Faculty awards

Kelly Miles

Dr. Allan P. Stuart Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching

Kelly MilesKelly Miles of the faculty of science will receive the Dr. Allan P. Stuart Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching at UNB’s 65th Convocation.

Ms. Miles is a senior teaching associate in UNB’s department of biology. In 1996, she received a bachelor of science with an honours in marine biology and oceanography from Dalhousie University, followed by a master of marine management in 1997. She then went on to receive a master of science in aquaculture from Memorial University Newfoundland in 2004. In 2006, she pivoted in her area of study and received a diploma in mortuary science from Kingstec College. Currently, Ms. Miles is a PhD candidate in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on forensic taphonomy at UNB.

Ms. Miles’ undergraduate teaching career in biology began 22 years ago at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. Since then, she has taught at a number of post-secondary institutions, including Memorial University Newfoundland and Dalhousie University. As a senior teaching associate in biology at UNB since 2012, Ms. Miles teaches human anatomy, histology and forensic biology. She is a current member of the Canadian Society for Forensic Science.

Known for her enthusiastic teaching style, Ms. Miles supports students both in and outside of the classroom, helping them develop confidence in their skills and helping them to prepare for future careers. She invests valuable time with all of her students and fosters their learning not just in the subject she is teaching, but also in their personal growth.

The Dr. Allan P. Stuart Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes outstanding teaching on the basis of nominations from students and faculty members at UNB. It is named in honour of Allan Stuart, a respected professor of chemistry from 1946 to 1973 and one of the first recipients of an excellence in teaching award at the university.

Leah Bidlake

Dr. Allan P. Stuart Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching

Leah BidlakeLeah Bidlake of the faculty of computer science will receive the Dr. Allan P. Stuart Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching at UNB’s 65th Convocation.

Before joining UNB’s faculty of computer science as an instructor in 2016, Ms. Bidlake taught in the New Brunswick public school system for 11 years. A UNB alumna, Ms. Bidlake graduated with a bachelor of computer science and bachelor of education in 2005. She received her master in computer science in 2016 and is currently pursuing her PhD in computer science.

Ms. Bidlake most enjoys serving in roles that allow her to interact with students outside the classroom through academic advising and assisting with orientation events to welcome first year students to the faculty. An active member of the UNB Fredericton campus community, Ms. Bidlake regularly participates in Computer Science Association events and activities as a way to connect with fellow faculty members and students alike.

She believes in creating a culture of life-long learning through participation in seminars, workshops and by continuing to further her education, and continually explores new teaching methods that engage students and provide opportunities for students to practice and apply their knowledge.

The Dr. Allan P. Stuart Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes outstanding teaching on the basis of nominations from students and faculty members at UNB. It is named in honour of Allan Stuart, a respected professor of chemistry from 1946 to 1973 and one of the first recipients of an excellence in teaching award at the university.

R. Allen Curry

University of New Brunswick Award for Excellence in Research

R. Allen CurryR. Allen Curry of the faculties of science and forestry and environmental management will receive the University of New Brunswick Award for Excellence in Research at UNB’s 65th Convocation.

Dr. Curry joined the University of New Brunswick in 1995 and is currently a professor of biology and forestry and environmental management. A scholar in aquatic ecology and ecohydrology, his research interests include freshwater, estuary, and coral reef sciences including the ecology of fishes, food webs, and rivers and their landscapes.

Having received a bachelor of environmental science (honours) from the University of Waterloo in 1985, Dr. Curry went on to receive a master of science in watershed ecosystems from Trent University. In 1993, he received his PhD in zoology from the University of Guelph.

Dr. Curry thoughtfully approaches his research with the philosophy that while understanding the biological and hydrological processes are critical, it is also crucial for scientists to tackle today’s societal issues.

This innovative approach to the study of the aquatic sciences, along with his passionate interest in the field, has contributed to Dr. Curry’s international reputation as a highly-respected researcher and policy-maker. Throughout his career, he has published dozens of peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and provincial and national industry reports, many of which are referred to by academics, governments and institutions across the country and around the world.

For 10 years, Dr. Curry served as director of the Canadian Rivers Institute, during which time he brought the Institute to international attention. Today, he continues as a Fellow of the Institute, working to make significant contributions toward the advancement of the aquatic sciences.

As a leading expert in aquatic biology, Dr. Curry holds the Cloverleaf/Department of Energy Resource Development Professorship in Recreational Fisheries, is assistant director to the NB Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and is a lead investigator in the Mactaquac Aquatic Ecosystem Study in which his findings will serve as a global precedent for dam assessment.

Dr. Curry tirelessly continues to serve the national and international research community in a number of roles, including as a member of four national scientific advisory boards, as past editor of the prestigious journal of the American Fisheries Society, and as a trusted reviewer for granting agencies, governments and academic journals.

This award is a fitting tribute to a remarkable scholar whose outstanding leadership and groundbreaking research has and continues to inform and positively impact the aquatic sciences and policy.

The UNB Award for Excellence in Research is intended to honour faculty who are representative of outstanding research, scholarly, or creative achievements at the University of New Brunswick. The University of New Brunswick Award for Excellence in Research promotes and celebrates an environment that supports intellectual inquiry and discovery.

Photo credit (Allen Curry): Rob Blanchard/Photo UNB