University of Saskatchewan

September 22, 2014   

Distinguished Researchers - 1997

James R. Miller
   Spring, 1997
James R. Miller
Professor of History
College of Arts and Science

Dr. Miller holds a B.A.(1966), M.A. (1967) and Ph.D. (1972) from the University of Toronto. Professor Miller joined the University of Saskatchewan in 1970.

Dr. Miller is a nationally recognized historian whose scholarly research and publications have contributed to our understanding of critical issues in Canadian history, especially in the area of French/English relations, and aboriginal/white relations.

Dr. Miller is the author or editor of five books and 20 articles in leading academic journals. Professor Miller’s monographs and edited collections include Equal Rights (1979), an examination of the impact of the Ontario-based Equal Rights Association of the 1880s on federal politics; Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens (1989) a history of Indian/white relations in Canada which was recognized as the 1993 outstanding North American book on the subject of human rights by the Gustavus Myers Centre for the study of Human Rights; Sweet Promises: A Reader in Indian/White Relations (1991), a volume that complements Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens as a reader for students; Shingwauk’s Vision (1996), the first comprehensive study of the history of native residential schooling in Canada; and Big Bear (Mistahimusqua) (1996), a biography of one of the most famous and revered Plains Cree leaders of the 19th century.

Shingwauk’s Vision, widely regarded as a seminal work on Native residential schools for its comprehensiveness, argument and balance, was named the co-winner of the non-fiction category of the Saskatchewan Book Awards (1996) and winner of the J. W. Dafoe Prize for the book which best contributes to the understanding of Canada or its place in the world (1997).

Dr. Miller’s scholarly work contributes significantly to our understanding of key issues in society. He has been a frequent commentator on Indian-white relations in national forums, including a "Breakfast on the Hill" talk for parliamentarians sponsored by the Humanities and Social Science Federation of Canada and many other public and professional groups. He has served as a researcher and consultant for many First Nations and Metis peoples in their negotiations with federal and provincial governments.

Dr. Miller has contributed to the scholarly life of the University and the nation. He is President of the Canadian Historical Association, through which he has participated in the debates over the new copyright legislation and the Tri-Council proposal on ethics in human research. P> 


Pan Ming Huang
   Fall, 1997
Pan Ming Huang
Professor of Soil Science
College of Agriculture

Dr. Huang obtained the B.Sc. from the national Chung Hsing University (1957), M.Sc. from the University of Manitoba (1962) and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1965). He joined the faculty of the University of Saskatchewan in 1965.

Dr. Huang is internationally recognized for his research in soil chemistry and environmental toxicology. Professor Huang contributed fundamental information on the chemistry and behavior of vital and toxic inorganic icons and organic compounds in soils and sediments, and on the significance of soil chemistry and mineralogy to crop production and environmental protection. In his research on the impact of toxic materials in the environment, he emphasizes the harmful effects of ions such as cadmium, mercury and arsenic in agricultural and freshwater ecosystems. Because these ions can be taken up by freshwater biota and crop plants, the significance of his work has extended to human and animal health.

Dr. Huang and his research group are extremely prolific. He has written one book, edited eight books, authored 40 book chapters and more than 170 refereed journal articles, including nine in Nature (London). He has made more than 170 contributions at scientific meetings, and presented more than 80 invited lectures or lecture series internationally. The quality of Dr. Huang’s scientific publications and his research program is attested to by his reputation among his peers, nationally and internationally.

Graduate student training has represented a major component of Dr. Huang’s research activity. He has trained 25 post-doctoral fellows, and many international visiting scientists have collaborated in his laboratory.

Dr. Huang has served on more than 80 national and international professional and association offices. As Founding Chair of the International Society of Soil Science’s Working group on Interactions of Soil Minerals with Organic Components and Microorganisms, Professor Huang is instrumental in promoting worldwide research leading to integration of knowledge on mineral colloids, organic matter and microorganisms and their impact on agricultural production, environmental sustainability, and ecosystem health.

In recognition of his research achievements and expertise in soil chemistry and mineralogy, Dr. Huang has been elected to Fellowship in the Canadian Society of Soil Science, the Soil Science Society of America, and the American Society of Agronomy. He has accepted invitations to serve as Honorary Professor and Research Chair in a number of institutions in Asia and as Honorary Academic Advisor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Professor Huang’s research is funded at a consistently high level through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. He is judged as one of the top 10% of researchers in Earth Sciences in Canada, " as judged by [his] international reputation, the impact of [his] research in the advancement of knowledge, and the application of [his] research results for socio-economic advancement."