Martha Cook Piper Research Prize
Dr Rik Tykwinski, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, and Dr Andrew Gow, a professor in the Department of History and Classics, received the Martha Cook Piper Research Prize. Gow's research focuses on the roots of antisemitism and Christian misconceptions of Judaism. His book, The Red Jews: Antisemitism in an Apocalyptic Age, 1200-1600, is a study of an imaginary people, the Red Jews, conjured in the minds of medieval Christians as servants of the Antichrist. Tykwinski is a synthetic chemist who is particularly interested in photonics, the technology of using light to acquire, store, transmit, and process information.
Although Dr Chris Le and Dr Timothy Caulfield come from vastly different backgrounds, the two recipients of the Martha Cook Piper Research Award are both emerging international leaders in the field of health research. Caulfield has been Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta since 1993. His research examines the laws and ethics surrounding biomedical issues such as human genetic research. Le is an associate professor in the Environmental Health Sciences Program and an adjunct professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. His research investigates the relationship among arsenic, the environment and cancer.
The Martha Cook Piper Research Prize was established to commemorate the significant contribution made by Dr Martha Piper to the research community while she was Vice-President (Research) and Vice-President (Research and External Affairs) at the University of Alberta between 1993 and 1996.
Two prizes will be awarded to recognize faculty members who are at the early stage of their careers, enjoy a reputation for original research, and show outstanding promise as researchers.
Similar in structure to the J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research, the Martha Cook Piper Research Prize recognizes excellence in two distinct fields of research, namely in the sciences and engineering and in the general area of the humanities, social sciences, law, education, and fine arts.
Past recipients of the Martha Cook Piper Research Prize include:
Janet Elliott, Chemical and Materials Engineering
Mark Gierl, Educational Psychology
Jillian Buriak, Chemistry
Dennis Hall, Chemistry
Ron Plotnikoff, Centre for Health Promotion Studies
Andrew Gow, History and Classics
Rik Tykwinski, Chemistry
Judy Cameron, Educational Psychology
Sandra Davidge, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Clayton Deutsch, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Kim Raine, Centre for Health Promotion Studies
Timothy Caulfield, Law
X. Chris Le, Public Health Sciences
Wayne Grover, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mark Freeman, Physics