University mourns passing of academic assistant

The University of Lethbridge community offers its most sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the late Michael (Mike) Robinson, an academic assistant in the Department of Biological Sciences, who passed away Sunday, Jan. 29 at age 50 and after battling cancer.

Robinson is survived by his wife Karen Zanewich (who had also worked at the U of L as an academic assistant) and children Zachary and Isabelle.

He earned an MSc from Simon Fraser University in Ecology and joined the University of Lethbridge in 1998.

He was very involved in the undergraduate teaching program where he taught a variety of classes and labs, including Seminars in Biological Sciences, the Capstone course for biology majors.

Robinson was the first to volunteer for new student orientation and served as the departmental undergraduate advisor. He worked to the highest standards and expected the same from his students.

Robinson was key in creating the Science Toolkit ( – an innovative online resource to aid student with developing an understanding of the scientific method, statistical analysis and effective communication.

He will be greatly missed by his University friends, and especially his biology 'family.'

There will be no memorial service at the family's request. People can send messages of condolence to Brent Selinger and they will be forwarded: