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Top Teaching and Research Awards Announced

Tuesday, April 6, 2004, Peterborough

The 2003-04 recipients of two prestigious Trent University awards have been announced.

Professor Eric Helleiner has received the Symons Teaching Award, presented annually to a faculty member who displays exemplary teaching, as well as concern for students.  Prof. Helleiner is a member of the International Development Studies program and was awarded a Canada Research Chair in International Political Economy.

Two of Prof. Helleiner's nominators summed up his strengths by saying:

"Professor Helleiner's approach to teaching embodies and conveys the three qualities that a professor needs most to communicate effectively to and with students. These qualities are passion, erudition and humility."

"His dedication to his students extends well beyond the classroom. He is always happy to provide advice, whether it is on an essay or on future paths to follow ... In short I cannot imagine my Trent experience without Professor Helleiner."

Professor Peter Dillon of the department of Chemistry and the Environmental and Resource Studies program, has won Trent University's Distinguished Research Award which is given annually to a member of Trent's faculty in recognition of outstanding achievements in research and scholarship. He was awarded an NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Watershed Biogeochemistry and is the Director of Trent University's Water Quality Centre. In 2003, the Royal Society of Canada awarded Prof. Dillon the Miroslaw Romanowski Medal. The award is presented for significant contributions to the resolution of scientific aspects of environmental problems or for important improvements to the quality of an ecosystem in all aspects, terrestrial, atmospheric and aqueous brought about by scientific means.

Letters of support provided by colleagues from international research organizations praised Dr. Dillon for his contributions to scholarly research:

"...his outstanding contribution to knowledge in the field is not only evidenced by his output of quality research papers but also by those he has influenced and taught along the way. He has supervised an impressive list of students, many of whom have gone on to become experts in their own right. He has influenced state, national and international politicians and funding agencies."

"The Water Quality Centre is at the forefront of environmental biogeochemistry, and its establishment and success are a direct result of Dr. Dillon's efforts. His ability to secure funding from industry, governmental departments, and research organizations to produce a state of the art, innovative research centre, is testament to his vision, drive and determination. The Centre will build on this solid foundation, and has the ability to be a world leader."

The Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching was established in 1976. The Distinguished Research Award was established in 1986. The awards are presented each year at the spring convocation to a member of the Trent University community.

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For more information contact:

Prof. Eric Helleiner, Trent University, (705) 748-1011, ext. 1004

Prof. Peter Dillon, Trent University, (705) 748-1011, ext. 1536



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