Cravath Hall
Fisk Research Symposium

April 8-9, 2015


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Honors Convocation

Fisk Memorial Chapel - 1:00 pm

Dr. Rodney S. Hanley

Dr. Rodney S. Hanley

Celebration of Student Honors & Awards

Dr. Rodney S. Hanley

Provost Rodney Hanley Rodney S. Hanley joined the Fisk Family as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs on September 15, 2014. A seasoned academic administrator and faculty member with more than 13 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Hanley was previously the Provost and Vice President (Academic) at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He also served as Department Chairman and Associate Professor at the University of North Dakota and then as Dean of Science and Professor of Biology at the University of Winnipeg. Dr. Hanley joins the Fisk Family as a dynamic academic leader with a strong record of building the organizations of which he was a member.

Dr. Hanley began his research career studying biodiversity, especially insects, and later became interested in environmental sustainability and biogeography. Some of his major projects included the establishment of a research center to provide decision support systems for agriculture, natural resource management, and educational communities from Earth observations; operating NASA’s DC-8 research jet; the design and installation of a specialized camera on the International Space Station; the establishment of the Prairie Isotope Production Enterprise-a non-profit corporation that brings together the university researchers, private industry, and medical services to produce medical isotopes, which are critical in the early detection of cancer; the develop of the first new Law School in Ontario in 44 years; and the discovery of numerous new species of insects, especially from Central and South America.

One of the projects for which Dr. Hanley is most proud is the development of the $70-million Science Complex at the University of Winnipeg located in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba. This LEED-certified facility houses the departments of biology, chemistry, and environmental studies. The Richardson College also incorporates a sustainability think-tank of faculty and staff, a centre for science commercialization and incubation, and a major telepresence suite in partnership with CISCO Systems Inc. This facility serves as flagship building for the University of Winnipeg.

Dr. Hanley earned his B.S. and M.S degrees in Environmental Biology from Eastern Illinois University and his Ph.D. in Biology with honors from the University of Kansas. In addition, he completed the Senior University Administrative Course at the University of Manitoba and the Institute for Management and Leadership at Harvard University. A lifelong learner, Dr. Hanley is presently completing his M.St. degree in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge. Dr. Hanley has over 155 peer-reviewed publications and professional presentations, and has been awarded over $98 million in research and teaching grants, and fundraising donations.

Dr. Hanley’s hometown is Decatur, Illinois and his wife is from Moorhead, Minnesota. He and his wife have two children whom they adopted from Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Fisk is renowned for engaging students in research and scholarly activities. Empirical research and scholarship are grounded in our academic curriculum, campus support services, and community activities. Our faculty, students and administrators emphasize the discovery and advancement of knowledge through research in the natural and social sciences, business and the humanities.

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The research symposium is a venue to disseminate and share scholarly contributions with other researchers and scholars. As research contributions and best practices are presented from several disciplines, it provides opportunities for inter-disciplinary research and collaboration. The poster presentations and dialogue with the researchers shows Fisk's commitment for critical thinking and inquiry-based learning. Further, it strengthens the idea of serendipitous education - acquisition of knowledge in a positive and affirming learning environment.

The annual Fisk Research Symposium was first organized in 1999. Prior to 2010 it was called Student Research Day (SRD).

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