University of Saskatchewan

August 29, 2014   

Two U of S Scientists Elected to Royal Society of Canada

Drs. John Giesy (top) and James Dosman (bottom)
August 26, 2010

Two renowned University of Saskatchewan scientists have been elected to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the senior national body of distinguished Canadian scholars, artists and scientists.

Prof. John Giesy, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Toxicology, and Dr. James Dosman, a senior faculty member in the department of medicine, will be inducted into the RSC during a ceremony at the society’s annual general meeting in Ottawa in November. Members of the RSC are selected by their peers for outstanding contributions in their fields.

"The U of S is very proud that two exceptionally accomplished researchers who have made tremendous contributions to their respective fields have been recognized with this prestigious honour," said U of S President Peter MacKinnon.

Prof. Giesy is one of the world’s most renowned environmental toxicologists and is the second-most cited author internationally in the combined fields of ecology and environmental science. His team has recently developed a screening test for hormone disruptors in the environment, a test that has been approved for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is being adopted as a world-wide standard.

In 2009, Giesy, a professor of veterinary biomedical sciences, was named Einstein Professor by the Chinese Academy of Science and most recently was appointed Distinguished Honorary Professor at Saudi Arabia’s King Saud University.

His citation reads, in part: "John P. Giesy is among the world’s most influential environmental toxicologists whose work in ecological risk assessment, including aquatic, wildlife and avian toxicology, has had global impact. His discoveries include the cause of deformities and lethality in birds of the Great Lakes, photo-enhanced toxicity and the presence of perfluorinated chemicals in the environment, an important new class of contaminants widely used in common commercial products..."

Dosman has been a leader in agricultural medicine, dedicating his career to advancing the health of rural populations. He founded the U of S Centre for Agricultural Medicine—now known as the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture. A member of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, he was named among the "One Hundred Most Influential Graduates" on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the College of Arts and Science.

His citation reads, in part: "Dr. James Dosman is considered the Father of Agricultural Medicine in Canada, pioneering this critical field. Through his scientific research and commitment to knowledge translation, he has improved the standard of care for agricultural workers and rural populations in Canada and around the world ... An outstanding physician scientist, he has been instrumental in establishing numerous community outreach organizations..."

The announcement brings to 29 the number of current and former U of S faculty who have been elected to the RSC since 1950. A complete list of RSC Fellows from the U of S is available at: http://www.usask.ca/research/about/nobel.php#royal

After induction into the RSC, Fellows are permitted to use the post-nominal letters FRSC (Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada).

The RSC has a current membership of nearly 2,000 Fellows—men and women who are selected by their peers for outstanding contributions to the natural and social sciences, in the arts and in the humanities. A list of Fellows elected this year will be available in early September at: www.rsc-src.ca

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For more information or to obtain photos, please contact:

Kathryn Warden
Director, U of S Research Communications
(306) 966-2506

Dr. James Dosman
Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture
(306) 966-1475
http://www.cchsa-ccssma.usask.ca/people/j_dosman.php

John Giesy
Western College of Veterinary Medicine
(306) 966-2096
http://www.usask.ca/toxicology/jgiesy/

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