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Elite honours for GIWS researcher

Four University of Saskatchewan researchers have earned national acclaim from one of the most prestigious organizations in the country.

This article originally appeared in Usask News on September 13. To view the original, click here.

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) is honouring Markus Hecker of the Global Institute for Water Security and the School of Environment and Sustainability along with three other professors from the University of Saskatchewan as new members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Hecker, The Canada Research Chair in Predictive Aquatic Ecotoxicology, has distinguished himself as one of the world’s pre-eminent environmental toxicologists. The heralded researcher, who joined the U of S in 2011, is a leading expert in environmental and chemical risk assessment, water quality assessment, and the effects of chemicals on aquatic wildlife. Hecker’s research has tackled the complex problems ecosystems face from contaminants, helping public and private sector organizations manage and protect natural resources. His cutting-edge work has developed a number of testing methods that have been widely used in chemical screening programs across the globe.

Along with Hecker, Maggie Kovach (College of Education), Angela Lieverse (College of Arts and Science) and Dwight Newman (College of Law) will be elected to the RSC’s College at the annual general meeting Nov. 17-19 in Kingston, Ont.

The selected individuals represent a cohort of the best emerging scholars, artists and scientists from across Canada. The College’s mission is to recognize scholarly, research and artistic excellence, advise governments and organizations, and promote a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada and with other national academies around the world.

The four professors will join two other U of S researchers, Graham George and Jo-Anne Dillon, who will be among 89 new inductees into the Royal Society of Canada, one of the highest honours awarded to Canadian scholars.

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