By Lethbridge Herald on May 14, 2015.
The University of Lethbridge Senate has announced the third of its 2015 Honourary Degree recipients â€” astrophysicist, researcher and educator, Dr. Gregory Fahlman.
â€œWe are extremely pleased that Dr. Fahlman has accepted our offer of an honourary degree,â€ said University of Lethbridge chancellor Janice Varzari. â€œHis work as a university educator, scientific researcher and manager of Canadaâ€™s foremost astronomy centres has played a major role in keeping our country at the forefront of astronomical discovery.â€
The U of L will present Fahlman with the degree of Doctor of Science, honouris causa, at the Spring 2015 Convocation Ceremony III on Friday, May 29,Â at 9:30 a.m. in the 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport and Wellness.
Fahlman is a scientific researcher, university educator and astronomy facilities manager who has helped maintain Canadaâ€™s status as a top astronomy nation.
Since 2003, Fahlman has been a leader at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics, Canadaâ€™s top centre for astronomy and astrophysics. First as its director general, and now as general manager of astronomy and astrophysics, he has helped strengthen the NRCâ€™s reputation as a world-class facility for ground and space-based astronomical observatories, according to the Uâ€ˆof L.
Fahlman performs research on star clusters, galaxy clusters, white dwarfs and stellar populations. He has published nearly 130 refereed papers that have been cited some 5,300 times.
Â For decades, Fahlman taught astronomy and astrophysics at the University of British Columbia. During part of that time, he was also executive director of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope.
Fahlman has volunteered for astronomy organizations such as the Gemini Observatory, the Canadian Space Agency and the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy. In 2013, he was made a member of the Order of British Columbia.