry has developed courses on using isotopes to study groundwater contamination, contaminant transport, aqueous geochemistry, and aquifer analysis. He currently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in aqueous and environmental geochemistry.
He has also contributed to numerous scholarly and outreach activities, including seminars on groundwater safety presented to the public. In the academic community, he has fostered strong collaborations within the University and outside partners, including Environment Canada and the National Research Council. A strong proponent of the Canadian Light Source, he has led several workshops on its use in geological research.
Hendry’s work has been selected for international awards, and resulted in a vibrant network of industrial and academic partners who seek his expertise. He was selected as the prestigious Darcy Lecturer in 2000, and over the next two years spoke at nearly 40 universities and research institutions in North America, Europe and Australia. In 2003 he was the recipient of the Hem Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering in Groundwater. His achievements and international stature contribute greatly to the reputation of this university and to the success of our students.
Associate Professor of Nursing
The Distinguished Researcher Award recognizes a faculty member's contribution to scholarship through the creation, expansion, and critique of knowledge. Dr. Wendy Duggleby, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, is the recipient of the Fall 2006 award.
Dr. Duggleby earned a Bachelor of Science, in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan in 1975. She continued her studies at the University of Alberta, earning her Master's degree in 1990, before going to the University of Texas – Houston Health Science Centre, where she earned her doctorate in 1999.
She returned to the University of Saskatchewan in 2001, where she immediately used the start-up grant program for a new faculty to explore characteristics of home palliative care clients. Leading an inter-professional research team studying the connection between end-of-life issues and the concept of hope led to the production of a video, Living with Hope. This film has received numerous accolades including the 2005 Gold Camera Award in the Medicine and Health category of the 38th US International Film and Video Festival.
Dr. Duggleby has produced papers, posters, and book chapters on concepts surrounding issues related to end-of-life or seniors’ care. She says her research questions come from situations she encountered while working as a nurse in hospice and cancer centre settings. She says every completed research project sparks more questions for the next. For Dr. Duggleby the joy of her work lies in the discovery and finding more questions to answer. It is her hope that her research will make a difference for patients and families at the end-of-life.
In a research area that frequently receives little attention, Dr. Duggleby has secured funding from a range of granting agencies including the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.
Currently, she is working on the relationship between the three aspects of end-of-life care: the patient, the family caregiver and the formal caregiver (doctors and nurses). She wants to find out how the different types of a person’s hope can impact the hope of others. Dr. Duggleby believes this will allow the easier passing of patients as well as preventing burnout in the professional community in this field.
While researching, writing papers, presenting topics, and giving lectures, Dr. Duggleby always makes time for her students manifesting her belief that education and research are interconnected. Often, her classes are the first to hear about new research and sometimes contribute to problem solving.
Lauded by her colleagues as a driven and passionate worker, Dr. Duggleby has compiled a lengthy record of scholarly achievement while actively participating in research related committee work and while being a devoted teacher to both undergraduate and graduate students. She is an executive board member of the Canadian Association for Nursing Research and on the editorial board for the International Journal of Palliative Nursing. She was involved with developing the clinical option for the Masters of Nursing program and the doctoral program in Nursing.
Acclaimed as she is in the fields of end-of-life care, pain, and hope, Dr. Duggleby's achievements contribute greatly to the international reputation of this University and to the success of our students.