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K
elly O'Connor, a fourth-
year honours interna-
tional relations student,
has been selected for the
Rhodes Scholarship from
England's famed University
of Oxford. One of the most
prestigious academic awards
in the world, the scholarship
is valued at over $100,000.
O'Connor is the 49th Rhodes Scholar from Mount
Allison and the second Mount Allison student in a row
to receive the prestigious award.
"I'm very humbled and feel lucky to be selected for the
Rhodes Scholarship. I am excited to continue my studies
at Oxford and know that my experience at Mount Allison
has prepared me well for this next step."
Mount Allison President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert
Campbell says, "Kelly is an exceptional student who has
contributed greatly to her community, both at Mount
Allison and beyond. She joins a long list of Mount Allison
graduates who have gone on to study at the University of
Oxford as Rhodes Scholars. I wish her the very best and
congratulate her on behalf of the entire Mount Allison
community for a terrific achievement."
O'Connor, a resident of Kelowna, BC and graduate of
Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, will begin her
master of Science in Refugee and Forced Migration
Studies at Oxford next fall. Following her time at
Oxford, O'Connor is considering a career in law and
advocacy work.
T
wo Canadian researchers, applauded as leaders in
their fields, have been awarded Canada Research
Chairs (CRC) at Mount Allison.
Biology professor Dr. Doug Campbell has been named
the
Canada
Research
Chair
in
Phytoplankton
Ecophysiology (Tier 1), while Dr. Ian Mauro will join the
department of geography and environment this year as
the Canada Research Chair in Human Dimensions of
Environmental Change (Tier 2).
Mount Allison Provost and Vice-President, Academic and
Research, Dr. Stephen McClatchie says, "Mount Allison
University has some of the best researchers and teachers
in the world and these latest Canada Research Chair
appointments reflect that. Our faculty members, and the
students they teach and work with, are making significant
contributions in their respective fields and beyond."
Campbell has held the Canada Research Chair in
Environmental Processes (Tier 2) at Mount Allison since
2001. His research focuses on phytoplankton -- the
diverse, microscopic, ocean-based organisms that
produce half of all the oxygen in the world. Campbell
looks specifically at the enzyme process phytoplankton
use to produce oxygen and how different kinds of
phytoplankton react and adjust to changes in their envi-
ronment, such as the rising water temperatures and
changing nutrient levels caused by climate change.
Mauro's research is community based, working to help
people tell their stories and experiences regarding climate
change, food security, and associated human adaptation.
He uses multi-media research techniques, principally
documentary video and Internet communication, which
helps record and share knowledge in and across indige-
nous and non-indigenous cultures.
Three other Mount Allison faculty members currently
hold Canada Research Chairs -- Dr. David Fleming, Dr.
Stephen Westcott, and Dr. Craig Brett.
Kelly O'Connor is Mount Allison's 49th Rhodes Scholar
World-leading researchers named Canada Research Chairs at Mount Allison
Biology professor
Dr. Doug Campbell
Geography and environment
professor Dr. Ian Mauro