Volume 92, Issue 85

Wednesday, March 10, 1999


London ranks low on safety scale

Conflict motion creates conflict

Harichy arrest not for medical reasons

U of T cashes in Varsity Blues rights

Debating both pros

New rez struts its stuff in video

Prof excellence rewarded

March the month for vehicle violations


Caught on campus

Caught on campus too

Prof excellence rewarded

By Des Stutchbury
Gazette Writer

Two Western professors were honoured recently by the university for their research efforts.

The recipients of the Helmuth Award for 1999 are Michael Bancroft, a chemistry professor and David Laidler, an economics professor, who both received a plaque and a cheque for $1,500.

"The award is given annually in natural and life sciences and in social sciences and humanities," said Bill Bridger, Western's VP-research. The winners in both areas are determined by a selection committee consisting of faculty, the president of the Society of Graduate Students and members of the external community. Each faculty is allowed one nominee. This year there were 11 nominees.

"It is a recognition of a substantial body of work over a long period of time," Bridger added.

Bancroft said he found out he had been selected as a winner about two weeks ago. "I was delighted. It is an acknowledgement of my colleagues, strong students, post doctorals and fellow faculty," he said. Bancroft pointed out scientific work is a collabrative effort.

Bancroft's field of study is spectroscopy, in which light (including X-rays and gamma rays) is shone on matter.

"The award is for long-term research at the university and is a university award. Anytime you receive acknowledgement from your peers it is gratifying," Bancroft said.

The other winner, Laidler, said he was "very surprised and very pleased" when informed of his award. "It's nice to feel noticed and valued by your colleagues," he said.

Kelly Barrowcliffe, president of SOGS, said she has never been involved in this level of a selection committee.

"It was an incredibly tough decision. I wish there was more opportunity for the students of Western to hear of the outstanding research on this campus."

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