New Canada research chair in rural aging, health and social care, founding director of the Trent Centre for Aging and Society, and leading international expert on the role of volunteerism in supporting older people – these are just a few titles that Dr. Mark Skinner holds, and today he adds one more to the list – member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists following an announcement made by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).
Professor Skinner, a Geography professor in the School of the Environment at Trent, was among 80 new members named to the RSC today and only the second Trent faculty member to earn this prestigious honour.
“Dr. Skinner is an outstanding scholar who is addressing very important, policy-relevant topics of interest, both nationally and internationally,” said Dr. Neil Emery, vice-president of Research and Innovation at Trent University. “It’s great to welcome a second Trent faculty member to the Royal Society College of New Scholars, and is yet another example of Trent University achieving exceptional heights as a leading research institution.”
As a Royal Society member, Prof. Skinner will work with other experts from across the country to provide guidance on issues of importance to Canadians, and promote Canadian achievements in the arts, humanities and sciences.
“Being named to the Royal Society of Canada is a tremendous honour and privilege,” said Prof. Skinner. “It brings with it much deserved attention to the importance of critically-informed, community-engaged aging studies and highlights the hard work we’re doing to make Trent University and the Peterborough region a leader in the field.”
Prof. Skinner’s research examines how rural people and places are responding to the challenges and opportunities of population aging, particularly the evolving role of the voluntary sector and volunteers in supporting older people and sustaining aging communities, and is internationally-recognized for his contributions to health geography, social gerontology and rural health. Prof. Skinner is also known for leading new fields of inquiry in gerontology with his co-edited books Ageing Resource Communities: New Frontiers of Rural Population Change, Community Development and Voluntarism, and Geographical Gerontology: Concepts and Approaches.
The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists was established in 2014 as Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership. It comprises a fourth entity (along with the current three Academies) within the Royal Society, which itself was established in 1882. The members of the College are Canadians who, at an early stage in their career, have demonstrated a high level of achievement. The criteria for election is excellence, and membership is for seven years. Prof. Skinner was nominated by Trent University’s research office.
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