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Some of the College’s brightest students were honoured at the UC Academic Awards reception on January 31, 2017 in West Hall. Principal Donald Ainslie spoke of the importance of recognizing academic achievement, while scholarship supporter Mark Bonham (BA 1982 UC) addressed the more than 200 students, donors, and friends in attendance. Approximately 230 admission and 620 in-course awards totaling over $575,000 were distributed to students in 2016-17.

 

University College Principal and Professor of Philosophy Donald Ainslie received the 2016 Journal of the History of Philosophy prize for the best book in the history of philosophy published in 2015, for Hume's True Scepticism (Oxford University Press, 2015). 

 

The University College community recognized some of its brightest lights at the fifth annual UC Alumni of Influence Awards gala on November 16, 2016 at Hart House. Master of ceremonies Rona Maynard (1972 UC) described the 17 honourees as “change-makers of the first order.” David Palmer, Vice-President, Advancement represented the University while Arthur Potts (BA 1982 UC), MPP for Beaches-East York, brought greetings from the Government of Ontario.

 

Emily Gilbert, an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning and a UC faculty member, has been awarded a Jackman Humanities Institute Faculty Research Fellowship for 2017-18 for her project, Reparations and Reconciliation: From Accounting to Accountability?

 

Students, faculty, and members of the Asian Canadian community gathered for Envisioning Chinese Canadian Studies: A Conversation About Community-Engaged Teaching and Research on February 8, 2017 at the Faculty Club. Professor Lisa Mar, Richard Charles Lee Chair in Chinese Canadian Studies at UC gave introductory remarks, while Professor Smaro Kamboureli, Avie Bennett Chair in Canadian Literature and Acting Director of Canadian Studies, moderated a panel discussion featuring scholars from the Richard Charles Lee namesake initiatives across the University, including the Richard Charles Lee Directorship at the Asian Institute in the Munk School of Global Affairs, and the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library. The Honourable Vivienne Poy, retired Canadian Senator and U of T chancellor emerita, brought greetings from the family of the late Dr. Richard Charles Lee. 

 

University Professor of Computer Science, Google Engineering Fellow, and UC faculty member Geoffrey Hinton has been honoured with the BBVA Foundation Frontiers Award in information and communications technology for his pioneering work in machine learning.

 

University College faculty members Smaro Kamboureli and Anne Lancashire were appointed to the Royal Society of Canada. The citation describes Kamboureli, a Professor in the Department of English and Avie Bennett Chair of Canadian Literature, as “one of the foremost experts in Canadian literary studies” whose research has effected “a major paradigm shift in the field.”  Lancashire, a Professor Emeritus of English, is described as “the foremost international expert” on theatrical activities in London for the centuries preceding Shakespeare.”

 

Scott Mabury, a Professor of Chemistry and UC faculty member, has been reappointed Vice-Provost and Vice-President, Operations, at the University of Toronto.

 

John Marshall has been reappointed Vice-Principal of University College for a three-year term starting July 1, 2017. An Associate Professor in the Department and Centre for the Study of Religion, he is an expert in the history of early Christianity. He has served as Vice-Principal of University College since 2012, presiding over academic and curricular matters for UC’s interdisciplinary undergraduate programs, as well as coordinating the College's foundation program, UC One: Engaging Toronto. 

 

Toronto Star columnist, UC One instructor, and urbanist Shawn Micallef has published Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness (Penguin Random House, 2017).

 

University of Toronto benefactor Dr. Russell Morrison, who together with wife Katherine generously supported the creation of UC’s Morrison Hall Residence, passed away on October 3, 2016 at the age of 92.

 

Laura Nanni was recognized with the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies' inaugural Push Forward Award for achievement in theatre/performance art, history, theory, administration, and teaching. Nanni is an alumna of the undergraduate drama program at UC and was recently appointed Artistic and Managing Director of the SummerWorks Performance Festival, Canada's largest curated performance festival of theatre, dance, music and live art.

 

Nadia Ross, an alumna of the University College drama program, won the 2016 Siminovitch Prize for theatrical innovation, Canada's richest theatre award.

 

The University College community recognized some of its brightest lights at the fifth annual UC Alumni of Influence Awards gala on November 16, 2016 at Hart House. Master of ceremonies Rona Maynard (1972 UC) described the 17 honourees as “change-makers of the first order.” David Palmer, Vice-President, Advancement represented the University while Arthur Potts (BA 1982 UC), MPP for Beaches-East York, brought greetings from the Government of Ontario.