Department of History congratulates Alan Durston for winning the 2010 Aurora Prize from SSHRC. The Aurora Prize is awarded annually to an outstanding new researcher in all Humanities and Social Science disciplines "who is building a reputation for exciting and original research", to quote SSHRC's ipsissima verba. As you know, Alan was granted tenure and promotion last spring and also won a SSHRC Standard Research Grant last spring for his next project on Quechua (Peru's main indigenous language) in the 19th and 20th centuries.
An announcement of the award has just appeared on the SSHRC website. So for further details, see: http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/news_room-salle_de_presse/press_releases-communiques/2010/awards-prix-eng.aspx
This is a magnificent achievement, Alan, in recognizing your enormously influential research. We are proud to have you as a colleague in the History Department.