Celebrating our Success | February 2020 | President's Newsletter | UNB

Celebrating our success

Dr. Derek Lister appointed to the Order of Canada

Dr. Derek Lister, professor emeritus and Research Chair in Nuclear Engineering at UNB, was named to the Order of Canada in Dec. 2019. One of 120 new appointments, Dr. Lister was honoured for his contributions to nuclear energy research and improvements to occupational safety.

As a leader in corrosion and water chemistry of nuclear systems, Dr. Lister established the Centre for Nuclear Energy Research (CNER), located on the UNB Fredericton campus. Congratulations to Dr. Lister on this achievement.

Michelle McNeil appointed executive director of UNB’s Associated Alumni

Michelle McNeil

Please join me in congratulating Michelle McNeil on her recent appointment as executive director of UNB’s Associated Alumni. A dedicated and thoughtful leader, Michelle comes to the position with more than 21 years of experience at UNB, both in educational and professional capacities.

As a graduate of UNB’s BBA and MBA programs, and her vast experience in many different positions at UNB, I have no doubt that Michelle will excel in this position.

UNB Art Centre hosted UNB’s first artist-in-residence in over 50 years

The UNB Art Centre recently hosted UNB’s first artist-in-residence in over 50 years. In the fall of 2019, Wolastoqiyik Indigenous artist Samaqani Cocahq (Natalie Sappier) began a four-month residency at the Centre.

With the assistance of artsnb’s artist-in-residence program, the UNB Art Centre allowed Sappier to transform the East Gallery of Memorial Hall into a “sacred place of stories and songs,” enabling her to interact with elders, dancers and musicians. The residency also provided the general public with the opportunity to learn more about Wolastoqey culture and history.

UNB researcher challenges previous research on the impact of carbon dioxide on coral reef fish behaviour

Dr. Ben Speers-RoeschDr. Ben Speers-Roesch, an associate professor in biological sciences at UNB Saint John recently published a large-scale study that challenges previous findings on how carbon dioxide impacts the behaviour of coral fish.

The paper appeared in the prestigious journal Nature following three years of investigation by a group of researchers from five countries.

Dr. Speers-Roesch’s participation was supported by a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grant and a Harrison McCain Young Scholars Award.

This project is an important contribution to our understanding of global climate change.

Association for Canadian College and University Teachers of English office housed at UNB Fredericton

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Jennifer Andrews, professor in the department of English at UNB Fredericton and president of the Association for Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE).

With the support of Dr. George MacLean, vice-president academic, Dr. Joanne Wright, dean of arts and Dr. John Ball, chair of English at UNB Fredericton, Dr. Andrews and her team have secured funding and office space to house the ACCUTE office at UNB for a two-year term.

UNB on three top employers lists for 2020

The University of New Brunswick has been named one of Canada’s best employers by Forbes Magazine. This follows UNB’s recent appearances on Canada’s Top 100 Employers and Atlantic Canada’s Top Employers lists.

We are proud to continue providing an excellent workplace experience and to be recognized for our commitment to our people.