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Former UC Principal Professor Sylvia Bashevkin was honoured with the 2014 Mildred A. Schwartz Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Political Science Association, Canadian Politics section. The award recognizes scholarship and leadership in bringing the study of Canadian Politics to the international political science community.

The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at University College held its annual Awards Gala on April 24 in Hart House’s Great Hall. This year, the awards celebrated The Power of Word. Honoured for their contributions to advancing the cause of sexual diversity through writing were authors Waawaate Fobister, Patricia Nell-Warren, Shyam Selvadurai, and Edmund White.

University College welcomed 671 new graduates to its alumni community at spring Convocation on June 16. University Professor and UC faculty member Keren Rice, an internationally renowned linguist, delivered the Convocation address.

The University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC) at University College has appointed Barbara Fischer as Director for a term through June 30, 2019. A Senior Lecturer and Director of the Master of Visual Studies - Curatorial Studies Program at the University of Toronto, Fischer has served as Interim Director of UTAC since July 2013. Fischer is also currently Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House. She will continue in these roles.

Professor Antoinette Handley will serve as Acting Director of the UC Health Studies program from January 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015, while Director Sarah Wakefield is on research and study leave. Handley is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and has been a member of University College since 2009.  A political economist, her research focuses on the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on business practice in southern Africa. 

University College student Danielle Klein has been named Editor of The Varsity, U of T's student newspaper. Klein is in her fourth year of a Jewish Studies, English, and History program.

First-year UC student Jessie MacAlpine has been named one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20, for her international outreach activities and for finding an ingredient in mustard oil that could double as an affordable and effective malaria treatment.

University College is thrilled to welcome celebrated poet and novelist Anne Michaels (BA 1980 UC) in the role of Barker Fairley Distinguished Visitor in Canadian Studies for the 2014-15 academic year. Michaels’ first collection of poetry won the Commonwealth Prize for the Americas. Her first novel, Fugitive Pieces, was published to international acclaim, winning the Trillium Prize, the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Guardian Fiction Prize, and America's Lannan Literary Award for Fiction. In 2012, she was named one of UC’s inaugural Alumni of Influence. As writer-in-residence, Michaels will be available to students for one-on-one mentoring sessions on all forms of writing. She will also participate in the wider UC community by giving talks and attending College events.

 Professor David Novak, the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies at U of T and a UC faculty member, has been invited to give the prestigious Gifford Lectures at the University of Aberdeen in 2017. Since their inception in 1888, the Gifford Lectures have been one of the foremost lecture series dealing with religion, science, and philosophy.

Professor Ana Pérez-Leroux has been appointed Director of the Cognitive Science program for a three-year term through June 30, 2017. A Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Department of Linguistics, she played a crucial role in the process that resurrected the Cognitive Science program in 2008. Her research focuses on questions of language and thought, and the effect of bilingualism in children.

Professor David Rayside was elected to the Royal Society of Canada, the nation’s highest academic honour. Rayside is the founding director of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at UC and a Professor in the Department of Political Science.

 University College faculty member Professor Rinaldo Walcott has been appointed Director of the Women & Gender Studies at the University of Toronto.

Professor Nelson Wiseman has been appointed Director of the UC Canadian Studies program for a three-year term through June 30, 2017. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science where he teaches courses on Canadian government and politics. His research interests include provincial politics, Canadian public administration, elections, and voting. 

University College and the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies hosted the WorldPride Human Rights Conference as part of WorldPride 2014, an international celebration of LGBT politics, education, and culture which took place in Toronto in June. More than 400 delegates from 51 countries attended the conference.