October 17th, 2017

U of L scholars named to Royal Society of Canada


By Kuhl, Nick on September 17, 2017.

Lethbridge Herald

Two University of Lethbridge scholars been elected to The Royal Society of Canada.

The society recently welcomed 70 new members to The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, including University of Lethbridge faculty members Ute Kothe and Yale Belanger.

Belanger, a member of the Department of Political Science, is a scholar of Indigenous Studies whose research is in the understanding of First Nations’ gambling enterprises, urban aboriginal policy and the role of federal housing policy in addressing homelessness among Indigenous peoples.

“Being named to The Royal Society is a real honour for me,” Belanger said in a news release. “The U of L also benefits by having the quality of scholarly work and research being conducted here highlighted. As an alum who finished his BA in 1998 only to return as a faculty member, this is an especially proud moment.”

Kothe, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has made pioneering discoveries regarding the role of RNAs and proteins in gene expression with relevance for several diseases.

“Being elected to The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists is a tremendous privilege,” Kothe said in a news release. “As part of the Alberta RNA Research and Training Institute at the U of L, I am enjoying an inspiring environment to conduct groundbreaking RNA research. And I’m passionate about our outreach work with the Let’s Talk Science team to engage children and youth in science.”

The College is a handpicked selection of top mid-career scholars and artists in Canada, representing the emerging generation of scholarly, scientific and artistic leadership in Canada.

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