University of Regina researchers to be Fulbright visiting scholars in the United States

News Release Release Date: August 28, 2014 9:30 a.m.

Two University of Regina professors have been named visiting scholars for 2014-15 by Fulbright Canada.

Fulbright Canada is an organization created to encourage mutual understanding between Canada and the United States through academic and cultural exchange. The highly prestigious program is designed to strengthen collaborative research between the two countries, and promote excellence in scholarship and community service. Each year, 11 Fulbright scholars are placed. This year, the University of Regina is the only Canadian institution that is home to two Fulbright Scholars.

Dr. Shanthi Johnson, professor and associate dean in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies and research faculty at the Saskatchewan Population Health Research and Evaluation Unit, has been named a Fulbright Scholar at the University of South Florida. Her research will focus on “Canada-US Comparative Policy Analysis in the Context of Falls Prevention and Active Aging”. Johnson is an internationally-recognized expert in the field of aging and fall prevention among older adults.

Dr. Peter Leavitt, Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Environmental Change and Society, received a year-long placement as a Visiting Research Chair at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research will focus on “A New Scientific Framework to Quantify the Direct, Coupled, and Reciprocal Effects of Climate and Humans on Aquatic Ecosystems”. Leavitt is a renowned environmental researcher and currently serves as director of the Canadian Institute of Ecology and Evolution, as well as director of the University of Regina’s newly-opened Institute of Environmental Change and Society.

“The University of Regina has had some great success with the Fulbright Canada program in recent years, and this remarkable accomplishment by both Dr. Johnson and Dr. Leavitt builds on that,” said Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina.

“This is a unique opportunity for our researchers, not only to share their ideas with colleagues in the United States, but also to demonstrate that the work being done at our University has global impact and reach,” says Timmons.

Dr. Bruno Dupeyron, associate professor at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, received both Visiting Research Chair and Fulbright Scholar awards in 2013-14.


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