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Congratulations Ella Wensel in receiving the 2014 Faculty of Arts Outstanding Staff Recognition Award on May 20, 2014 at the Arts Recognition/Awards Ceremony. 

Bonnie Walter receives a long service Recognition Award for 30 years of service on May 1st, 2014. Congratulations!

Photo by Colin Branner

Congratulations to political theory professor Joshua Goldstein for winning a 2013-2014 Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award. One of four winners from the Faculty of Arts, Joshua received his award at an SU award ceremony on April 23, 2014.

Photo by Gene Baines

Congratulations to Dave Snow, PhD Candidate (defending in April), who has been awarded a Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship at Dalhousie University beginning September 2014!  Dave will be investigating comparative assisted reproductive technology policy in Australia, Canada, and the United States in the Faculty of Medicine with Novel Tech Ethics.  





Brenda O'Neill, head of the Department of Political Science will speak at the 40th Anniversary of the University of Calgary High School Model United Nations this weekend February 22-23, 2014.  This event is hosted by Dr. Robert Huebert, Dr. Jim Keeley, and Samantha Hossack, President of the Political Science Student Association.

After 45 years of dedicated service to the Department of Political Science Tom Flanagan has retired from the University of Calgary.  At his request Tom received a somewhat unusual gift to mark the occasion: a rubbing of a University of Calgary manhole cover.  Thanks to our head, Brenda O'Neill, and Brian Rusted, head of the Department of Art, for lending their artistic talents to the creation of Tom's lasting memory of the University of Calgary.

Elsa is interning at the Constitution Unit in the School of Public Policy / Political Science Department at the University College London. This is a leading British department. The Constitution Unit researches UK and comparative constitutional development as well as judicial appointments and independence in Britain.

Elsa is a member of the parliament team (headed by Dr. Meg Russell). Members of this team helped draft the UK Cabinet Manual in 2010-2011, based in part on the New Zealand Cabinet Manual. Elsa’s research on the New Zealand Manual for her MA at the University of Calgary led her to the Constitution Unit.

The parliament team is currently engaged in the most extensive investigation of British parliamentary operations since the 1970s. Elsa is constructing a database that will allow for content analysis of British Hansard (record of parliamentary proceedings) in order to probe the influence of select committees on MPs and Peers. This entails creating a codebook and collecting and coding relevant sections of Hansard.

Congratulations to Elsa on being selected for this internship!

Samantha Hossack / December 3, 2013
President, Political Science Association, University of Calgary 

Photo by Riley Brandt

Congratulations to Dave Snow on receiving a 2nd year scholarship of the prestigious Izaak Walton Killam Scholarship and Killam Research Award for 2013-2014.  In celebration, a dinner was held with the Killam Trustees on Friday, October 18th in honour of the Killam Scholars. 

Killam Scholar Dave Snow by his research poster

photo courtesy of the UToday

Congratulations to Rhiannon Kirkland, former Political Science Honours student, thesis entitled, "Debt and Power: The Impact of Chinese Ownership of US Debt and Assets on Sino-American Relations" published in the University of Miami Undergraduate Journal, The Global Citizen: A Worldwide Forum for International Affairs, 2013, Vol 1, issue 1.  

Dr. Sarah M. Jordaan is an Assistant Professor of Energy Policy and Politics at the University of Calgary. Previously, she worked for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) managing a cross-cutting initiative examining economic, supply and regulatory implications of environmental impacts of shale gas development in the US, including water use, produced water management, life cycle greenhouse gas emissions, and regional air emissions. She was formerly a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group at the Kennedy School of Government and Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. A portion of her research has been conducted with the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation at the University of California, San Diego.  She earned her PhD in 2009 at the University of Calgary in Environmental Design at the Institute for Sustainable Energy Economy and Environment. Her Bachelor's degree is in Physics with a minor in Computer Science from the Memorial University of Newfoundland.

To date, Dr. Jordaan has been involved with projects on (1) quantitative assessments of the environmental impacts of energy systems, (2) life cycle assessment of energy extraction, (3) the impacts of climate policies on water resources, (4) ethical implications of energy extraction and (5) governance of environmental and economic impacts of unconventional fossil fuels in North America.  

In addition to these topics, her interests are energy technology innovation, the environmental, political, and economic impacts of global and regional natural gas production, the implications of energy security policies on the environment and economy, as well as technology and ethics.

Barry Cooper was honoured and celebrated this year at the American Political Science Association (APSA) meeting in Chicago, August 28-September 2, 2013. In addition to a panel on “Hunting and Weaving:  Barry Cooper’s Political Philosophy”, a dinner was held at the Berghoff to celebrate the publication of the Festschrift for Barry Cooper “Hunting and Weaving:  Empiricism and Political Philosophy”, August 2013, edited by Thomas Heilke and John von Heyking, former MA students of the Department of Political Science, University of Calgary.  

Barry Cooper was also one of six scholars awarded an Eric Voegelin Society Order of Merit Medal in recognition of his scholarship and contributions to the Eric Voegelin Society.

Photo Left to Right: David Walsh, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC; Henrik Syse, University of Oslo, Norway; Barry Cooper, University of Calgary; Jürgen Gebhardt, University of Erlangen, Germany; Macon Boczek, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio; William Petropulos, Eric Voegelin Archiv, Munich, Germany.