Our sister organization the Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations (CAFA) announced the winners of its annual Distinguished Academic Awards last week and we are happy to congratulate Dr. Carole Estabrooks from the University of Alberta and Dr. Paul Hayes from the University of Lethbridge on their outstanding work at Alberta’s universities.

Dr. Estabrooks is a professor in the Faculty of Nursing and a Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Transition at the University of Alberta. Her research on the practical health care outcomes and better delivery of health care has received international attention along with millions of dollars in research that is advancing our knowledge in health care.

Dr. Hayes teaches in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Lethbridge and has been researching organometallic chemistry – which is advancing our knowledge of preparing “green” polymers from renewable sources, such as corn. He graduated with a PhD from the University of Calgary just six years ago, but as already made his mark in academia here in Alberta and should be considered one of our rising stars.

Both Dr. Hayes and Dr. Estabrooks are fantastic examples of how important it is that the faculty at our universities not only be superb educators, but also be on the leading edge of discovery within their disciplines. To better attract and support faculty members CAUS is calling on the Government of Alberta to increase the Campus Alberta Grant to institutions as a part of our annual budget recommendations.