Three elected to Royal Society

Sep 04, 2003, vol. 28, no. 1
By Diane Luckow

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Three SFU faculty members are newly elected fellows of the Royal Society of Canada.

Historian Jack Little has been named a fellow in the society's academy of humanities and social sciences, while biologist Mark Winston is recognized in life sciences and chemist Mario Pinto, in mathematical and physical sciences.

Fellowship in the society is considered to be one of Canada's most prestigious academic accolades. The three are among 60 researchers to be inducted to the society in a ceremony in November.

Little is cited for his groundbreaking revisionist studies, which examine rural society in the transitional era. His focus on a single region, the Quebec borderlands, known as the Eastern townships, and their connections to Scotland and New England, has made it possible to explore links between historical processes that are generally studied in isolation from each other.

Winston (left), an internationally known bee expert, has pioneered research on bees and excels at both science and the public communication of scientific concepts and controversy. His award-winning studies of the queen bee's control of workers has led to new products that enhance pollination. His recent writings on environmental issues and science policy have culminated in two highly acclaimed books, Nature Wars: People versus Pests and Travels in the Genetically Modified Zone.

Pinto (right) is chair of the chemistry department and a prominent organic chemist whose pioneering work in medicinal chemistry and drug design has earned him national recognition, including the 2002 Bernard Belleau award for his research contributions. He has founded a whole program of research based on mimicking molecules found in nature in order to design better drugs and, in the process, has discovered a potentially powerful new compound to better control adult onset type II diabetes.

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