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Class Notes

Submitted by alumni on Sun, 11/06/2016 - 11:11.

Class Notes

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Gregory Francis, LLB’90, Rhoda Dobler, BA’88, LLB’92, Sean Smyth, LLB’93, Robert Armstrong, LLB’98, were designated 2016 Queen’s Counsel for outstanding contributions to legal and public life.

Linda Carlson, BSc’91, received a UCalgary Long Service Award 2016 for 15 years of service. She is an award-winning professor and Enbridge Research Chair in psychosocial oncology at the Cumming School of Medicine, director of research, Psychosocial Resources Department at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Her research on mindfulness-based cancer recovery is well-published in numerous journals, manuals and book chapters.

Kelly Ernst, BA’92, MSc’95, PhD’99, is the new executive director of Calgary Outlink Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity — Calgary’s only LGBTQ+ service organization.

Tara L. Moore, BA’95, is an associate professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology and director of the MS program in forensic anthropology at Boston University School of Medicine.

Milena Radakovic, BComm’95, received the Women’s Resource Centre Distinguished Alumna Award 2016. The president and owner of Nexus Exhibits Ltd. helped start the Calgary Chapter of the Women in Leadership Foundation. She was also nominated for the 2016 Alberta Women Entrepreneurs Celebration of Achievements awards.

Cari Gulbrandsen, BEd’96, BA’98, MEd’07, received the Women’s Resource Centre Distinguished Graduate Student Award 2016. She is a passionate PhD student in the Faculty of Social Work.

Lana Wells, BSW’96, MSW’97, received the 2016 John Hutton Memorial Award for her outstanding contribution to the profession of social work and the community. The associate professor at the University of Calgary is also the Brenda Strafford Chair in the Prevention of Domestic Violence and a 2015 Peak Scholar.

Rod Durrant, BKin’97, was named Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Men’s Volleyball Coach of the Year. In his tenth season as head coach of the Dinos, Durrant led his team to 18 wins and a national ranking in the Top 5.

Sherri Tankchak, BSW’97, MSW’02, was awarded the prestigious $15,000 scholarship from the Alberta Human Rights Commission and Student Aid Alberta for her research in how social workers recover from the trauma of workplace bullying.

Bradley Somer, BSc’98, was named one of 2016’s Emerging Artists at the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards in June. The writer’s works have appeared in dozens of literary magazines and anthologies over the past 15 years. His latest novel, Fishbowl, has been shortlisted for the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and was listed as one of the Best Books of 2015 by the San Diego Union Tribune.

Kathleen Chaput, BSc’99, MA’01, PhD’13, led a new study that found among new mothers experiencing breastfeeding difficulties, those that received positive breastfeeding support were less likely to experience post-partum depression. The research was published in the CMAJ Open journal.

Carolyn Emery, MSc’99, led a new study that found neuromuscular warmup training reduced the injury rate in youth soccer players by 38 per cent, hence saving $2.7 million in health care costs in one soccer season. The research was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Neil Fassina, BSc’99, was named the eighth president of Athabasca University on August 17, 2016. The former Provost and VP Academic of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) will lead Athabasca University as it “develops sustainable solutions to its financial challenges and modernizes its work to serve students in an increasingly digital world.”

Chris Hsiung, BSc’99, won the Best Documentary Over 30 Minutes at the 2016 Alberta Film and Television Awards. The first-time nominee’s film, Elder in the Making, premiered at the 2015 Calgary International Film Festival on September 26, 2015. It explores the historical and current impact of the Blackfoot culture on Alberta.