Trio of SFU Science professors honored

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October 10, 2019

Fiona Brinkman

Michael Hayden

Carl Lowenberger

SFU awards three outstanding faculty members in the Faculty of Science for their exceptional accomplishments.

  • Fiona Brinkman of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry was named an SFU Distinguished Professor for her work on infectious diseases. She works to improve our understanding of how outbreaks spread, what makes them more severe and how to prevent them from becoming resistant to antibiotics. Combining laboratory research and data analysis, her work encompasses not only human health, but environmental and animal health research. 
 
  • Michael Hayden of Physics was named an SFU Distinguished Professor for his outstanding work investigating the nature of antimatter. He has played a leading role with the international consortium ALPHA-Canada, working with the CERN laboratory in Geneva to investigate the structure of antihydrogen as a means of helping to confirm the Standard Model of physics. His ongoing research has helped expand our understanding of how to use magnetic resonance to better delve into the building blocks of matter.
 
  • Carl Lowenberger of Biological Sciences was awarded the Chris Dagg Award for International Impact. Carl’s international work began after his undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph, when he worked in Colombia for an NGO that promoted agrarian and social reform. Carl knew Chris Dagg well and their many discussions over the years helped Carl refine his approach to development projects and research initiatives. Carl has worked with colleagues in Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Brazil, and Egypt on agricultural development programs and research on insects that transmit deadly pathogens to humans. Throughout the many stages of his career, Carl has emphasized working with communities in countries with endemic problems to allow them to identify their priorities and subsequently find their own appropriate solutions, and bring students from these countries to SFU for specific training.