Speaker Research Award

The Speaker Medal for Distinguished Research, Scholarship or Performance (Speaker Research Award) recognizes of the central importance of research, scholarship and performance to the philosophy and goals of the University of Lethbridge.
 

Nomination information | Past recipients

2020 Recipient- Dr. Bryson Brown

Recognized as one of the world’s most influential contributors to paraconsistent (inconsistency-tolerant) logic, Dr. Bryson Brown has been named the winner of the 2020 University of Lethbridge Speaker Research Award.

 

Brown, professor and Chair in the Department of Philosophy, is regarded as a key contributor to an area of logic called paraconsistent logic, which allows non-trivial reasoning from inconsistent premises; he has also made influential contributions to the application of such logics in the history and philosophy of science.

His contributions to research are manyfold, displaying breadth across areas including philosophy of ecology, the theory of evolution and early (“old”) quantum theory. Brown is a co-author or co-editor of six volumes of scholarly papers and has published 53 research papers in refereed journals and scholarly anthologies — an impressive record for a humanities professor publishing in journals that accept less than 10 per cent of submissions. Brown’s research has also garnered the attention and support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) as he has received five Regular Research Grants over the course of his career, an exceptional accomplishment in the humanities.

Brown has a passion for philosophy of science, including the roles of science in understanding our world and as a critical tool for survival in today’s world. A teacher of his, Wilfrid Sellars, described the aim of philosophy as “to understand how things in the broadest possible sense of the term hang together in the broadest possible sense of the term”; Brown hopes that his work has contributed and will continue to contribute to that project.

Understanding our world is essential to coping with critical issues today, including climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. Brown’s work on paraconsistent logics has explored how logicians and scientists have coped with the inconsistencies that paradoxes and the natural world sometimes seem to impose on us, and developed new ways to carry on constructively.

Learn more about Dr. Bryson Brown's research.

Past recipients

Year

Recipient

Department/Faculty

2019

Olga Kovalchuk

Biological Sciences

2018

Gerlinde Metz

Neuroscience

2017

Leroy Little Bear

President's Office

2016

Susan McDaniel

Sociology/Prentice Institute

2015

Igor Kovalchuk

Biological Sciences

2014

Sergio Pellis

Neuroscience

2013

Cynthia Chambers

Education

2012

Joseph Rasmussen

Biological Sciences

2011

Jennifer Mather

Psychology

2010

Dave Morris

Math & Computer Science

2009

Brian Titley

Education

2008

Robert Sutherland

Neuroscience

2007

Stewart Rood

Biological Sciences

2006

Hadi Kharaghani

Math & Computer Science

2005

Kurt Klein

Economics

2004

Gail Michener

Biological Sciences

2003

Maggie Winzer

Education

2002

David Naylor

Physics

2001

Keramit Ali

Physics

2000

Raymond Huel

History

1999

Bryan Kolb

Psychology & Neuroscience

1998

Reginald Bibby

Sociology

1997

John Woods

Philosophy

1996

Ian Whishaw

Psychology

1995

Menno Boldt

Sociology