• Honorary degree recipients for fall convocation announced

    Wednesday, September 12, 2018
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    Memorial University has announced the names of three people to whom it will award honorary doctorates at fall convocation ceremonies in October.

    The Corner Brook session of fall convocation will take place at the Arts and Culture Centre on Thursday, Oct. 4. Gerontologist, author and alumna Dr. Anne Martin-Matthews will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.

     Dr. Martin-Matthews, who completed her bachelor of arts degree at Memorial University and completed her master's and doctoral degrees at McMaster University, has been instrumental in the formation of research and policy on aging in Canada.

    Over the course of her career, she has been founding director of the Gerontology Research Centre, University of Guelph; director of the School of Family and Nutritional Sciences, University of British Columbia (UBC); associate dean research and dean pro tem, Faculty of Arts, UBC; and scientific director of the Institute of Aging of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Recently, Dr. Martin-Matthews returned to UBC following a 14-month secondment as acting vice-president, Research, Knowledge Translation and Ethics, for CIHR.

    Under her leadership, the CIHR Institute of Aging led the development of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, a 20-year study of 50,000 Canadians. The Institute of Aging also developed strategic initiatives on Cognitive Impairment in Aging, on Mobility in Aging, and on Health Services and Systems for an Aging Population.

    Dr. Martin-Matthews' publications include two books, Aging and Caring at the Intersection of Work and Home Life: Blurring the Boundaries; Widowhood in Later Life; three edited volumes; and more than 180 papers on health and social care, aging and social support, work-family balance and rural aging.

    She is a past president of the Research Committee on Aging of the International Sociological Association and a former editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal on Aging. Internationally, Dr. Martin-Matthews serves on scientific advisory boards for the EXTEND Working Life project, University of Dortmund, Germany; and the Centre of Excellence in Research on Aging and Care, Academy of Finland. She holds an honorary degree from Newcastle University, U.K.

    In 2012 CIHR created the Anne Martin-Matthews Doctoral Research Prize of Excellence in Research on Aging in recognition of her commitment to student mentoring in aging. She also holds a UBC Killam Mentoring award and an Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Canadian Association on Gerontology.

    Dr. Martin-Matthews is a fellow of the U.S. Gerontological Society of America and of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She holds Commemorative Medals for both the Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

     Dr. Geoffrey Parker, an evolutionary biologist, will receive an honorary doctor of science degree and businessman, philanthropist and alumnus Robert Crosbie will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree at fall convocation sessions in St. John's on Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Arts and Culture Centre.

    Honorary degree recipients are chosen by the Senate, the university's academic governing body, after careful examination of the grounds for their nomination. The honorary doctorate is designed to recognize extraordinary contributions to society or exceptional intellectual or artistic achievement. The awarding of honorary doctorates, an important feature of Memorial's convocation, serves to celebrate both the individual and the university as well as to inspire graduates, their families and guests.

    Nearly 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students will receive their degrees during fall convocation.

    Distinguished retired faculty members who were recently accorded the title professor emeritus/emerita by the university's Senate will also be recognized at convocation. Dr. Olaf Janzen will be recognized at the Corner Brook session while Drs. Eric Gill, Gerard Martin, Paul Smith and Anne Story will be honoured in St. John's.


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