President's Report 2007

Sir Wilfred Grenfell College wins prestigious teaching award

Dr. Geoffrey Rayner-Canham

A chemistry professor at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College was honoured with a major national award this past year. Dr. Geoffrey Rayner-Canham, professor in Grenfell’s environmental science program, was named one the 2007 honorees of the 3M National Teaching Fellowships.

The 3M National Teaching Fellowships are co-ordinated by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. They’re considered Canada’s most prestigious teaching award and are open to Canadian university teachers from all disciplines.

Dr. Rayner-Canham is the second Grenfell recipient to win the national award. Dr. Georg Gunther, professor of mathematics, received the 3M award in 2005.

Over the past 30 years, Dr. Rayner-Canham has promoted science to countless students in Newfoundland and Labrador and become one of the most sought-after experts at Grenfell.

Through his Chemistry is Everywhere! show, he has reached thousands of students and teachers, including those in isolated communities in Labrador that can be reached only by plane or coastal boat. A recent federal grant of $54,000 from the National Science and Engineering Council (NSERC) will help him take his show on the road to schools in remote communities for the next three years.