Dr. Lenore Newman of the University of the Fraser Valley is in good company these days.
She has been chosen to be part of the inaugural cohort of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars. A total of 91 members have been selected as part of this first cohort. They will be inducted at a ceremony on Nov. 21 in Quebec City.
Newman holds the UFV Canada Research Chair in Food Security and the Environment and is a member of UFV’s geography and the environment department.
The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists is Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership.
The mandate of the college is to “gather scholars, artists and scientists at a highly productive stage of their careers into a single collegium where new advances in understanding will emerge from the interaction of diverse intellectual, cultural, and social perspectives.”
College members are selected through a nomination process and have typically finished their final academic degree 15 or fewer years ago.
“I am quite excited about having been selected,” said Newman. “The Royal Society of Canada tends to be comprised of very well established scholars, and there was a desire to create something similar for people earlier on in their academic careers. It is a great opportunity for us to come together and collaborate. There are a few of us selected who are scholars in the area of food, so there is potential for some interesting cross-country collaboration.”
The Royal Society of Canada: The Academies of Arts, Humanities, and Sciences of Canada was established in 1882 as the senior Canadian collegium of distinguished scholars, artists, and scientists. The primary objective of the society is to promote learning and research in the arts, the humanities and the natural and social sciences.
“We are very thrilled to have had one of our faculty members selected to the inaugural cohort of the Royal Society’s College of New Scholars,” said Dr. Adrienne Chan, associate vice president of research, engagement, and graduate studies.
“We were allowed to submit two nominations and there was no guarantee that one would be successful. Lenore has a great track record and reputation for her important research in the area of food security, agriburbia, and British Columbia’s Agricultural Land Reserve.
“Her selection shows that there is a place for applied research in a teaching-focused regional university like UFV. Lenore’s work is very relevant to business, agriculture, and the environment of our region. Her selection is a testament to the value that we, as a university, can bring to our communities. Lenore conducts her work with enormous depth and wisdom.”