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Congratulations to SFU’s five Royal Society inductees

September 13, 2018

Congratulations to the five outstanding SFU faculty members who were admitted to the Royal Society of Canada Fellowship and College this week.

Admission to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) is the nation’s top academic honour and recognizes substantial contributions in the fields of arts, humanities and sciences. The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists recognizes early-career scholars for high levels of achievement.

SFU’s 2018 RSC Fellows are:

Fiona Brinkman – Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and leading expert on bioinformatics. Fiona has led global research efforts to tackle infectious disease and antibiotics resistance.


Richard Lockhart – Professor of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences, who studies a wide range of problems of inference to better understand why statistical methods do or do not work.


Jin-me Yoon – Professor, School for the Contemporary Arts, a prolific artist and researcher whose work explores dominant discourses and stereotypical assumptions about citizenship, nationhood, culture, gender and race.


SFU’s 2018 College Members are:

Hugo Cardoso – Professor of Archaeology, whose research of children’s bones tells the story of their experiences, whether recent or ancient past. He’s contributed to forensic investigations, investigations of Indian residential schools, and unraveled the impact of global events.


Deanna Reder – Professor of Indigenous Literature, exemplifies outstanding leadership and scholarship in the growing field of Indigenous literary studies. Deanna’s work brings unpublished Indigenous authors to light, while celebrating the next generation of upcoming writers.

These RSC inductees and new College Members are further evidence of the growing strengths of SFU’s research faculty. Thanks to their dedication and talent, our research income has increased almost 60% over the past eight years – the greatest rate of growth amongst Canada’s leading research universities.

SFU also ranks among the top universities for Tri-Council funding (from NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR) per full-time faculty member.

And the recent QS World University Ranking places SFU second in Canada for citations per faculty member – a remarkable testament to the productivity and quality of our research faculty.

SFU scholars continue to advance knowledge that enriches the cultural, social, environmental and economic well-being of the communities we serve.

Thanks to them, 2018 is proving to be another exciting year for research and recognitions.