KPU instructor named one of 91 inaugural members of "The College"

Tue, Oct 7, 2014

Metro Vancouver, B.C. – Dr. Daniel Bernstein, Canada Research Chair in Lifespan Cognition at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), has been appointed an inaugural member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

The College’s first cohort is comprised of 91 Canadians who have demonstrated a high level of achievement at an early stage in their career. The first national system of its kind, the College will address the issues and concerns of emerging scholars, artists and scientists across the country. Members were nominated by 51 Canadian universities and the National Research Council, and collectively, they will work to advance understanding, and focus on benefiting society.

“I’m thrilled to be a member of the College, and look forward to meeting and working with the other members,” said Dr. Bernstein.

Dr. Bernstein is the primary investigator of KPU’s Lifespan Cognition Lab, which researches how our thinking changes across the lifespan – from preschool to old age. His current research interests include belief and memory, lifespan cognitive development and perspective-taking. Currently a faculty member in KPU’s department of psychology, Dr. Bernstein holds a PhD from Simon Fraser University, and did post-doctoral training at the University of Washington.

As a member of the College’s first cohort, he will engage in regional programming, mentor promising young scholars and participate in the 'expert panel' process by proposing topics, or serving on panels and associated committees, among other activities. The College’s first presentation will take place Nov. 21 in Quebec City.

The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists is a bilingual, multidisciplinary body within the Royal Society of Canada. It is the first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of intellectual leadership. More information is available here.

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