Nov. 29, 2001 Vol . 22, No. 7
By Marianne Meadahl
SFU associate criminology professor Gail Anderson (below) is the recipient of the Canadian Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS) highest honour.
The Derome award recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of forensic science. Anderson received the bronze medal and a citation during the CSFSs annual general meeting in Toronto Nov. 9.
News of her latest accolade came as a complete surprise. Anderson is the only woman to receive the honour. Other recipients have been directors of laboratories, not practicing researchers in the field. Four of the five awards bestowed since its inception in 1991 were given posthumously.
The award honours CSFS members who have pioneered and developed new techniques or principles for use in the field, or who have won the overwhelming respect of peers in the profession, have earned widespread recognition and have shown outstanding leadership of benefit to the whole of forensic science.
The award was named in honour of Dr. Wilfrid Derome, a pioneer of forensic science in the early 1900s. Derome published the first Canadian treatise on forensic medicine, Precis de Medicine Legale, in 1920 and was director of North Americas first forensic medicine laboratory until his death in 1931.
Anderson was listed by Time magazine as one of the top five global innovators of this century in the field of criminal justice and is the recipient of such major awards as a YWCA Women of Distinction award, Canadas Top 40 Under 40 award and the SFU alumni associations outstanding alumni award. She says an award coming from her peers is particularly rewarding. Its the icing on the cake, says Anderson.
Anderson, who is also the school of criminologys undergraduate director, is currently analysing data from her latest research project involving pig carcasses submerged in Howe Sound. This spring she will begin a similar project in freshwater locations and will oversee a graduate research project on the effects of drugs on insects.
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