Norbert Haunerland

Biologist, cyclist & new associate v-p, research

June 28, 2007

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By Diane Luckow

Every day for the past 14 years, biology professor Norbert Haunerland (left) has biked the 12.5 kilometers from his home near Ioco in Port Moody to his mountaintop lab.

And he isn’t about to stop, despite his promotion to associate V-P, research, which becomes effective September 1. He figures it’s a good way to maintain his stamina as he works to expand SFU’s research funding and reputation. The associate V-P position is new to the university, a signal that SFU is deeply committed to supporting faculty and student research.

"I find it quite exciting to be part of the senior administrative team and really help SFU to become one of the leading research universities in the country," says Haunerland, who will manage much of the day-to-day infrastructure and administration, especially the major projects office and the animal resource centre. "I’ll be working at the provincial and national levels with granting agencies to develop future directions of research at SFU and in Canada." Mario Pinto, V-P, research, will direct more of his energies to national and international research connections and initiatives.

Haunerland joined SFU in 1989 from the University of Arizona where he was an assistant research professor investigating various aspects of lipid metabolism. He calls himself a molecular physiologist and plans to continue his research program although he will have to give up teaching, something that he says he will miss.

Haunerland has always demonstrated a strong interest in university administration. A long-time member of Senate, he chaired the department of biological sciences and participated in SFU’s strategic research-plan task force and the Senate committee on university priorities. He also helped to create the Institute for Health Research in Education and its subsequent implementation as the new Faculty of Health Sciences, where he has served as chair of the undergraduate studies committee and the tenure and promotion committee since 2005.

Externally, Haunerland has served on a grant selection committee for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), reviewed grants for a variety of research organizations and served on the transfer and articulation committee of the B.C. College of Admissions and Transfer.

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