Past Recipients

2019 

Carl Lowenberger 
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Entomology & Parasitology

Dr. Lowenberger has worked on the international scene since the mid 1980s. After his undergraduate degree he worked for a Colombian non-governmental organization working on agricultural and primary health care programs. Subsequently he has worked on development and research problems in Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Brazil and Egypt. His current research looks at the epidemiological and molecular factors that determine how and why some insects transmit pathogens to humans while others do not: essentially he studies the innate immune system of insects and how they recognize the pathogens and pathways they use to eliminate these pathogens. If we could persuade all insects to kill these pathogens we could eliminate some of these diseases.  Dr. Lowenberger’s research lab includes—or has included—many students, visiting scientists or professors from countries where these diseases and insect vectors are found. They return to their home institutions with the molecular tools to explore or validate in the field what we hypothesize should be happening based on the laboratory studies. They also bring a real world contribution to Canadian students on the realities of working under difficult conditions. Dr. Lowenberger and students also have spent significant time working in these institutions in Latin America, which has resulted in more formal associations with Simon Fraser University through memorandums of understanding. Dr. Lowenberger has a passion for research in Latin America and spent significant time discussing ideas with Chris Dagg, which helped develop his approach to development projects and research initiatives. In terms of International development, early work established long-term agricultural development projects that increased crop and honey production, implemented different farming techniques to increase productivity, and therefore household income. Later projects have identified mechanisms we can manipulate in insects to reduce the transmission of viruses—such as Dengue and Zika—by mosquitoes to humans.

2019 

Catherine D'Andrea 
Professor, Department of Archaeology

Dr. Catherine D’Andrea has been a professor in the Department of Archaeology since 1992. Her research focuses on environmental archaeology, traditional agricultural knowledge, early agriculture and the rise of complex societies.  Over the years, Dr. D’Andrea has been involved with numerous international collaborations which involved fieldwork in Ethiopia, Ghana, Sudan, Egypt, Japan and Turkey. Dr. D’Andrea’s previous work in West and East Africa involved investigations of ancient domestication history and modern traditional knowledge of neglected cereal crops. She has advocated for their development because of drought-resistance and other properties that benefit rural farmers in Ghana and Ethiopia. Dr. D’Andrea currently leads an international team of investigators who blend scientific and traditional knowledge to understand past and present human-environmental interactions in the Horn of Africa. In addition to Canadian students, Dr. D’Andrea has supervised the dissertation research of international students from Tanzania, Ghana, Ethiopia, Egypt, USA and Turkey. Throughout her career, Dr. D’Andrea and her students have supported capacity building for African universities and cultural heritage institutions through book and equipment donations, participated in archaeological curriculum development and provided archaeological training for university staff and employment opportunities for rural communities. Through community consultations in Ethiopia, Dr. D’Andrea and her team have completed tourism initiatives to ensure that both urban and rural peoples benefit from cultural heritage resources. These have included the production of exhibits for a new museum in the town of Adigrat and the construction of a small interpretive centre at an archaeological site in a rural area.

2018 

Robert Anderson 
Professor of Communication 

Dr. Bob Anderson has been a professor at SFU's School of Communication since 1977. Trained as an anthropologist at the University of Chicago (1971), he has developed expertise in historical analysis. His teaching focusses on the areas of international negotiation and dialogue, and conflict analysis, and is proud of his long supervision of excellent graduate students. He grew up in Africa and British Columbia, and from his late teens he has been studying and researching in Asia. He was the first director of the Dialogue Institute in the Centre for Dialogue 2000-2004 and had the privilege of drawing together—with others—an international network called the Dialogue Associates. He was responsible (with others) for initiating the foreign policy dialogues and the Afghanistan dialogues during the 2000s. With others, he helped found the “Devs-Group” at SFU in 2001, a cross-campus network of people interested in development and sustainability. And since 1999 he has been building a network of young environmentalists in Myanmar and encouraging formation of a graduate environmental studies program at the University of Yangon. 

2017

Peter Anderson
Associate Professor, School of Communications and Director, Telematics Research Laboratory

An SFU alumnus, Peter has dedicated much of his career to improving the world’s capacity to respond to emergencies, and his expertise is sought internationally. His work impacts populations and organizations across the world on a daily basis. Professor Anderson has worked at SFU for more than 40 years. He has pioneered new online systems for international and Canadian humanitarian and disaster-relief organizations, including the UN’s first Internet tool for humanitarian relief activities, and a tsunami early-warning toolkit now used in coastal communities worldwide. His research has also contributed to communication solutions and innovative technology for planetary and lunar explorations.

2016


Yuezhi Zhao
Professor, School of Communication and Co-director, Global Communication M.A. Double Degree Program

Dr. Yuezhi Zhao, an SFU alumna, has worked for SFU for over 10 years engaging communities both in Canada and internationally. Her work on globalization has impacted the research and the delivery of education, including advancing opportunities for scholars and communities. She has published numerous international papers and led the development of a dual degree program for SFU and the Communication University of China.

Ian Andrews

Dr. Ian Andrews, an SFU alumnus, dedicated his career to education, and worked in international education for 32 years. He initiated and developed projects and programs around the world. He taught, mentored, supported, and supervised hundreds of international and domestic students in the Faculty of Education. His work had a profound impact on the internationalization of SFU, the Faculty, and on the many colleagues, students, and friends he touched along the way.