Kevin Hewitt is a professor in the Department of Physics & Atmospheric Science and Chair of Senate at Dalhousie University. He obtained his BSc at the University of Toronto with a Physics Specialist and a Biology Major. After finishing his graduate studies at Simon Fraser University, Hewitt joined Dalhousie University in 2015. His expertise lies in bionanophotonics, holography and molecular imaging. Over the years, his group has developed novel nanoparticle probes for cancer imaging and treatment, new optical imaging approaches and a prototype medical diagnostic tool for liver steatosis. Apart from academic research, Hewitt is a model advocate for promoting diversity in STEM. He laid the foundation of Imhotep’s Legacy Academy, an innovative university-community partnership that promotes involvement in science among young African Nova Scotian learners. Over the years, Hewitt has received numerous awards and accolades for his contributions to academia and community engagement alike; in 2018, he was named the Nova Scotia Discovery Centre Science Champion and has been elected to the boards of the Nova Scotia Institute of Science, Canadian Association of Physicists and the American Physical Society – Committee on Minorities in Physics.
(Workshop: Combatting Racism and Other Forms of Discrimination)