U of L schol­ars named to Royal So­ci­ety of Canada

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS -

Two Univer­sity of Lethbridge schol­ars been elected to The Royal So­ci­ety of Canada.

The so­ci­ety re­cently wel­comed 70 new mem­bers to The Col­lege of New Schol­ars, Artists and Sci­en­tists, in­clud­ing Univer­sity of Lethbridge fac­ulty mem­bers Ute Kothe and Yale Be­langer.

Be­langer, a mem­ber of the De­part­ment of Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence, is a scholar of Indige­nous Stud­ies whose re­search is in the un­der­stand­ing of First Nations’ gam­bling en­ter­prises, ur­ban abo­rig­i­nal pol­icy and the role of fed­eral hous­ing pol­icy in ad­dress­ing home­less­ness among Indige­nous peo­ples.

“Be­ing named to The Royal So­ci­ety is a real hon­our for me,” Be­langer said in a news re­lease. “The U of L also ben­e­fits by hav­ing the qual­ity of schol­arly work and re­search be­ing con­ducted here high­lighted. As an alum who fin­ished his BA in 1998 only to re­turn as a fac­ulty mem­ber, this is an es­pe­cially proud mo­ment.”

Kothe, a pro­fes­sor in the De­part­ment of Chem­istry and Bio­chem­istry, has made pi­o­neer­ing dis­cov­er­ies re­gard­ing the role of RNAs and pro­teins in gene ex­pres­sion with rel­e­vance for sev­eral dis­eases.

“Be­ing elected to The Col­lege of New Schol­ars, Artists and Sci­en­tists is a tremen­dous priv­i­lege,” Kothe said in a news re­lease. “As part of the Al­berta RNA Re­search and Train­ing In­sti­tute at the U of L, I am en­joy­ing an in­spir­ing en­vi­ron­ment to con­duct ground­break­ing RNA re­search. And I’m pas­sion­ate about our out­reach work with the Let’s Talk Sci­ence team to en­gage chil­dren and youth in sci­ence.”

The Col­lege is a hand­picked se­lec­tion of top mid-ca­reer schol­ars and artists in Canada, rep­re­sent­ing the emerg­ing gen­er­a­tion of schol­arly, sci­en­tific and artis­tic lead­er­ship in Canada.

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