New Researcher Award Recipients - 2012
Department of History
New Researcher Award
The New Researcher Award recognizes a faculty member's contribution to scholarship through creation, expansion, and critique of knowledge. Keith Carlson, a professor in the Department of History, is the 2012 recipient.
Since earning his Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of British Columbia, Prof. Carlson has gained a stellar national and international reputation for his ground-breaking research in the history of Native-newcomer relations.
Prior to coming to the University of Saskatchewan, Prof. Carlson spent nine years working as a community historian for the Stó:lo Nation in British Columbia. This experience provided him with valuable insight into Indigenous communities and ways of knowing, and has allowed Prof. Carlson to develop new and innovative methodologies for conducting research in Native-newcomer history. While his early research focused on the Coast Salish peoples, his research interests have since expanded to include the Métis of Northwest Saskatchewan. Prof. Carlson's work has had significant impact on Indigenous communities and he has demonstrated an admirable commitment to connecting his research to broader audiences outside of academia. His research into the murder of a Stó:lo youth by non-Natives from the U.S. in 1886 led to his involvement with a documentary, The Lynching of Louie Sam. In response to Prof. Carlson's work, Washington State initiated a reconciliation process with Louie Sam's community. In 2007, the work of Prof. Carlson and his graduate students on Saskatchewan Métis was used for an exhibit at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre entitled West Side Stories: The Métis of Northwest Saskatchewan.
Prof. Carlson has received numerous awards and honours for his work. His recent book The Power of Place, The Problem of Time: Aboriginal Identity and Historical Consciousness in the Cauldron of Colonialism received the Clio Prize for Best History in B.C. Region and the Aboriginal History Prize from the Canadian Historical Association. The significance of his earlier work, A Stó:lo -Coast Salish Historical Atlas, was recognized with a B.C. Book Prize, the City of Vancouver Book Prize, a Chilliwack Heritage Society Award, and an Outstanding Academic Publication Award from Choice Library. Prof. Carlson was also recognized by the Lieutenant-Governor of B.C. for his "contribution to producing meaningful history about British Columbia," relating to his work on the documentary "The Lynching of Louie Sam."
Prof. Carlson has authored five books and 33 chapters in books, in addition to editing or co-editing six books and special issues, and has also published numerous review articles, papers in refereed journals, technical reports, and book reviews. He is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity and is currently involved in creating a Centre for the Study of Indigenous Historical Consciousness and Voice.
Department of Mechanical Engineering
New Researcher Award
The New Researcher Award recognizes a faculty member’s contribution to scholarship through creation, expansion, and critique of knowledge. Daniel Chen, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is the fall 2012 recipient.
Professor Chen received his Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan in 2002 and has built a strong national and international reputation for his ground-breaking work in the interdisciplinary fields of tissue engineering and mechatronics.
Since returning to the U of S in 2003 following a post-doctoral fellowship at Queen’s University, Professor Chen has created and led an innovative and challenging interdisciplinary research program in tissue engineering, combining expertise in both engineering and life sciences. The development of scaffolds for tissue engineering has been a major challenge in the field, and Professor Chen has embraced a significantly greater challenge in seeking to develop methods to fabricate scaffolds which can incorporate living cells and bioactive molecules. In 2007, Professor Chen formed the Tissue Engineering Research Group, bringing together researchers from the College of Engineering, the College of Medicine, and the Canadian Light Source. Professor Chen’s research has potential applications for repairing damage to peripheral nerves, cartilage, and treating spinal cord injuries. In addition to his research in tissue engineering, Professor Chen also pursues research in mechatronics, developing improved methods for fluid dispensing and nano-positioning, both of which have wide applications in electronics manufacturing, nanotechnology, and synchrotron-imaging positioning systems. The performance of fluid dispensing has proven difficult to control, but Professor Chen has developed models which can be used to successfully predict and control the dispensing performance. Professor Chen’s research in nano-positioning has also made significant contributions by developing novel methods for its modeling and control.
Professor Chen has established two unique laboratories, the Precision Fluid Manipulation Laboratory and the Bio-Manufacturing Laboratory, and his cross-disciplinary research has been funded by grants from a variety of agencies in engineering and health sciences. He is the first faculty member in the College of Engineering to receive grants as a Principal Investigator from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation.
Professor Chen has published 63 journal articles in highly respected journals, and currently serves on the editorial boards of three leading journals in bio-manufacturing and mechanical engineering. His research has attracted over $1.7 million in funding to date.