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Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella (BA 1967 UC) has become the first Canadian woman to receive an honorary degree from Yale University law school. She received an honorary doctor of laws from U of T in 1990.


Professor James Bassingthwaighte (BA 1951 UC) leads a new multi-university research program, the Cardiac Power Grid, bringing together a team from the Universities of Washington, Michigan, UC San Diego, and Medical College Wisconsin, to study cardiac energetics from mitochondrial metabolism to the exercising heart. This will be a contribution to the Physiome Project, a comprehensive mathematical analysis of human physiology which he initiated in 1993. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and a 2016 UC Alumni of Influence award recipient.


Chris Cooter (BA 1981 UC) was appointed Canadian ambassador to the Republic of Turkey.


Jason Dehni (BA 1995 UC) was named Chief Executive Officer of Sun Life Hong Kong.


Gail Dexter Lord (BA 1968 UC) has been named a Member of the Order of Canada, for her contributions to museum planning and management and for her work in supporting the cultural sector in Canada and abroad.


Elizabeth DelBianco (BA 1981 UC), Chief Legal and Administrative Officer at Celestica Inc., was awarded the 2016 Canadian General Counsel Award in the category of litigation management.


Josef Eisinger (BA 1947 UC) published a new book, Einstein at Home (Prometheus Books, 2016). It was preceded by his Einstein on the Road, which is based on Einstein's travel diaries.  Both books contain some little-known links of Einstein to Toronto.


Stephen Finlay (BA 1979 UC) was appointed Executive Director of ARA Mental Health Association in Vancouver. He is also Secretary-Treasurer of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP Canada).


Emi Furuya (BA 1996 UC) was appointed Canadian ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark.


Investment mogul Ira Gluskin (BCom 1964 UC) has been appointed to the advisory board of Vision Capital Corporation.


Sidney Himmel (BSc 1975 UC) (BA 1979 UC) was appointed chair of the board of Namaste Technologies, Inc.


Peter Hogg (BCom1992 UC) has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of Reliant Gold Corp.


Susan Ioannou (BA 1966 UC) published Looking for Light (Hidden Brook Press, 2016), a new collection of poetry.


Rebecca Kukla (BA 1990 UC), Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University, had a chance to spar with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his visit to New York City in April. Trudeau was at the boxing gym to train with kids from the Give A Kid A Dream program.


Jing Li (BCom 2006 UC) has been appointed a joint company secretary of Carnival Group International Holdings Ltd.


The Hon. Justice Sidney B. Linden (BA 1961 UC) was named a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to public administration and to the administration of justice in Ontario.


Lawyer and impresario John McKellar (BA 1955 UC) has received the 2016 Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts.


University College was well represented at the White House state dinner on March 10, 2016 in honour of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Alumni in attendance included Lorne Michaels (BA 1966 UC), creator of Saturday Night Live, and public affairs strategist Leslie Noble (BA 1984 UC).


Gil Palter (BSc 1988 UC) has been appointed to the board of directors of RPX Corporation.


Rhodes scholar and former Ontario premier Bob Rae (BA 1969 UC) and Jessica Phillips (BSc 2016 UC), UC’s latest Rhodes scholar, are pictured at a reception for University of Toronto Rhodes scholars last spring.


More than 220 alumni came back to UC for Spring Reunion from May 25 to 29, 2016. The weekend kicked off with a lunch social, and highlights included a historical tour of UC by Principal Donald Ainslie, a lecture by Toronto Star columnist and UC One: Engaging Toronto instructor Shawn Micallef, and an outdoor screening of Weekend at Bernie’s, a film directed by Ted Kotcheff (BA 1952 UC).


The Hivernante: Marie Anne Lajimoniere, The White Mother of the West, a historical fiction novel by Mary Willan Mason (BA 1943 UC), received a gold medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards, Canada west region.


Alice Woolley (BA 1991 UC) was appointed ethics advisor in the newly established Integrity and Ethics Office for the city of Calgary. She is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary and President of the Canadian Association for Legal Ethics.


Professor Frederick Zemans (BA 1960 UC) was honoured with a Law Society Medal 2016 for his exceptional career achievements and contributions to the community.