University of British Columbia dentistry professor David Sweet was awarded in November the Medallion of Distinguished Service, the highest Canadian Armed Forces medal for civilian service. Dr. Sweet, who serves as associate dean of students in UBC’s faculty of dentistry, was bestowed the award for his work in training Canadian police and military pathologists in forensic odontology – the science of victim identification using teeth and dental charts. His expertise was sought out for high-profile incidents including the 2004 tsunami in Thailand and the investigation of serial killer Robert Pickton. In these types of cases, Dr. Sweet has said his work is often motivated by the needs of victims’ survivors. As the director of the Bureau of Legal Dentistry at UBC, Dr. Sweet has helped develop techniques and protocols that have been adopted as world standards for identifying victims in disaster zones and theatres of war. In 2008, he was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada.
At its 34th general assembly in Ecuador, the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education announced Allan Cahoon as the organization’s next president. Dr. Cahoon, who is president and vice-chancellor of Royal Roads University, has been a member of IOHE for 19 years and will oversee the network of 326 international higher education leaders until November 2015. Royal Roads has participated in several IOHE initiatives including contributing to research into the role of women in university administration and hosting a delegation of Latin American higher education professionals.
Alice Gaudine was appointed dean of Memorial University’s school of nursing, effective Dec. 5, 2014. Dr. Gaudine, a researcher in nursing management, ethics and nursing work life, joined the school in 1997 and had served in the role pro tempore since September 2013. Before becoming dean, Dr. Gaudine held the posts of acting director and associate dean of graduate studies and research at the school, and was cross-appointed to the university’s counselling centre.
In the fall of 2014, Brian Haugen became dean of the faculty of trades and technology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. As such, he’s responsible for KWU’s trades and technical studies in fields such as masonry and welding, and apprenticeship programs. Prior to his appointment at KPU, Mr. Haugen was an instructor and department head at Vancouver Community College’s school of transportation and trades.
The University of New Brunswick welcomed a new dean of arts last summer. George MacLean is a political studies professor specializing in international relations, foreign policy and security studies. He moved to UNB from the University of Manitoba, where he was associate dean of the faculty of graduate studies and winner of a teaching excellence award in 1998 and 2011. His five-year term started on July 1, 2014.
Daniel Muzyka was named vice-president and chair of the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada on Nov. 27, 2014. Dr. Muzyka has been a member of NSERC since 2008. He also serves as president and CEO of the Conference Board of Canada and as RBC Financial Group Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. Previously, he was dean of the Sauder school and was an instructor at the Harvard Business School, Babson College, Northeastern University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Effective July 1, 2015, David Anderson becomes dean of Dalhousie University’s faculty of medicine, which has campuses in Halifax and Saint John, 14 affiliated teaching hospitals and more than 100 teaching sites across the Maritimes. Since 2011, Dr. Anderson has been head and district chief of Dalhousie’s department of medicine, though he’s been a faculty member for more than 20 years, with stints in the division of hematology and cross-appointments in the departments of pathology, and of community health and epidemiology.
Bruce Kidd was appointed principal of the University of Toronto Scarborough after serving as interim principal since March 2014. His three and a half-year term began on Jan. 1, 2015. He was warden of U of T’s Hart House for two years and dean of the faculty of physical education and health from 1998 to 2010. Dr. Kidd was a well-known athlete, having won a gold medal in sprinting at the 1962 Commonwealth Games and competing as a member of Canada’s track team at the 1964 Summer Olympics.