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Trent Professor Elected to Royal Society of Canada's Academy of Arts and Humanities


Dr. Michael Peterman Joins Nine Other Trent RSC Fellows

Friday, July 14, 2006, Peterborough

Trent professor Michael Peterman has been elected a 2006 Fellow to The Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the Canadian Academy of the Sciences and Humanities, the highest honour that can be attained by scholars, artists and scientists in Canada.

Dr. Peterman is one of 82 new Fellows elected for 2006. Two Foreign Fellows and One Specially Elected Fellow were also named. All new Fellows reflect the motto of the Society, "different paths, one vision", and come from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. Fellows are also dedicated to achieving excellence in their endeavours, thus enhancing Canada's competitiveness on a global basis.

"This comes at a nice time for me. I have a number of things I am working on or that are about to come out so this gives me a great stimulus to keep my nose to the grindstone," said Professor Peterman.

A professor of English, Dr. Peterman has been at Trent for over 30 years. Throughout his time at the University, he has held various positions including: Senior Tutor of Lady Eaton College, Editor of the Journal of Canadian Studies, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, and Chair of the Department of English Literature. Currently, Dr. Peterman is the Principal of Catharine Parr Traill College. His areas of specialization include American and Canadian literature, particularly 19th Century Canadian writers such as Susanna Moodie, Catharine Parr Traill, Thomas D'Arcy McGee, Robertson Davies, Margaret Laurence, Jane Urquhart, Margaret Atwood, and Timothy Findley.

Dr. Peterman's previous awards include: five Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) national research grants (several in collaboration with other scholars); a Fulbright Fellowship (1995), the Pathy Visiting Professorship in Canadian Studies at Princeton University (2004-05), and Trent University's Distinguished Research Award (2000).

The Royal Society of Canada is the country's oldest scholarly organization and consists of approximately 1,700 fellows. It promotes learning and research in all fields and is made up of three Academies: the Academy of the Arts and Humanities (Academy I), the Academy of Social Sciences (Academy II), and the Academy of Science (Academy III).

"The Society is proud to celebrate the intellectual achievements of the new Fellows," said Dr. Patricia Demers, President of the Society. "We wish to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of persons of talent, expertise and creativity in all fields, from experimental and applied science to health and medical sciences, and from social sciences and humanities to the various artistic domains."

Professor Peterman and all 2006 Fellows will be inducted to the Society during a ceremony set to take place on Sunday, November 19, 2006 in Ottawa.

Other Fellows affiliated with Trent University include: Trent's current Chancellor Dr. Roberta Bondar, Dr. John Burbidge, Dr. Leonard Conolly, Dr. Peter Dillon, Dr. Wayne Evans, Dr. Thomas Hutchinson, Dr. Bryan Palmer, Dr. Joan Sangster, and Thomas Symons, Trent's founding President.

For more information about the RSC Fellowships, visit the web site at www.rsc.ca.   


For more information, please contact:
Professor Michael Peterman, (902) 766-0512 or (705) 748-1011 x1737

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