Waterloo researchers named Royal Society of Canada fellows and members of the College

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Five University of Waterloo researchers have been named fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) and members of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

They are among 87 new fellows elected by their peers for outstanding scholarly, scientific, and artistic achievement and 50 new members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists across Canada announced today.

Waterloo’s new RSC fellows and members are:

Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada

Susan Horton

Susan Horton (School of Public Health and Health Systems; jointly appointed with the Department of Economics) is known internationally for her work on global health economics. Her work on economics of nutrition contributed significantly to successful efforts to emphasize nutrition investments in international policy. Her current work on economics of cancer and of diagnostics aims to increase attention to these topics within the Sustainable Development Goal for Universal Health Coverage. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.


Imre Szeman

Imre Szeman (Communication Arts) is an internationally acclaimed cultural theorist. His landmark research establishes the shaping influence of fossil-fueled dependency on modern society. Professor Szeman’s work propelled a new discipline - energy humanities - which grapples with the cultural transformations required for a global shift to sustainable and renewable forms of energy. A highly collaborative, interdisciplinary and public-facing scholar, he is the co-founder of the Petrocultures Research Group and numerous initiatives advocating for energy transition.


Members of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

Jay Dolmage

Jay Dolmage (English Language and Literature) is the Founding Editor of the highly impactful Canadian Journal of Disability Studies. Winner of the 2015 PROSE award, Professor Dolmage’s work brings together rhetoric, disability studies, and critical pedagogy, in an accessible yet ground-breaking body of articles, talks, and workshops. A fierce advocate for disability rights, Dolmage is committed to publishing Open Access and accessible material and helped to author the international guidelines for accessible electronic books.


Josh Neufeld

Josh Neufeld (Biology) is an ecologist who characterizes microbial communities in terrestrial, aquatic, and host-associated habitats. By developing and combining cultivation-dependent and molecular techniques, his lab explores the “microbes that matter” to connect these novel microorganisms with the important roles that they play in their communities. His passion for microbiology and its communication has resulted in authorship of a microbiology textbook, multiple teaching awards, and service as Chief Editor for The ISME Journal.


Maria Strack

Maria Strack (Geography and Environmental Management) is a Canada Research Chair in Ecosystems and Climate who leads an internationally recognized research program investigating greenhouse gas exchange in peatland ecosystems - the world’s largest natural terrestrial carbon stores. This work includes participation in some of the first peatland reclamation projects in Alberta’s oil sands. She works closely with industry, government and non-governmental organizations to translate her findings into improved land management in the face of climate change.

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