The top 10 stories of 2022
The College of Arts and Science’s most-read news stories of the year
It was another exciting year in the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).
Hundreds of articles posted to the college news site told the stories of remarkable students, high-achieving researchers, inspirational alumni and memorable milestones.
The following were the most-read College of Arts and Science stories of 2022.
10. USask scientist first Canadian to win Royal Astronomical Society honour
Department of Physics and Engineering Physics faculty member Dr. Kathryn McWilliams (PhD) was awarded an honorary fellowship from the Royal Astronomical Society of the United Kingdom. McWilliams, “an unquestioned international expert in the dynamics of field-aligned currents,” is the first-ever Canadian to receive the honour.
9. A passion for science
Tia Montgrand’s longtime interest in nature inspired her to study biology and geology in the College of Arts and Science. Her hard work paid off when she graduated at Spring Convocation with a Bachelor of Science degree and a certificate in biological research.
8. USask’s Teri the spotted gar dies
Teri the gar, a member of a prehistoric fish family who resided for more than 20 years at the USask Museum of Natural Sciences, died in October following a slow age-related decline. “Teri will be very much missed as a feature in the museum and a part of the USask history. What a special little fishy,” said Teri’s former caretaker.
7. Life-long interest in music leads to USask degree
Drusilla Waltz was just three years old when she began playing the violin in her home community of Provost, Alta. Those early lessons sparked a life-long passion for music that led Waltz to new places, including to Saskatoon and to USask.
6. $500,000 in federal funding awarded for Canada Research Chair at USask
Dr. Eric Price (PhD), a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry, was awarded a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair to pursue the development of “smart” radioactive pharmaceuticals that may be used as innovative treatments for cancers, brain disorders and infectious diseases.
5. USask history student wins Fulbright research award
Mckelvey Kelly, a PhD candidate in the Department of History, was awarded a $25,000 US Fulbright Student Award to investigate the history of the Wyandot Nation of Kansas. The Wyandot are a confederacy of Indigenous peoples who lived near Lake Ontario but were dispersed in the 17th century.
4. USask English student named College of Arts and Science’s most distinguished graduate
A love of writing and literature inspired Hannah Tran to return to the College of Arts and Science to complete a second degree. At Spring Convocation she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and was named the college’s most distinguished graduate.
3. ‘Don’t give up’: USask psychology graduate encourages students to pursue their dreams
During her studies in the College of Arts and Science, Sheila Kimowan Victoria Naytowhow became a mentor to other students. “Take the jump, take the risk and, if it scares you or you’re not sure if it’ll work, just try anyway,” she said.
2. USask student cast in new CTV comedy
Cheyenna Sapp, a comedian, photographer and fourth-year student in the College of Arts and Science, was cast in a recurring role in the new CTV Comedy Channel series Acting Good. The series premiered in October.
1. USask student wins prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to study literature at University of Oxford
The most-read news story of 2022: When USask English student Cassidy Serhienko got the call on Nov. 20, her life changed forever. Serhienko was awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to pursue her master’s in English literature at the University of Oxford in England.
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