Top biologist among honorees at Science Spring 2015 Convocation

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Today, the Faculty of Science held its 110th Convocation ceremony to celebrate the achievements of four highly distinguished honorees and 779 graduating students.

Feridun and Glover.Dr. Anne Glover, Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology at Aberdeen University, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree at this afternoon’s convocation ceremony.

Glover is a molecular microbial biologist whose research focuses on microbial biodiversity and the application of microbes as biosensors and indicators for bioremediation. Her work has played a critical role in the commercialization of biosensor technology to diagnose environmental pollution and provide solutions for pollution cleanups.

Throughout her career, Glover has helped to promote excellence in science, engineering and technology, working proactively to raise the profile of women in these disciplines. A top scientist, she was made a Women of Outstanding Achievement in Science, Engineering and Technology in 2008.

She is also a Dame of the British Empire and the former Chief Scientific Advisor to the President of the European Commission.

Glover spoke about the value of a science degree and some of the global issues facing our world today. She encouraged students to stay connected, use science to change the world and take risks.

Science is an international language, it’s your passport to the world,” said Glover.

Today, Biology Professors Niels Bols and William Taylor were both awarded the title of Distinguished Professor Emeritus, in recognition of their exceptional service and contributions to Waterloo Science.

Niels BolsDuring his 35 years at Waterloo, Bols (left) has played the role of both an excellent researcher and inspiring teacher. He taught first-year cell biology to decades of student cohorts. His research generally focuses on fish health and uses a broad range of approaches to understand environmental stressors, such as infections and toxins on fish physiology and immunology. He is best known for his remarkable generation and maintenance of cell lines, for detailed experimental work.  

This unique capability has made him a unique, valued and popular collaborator both within the university and around the world,” said Biology Chair David Rose.

President Feridun Hamdullahpur and Bill TaylorTaylor (right) is currently the Chair for the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and has been a faculty member since 1981. He has displayed a consistent level of high productivity over the years. He is an international authority on the pollution of surface water, particularly as a result of human activity. Taylor has a specific interest in the phosphorus cycle and its effects on bacteria and pathogens. His main geographic areas of study are the Laurentian Lakes, the Canadian Shield and the Grand River System. He has been a leader in the studies of East Africa, particularly in Ethiopia. 

The importance of this work to issues of human health and the economy is profound," said Rose.

More details about today’s events and honorees can be found on the Faculty of Science website.

Congratulations honorees and all Biology graduates!

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