BONDAR APPOINTED CHANCELLOR OF TRENT UNIVERSITY
scientist, physician, astronaut to serve as 9th Chancellor (Peterborough)
The Senate of Trent
University is pleased to announce its unanimous decision to approve
the appointment of Dr. Roberta Bondar as Trent University’s ninth
"I am very
pleased to accept the role of Chancellor at Trent University,"
said Dr. Bondar. "In all my endeavours and travels, I have come
to value how my educational experiences at the undergraduate and graduate
levels have helped me to understand our world and shape me as an individual.
The unique educational experiences offered at Trent, with its emphasis
on the arts and sciences, combined with a strong research focus, help
to distinguish the University. The University is producing graduates
in a variety of sectors who are critical thinkers, lifelong learners
and well-rounded citizens who contribute to our communities. Trent also
has a tremendous expertise in environmental education and I am very
pleased to be associated with a university renowned for its environmental
Commenting on the
appointment, Trent University President and Vice Chancellor Bonnie Patterson
emphasized that, "The University is honoured to have such an accomplished
Canadian in this leadership position. We are fortunate to have a nationally
recognized hero such as Dr. Bondar serve as Chancellor and to have her
affiliated with the teaching and research excellence at Trent University.
Dr. Bondar’s appointment continues a long line of distinguished
Canadians who have served as Chancellor. Just as each Chancellor has
made special connections with the University community I have no doubt
that Dr. Bondar’s contributions will leave a lasting legacy."
Dr. Bondar is an
exceptionally qualified candidate to serve as Chancellor. She is a neurologist,
scientist, pilot and astronaut who holds the NASA Space Medal. She is
also an Officer of the Order of Canada and a laureate of the Canadian
Medical Hall of Fame. As an advocate for environmental protection she
has had the rare opportunity to view the earth from space. Science and
photography have always been linked to Dr. Bondar’s life, and
it was natural that one of Bondar’s assignments aboard the space
shuttle Discovery in 1992 was to take photographs of Earth.
career began in high school in Sault Ste. Marie. Using her camera in
support of her studies, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture
and zoology from the University of Guelph, and developed new techniques
for photomicroscopy while pursuing a master’s degree in experimental
pathology at the University of Western Ontario. She completed her doctorate
in neurobiology at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Bondar earned
her medical degree at McMaster University with a special interest in
space medicine. After completing her board certification in neurology,
she studied at Tufts New England Medical Centre in Boston, specializing
in neurophthalmology - how we see and record the world around us.
She studied professional
nature photography at the Brooks Institute of Photography in California.
In 1984, she was one of the six original Canadian astronauts selected
to train at NASA. In January 1992 Bondar was launched into space aboard
the NASA space shuttle Discovery and became the first Canadian woman
to fly in space. In her role as an international payload specialist
she conducted life and material science experiments in space, becoming
the world’s first neurologist in space.
Reid Morden, Chair
of the Board of Governors, welcomed the news of Dr. Bondar’s appointment
by the Senate. "To have a scholar of Dr. Bondar’s reputation
affiliated with Trent is a privilege. Her role as an accomplished photographic
artist, academic and internationally recognized scientist will prove
invaluable to our students, faculty and staff. On behalf of our Board,
I would like to issue Dr. Bondar a warm welcome to our University."
is Canada’s Outstanding Small University. Founded in 1964, it
is consistently one of the highest-ranked undergraduate universities
in Canada and offers a wide range of traditional and inter-disciplinary
programs in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Trent
is renowned for its commitment to the success of the individual student,
its excellent instructor-to-student ratios, its award-winning faculty
and ground-breaking research projects. Over 6410 students are enrolled
at Trent and the University employs 323 faculty and 426 staff.
Special Note to
To assist media coverage of this announcement enclosed you will find:
- A condensed
biography of Dr. Bondar from her Web site
- A listing of
Trent University’s past Chancellors
- A JPEG image
of Dr. Bondar is available upon request from the Communications Office
interviews are asked to contact:
Don Cumming, Senior Director, Public Affairs, (705) 748-1011, ext. 1224
F.R.C.P. Neurology, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
M.D. McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
Ph.D. Neurobiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
M.Sc. Experimental Pathology, The University of Western Ontario, London,
B.Sc.(Agr.) Zoology and Agriculture, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
Postgraduate Fellow, Tuft's New England Medical Center, Boston, Ma
Honors, Professional Nature Photography, Brooks Institute of Photography,
Santa Barbara, Ca
Officer of the Order of Canada
Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
F.R.S.C., Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
The Order of Ontario
D.Sc. Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
D.Sc. University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba
D.Sc. Niagara University, Niagara Falls, New York
D.Sc. The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
D.Sc. University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec
L.L.D. University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, P.E.I.
D.Sc. Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario
D.Sc. Laval University, Quebec City, Quebec
D.Sc. Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland
D.Sc. Royal Roads Military College, Victoria, British Columbia
D.S.L. Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, Ontario
D.Sc. York University, Toronto, Ontario
D.Sc. McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
D.Sc. University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
D.U. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario
L.L.D. University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
L.L.D. University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan
D.Sc. McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
D.Sc. Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
D.Sc. Algoma College, Laurentian University, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
D.Sc. Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario
D.Sc. University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
D.Hum.L. Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
D.Sc. Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick
Honorary Fellowship, Ryerson University, Toronto
HONORARY LIFE MEMBER
OF FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS:
Canadian Federation of University Women
Girl Guides of Canada
L'Association des Méedecins de Langue Française du Canada
Science North, Sudbury, Ontario
Hamilton Academy of Medicine
Passionate Vision: Discovering Canada’s National Parks,
Forward by The Rt. Hon. Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Essays by Dr. Roberta
Bondar and Ann Thomas, Curator of Photographs, National Gallery of Canada.
Publisher: Douglas and McIntyre, Vancouver/Toronto, 2000
Touching the Earth - Dr. Roberta Bondar. Publisher: Key Porter
On the Shuttle - Barbara Bondar with Dr. Roberta Bondar. Publisher:
Greey de Pencier,1993.
Canada – Landscape of Dreams published by Douglas and
McIntyre, Vancouver/Toronto, 2002Sources
Roberta Bondar's website: http://www.robertabondar.ca/bio
Leslie M. Frost,
Eugene Forsey, 1973-77
William L. Morton, 1977-80
Margaret Laurence, 1981-83
John J. Robinette, 1984-87
F. Kenneth Hare, 1988-95
Mary May Simon, 1995-99
Peter John Gzowski, 1999-2002
Dr. Roberta Lynn Bondar,
OC, O. Ont., MD, PhD, FRCP ( C ) , FRSCAstronaut; b. Sault Ste. Marie,
Ont. 4 Dec. 1945; e. Univ. of Guelph B.Sc. 1968; Univ. of Western Ont.
M. Sc. 1971; Univ. of Toronto Ph.D. 1974; McMaster Univ. M.D. 1977;
Univ. of Western Ont. F.R.C.P. ( C ) 1981; D.Sc. (Hon.): Mt. Allison
Univ., 1989, Univ. of Guelph 1990, Lakehead Univ. 1991, Algoma Coll.,
Laurentian Univ. 1992, Univ. of Toronto 1992, McGill Univ. 1992, York
Univ. 1992, Royal Roads Military College 1993, Memorial Univ. 1993,
Laval Univ. 1993, Carleton Univ. 1993, Univ. of Montreal 1994, Univ.
of PEI 1994, Univ. of Western Ont. 1995, Niagara Univ. 1997, Univ. of
Winnipeg 2001; D. Hum. L (Hon.); Mount St. Vincent Univ. 1990, D.C.
(Hon.) Univ. Of Ottawa 1992, D.S.L. (Hon.); Wycliffe College, Univ.
of Toronto 1993, Fellow, Ryerson Polytechnical Instit. 1990; Officer,
Order of Canada 1992; Order of Ontario 1993; Specially Elected Fellow,
Royal Soc. Of Canada 1999; several high sch. Awards; Fellowships: Ont.
Grad. 1970-71, N.R.C. scholarship 1971-73, N.R.C. postdoctoral fellowship
1974, Ont. Min. of Health 1981, Med. Rsch. Counc. 1981-82, Wm. A. Vanderburgh,
St. Travel Award 1976; ASTRONAUT, CANADIAN ASTRONAUT PROGRAM 1984-92;
First Cdn. Woman astronaut in space 22 Jan. 1992; Prime Payload Specialist
for STS-42, IML-I (First Internat. Microgravity Lab Mission) 1990-92;
Bd. Of Dirs, Internat. Space Univ., Canada 1987-92 (ex-officio); Mem.
Scientific Advisory Panel, Premier’s Council on Science &
Technology 1988-89; Bd. Of Trustees, Nat. Museum of Sci. and Tech. 1990-93;
Bd. Of Regents, Sports Medicine Council of Canada 1992-93; Mem., Public
Advisory Ctte. On State of the Environment Reporting 1992-95; Adv. Bd.,
Order of Canada (Gov. Gen’s representative) 1993-94; Consultant,
Order of Canada nomination 1995-98; Sr. Advisor, Royal Comm. On Education,
Prov. Of Ontario 1993-95; Rsch. Asst., Dept. of Fisheries and Forestry
1963-68; Coach, Archery Team and Phys. Ed. Lectr., Univ. of Guelph 1966-67),
Histology Tech. (part-time) Dept. of Zoology, Univ. of Guelph 1967-68;
Teaching Asst., Univ. of Toronto 1970-74; Intern, Toronto Gn. Hosp.
1977-78; Resident, Univ. of Western Ont. 1978-80; Neuro-ophthalmology
Fellow, Tuft’s New England Med. Ctr. 1981; Toronto Western Hosp.
1981-82; Asst. Prof., McMaster Univ. 1982-84; Dir., Multiple Sclerosis
Clinic, Hamilton-Wentworth Region 1982-84; Asst. Prof., Dept. of Medicine,
Div. Of Neurology, Ottawa Gen. Hosp., Ottawa, Ont. 1985-88; Lectr.,
Dept. of Nursing, Univ. of Ottawa, Ont. 1985-88; Chrmn., Cdn. Life Sciences
Ctte. For Space Station, Nat. Rsch. Council of Canada 1985-89; Civil
Aviation Medical Examiner, Health and Welfare, Canada 1986-93; Rsch.
Fellow, Playfair Inst. Oculomotor Lab., Toronto Western Hosp., 1989;
Life Sciences Representative, Cdn. Adv. Council on the Scientific Utilization
of Space Station 1986-88; Lectr., Dept. of Nat’l Defence Flight
Surgeon course, Biomedical Aspects of Space Flight 1986-92; Scientific
Staff, Sunnybrook Medical Centre 1988-93; Payload Specialist Candidate
for the First Internat. Microgravity Lab Shuttle Flight (IML-1) 1989-90;
Prime Payload Specialist for the First Internat. Microgravity Lab. Shuttle
Flight (IML-1) 1989-90; Prime Payload Specialist for the First Internat.
Microgravity Lab. Shuttle Flight (IML-1) 1989-90; Prime Payload Specialist
for the First Internat. Microgravity Lab. Shuttle Flight (IML-1); 1990-92;
Adjunct Prof., Dept. of Biology, Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, 1993-95;
Visiting Distinquished Fellow, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster
Univ. 1993-94; Visiting Rsch. Scientist, Universities Space Rsch. Assn.,
Johnson Space Centre, Houston, Texas 1993-95; Visiting Disting. Prof.,
Faculty of Kinesiology, Univ. of Western Ont. 1994-96; Chair, Friends
of the Environment Found. 1993-96; CIBC Disting. Prof., Faculty of Kinesiology
1996-98; lectures: James. S. Simpson Mem. Lectre., St. Joseph’s
Health Ctr. 1984; Elizabeth Bagshaw Mem. Lectr., Hamilton Acad. Of Med.
1985; Aaron Brown Lectr., Phi Delta Epsilon Med. Fraaternity, Univ.
of Toronto 1987; Royal Coll. Lectr., Royal Coll. Of Phys. And Surg.
Of Canada 1991-93; Synder Lectr., Erindale Coll., Univ. of Toronto 1992;
Riley-Jeffs Lecture, Cdn. Assn. Of Dieticians 1993; Herbert and Angela
Bruce Lecture, Wellesley Hosp. 1993; Royal College Lecture, Royal College
of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada 1993; Harry D. Armstrong Lecture,
Aerospace Medical Assn. 1993; Jasper Lecture, Cdn. Assn. For Neurosciences
1993; Jasper Lecture, Cdn. Assn. For Neurosciences 1993; Henry Marshall
Tory Lecture, Univ. of Alta. 1994; Guest Speaker, Sask. Prayer Breakfast
Regina 1994; Lynda Shaw Meml. Lecture, Unv. Of Western Ont. 1994; Shewfelt
Lecture in the Sciences, Albert Coll., Belleville, Ont.; Watts Lecture,
Scarborough Campus, Univ. of Toronto; recipient: Career Scientist Award,
Prov. Min. of Health 1982-83; Spec. Achievement Award, Woman of the
Year Awards 1984; Vanier Award, Jaycees 1985; Co-recipient F.W. (Casey)
Baldwin Award, Cdn. Aeronautics & Space Inst. 1985; Presidential
Citation of Honour, Alabam Agric. And Mech. Univ. 1990; William R. Franks
M.D. Award, Cdn. Soc. Of Aerospace Medicine 1990; Sault Ste. Marie Medal
Merit 1991; MacLachlan Coll. & Prep. School. Proud to be Canadian
Medal, Canada 125, Oakville, Ont. 1992; Paul Harris Recognition Award
(1992) Rotary Club of Ancaster; Presidential Citation, Am. Acad. of
Neurology 1992; Hubertus Strughold Award, Space Medicine Branch, Aerospace
Med. Assn. 1992; NASA Space Medal 1992; Award of Merit, Univ. of Western
Ont. Alumni 1992; La Personalite de l’Annee 1992, La Presse; Medaille
de L’Excellence, L’Association des Meddiecins de Langue
Francaise du Canada 1992; President’s Award, The College of Physicians
and Surgeons of Ont. 1992; Alumnus of the Year, Univ. of Western Ont.,
1992; Canada 125 Medal 1992; Kurt Hahn Award, Outward Bound Canada 1993,
YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, Prince Albert Sask. 1993; Outstanding
Cdn., Armenian Community Centre of Toronto 1993; Alumnus of the Year,
Univ. of Guelph 1993; Inductee, Hamilton Gall. Of Distinction 1993;
Community & Leadership Award, Toastmasters Distinction Dist. 60
1994; Secretary, Cdn. Soc. Of Aviation Med. 1984-85 (Treat. 1983-84);
Hon. Life Mem., Cdn Fedn. Of Univ. Women 1985; Hon. Life Mem., Girl
Guides of Canada 1986; Hon. Patron, Yhoung Scientists of Canada 1987;
Hon. Life Mem., Fed. Of Medical Women of Canada 1991; Hon. Patron, Cdn.
Federation of Business and Prof. Women’s Clubs 1992-96; Hon. Mem.,
Algoma West Acad. Of Medicine 1992; Hon. Chairperson, Parkinson Found.
Of Canada 1992-93; Hon. Mem., The Dominion of Canada Rifle Assn. 1992;
Hon. Patron, Mission Air Transp. Network 1992-96; Hon. Life Mem., Science
North 1992; Mem. Hon. L’Assn. Des Medecins de Langue Francaise
du Canada 1992; Hon. Dir., Cdn. Space & Tech. Centre, London 1993;
Hon. Life Mem., Zonta Internat. 1993; Hon. Event Dir., Guelph ’93,
Internat. Camp, Girl Guides of Canada 1993; Hon. Dir., Save Our North
Atlantic Resources 1993; Hon. Patron, The Aphasia Centre, North York,
Ont. 1993-95; Hon. Chairperson, Cdn. Coalition for Quality Daily Physical
Education 1993-96; Hon. Mem., Bootmakers of Canada (Sherlock Holmes
Soc.) 1993; Exec. Council, The Lung Assn. 1993; Hon. Patron, Can. Bushplane
Heritage Centre 1993-96; Hon. Chair, Women’s Soccer Competition,
World Student Games 1993; Hon. Chair, 24-Hour Relay for Health, Chedoke-McMaster
Hosp. Found. 1993; Hon. Colonel, 22 Wing, Cdn. Armed Forces, Hornell
Heights, Ont. 1993-96; Hon. Patron, Ont. Parks Assn. 1993; Hon. Patron:
Earth Observation Theatre, Fort Whyte Centre, Winnipeg, Man. 1994; Trinity
Coll. Sch., Toronto 1994; Youth Science Found. 1994; Hon. Patron, Multicultural
Alliance to Promote Literacy (MAPLE) Montreal 1995-96; Hon. Chair, Cdn.
Nat. Marsville Prog., Ont. Science Centre 1995; Hon. Patron, 1995 Internat.
Math. Olympiad; Life Mem., Hamilton Acad. Of Med.; mem. Am. Acad. Of
Neurology; Cdn. Neurological Soc.; Cdn. Aeronautics & Space Inst.;
Coll. Of Physicians & Surgeons of Ont.; Aerospace Med. Assoc.; Cdn.
Soc. Of Aerospace Medicine; Cdn. Fed. Of Univ. Women; Alburquerque Aerostat
Asension Assoc.; Am. Soc. For Gravitational & Space Biology; Fed.
of Med. Women of Canada; Assn. Of Space Explorers; Cdn. Medical Protective
Assn.; Royal Coll. Of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; Cdn. Assn.
Of Sports Medicine; Cdn. Medical Protective Assn.; author Touching the
Earth 1994, Passionate Vision 2000 and numerous scholarly articles,
papers, and public presentations; photography exhibits (solo); Passionate
Vision: Discovering Canada’s National Parks Cdn. Museum of Nature
2000, Royal Ont. Museum 2001, London Historic & Regional Art Museum
2001, Art Gall. Of Algoma 2001; (group): Beauty of Another Order: Photgography
in Science National Art Gallery 1997; Heaven and Earth Grimsby Art Gallery
2001; languages spoken and written: English, French. Web: www.robertabondar.com