WINNIPEG – His rapping never won him a Grammy. But he has just been appointed to the Order of Canada.
OK, it wasn’t his musical talent that earned Biochemist and Nutritional Sciences Professor Michael Eskin the honour.
It was his pioneering research that helped contribute to the success of Canada’s canola oil industry.
But “Lipids Get a Real Bad Rap: It’s Just Not Fair” and his other rhymes might be what some of his students remember most about him.
Eskin says he liked to keep it interesting in the classroom and to keep his colleagues amused.
“A change is as good as the rest, so I have a few little things that I use,” he said.
Eskin says his award is timely.
“It’s a great honour and a little bit overwhelming, but it’s a very nice thing to happen, particularly in my time and profession, this marks my 50th year since I started teaching,” he said.
Eskin’s fellow U of M professor Noralou Roos, retired senator Sharon Carstairs, and Wawanesa Insurance’s Gergory Hanson have also been named to the Order of Canada.