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President’s Report, September 2014

  Posted on: September 30, 2014

Microbiologist Ann Cheeptham in her lab with CBC’s The Nature of Things.

The President’s Report is produced each month for presentation to the TRU Board of Governors and TRU Senate. Read the September 2014 President’s Report for an overview of recent university news, accomplishments and publications by the TRU community, and a list of upcoming campus events.

September’s issue highlights the first Interior Nations Research Forum Sept. 12 to 13, hosted by Research and Graduate Studies, which brought together 54 First Nations chiefs and academics to discuss an Indigenous research agenda with a health focus. Also in the news, TRU’s latest economic impact study measured the university’s benefits to the local economy, the region and the province. The provincial government announced funding for trades seats in occupations related to the liquified natural gas (LNG) industry. And environmental activist and photojournalist Pat Morrow will be recognized at Fall Convocation with a TRU honorary doctorate.

Among many achievements this month, we congratulate Biological Sciences faculty member Naowarat (Ann) Cheeptham, who was interviewed by CBC television’s The Nature of Things about her cave bacteria research, and Wendy Hulko, Social Work, who was awarded a certificate of reviewing excellence by Elsevier and the Journal of Aging Studies. Charles Mossop, TRU World (retired), was recognized with an International Education Lifetime Achievement Award from the BC Council for International Education in June for his contributions to the development of TRU World, spanning 30 years.

This issue also features presentations and publications from arts, business, education, law, the library, science, social work and TRU World, including recent work by Rod McCormick, LEEF Chair in Aboriginal Child and Maternal Health.

To view past reports, visit the President’s website. To submit news, achievements or publications to the next report (October 2014), send an email to

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