Royal Society of Canada elects Profs. Asghar, Drapeau and Talwar to The College

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Today, the Royal Society of Canada announced 70 new members to The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, including seven McGill scholars, three of whom are with our Faculty of Education. With seven members, McGill has more new inductees this year than any other university in the country. The new members of the College will address issues of particular concern to Canadian society, including mental health and environmental management, taking advantage of the interdisciplinary approaches fostered by the College.

Fifty-one Canadian universities and the National Research Council nominate members to the College, which is the first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for Canadian intellectual leadership. Each new cohort represents an emerging generation of scholarly, scientific and artistic leadership from coast-to-coast.

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>Profs. Talwar, Drapeau and Asghar of McGill's Faculty of Education


This year’s inductees represent McGill’s excellence across the disciplines. Professor Anila Asghar, Associate Professor with our Department of Integrated Studies in Education, is renowned for her work on the interactions between Islam and science, science teaching and learning, and STEM education in diverse cultures and communities. She is an Associate Editor of the McGill Journal of EducationCo-Director of the McGill Center for Islam and Science (MCIS), and a member of McGill's Science and Mathematics Education Research Group (SMERG).

Martin Drapeau is an Associate Professor with our Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and an Associate Member with McGill's Department of Psychology. Prof. Drapeau is a former vice president of the Order (College) of Psychologists of Quebec (OPQ) and member of its executive committee and Board of Directors. He is currently Chair and Director of Research with the McGill Psychotherapy Process Research Group (MPPRG)

Victoria Talwar, Professor with our Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology is a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Forensic Developmental Psychology. She is an Associate Member of McGill's Institute for Human Development and Well-Being (IHDW) and Director of the Talwar Research Team, where she examines children's truth-telling in legal settings. 

The Induction Ceremony will take place at the RSC’s Annual General Meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba on November 24.

“McGill celebrates the contributions the inductees to the Royal Society of Canada’s New College are making to their fields.  The university community also looks forward to the discoveries of new knowledge that all these researchers will continue to contribute, not only to the research culture of our University, but at the provincial, national and international level as well,” said Martha Crago, Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation.

Read the Royal Society of Canada announcement | Read the original articleMcGill Reporter