- Academic Innovation Fund grant recipients:
- Peter Cribb (Associate Dean, Students), who is spearheading the development of an Integrated Science program for first-year students
- Paula Wilson (Biology), who is deploying an early alert program for students in first-year biology courses
- Paul Delaney (NATS/Physics & Astronomy) and Michael De Robertis (Physics & Astronomy) on receiving a grant from the Office of the Provost to convert Life Beyond Earth into an online course.
- Demian Ifa (Chemistry), who was featured in the Emerging Investigators focus section of the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (JASMS).
- 4th year Biology student Houman Tahmasebi on receiving a Robert J. Tiffin Student Leadership Award, for his wide-ranging contributions to the University (student representative on Senate), the Faculty of Science (Science Student Caucus; Bethune College peer tutor and mentor), and the Department of Biology (Co-President, University Biology Society), while maintaining academic excellence.
The Department of Physics & Astronomy, in partnership with the Royal Canadian Institute, hosted a free screening of the documentary Particle Fever, followed by a Q & A with Wendy Taylor and Sean Tulin.
Alex Mills (Biology) ran a science writing workshop for high school students at the L3 Writers Conference at Barrie’s North Collegiate. He also spoke about bird migration, ahead of Margaret Atwood’s keynote address.
Jane Heffernan (Mathematics & Statistics) and Derek Wilson (Chemistry) participated in the University of Toronto’s Science Leadership Program, founded by Ray Jayawardhana three years ago, to provide academic scientists with the tools and networks to engage more effectively with the public, media and government. Dean Jayawardhana was the closing dinner speaker.
The late Jack McConnell’s contributions to space science were acknowledged in Physics in Canada magazine.
NSERC Competition Results:
- Science faculty members received 12 Discovery Grants, with total funding of nearly two million dollars, as well as one Discovery Accelerator Supplement ($120,000 over 3 years) and one Early Career Supplement ($25,000 over 5 years)
- Three Research Tools and Instruments applications were also funded, for a total of nearly $300,000
The Observatory can add another wedding proposal to the long list of community engagement activities they host throughout the year: Anthony Antan popped the question to his now financeé Maria Rego on April 24.
Laurence Packer (Biology) was a guest speaker in Waterloo, as part of the Protect the Pollinators Tour, a Sierra Club Canada Foundation outreach initiative.
In the media
The Sunday New York Times published Dean Jayawardhana’s op-ed “Our Cosmic Selves.” He was also quoted in the Toronto Star on Canada’s $243.5 million investment in the Thirty Meter Telescope project, and in the Toronto Sun on the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope.
Paul Delaney (NATS/Physics & Astronomy) made numerous media appearances again this month, including on CBC Radio, CTV National, Canada AM and Global TV. Among the topics he commented on were Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary, end of Messenger’s Mercury mission, loss of Progress spacecraft, Pluto images from New Horizon mission, and Mars glaciers.
Bridget Stutchbury (Biology) made appearances on CP24’s “Animal House Calls” with Ann Rhomer, and on the documentary film The Messenger, which had its world premiere at the Hot Docs international film festival in Toronto.
Alexey Kuznetsov (Mathematics & Statistics) was on Global News TV commenting on the Cheryl’s birthday problem that went viral.
A new genetic test for hybrid bee species developed by a team including Amro Zayed (Biology) and graduate student Brock Harper received coverage in several outlets including Science Daily and Germination Magazine.
- May 6 Dispatches from the Frontiers of Science at the Toronto Reference Library
All 700 spots SOLD OUT – limited rush tickets at the door
- May 9 Science Rendezvous at the Markham Market
- May 13-15 Ontario Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution Colloquium on Keele Campus