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Editor’s Note, July-August 2019

Duly recognized, at long last
A pioneering academic finally gets the accolades she so richly deserves

In 1956, a young Canadian woman set out to study giraffes in South Africa. She is quite possibly the first person in the world to do systematic scientific observations of a large mammal in the wild – a full four years before renowned British anthropologist Jane Goodall began her study of primates in Tanzania in 1960.

Through her pioneering work, Dr. Goodall has since found international fame and received awards too numerous to mention. The Canadian woman’s research was also groundbreaking and one of her books is to this day considered the definitive work on giraffes. Her name is Anne Innis Dagg, and you’ll be forgiven if you’ve never heard her name until now.

Despite a strong publishing record and earning a PhD, Dr. Dagg was denied tenure because she was a woman. It was a terrible blow that affected the rest of her life. But, she persevered in her own quiet way and steadily built a remarkable career for herself. Now in her eighties, she is finally starting to get the recognition she is due – and we are pleased to do our small part, featuring her on this month’s cover. It is a fascinating and frustrating story, woven together brilliantly by our regular contributor Diane Peters.

Elsewhere in this issue, we have somewhat lighter fare for your summer reading: a meditation on that particular art form that is the campus novel, by novelist and academic Randy Boyagoda; and a story on the renewed interest in psychedelic drugs to treat a range
of ailments.

And, speaking of recognition, University Affairs took home three golds and a silver in late May in the inaugural National Magazine Awards for business-to-business and trade publishing. Freelance writer Wendy Glauser won gold for her two-part series on the problems of the medical-residency matching system, and University Affairs’ graphic designer Judith Lacerte won for best design of a feature, for the article “Seven teaching tips to consider for your classroom.” Judith, along with our design firm, Underline Studio, also took a silver for best design of a complete issue, and we were awarded gold for best newsletter.

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Léo Charbonneau