Meet uOttawa’s new Fellows and members of the Royal Society of Canada

Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Six University of Ottawa researchers have been elected fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the highest distinction that can be given to a scholar, scientist, or artist in Canada.

In addition, two researchers have been elected to the seventh cohort of the RSC’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, which recognizes research leaders in the early stages of their careers.

“On behalf of the University of Ottawa, I wish to congratulate our distinguished group of researchers, whose academic excellence has been honoured by the Royal Society of Canada,” said Sylvain Charbonneau, vice-president, research.  “We are extremely proud of their professional achievements in a diversity of disciplines. The impact of their accomplishments is a source of inspiration for our students, who are eager to learn and, in turn, to push the frontiers of knowledge in fields of research that are of great relevance to Canadians.”


Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada

 Jan Grabowski, David Moher and Gilles Patry

From left to right: Lynne Bowker, David Bryce, Abdulmotaleb El Saddik, Jan Grabowski, David Moher and Gilles Patry

Lynne Bowker (Faculty of Arts) is a professor at the School of Translation and Interpretation and the School of Information Studies. She specializes in machine translation (MT) literacy. Her goal is to inform  users on how MT systems, such as Google Translate, process information, as well as to teach them how to interact with MT tools, either before or after the translation phase, to get results that meet their needs.

David Bryce (Faculty of Science) is a University Research Chair and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences. His research focuses on solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, employing powerful magnetic fields to explore the behaviour of molecules at the subatomic level.

Abdulmotaleb El Saddik (Faculty of Engineering), Fellow IEEE, EIC and CAE, University Research Chair and Distinguished University Professor, is an award-winning, internationally recognized leader in computer science and engineering research, having made seminal contributions to the field of multimedia computing and communications. His research in haptic-audio-visual environments, together with his pioneering work in digital twins and haptics biometrics, have led to major innovations in this field and significantly impacted the way human-machine interactions are performed.

Jan Grabowski (Faculty of Arts) is a professor in the Department of History. He is an expert on the issues surrounding the extermination of Polish Jews, as well as on the history of Jewish-Polish relations from 1939 to 1945.

David Moher (Faculty of Medicine) is a University Research Chair, a professor at the School of Epidemiology and Public Health, and a senior scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. His research focuses on helping to improve the publication of science from different perspectives: authors; editors; and peer reviewers. As part of this effort, he has established international standards used by hundreds of academic journals for the complete and transparent reporting of biomedical research, particularly randomized trials and systematic reviews.

Gilles Patry (Faculty of Engineering) is professor and president emeritus at the University of Ottawa. His pioneering research in environmental engineering led to the development of GPS-X™, the industry standard in wastewater treatment modelling and simulation. Professor Patry has held a number of positions at the University of Ottawa, including as dean of the Faculty of Engineering, vice-rector, academic and president and vice-chancellor. He was also president and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation.  He is currently executive director of the U15, a grouping of Canadian research universities.


Members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

Emmanuelle Bernheim and Ebrahim Karimi

From left to right: Emmanuelle Bernheim and Ebrahim Karimi

Emmanuelle Bernheim (Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section) is a professor and internationally renowned expert in the rights of people with mental health issues and their access to justice. Her research documents the implementation of coercive measures in mental health, such as psychiatric internment, forced treatment, detention, conditional release, isolation, and the use of restraints, notably from the perspective of legal rights and health care consent.

Ebrahim Karimi (Faculty of Science) is a Canada Research Chair and professor in the Department of Physics, as well as a leading international expert on structured quantum waves. He explores how electrons and photons, the tiniest particles of light, can be shaped to carry desired quantum, wavelike properties, with a view to developing novel technologies and techniques.


The researchers will be inducted into the Royal Society of Canada at a ceremony to be held in November. With this latest cohort, the University of Ottawa now boasts 123 RSC fellows and 26 members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Read the Royal Society of Canada’s media release.

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