Jack Terhune   2010 President's Medal Recipient

Jack has devoted thirty plus years to UNB in terms of his teaching and research and his diverse range of service contributions to, not just the Saint John campus, but to UNB as a whole.

 Jack has never shied away from contributing to the work of the University. Most recently, he served as a co-chair for President Campbell’s Strategic Planning Initiative. His expertise in graduate studies and his wealth of institutional knowledge made him a perfect choice for this role.

 In addition to his internal and external service commitments, his teaching, and an active research program, he willingly agreed to take this on and was, as per his nature, thoroughly prepared for the session on graduate studies he was assigned.

 Dr. Terhune has also served in numerous administrative capacities and, in all cases, exhibited a steady and effective leadership.

 Some of his more notable roles were as Chair of the Biology Department from 1992-1997, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for five years, and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Science, Applied Science & Engineering in 2007/08. In all cases he left big shoes to fill and is widely recognized as accessible, fair, knowledgeable, wise and innovative.

 Some of the lesser known, but no less important, contributions Jack has made to our community involve his outreach activities.

 I cannot recall a Science Open House, Science Summer Camp or Fundy Science Fair where Jack has not been involved. He is passionate for, not just his research, but about sharing his research with current and potential students alike.

 I have watched him incite the interest of groups of middle-school students in seal recordings and have been enthralled by his stories of running around a gym with elementary age students to illustrate how a seal chases a school of fish by using sounds.

 Many times over the past thirty years he has been on the radio, in the newspaper, and on television sharing his research and stimulating young children to study biology. Most recently he was on CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks and National Geographic Kids.

 Jack is also a well respected and loved professor and has taught a variety of biology courses from first to 4th level.

 He has actively participated in graduate teaching and supervision for close to twenty years. Over this time span he has supervised sixteen graduate students, twenty-seven honours theses, and six USRA summer students.

 At a time when NSERC funding has become more competitive, Dr. Terhune has succeeded in maintaining continuous NSERC support since 1997. His publication record includes eighty refereed papers and sixteen additional publications.

 He has presented his work at numerous conferences, as both a researcher and invited speaker, and has given seminars at universities around the world. He is also a member of numerous journal and research boards.

 Dr. Terhune does not rest on his impressive research successes but has continued to grow and evolve his research into current areas of application.

 His most recent research is on the influences of aquaculture finfish grow-out cages on harbor porpoise distribution and behaviour in the Bay of Fundy. This work has real, immediate application in the field of aquaculture impact research, an active concern in the Atlantic Region. His research in this area is new and innovative and has already resulted in a 2009 paper in the Journal of Aquatic Mammals.

In summary, I cannot think of a more worthy recipient for the UNB President’s Medal than Dr. Jack Terhune. His thirty years of service, teaching and research has left an impact on, not just his colleagues, but on the many undergraduate and graduate students he has taught and supervised.

Jack is a pillar of our University and community and has the respect of everyone who knows him.

Ruth Shaw and the Department of Biology UNBSJ