Martin Scanlon, an imaginative scientist and inspiring teacher receives teaching award
Since joining the faculty at the University of Manitoba in 1991, Dr. Martin Scanlon has shown steadfast dedication to the quality of his students’ education and his research. An imaginative scientist, he inspires his students to think creatively and critically; indeed, two of his PhD students have won major prizes for their innovative theses. It is for these reasons and more that students nominated him for the University of Manitoba Graduate Students’ Association Teaching Award, and the university is honoured to bestow it upon him.
Dr. Scanlon is the Acting Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. He is an exemplary professor, advisor and mentor who has led numerous studies that impact us all. His research concerns our food: he’s keenly interested in how food processing changes the mechanical properties of food materials. In short, he’s designing better tasting foods with improved nutrient profiles. He has shared his expertise with numerous industry bodies, and in the past was employed at the Canadian Grain Commission Grain Research Laboratory in Winnipeg and the Flour Milling & Baking Research Association in Chorleywood, England. He has authored or co-authored over 195 publications and 96 refereed journal papers. He holds two patents and with his collaborators has brought in over $10.4 million in research funding. He is also active in professional activities, sitting on the Editorial Boards of three scientific journals and participating in governance roles for scientific societies.
While dedicated and focused on his research work, Dr. Scanlon is equally committed to ensuring the success of his students. His, unwavering support of his students, their work and their success led to Dr. Scanlon being honoured last year at the Student Teacher Recognition Reception, an award given by undergraduate students to teachers who have made important contributions to their education.
He has thus far advised or co-advised 13 postdoctoral fellows, 12 doctoral students, 26 masters students and 9 undergraduate student researchers.
He has enriched this university with his sterling research, distinguished administrative service, and most importantly, through his passionate dedication to his students’ learning. He is a most worthy recipient of The University of Manitoba Graduate Students’ Association Teaching Award.
Dr. Scanlon receives his award at Fall Convocation 2014 on Wednesday, October 22, 2014