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Awards in 2014

Dwayne Miller Receives 2015 E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy from the ACS

Dwayne Miller Receives 2015 E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy from the ACS

University Professor Dwayne Miller has been chosen as the recipient of the American Chemical Society’s 2015 E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy. This award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in fundamental or applied spectroscopy in chemistry and covers all fields of spectroscopy in chemistry, both fundamental and applied. Congratulations Dwayne!

Date: 2014-10-03

Dr. Svetlana Mikhaylichenko receives this year’s UofT - Scarborough Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Svetlana Mikhaylichenko receives this year’s UofT - Scarborough Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Svetlana Mikhaylichenko is the recipient for this year’s University of Toronto Scarborough Teaching Excellence Award. This Award was established by UTSC Council, the UTSC Alumni Association and the UTSC Scarborough College Students' Union (SCSU) to recognize excellence in teaching. Congratulations Lana!

Date: 2014-09-23

Both Yunfeng Li and Lisa Willis are Recipients of a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

Both Yunfeng Li and Lisa Willis are Recipients of a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

These are prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowships, created in memory of Sir Frederick Banting, the Canadian physician, researcher, Nobel laureate and war hero who, together with his assistant Dr. Charles Best, is credited with the discovery of insulin. Yunfeng Li’s research interests are in polymer materials science and microfluidics, with a focus on developing combinatorial libraries of artificial polymer cellular microenvironments to study stem cell differentiation to treat tissue injury and organ failure. Lisa Willis is researching cell motility in cancer, as many cancers have developed a way to break tight connections between cells, allowing them to move freely. In order for this to occur, cells coat their surface with a special molecule, called PSA. Using a chemical biology approach to determine both where and when this non-stick PSA coating appears will provide scientists with new targets for chemotherapy. Congratulations Yunfeng and Lisa!

Date: 2014-09-10

Paul Piunno Receives the UTM Teaching Excellence Award

Paul Piunno Receives the UTM Teaching Excellence Award

Paul Piunno is the recipient for this year’s University of Toronto Mississauga Teaching Excellence Award, in part due to Paul’s innovation as a lecturer and a laboratory instructor, his strength as an instructor, and his contributions to the development of new courses, not to mention his deep level of involvement with the Department in general. Congratulations Paul!

Date: 2014-09-03

Dr. Gabriel Menard is Awarded One of the 2014 Chorafas Foundation Prizes

Dr. Gabriel Menard is Awarded One of the 2014 Chorafas Foundation Prizes

Dr. Gabriel Menard is the winner of one of the 2014 Chorafas Foundation Prizes, awarded to the best doctoral students in the Hard Sciences at each partner university, who is also graduating the year of the prizes. It rewards research characterized by its high potential for practical application and by the special significance attached to its aftermath. Prize winners must be at the top of their class and demonstrate by their work that they have considered the consequences of their research for man and nature, and that they are ready as individuals to accept responsibility for these consequences. Gabriel obtained his PhD in 2013 under the direction of Professor Doug Stephan and he is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Betley Research Group at Harvard. Congratulations to both Gabriel and Doug.

Date: 2014-08-14

Aaron Wheeler receives 2014 McLean Award for Outstanding Basic Research

Aaron Wheeler receives 2014 McLean Award for Outstanding Basic Research

Aaron Wheeler is the recipient of the 2014 McLean Award, given to support outstanding basic research at the University of Toronto in the following fields: physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, engineering sciences, and the theory and methods of statistics. Visit uoft.me/mclean-award for more details.

Date: 2014-07-28

William Reynolds receives James N. Shoolery Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Award

William Reynolds receives James N. Shoolery Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Award

William Reynolds is the recipient of the inaugural James N. Shoolery Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Award, selected by acclamation of the Award Selection Committee for the annual SMASH NMR Conference. The Award will be presented at this year's SMASH 2014 Conference in Atlanta, GA from September 7-10th.

Date: 2014-07-18

Cynthia Goh is one of the recipients of the 2014 University of Toronto Inventors of the Year Award

Cynthia Goh is one of the recipients of the 2014 University of Toronto Inventors of the Year Award

Four inventions took top honours on May 21st at the University of Toronto Celebrates Innovation event, one of which went to Professor Cynthia Goh, Department of Chemistry, who is the inventor of a novel, inexpensive and eco-friendly platform approach to making a wide variety of nanoparticles, which are tiny particles about 1000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. The applications for nanoparticles are almost endless, and include drug delivery, coatings to protect materials against UV rays and more efficient solar energy collection. In addition to being an entrepreneur herself—her inventions have led to six start-up companies—Goh is also known for being a tireless advocate for student entrepreneurs. The annual event, which has previously honoured the university’s top inventors of the year, has widened its scope. “This year is extra special,” said Professor Paul Young, U of T’s vice-president, research and innovation. “We decided to bring into the fold some of the other competitive innovation programs. U of T is home to some of the world’s most creative and entrepreneurial innovators, so these competitions were fierce.” To qualify for the inventor of the year award, entrants and their teams must be faculty members or trainees who disclosed their inventions to U of T’s Innovations and Partnerships Office (IPO) within the past five years. Inventions are assessed based on their uniqueness, potential for global impact and commercial appeal. To find out more visit uoft.me/Inventor2014.

Date: 2014-06-16

Molly Shoichet named University Professor

Molly Shoichet named University Professor

Molly Shoichet has been awarded the highly prestigious designation of University Professor by the Provost of the University of Toronto. Bestowed in recognition of unusual scholarly achievement and pre-eminence, this exclusive appointment is made to no more than 2% of tenured faculty. Molly is currently a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering and is the only person ever to be inducted into all three of Canada’s National Academies: the Canadian Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. This significant recognition has continued throughout her career, where she has filed 32 patents, founded 2 spin-off companies, written over 202 peer-reviewed publications, given more than 305 invited lectures and been granted numerous awards, including being named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 (2002). In 2011 Dr. Shoichet was appointed to the Order of Ontario, Ontario’s highest honour, and in 2013 her contributions to Canada’s innovation agenda and the advancement of knowledge were recognized with the QEII Diamond Jubilee Award. The complete story is available at: www.provost.utoronto.ca/awards/uprofessors/complete/Professor_Molly_Shoichet.htm

Congratulations Molly!

Date: 2014-06-06

Congratulations Doug!

Congratulations Doug!

Doug Stephan is the recipient of the 2014 Royal Society of Chemistry Applied Catalysis Award. This has been awarded for the development of new commercially viable, transition-metal based and metal-free catalyst technologies for polymerization, hydrogenation and metathesis.

Date: 2014-05-29

top CONGRATULATIONS GABRIEL!

CONGRATULATIONS GABRIEL!

Dr. Gabriel Menard is the winner of one of the 2014 Governor General's Gold Medals. The Governor General's Gold Medal was first awarded in 1873 by the Earl of Dufferin. This award has since become one of the most prestigious that a student at a Canadian educational institution may receive. The Gold Medal is awarded to three students who achieved the highest academic standing at the graduate level.

Furthermore, Gabriel is the recipient of the 2014 Chair’s Doctoral medal. Gabriel obtained his PhD in 2013 under the direction of Professor Doug Stephan. The title of his thesis is “Small Molecule Activation and Transformation Using Aluminum-Based Frustrated Lewis Pairs” In this thesis Gabriel describes the discovery and development of reactions using a novel class of FLPs, including CO2 reduction chemistry, olefin hydrogenation and C–H bond activations. Gabriel is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Betley research group at Harvard. Congratulations to Gabriel and Doug.

Date: 2014-05-21

Congratulations Doug!

Congratulations Doug!

Doug Stephan is the recipient of the 2014 Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Award in the Individual category. This award is presented to a scientist, working in Canada, who has made significant contributions to advance green chemistry and/or engineering, including the technical, human health and environmental benefits.

Date: 2014-04-16

Congratulations Kagan!

Congratulations Kagan!

Kagan Kerman is a recipient of a 2014 IUPAC Travel Award. Kagan plans to attend the 2nd International Conference on Bioinspired and Biobased Chemistry and Materials in Nice, France from Oct. 15th to Oct. 17th, 2014.

Date: 2014-03-21

Congratulations Doug!

Congratulations Doug!

Doug Stephan is the recipient of the 2014 CIC Medal. The Medal is presented as a mark of distinction and recognition for an outstanding contribution to the science of chemistry or chemical engineering in Canada.

Date: 2014-03-14

Congratulations Nadine!

Congratulations Nadine!

Nadine Borduas of the Abbatt/Murphy group is the recipient of the 2014 Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award. Professor Jon Abbatt said, “with a remarkably positive attitude, Nadine contributes to the University widely, more than any other graduate student I have known. Her enthusiastic leadership qualities arise naturally and are exhibited not only in our research group, but across the Department and beyond." The Montreal native said she is "really proud" to win the award, telling her parents "it was like winning the gold medal in the Olympics, though my goal was not winning but continuing to do what I love every day." To read more please visit: http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/currentstudents/Pages/Adel-Sedra-Winner-2014.aspx?utm_source=Bulletin&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=Student

Date: 2014-03-07

Congratulations Andy!

Congratulations Andy!

Andy Dicks is the recipient of the 2014 Joan E. Foley Quality of Student Experience Award. Andy won this award for something that he loves to do – providing a sense of belonging and community for undergraduates at the University of Toronto. In the beginning of his career, he felt giving a great lecture was enough, but soon came to appreciate that “it is equally important, if not more important,” to help students outside the classroom, he said in an interview. More detail info

Date: 2014-02-28

Congratulations Rob!

Congratulations Rob!

Rob Batey is the recipient of the 2014 CSC Alfred Bader Award. The Bader award is presented as a mark of distinction and recognition for excellence in research in organic chemistry by a scientist who is currently working in Canada.

Date: 2014-01-06

Awards in 2013

Congratulations Patrick!

Congratulations Patrick!

Patrick Gunning has been awarded a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Medicinal Chemistry. This is his first CRC, and was one of 15 awarded at the University of Toronto!

Date: 2013-11-19

Congratulations Gilbert and Nikhil

Congratulations Gilbert and Nikhil

Gilbert Walker and Nikhil Gunari have been named for a Clean50 Award, in the category of Research and Development.

The purpose of the award is to identify and recognize 50 individuals (or small teams) who have made the greatest contributions to sustainable development or clean capitalism in Canada between January 1, 2011 and March 31, 2013.

Nikhil Gunari and Gilbert Walker have developed MACROBLOCK, a potentially disruptive, cost effective and environmentally safe antifouling technology for aquaculture. MACROBLOCK treated nets have been used successfully in large scale field trials in the Bay of Fundy. The UT spin-off company Sylleta, founded by Gunari and Walker, is working with Canadian regulatory agencies to bring the technology to market.

Date: 2013-10-29

Professors Doug Stephan, Jon Abbatt and Andrei Yudin have been honoured by the Royal Society of Canada

Professors Doug Stephan, Jon Abbatt and Andrei Yudin have been honoured by the Royal Society of Canada

Doug Stephan has been awarded the Henry Marshall Tory Medal, which recognizes outstanding research in any branch of chemistry, astronomy, mathematics, physics or an allied science. This award recognizes his group’s work developing commercial catalysts for polymerization, hydrogenation and metathesis, and the dramatic, paradigm-shifting breakthrough of their conceptualization of "frustrated Lewis pairs."

Jon Abbatt and Andrei Yudin have been elected Fellows of the Royal Society. Jon was recognized for his distinguished scholarship in particulate chemistry, and Andrei for organic chemistry.

For the complete story, go to the U of T News article at http://www.news.utoronto.ca/u-t-makes-impressive-showing-royal-society-honours

Date: 2013-10-22

top Congratulations Effie!

Congratulations Effie!

Effie Sauer is the recipient of a UTSc Faculty Teaching Award. The Award was established by UTSC Council, the UTSC Alumni Association, and the UTSC Scarborough College Students' Union (SCSU) to recognize excellence in teaching.

Date: 2013-10-17

Eugenia Kumacheva named University Professor

Eugenia Kumacheva named University Professor

Eugenia Kumacheva has been awarded the highly prestigious designation of University Professor by the Provost of the University of Toronto. Bestowed in recognition of unusual scholarly achievement and pre-eminence, this exclusive appointment is made to no more than 2% of tenured faculty. Eugenia is currently a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Advanced Polymer Materials. Over a remarkable career, she has filed 18 patent applications, written over 182 peer-reviewed publications, given more than 200 invited lectures and been granted numerous awards, including the Killam Fellowship, the Chemical Insitute of Canada Macromolecular Science and Engineering Award and the 2009 L’Oréal-Unesco Award for Women in Society.

The complete story is available at http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/awards/uprofessors/complete/kumachevae.htm
Congratulations Eugenia!

Photo credit: Johnny Guatto

Date: 2013-08-16

Congratulations to Patrick, Molly and Gilbert!

Congratulations to Patrick, Molly and Gilbert!

Patrick Gunning, Molly Shoichet and Gilbert Walker are all recipients of the 2013 University of Toronto Inventors of the Year Award.

Read more about the awards at, http://news.utoronto.ca/meet-u-ts-inventors-year?utm_source=Bulletin&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=Staff.

Date: 2013-07-25

Congratulations Rebecca!

Congratulations Rebecca!

Dr. Rebecca Melen (Stephan group) has been awarded the 2013 Dalton Young Researcher Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK). This award is presented annually to an inorganic research chemist under 27 years of age.

Date: 2013-07-11

Congratulations Doug!

Congratulations Doug!

Doug Stephan has been admitted as a fellow of the Royal Society. The Royal Society is made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth.

Date: 2013-07-03

Congratulations Patrick!

Congratulations Patrick!

For the third time in a row, Patrick Gunning is a recipient of the CSC Ichikizaki Award for 2013. This award is presented to young chemists who are showing unique achievements in basic research by facilitating their participation in international conferences or symposia.

Date: 2013-06-27

Congratulations Joel!

Congratulations Joel!

Joel Drewry (Ph.D. 2012, Gunning group) has won the 2013 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award. This award was established in 1994 by the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA) and the Division of the University Advancement in order to recognize students who have made outstanding extra-curricular contributions to their college, faculty or school, or to the university as a whole.

Date: 2013-06-19

Congratulations Jon!

Congratulations Jon!

Jon Hollinger, a PhD student from the Seferos Group, recently received the 2013 MSED/LANXESS Graduate Thesis Award. This award is presented to a graduate student who is pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree in the areas of polymer science and engineering at a Canadian University.

Date: 2013-06-12

Congratulations Jeff Geddes, Sarah Styler, Greg Wentworth & Sumi Wren!

Congratulations Jeff Geddes, Sarah Styler, Greg Wentworth & Sumi Wren!

Congratulations Jeff Geddes, Sarah Styler, Greg Wentworth & Sumi Wren!

Jeff Geddes (Murphy group), Sarah Styler (Donaldson group), Greg Wentworth (Murphy group) and Sumi Wren (Donaldson group) were recipients of Outstanding Student Paper Awards presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting held in San Francisco this past December. Sarah, Greg and Sumi all won in the Atmospheric section, while Jeff won in the Biogeosciences section. No other department celebrated the same number of achievements in any one section. These awards were presented to the top 3-5% of presenters at the largest international meeting in the earth and space sciences field, with approx. 20,000 participants.

Recipients and Paper Titles

Jeff Geddes
Observations of reactive nitrogen oxide fluxes by eddy covariance above a mid-latitude mixed hardwood forest
Sarah Styler
Heterogeneous photochemistry of fluorotelomer alcohols: An unexplored loss pathway
Greg Wentworth
Atmosphere-surface exchange of reactive nitrogen and its implications for PM2.5
Sumi Wren
Photochemical chlorine activation from artificial saline snowpacks

Date: 2013-06-06

Congratulations Drew!

Congratulations Drew!

Drew Woolley is the recipient of the inaugural CSC Teva Canada Limited Biological and Medicinal Chemistry (BMC) Lectureship Award for 2013. This award is presented to a scientist who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of biological or medicinal chemistry within the past five years of the initial nomination deadline date while working in Canada.

Date: 2013-05-22

top Congratulations Molly!

Congratulations Molly!

Molly Shoichet has been named a Fellow of the International Fellows of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (FTERM).

Date: 2013-04-22

Congratulations Greg!

Congratulations Greg!

Melanie Mastronardi of the Ozin group, and Professor Greg Scholes are both recent recipients of 2012 NSERC Prizes. Melanie was awarded the 2012 NSERC Gilles Brassard Doctoral Prize for Interdisciplinary Research. This award recognizes an outstanding recipient of an NSERC Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship who best exemplifies interdisciplinary research. Greg is the recipient of the NSERC John Polanyi Award. This award was created to recognize and support a university researcher or team of researchers whose work has led to a recent outstanding Canadian advance in a field of the natural sciences or engineering. You may read the articles posted on NSERC’s website if you wish: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Prizes-Prix/Polanyi-Polanyi/Profiles-Profils/Scholes-Scholes_eng.asp and http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Prizes-Prix/Brassard-Brassard/Profiles-Profils/Mastronardi-Mastronardi_eng.asp

Greg Scholes is in the last row, fourth from the right. Melanie is in the first row, fifth from the right.

Date: 2013-04-02

Congratulations Mark!

Congratulations Mark!

Mark Lautens is the recipient of a 2013 Killam Research Fellowship. These fellowships are among Canada's most distinguished research awards, enabling scientists and scholars to devote two years to a specific full time research project. Mark plans to look into the use of multi-metal catalysis as a means of producing pharmaceuticals in a faster and more environmentally friendly way.

Date: 2013-03-25

Congratulations Stephen!

Congratulations Stephen!

Dr. Stephen Newman is the winner of the Chair’s Doctoral Medal for 2013. Stephen obtained his PhD in 2012 under the direction of Professor Mark Lautens. The title of his thesis is “Reversible Oxidative Addition in Palladium Catalysis: New Methods for Carbon–Carbon and Carbon–Heteroatom Bond Formation” In this thesis Stephen describes the discovery of chemical processes that are remarkably simple in concept, and represent waste-free, atom economical methods for making carbon–carbon bonds needed for the synthesis of pharmaceuticals and other organic fine chemicals.

Date: 2013-03-18

Congratulations Mark!

Congratulations Mark!

Mark Lautens is the recipient of the 2013 CIC Medal. The Medal is presented as a mark of distinction and recognition for an outstanding contribution to the science of chemistry or chemical engineering in Canada.

Date: 2013-03-15

Congratulations Rob!

Congratulations Rob!

Rob Batey is a recipient of one of the Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Awards for 2012-13. This award gives special recognition to professors who stand out for their ability to make challenging concepts clear, who effectively engage students in research and who are committed to making their courses engaging and relevant.

Link: http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/main/newsitems/outstanding-teaching-awards

Date: 2013-03-12

Congratulations Aaron!

Congratulations Aaron!

Aaron Wheeler is the recipient of the 2013 CSC McBryde Medal presented to a young scientist working in Canada who has made a significant achievement in pure or applied analytical chemistry.

Date: 2013-03-05

Congratulations Dwight!

Congratulations Dwight!

Dwight Seferos is the recipient of a 2013 Alfred Sloan Fellowship. Fellowships are awarded to stimulate fundamental research by young scholars of outstanding promise and to provide support and recognition to young scientists.

Date: 2013-02-25

Congratulations Mark Lautens!

Congratulations Mark Lautens!

Mark Lautens has been recognized as Distinguished Professors for five years ending in 2017. Mark's title, “Bryan Jones Distinguished Professor of Chemistry”.

Distinguished Professors are recognized for their highly distinguished accomplishments and those who display exceptional promise, who maintain an extraordinary level of activity in their research and scholarly work and have achieved pre-eminence in their field in line with the University's stated objectives and emerging priorities.

Date: 2013-02-08

Congratulations Molly!

Congratulations Molly!

Molly Shoichet will be awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal on February 6th at Roy Thomson Hall. This honour distinguishes her as the only known person to hold fellowships in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, the Canadian Academy of Engineering (2012), and the Royal Society of Canada’s Academy of Science (2008).

Date: 2013-01-29

top CONGRATULATIONS LEWIS!

CONGRATULATIONS LEWIS!

Lewis Kay is the recipient of the 2013 CSC E.W.R. Steacie Award presented to a scientist who has made a distinguished contribution to chemistry while working in Canada.

Date: 2013-01-08

Awards in 2012

CONGRATULATIONS MOLLY!

CONGRATULATIONS MOLLY!

Molly Shoichet has been granted Fellowship within the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in recognition of her substantial contributions to the field of regenerative medicine. She is the only living person to hold fellowships with the Canadian Association of Health Sciences, the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Date: 2012-12-06

CONGRATULATIONS STAN!

CONGRATULATIONS STAN!

Stan Skonieczny has received the 2013 CIC Award for Chemical Education. This award recognizes outstanding contributions in Canada to education at any level in the field of chemistry or chemical engineering.

Date: 2012-11-16

Congratulations Dwight, Mark & Eugenia!

Congratulations Dwight, Mark & Eugenia!

Three of our faculty members have been awarded CRC Chairs; one renewal and two first time Chairs. Eight were awarded at the University of Toronto by NSERC and Chemistry was awarded three!!!

Eugenia Kumacheva has successfully renewed her Canada Research Chair in Advanced Polymer Materials. Dwight Seferos and Mark Taylor are first time Canada Research Chairs; Dwight in Polymer Nanotechnology and Mark in Molecular Recognition and Catalysis.

Date: 2012-10-18

Date: 2012-09-26

Congratulations Si Yue Guo and Melanie Mastronardi!

Congratulations Si Yue Guo and Melanie Mastronardi!

Si Yue Guo and Melanie Mastronardi are two of 22 U of T doctoral students to be awarded 2012 Vanier Scholarships. The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program was launched by the Government of Canada in 2009 to strengthen Canada’s ability to attract and retain the world’s top-tier doctoral students. Each scholar receive up to $50,000 annually for up to three years, and each is selected based on his or her demonstrated leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health.

Si Yue Guo (Polanyi group):
My research involves the study of the molecular motions underlying simple chemical reaction at surfaces, studied experimentally a-molecule-at-a-time by Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy and then modelled theoretically from first principles by quantum mechanics. The work will provide basic insights into the nature of surface-catalysed chemical reaction.

Melanie Mastronardi (Ozin group):
My research focuses on the preparation, isolation, and characterization of monodisperse silicon nanocrystals (ncSi), which is a crucial step towards developing silicon nanomaterials for use as a “green” alternative in optoelectronic and biomedical applications. Using size-selection methods including density gradient ultracentrifugation and size-selective precipitation, I have prepared monodisperse fractions of ncSi from as-synthesized ensembles that have high polydispersity. With the ability to prepare monodisperse fractions, I am able to study the size-dependent properties of ncSi such as photoluminescence, absolute quantum yield, and lifetime, which will be vital for tailoring and improving the performance of ncSi applications.

Date: 2012-09-10

Congratulations Mitch!

Congratulations Mitch!

Mitch Winnik is the 2013 recipient of the ACS Award in Polymer Science awarded to recognize and encourage outstanding achievements in the science or technology of plastics, coatings, polymer composites, adhesives, and related fields.

Date: 2012-08-28

Congratulations Aaron!

Congratulations Aaron!

Aaron Wheeler is the recipient of the 2012 Heinrich Emanuel Merck Award for Analytical Science for his development of a digital microfluidic method for the extraction and quantification of estrogen in 1-microliter samples of breast tissue homogenate, whole blood and serum. This award recognizes scientists under the age of 45 whose work focuses on new methods in chemical analysis and the development of applications aimed at improving the quality of human life.

Date: 2012-08-17

Congratulations Andy!

Congratulations Andy!

Andy Dicks is a recipient of a 2011-12 OCUFA Teaching Award. Since 1973, these awards have recognized exceptional contributions to the quality of higher education in Ontario.

Date: 2012-08-01

Congratulations Patrick!

Congratulations Patrick!

Patrick Gunning is the recipient of the 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry MedChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship. The lectureship is designed to recognize a researcher in the early part of their career who has already made a strong impact in the field of medicinal chemistry, and whose research fits with the journal's mission of promoting new thinking in medicinal chemistry research.

Date: 2012-07-24

top Congratulations Johnny Westgate!

Congratulations Johnny Westgate!

Johnny Westgate is the recipient of the UTSC Principal’s Graduate Student Research Award (Doctoral level). He was cited for his curiosity, engagement in research and leadership role at UTSC.

The UTSc’s Office of VP Research issued a press release about the Principal’s Research Awards, Johnny’s citation follows:

Graduate Student Research Award (Doctoral level): John N. Westgate, Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences

John (Johnny) Westgate has the curiosity and engagement in research that define the very best of graduate students. His research in Professor Frank Wania's group, on the cold-trapping of organic compounds at high altitudes and latitudes, employs a combination of approaches. Johnny's research leads to findings that have a profound impact on our understanding of human-derived contamination of some of the most remote places on the planet. To date, 9 publications have emerged from Johnny's research, including 3 on which he is lead author. Crucially, Johnny's research has direct and indirect implications for the health of our environment. In keeping with this, Johnny has been very active in conveying a greater understanding of human impacts in the environment to a broader audience, emphasizing the role that we can play in mitigating environment damage.

This has included sharing his passion for environmental science with school-age children through Let's Talk Science, and the promotion of sustainable activities through Bike Share and UTSC's "Just Shut It!" Environmental Campaign. Johnny has also played an important leadership role at UTSC, serving not only as a GSAS departmental representative, but also as GSAS co-Vice President. Johnny is an exceedingly deserving recipient of the UTSC Graduate Student Research Award.

Date: 2012-07-17

Congratulations Mark Lautens and Lewis Kay!

Congratulations Mark Lautens and Lewis Kay!

The University recognizes unusual scholarly achievement and pre-eminence in a particular field of knowledge through the designation of University Professor. The Provost has just announced that Mark Lautens and Lewis Kay have been recognized as University Professors.

Date: 2012-07-10

Congratulations Eugenia and Aaron!

Congratulations Eugenia and Aaron!

Eugenia Kumacheva and Aaron Wheeler are recipients of the 2012 University of Toronto Inventors of the Year Award in the Engineering and Physical Sciences category.

Date: 2012-07-03

Congratulations Lewis!

Congratulations Lewis!

Lewis Kay is the recipient of the 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry Khorana Prize, which recognizes outstanding achievement for research at the chemistry and life science interface.

Date: 2012-06-26

Congratulations Doug!

Congratulations Doug!

Doug Stephan is the recipient of the 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry Ludwig Mond Award for outstanding research in any aspect of inorganic chemistry.

Date: 2012-06-14

Congratulations Aaron!

Congratulations Aaron!

Aaron Wheeler is the recipient of the 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry Joseph Black Award. This award is presented to a young scientist in any field covering the practice and teaching of analytical science.

Date: 2012-06-14

Congratulations John!

Congratulations John!

John Polanyi has been awarded the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities Helmholtz Medal. The Academy honors outstanding lifetime achievements in the fields of humanities, social sciences, mathematics and natural sciences, biology, medicine and engineering sciences.

Date: 2012-06-07

Congratulations Greg!

Congratulations Greg!

Greg Scholes is the recipient of the 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry Bourke Award to enable distinguished scientists from overseas to lecture in the U.K.

Date: 2012-06-07

Congratulations Charles Yeung!

Congratulations Charles Yeung!

Dr. Charles Yeung is the winner of the Chair’s Doctoral Medal for 2012. Charles obtained his PhD in 2011 under the direction of Professor Vy Dong. The title of his thesis is “Transition Metal Catalysis: Activation of CO2, C–H, and C–O Bonds En Route to Carboxylic Acids, Biaryls, and N-Containing Heterocycles.” Charles describes in his thesis four distinct and powerful catalytic transformations that he discovered and developed for use in organic synthesis. These are: 1) activation of CO2 for a mild and functional group tolerant synthesis of carboxylic acids, 2) oxidative two-fold C–H bond activations as a strategy toward biaryls, 3) migratory O- to N-rearrangements in pyridines and related heterocycles for the preparation of N-alkylated heterocycles, and 4) asymmetric hydrogenations of cyclic imines and enamines en route to chiral 1,2- and 1,3-diamines and macrocyclic peptides. In each case he found suitable metal complexes to catalyze the formation of a multitude of new organic compounds and did a great job shedding light on how they function.

Date: 2012-05-31

Congratulations Deborah!

Congratulations Deborah!

Deborah Zamble has received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions to the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science.

Date: 2012-05-31

top Congratulations Kagan!

Congratulations Kagan!

Kagan Kerman is the recipient of an Early Researcher Award. This program helps promising, recently-appointed Ontario researchers build their research teams.
With an aging population, Alzheimer’s disease is becoming more common, and there’s an urgent need to develop an effective treatment for it. Kagan Kerman is developing new biosensors to aid Alzheimer’s drug discovery. His work could help position Ontario as a leader in biosensor research.

Date: 2012-05-23

Congratulations Eugenia!

Congratulations Eugenia!

Eugenia Kumacheva has received a Humboldt Research Award. The award is granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.

Date: 2012-05-16

Congratulations Armando!

Congratulations Armando!

The Awards Selection Committee takes great pleasure in announcing that the Ninth Annual Chemistry Department Outstanding Staff Award Recipient for 2012 is Armando Marquez.

Date: 2012-05-04

Congratulations Andrei

Congratulations Andrei

Andrei Yudin has been admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK). The RSC is the largest organization in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences. Fellowship is awarded to those who have made an outstanding contribution to Chemistry.

Date: 2012-04-25

Congratulations Eugenia Duodu!

Congratulations Eugenia Duodu!

Eugenia Duodu (Gunning group) is the recipient of the 2012 Harry Jerome Award for Academics. Eugenia said about receiving the award, “Oftentimes, as a chemist, failure is something you get used to. This award validates my hard work and provides the encouragement to go on.”

Eugenia’s achievement was highlighted in the Toronto Star.
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Eugenia will accept her award during a gala held on April 28.

Date: 2012-04-19

Congratulations Aaron!

Congratulations Aaron!

Aaron Wheeler is the recipient of one of four Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Awards for 2011-12. This award gives special recognition to professors who stand out for their ability to make challenging concepts clear, who effectively engage students in research and who are committed to making their courses engaging and relevant. Aaron is also the recipient of the 2012 ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Arthur F. Findeis Award. This award serves to recognize and encourage outstanding contributions to the field of analytical chemistry by a young analytical scientist.

Date: 2012-04-12

Congratulations Patrick!

Congratulations Patrick!

Patrick Gunning is one of the recipients of the 2012 CSC Ichikizaki Fund for Young Chemists. This award is presented to young chemists who are showing unique achievements in basic research by facilitating their participation in international conferences or symposia.

Date: 2012-03-28

Congratulations Simon Chen!

Congratulations Simon Chen!

Simon Chen is the recipient of one of the 2012 UofT Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards recognizing outstanding volunteer contributions made to the University and wider community over a period of time. Simon has demonstrated outstanding leadership and extra-curricular contributions during his years as an undergraduate student. Among his notable accomplishments, he has been a member of the Executive of the Chemistry Students Union since 2008; he was Treasurer in his second year, Vice-President in his third year and is currently the President. He was also a Peer Advisor in the 299Y Research Opportunity Program in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Simon was awarded the David H. Farrar Undergraduate Scholarship in Chemistry in 2009-10.

Date: 2012-03-22

Congratulations Penny!

Congratulations Penny!

Penny Ashcroft Moore has won the Dean's Distinguished Long Service Award. This award recognizes her outstanding contributions to the support of the Faculty of Arts & Science mission of teaching and research excellence and of course, to our Chemistry Department. Penny will receive the award at an FA&S reception in the spring.

More info: http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/main/newsitems/outstanding-staff

Date: 2012-03-14

Congratulations Charles Yeung!

Congratulations Charles Yeung!

Charles Yeung (Dong group) is the recipient of the 2012 Chemical Society of Canada CCUCC Chemistry Doctoral Award. This award recognizes outstanding achievement and potential in research by a graduate student.

Date: 2012-03-07

top Congratulations Mark Taylor!

Congratulations Mark Taylor!

We have just learned that Mark Taylor is the recipient of a 2012 Alfred Sloan Fellowship. Sloan Fellowships are awarded to stimulate fundamental research by young scholars of outstanding promise and to provide support and recognition to young scientists. These are very prestigious fellowships and not many are awarded in Canada! Mark Taylor is also the recipient of a 2012 IUPAC Travel Award. He will attend the 26th Annual Carbohydrate Symposium in Madrid, Spain from July 22nd to 27th, 2012.

Date: 2012-02-29

Connaught Fund Announces Innovation Award

Connaught Fund Announces Innovation Award

Timothy Bender of Chemistry, Chemical engineering and the Institute for Optical Sciences was awarded for “Precommercialization of novel compositions of matter: multifunctional organic materials for organic solar cells (electronically conductive and light absorbing boron subphthalocyanines)”
Eugenia Kumacheva of Chemistry was awarded for “A microfluidic method for studies of gas?liquid Reactions”
Dwight Seferos of Chemistry and the Institute for Optical Sciences was awarded for “Synthesis of Materials of Interest for Plastic Solar Cells”
Molly Shoichet of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and the Institute for Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering was awarded for “Injectable hydrogel for local delivery to the brain”

For the full story please visit: http://www.news.utoronto.ca/innovative-research-rewarded

Date: 2012-02-22

Congratulations Jon!

Congratulations Jon!

Jon Abbatt is the recipient of the 2012 CIC Environment Division Research and Development Award. This award is presented for distinguished contributions to the field of Environmental Chemistry or Environmental Chemical Engineering, while working in Canada.

Date: 2012-02-15

CONGRATULATIONS MOLLY!

CONGRATULATIONS MOLLY!

Each year, the Society For Biomaterials (SFB) solicits nominations for outstanding work in the Clemson Award categories. This year, Molly Shoichet won the Clemson Award for Contributions to the Literature on the science or technology of biomaterials. Nominees must have made significant contributions to the literature on the science or technology of biomaterials. "There is no doubt that this extraordinary scientist is making a difference in the way we think and this will, one day, impact the way we live," said Michael Sefton, who nominated Shoichet for the award.

For the full story please visit: http://www.biomaterials.org

Date: 2012-02-08

CONGRATULATIONS JON!

CONGRATULATIONS JON!

Jon Abbatt has been elected as a 2012 Fellow in the American Geophysical Union. The Fellows program recognizes AGU members who have made exceptional contributions to Earth and space sciences as valued by their peers and vetted by section and focus group committees. This is quite an achievement since only one in a thousand members is elected to Fellowship each year.

For a list of all 2012 elected fellows please visit: http://www.agu.org/about/honors/fellows/fellows_current.shtml.

Date: 2012-02-01

CONGRATULATIONS SCOTT!

CONGRATULATIONS SCOTT!

Scott Mabury has been appointed as Vice-President, University Operations, for a five-year term effective January 1, 2012.

Scott’s portfolio, as VP University Operations, will now include Information Technology Services, Campus and Facilities Planning, Office of Space Management, Real Estate Operations, Facilities and Services, Ancillary Services, and the Office of Planning and Budget.

Date: 2012-01-20

Awards in 2011

Congratulations Shana Kelley!

Congratulations Shana Kelley!

Shana Kelley is the recipient of the 2011 NRC Steacie Prize. This prize is presented annually to a scientist or engineer of 40 years of age or less for outstanding scientific research carried out in Canada.

Date: 2011-12-19

Congratulations Isaac Herrera!

Congratulations Isaac Herrera!

Isaac Herrera of the Winnik Group won a poster award at the Developments in Protein Interaction Analysis (DiPIA) 2011 conference in Boston this week. The award was given for his work on isothermal titration calorimetry. Congratulations Isaac!

Date: 2011-11-24

CONGRATULATIONS ALEXANDER KUMACHEV!

CONGRATULATIONS ALEXANDER KUMACHEV!

Please join me in congratulating Alexander Kumachev, who won the prestigious Macromolecular Science and Engineering Division ( CIC ) Undergraduate Thesis Competition Award. This award is made at any Canadian University in departments of either Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. Up to two awards are made across all of Canada in any given year. Congratulations Alex!

Date: 2011-11-14

CONGRATULATIONS VINCENT ANNIBALE!

CONGRATULATIONS VINCENT ANNIBALE!

Vincent Annibale of the Song research group was recognized for giving an oral presentation of distinction at the 44th Inorganic Discussion Weekend (IDW) that was held in Niagara falls (Aug 19-21, 2011). This year's IDW also brought together international silicon chemists and was held in conjunction with the International Symposium on Silicon Chemistry.

Link to IDW 2011 website is: http://www.isos-xvi.org/post-isos-overview/

Date: 2011-10-26

top CONGRATULATIONS VY & GREG!

CONGRATULATIONS VY & GREG!

Vy Dong and Greg Scholes have been recognized as Distinguished Professors for five years ending in 2016. Vy’s title is “Adrian Brook Distinguished Professor of Chemistry” and Greg’s title, “D. J. LeRoy Distinguished Professor of Chemistry”.

Distinguished Professors are recognized for their highly distinguished accomplishments and those who display exceptional promise, who maintain an extraordinary level of activity in their research and scholarly work and have achieved pre-eminence in their field in line with the University's stated objectives and emerging priorities.

Date: 2011-10-20

CONGRATULATIONS DWAYNE!

CONGRATULATIONS DWAYNE!

Dwayne Miller is the recipient of the 2011 RS of Canada – McNeil Medal for Public Awareness of Science awarded for the outstanding ability to promote and communicate science to students and the public within Canada (public lectures, innovative programs and courses, media).

His citation reads, “This award recognizes R.J. Dwayne Miller for his dedication to the promotion of science throughout his career and as a founder of Science Rendezvous. This event provides a single voice behind which all the sciences have rallied across the nation to teach the public about the importance of science to society, and to make the joys of science accessible.

Date: 2011-10-13

We hit the TRIFECTA! Three Faculty Fellowships in the Royal Society of Chemistry

We hit the TRIFECTA! Three Faculty Fellowships in the Royal Society of Chemistry

Geoff Ozin, Mark Lautens and Frank Wania have all been admitted as Fellows of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK). The RSC is the largest organization in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences. Fellowship is awarded to those who have made an outstanding contribution to Chemistry. Congratulations Geoff, Mark and Frank!

Date: 2011-10-06

CONGRATULATIONS Dr. Zarrine-Afsar!

CONGRATULATIONS Dr. Zarrine-Afsar!

Dr. Zarrine-Afsar has been awarded one of five 2011 John Charles Polanyi Prizes, valued at $20,000. The Polanyi Prize was first awarded by the Government of Ontario in 1987 in honour of the achievement of Dr. Polanyi’s 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The prize is given in recognition of the excellence and potential of the prize-winners research in Chemistry.

Date: 2011-09-22

Congratulations Geoff Ozin!

Congratulations Geoff Ozin!

Geoffrey Ozin is the recipient of the The World Cultural Council 2011 "ALBERT EINSTEIN" World Award of Science. Geoff was selected for his pioneering accomplishments in the field of nanochemistry that have helped to define and establish the rapidly expanding discipline, which has now become the cornerstone of modern chemistry. As one of the foremost architects of nanochemistry, he managed to predict how nanomaterials would bring about the "nanotechnology revolution".

Geoff was presented with the medal at a very moving ceremony on November 11, 2011 at the University of Tartu. If you are interested in watching this ceremony and/or listening to Geoff's speech, please visit, http://www.uttv.ee/naita?id=7245. The video is approximately 97.31 minutes long; Geoff's speech begins at 26.30 minutes.

Date: 2011-09-15

CONGRATULATIONS JESSICA!

CONGRATULATIONS JESSICA!

Jessica Sonnenberg is 1 of 28 U of T doctoral students to be awarded the 2011 Vanier Scholarship. The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program was launched by the Government of Canada in 2009 to strengthen Canada’s ability to attract and retain the world’s top-tier doctoral students. Each scholar receive up to $50,000 annually for up to three years, and each is selected based on his or her demonstrated leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health. For the full story please visit: http://www.news.utoronto.ca/student-life/u-of-t-doctoral-students-earn-vanier-scholarships.html

Date: 2011-09-06

CONGRATULATIONS SCOTT!

CONGRATULATIONS SCOTT!

The 2011 Thermo Fisher Scientific Spectroscopy Award will be presented to Scott Tanner at the ICASS meeting August 28-31 in Toronto. This award is given to a Canadian Scientist for significant achievements in the fundamental development of spectroscopic instrumentation or techniques, or for the novel application of spectroscopy to analytical problems in industry, medicine, the environment, or related fields.

Date: 2011-09-02

Congratulations Voula, Jennifer, Dwight & Mark!

Congratulations Voula, Jennifer, Dwight & Mark!

The Early Research Award (ERA) program is designed to help promising, recently-appointed Ontario researchers build their research teams.

Date: 2011-08-23

CONGRATULATIONS AARON!

CONGRATULATIONS AARON!

Dr. Aaron Wheeler is the recipient of the Analytical Chemistry 2011 Young Innovator Award. This award recognizes the contributions of an individual who has demonstrated exceptional technical advancement and innovation in the area of Lab-on-a-Chip devices and digital microfluidic systems. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Wheeler on this excellent achievement!

For further information please visit:
http://pubs.acs.org/page/ancham/2011/award.html

Date: 2011-08-16

Best Canadian Olympiad results in 26 years!

Best Canadian Olympiad results in 26 years!

The Canadian Chemistry Olympiad team (led by Andy Dicks) has just returned from the 43rd International Chemistry Olympiad held in Turkey. Thanks to Andy's strong leadership our team scored the best results in 26 years!

Steven Song won a gold medal and Richard Liu, Melody Guan and Shuoli Liu all won silver medals. Congratulations to all winners!

Date: 2011-08-10

top CONGRATULATIONS DWIGHT!

CONGRATULATIONS DWIGHT!

Dwight Seferos is one of the recipients of the 2011 class of DuPont Young Professors representing 11 U.S. universities and six from universities across the world. The DuPont Young Professor program, which began in 1967, is designed to provide start-up assistance to promising young and untenured research faculty working in areas of interest to DuPont's long-term business.

Research by the class of 2011 Young Professors centers on solar energy, biomolecular sciences, polymer science, nanotechnology, entomology, chemistry, chemical engineering, statistics, animal biology and life sciences. Dwight’s research is focused on conjugated polymers for potential use in low-cost electronic devices.

Dwight Seferos was among six researchers from universities across the world and 11 in the U.S. to receive a 2011 DuPont Young Professor award. The DuPont Young Professor program, which began in 1967, is designed to provide start-up assistance to promising young and untenured research faculty working in areas of interest to DuPont's long-term business. Dwight’s research is focused on conjugated polymers for potential use in low-cost electronic devices. Current research is looking at how these polymers can replace semiconductors in the making of solar cells which would be financially and environmentally advantageous. For Seferos the time has come to improve solar cell technology and he believes the answer lies in conjugated polymers.

For the full story please visit:
http://www.news.utoronto.ca/lead-stories/u-of-t-chemist-wins-2011-dupont-young-professor-award.html

Date: 2011-07-29

Congratulations Scott!

Congratulations Scott!

Scott Mabury has been elected to the Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada. Election to Fellowship in the Society is the highest academic accolade in Canada that is available to scientists and scholars.

Date: 2011-07-21

CONGRATULATIONS IAN!

CONGRATULATIONS IAN!

Ian Manners has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellowship of 1400 outstanding individuals who represent science, engineering and medicine, who form a global scientific network of the highest calibre. The Royal Society is the world’s oldest scientific academy and has been at the forefront of enquiry and discovery since its foundation in 1660. Past and present members include Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Dorothy Hodgkin, Isaac Newton, Christopher Wren and Stephen Hawking. Fellows are elected for life and only 44 new members are elected each year.

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2011/7640.html

Date: 2011-07-14

CONGRATULATIONS RUSS!

CONGRATULATIONS RUSS!

Dr. Russ Algar is the winner of one of the 2011 Governor General's Gold Medals. The Governor General's Gold Medal was first awarded in 1873 by the Earl of Dufferin. This award has since become one of the most prestigious that a student at a Canadian educational institution may receive. The Gold Medal is awarded to three students who achieved the highest academic standing at the graduate level. This year SGS received 29 nominations.

Date: 2011-07-07

CONGRATULATIONS GEOFF OZIN!

CONGRATULATIONS GEOFF OZIN!

Geoff Ozin is the recipient of the 2011 Royal Society of Chemistry Barrer Award. The Barrer Award recognizes meritorious recent pure or applied work in the field of porous inorganic materials.

Date: 2011-06-30

CONGRATULATIONS ULLI KRULL!

CONGRATULATIONS ULLI KRULL!

Ulli Krull is the recipient of The University of Toronto Mississauga Alumni Association Paul W. Fox Award. The award, which recognizes "distinguished voluntary service and promotion of U of T Mississauga to the community", was presented to him on May 18.

Date: 2011-06-24

CONGRATULATIONS MARK!

CONGRATULATIONS MARK!

Please join me in congratulating Mark Lautens who is the recipient of the 2011 Royal Society of Chemistry Pedler Award.

The Pedler Award recognizes contributions to any area of organic chemistry from a researcher under the age of 55.

Date: 2011-06-20

CONGRATULATIONS RUSS!

CONGRATULATIONS RUSS!

Dr Russ Algar is the winner of the Chair’s Doctoral Medal for 2011. Russ obtained his PhD in 2010 under the direction of Professor Ulrich Krull. Russ clearly describes in his thesis how he monopolized on the wonderful property of well-defined cadmium selenide nanoparticles to emit light of a certain colour when stimulated with higher energy photons. He and Ulli devised a very ingenious device where the nanoparticles that emit characteristic colours were attached to glass fibers and oligonucleotide strands complementary to important DNA targets were attached to the nanoparticles, all using new chemistry.

Date: 2011-06-14

Congratulations Mark Taylor!

Congratulations Mark Taylor!

Mark Taylor is a third time recipient of the CSC Ichikizaki Fund for Young Chemists Award! This award is presented to young chemists who are showing unique achievements in basic research by facilitating their participation in international conferences or symposia. He received this award in 2009, 2010 and again this year.

Date: 2011-05-31

Congratulations Patrick Gunning!

Congratulations Patrick Gunning!

Patrick Gunning is the recipient of the 2011 CSC Ichikizaki Fund for Young Chemists Award presented to young chemists who are showing unique achievements in basic research by facilitating their participation in international conferences or symposia.

Date: 2011-05-10

top Congratulations Cynthia Goh!

Congratulations Cynthia Goh!

Cynthia Goh is the recipient of the U of T Alumni Association’s 2011 Faculty Award of Excellence. This award is presented to a member of the University of Toronto teaching staff who consistently demonstrates excellence in both teaching and research endeavours.

Date: 2011-03-29

2011 U of T Innovators of the Year award!

2011 U of T Innovators of the Year award!

Date: 2011-03-22

Congratulations Greg Scholes!

Congratulations Greg Scholes!

Greg Scholes is one of two recipients of the 2011 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences for his seminal contribution to the field of ultrafast spectroscopy and the applications to quantum coherent energy transfer and exciton dynamics in biophysics and materials science through the development of multi-dimensional electronic spectroscopy.

This prize is intended to encourage dedication to science, originality and excellence, by awarding outstanding young scientists of age up to 45 years. The research field for the 2011 Sackler Prize in Chemistry is Molecular dynamics of chemical reactions.

Date: 2011-03-17

Well done Andre Simpson!

Well done Andre Simpson!

Andre Simpson is the recipient of the 2011 CSC W.A.E. McBryde Medal presented to a young scientist working in Canada who has made a significant achievement in pure or applied analytical chemistry.

Date: 2011-03-14

Congratulations Ray Kapral

Congratulations Ray Kapral

Ray Kapral is the recipient of the 2011 CSC E.W.R. Steacie Award presented to a scientist who has made a distinguished contribution to chemistry while working in Canada.

Date: 2011-03-09

Congratulations!

Congratulations!

Molly Shoichet has been appointed the Order of Ontario.

Date: 2011-03-04

Molly Shoichet elected as AAAS Fellow

Molly Shoichet elected as AAAS Fellow

Molly Shoichet has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest science society and publisher of the prestigious journal, Science. She was cited for distinguished contributions to neural tissue engineering through the design of novel polymers for cell and drug delivery, and strategic advice on national research policy.

Date: 2011-01-26

Congratulations Andy Dicks!

Congratulations Andy Dicks!

Andy Dicks is the recipient of an ACS-CEI Recognition of Exemplary Work in the Incorporation of Sustainability into Chemistry Education Award. The award encourages dissemination of the important work of creatively incorporating sustainability into chemical education. As part of the award, Andy will attend the symposium on Chemistry Education and Sustainability at the 2011 ACS Spring National Meeting in March to present research projects by several of his undergrad students.

Date: 2011-01-18

Well Done Vy Dong!

Well Done Vy Dong!

Vy Dong is a recipient of a Roche Excellence in Chemistry Award. Hoffman-La Roche Inc. provides two awards per year to outstanding chemistry faculty with a track record of ground-breaking publications in organic chemistry. The award and its accompanying unrestricted research grant are given to support the recipients’ ongoing research. Vy will also participate in the Roche Symposium on Excellence in Chemistry in May 2011.

Date: 2011-01-11

Congratulations Ulrich Krull !

Congratulations Ulrich Krull !

Ulli Krull is the inaugural recipient of the Outstanding Contributor Award of the School of Continuing Studies. The award recognizes individuals who have publicly demonstrated a commitment to SCS' vision – to be the benchmark of excellence in continuing education. Krull is honoured for helping the SCS shape and develop the "Pathways to Employment for Internationally Trained Professionals in Biotechnology" bridging program at UTM.

Date: 2011-01-03

Awards in 2010

top Congratulations Andre!

Congratulations Andre!

Andre Simpson was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK). The RSC is the largest organization in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences. Fellowship is awarded to those who have made an outstanding contribution to Chemistry.

Date: 2010-12-15

Well Done Mitch Winnik!

Well Done Mitch Winnik!

Mitch Winnik is the 2011 Society of Chemical Industry LeSueur Memorial Award Winner of the Canada Section. This award is given for developing technical excellence, in either a university/research institute or industrial setting in Canada.

Date: 2010-12-08

Congratulations Gabriel and Demyan!

Congratulations Gabriel and Demyan!

Two graduate students, Gabriel Menard, of the Stephan group, and Demyan Prokopchuk, of the Morris group, were recently recognized at the 43rd Inorganic Discussion Weekend held Nov 4-6 at the University of Windsor. Gabriel was recognized for best oral presentation and Demyan for best poster. The conference drew over 150 participants from Ontario, Quebec, New York State, Michigan and Ohio.

Date: 2010-11-29

Congratulations, Myrna Simpson!

Congratulations, Myrna Simpson!

Myrna Simpson is the 2010 recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry/Society of Environmental Toxicology Mid Career Award.

This award, offered jointly by SETAC and the Royal Society of Chemistry, is for early to mid-career scientists who have accomplished and published outstanding contributions that have advanced the understanding or development of environmental systems, technologies, methodologies or other relevant research in the environmental sciences.

Date: 2010-10-21

Congratulations Patrick Gunning!

Congratulations Patrick Gunning!

Patrick Gunning is the recipient of the University of Glasgow, Young Alumnus of the Year 2010.

Patrick was chosen as this year's winner for his exceptional accomplishments in the field of cancer research, building on his academic achievement at Glasgow to acquire an international reputation for excellence.

Date: 2010-10-14

Congratulations, Vy Dong!

Congratulations, Vy Dong!

Vy Dong is one of the recipients of a 2011 ACS Cope Scholar Award.

This award recognizes and encourages excellence in organic chemistry.

Date: 2010-10-05

Congratulations Vy, Patrick, Dvira and Rebecca!

Congratulations Vy, Patrick, Dvira and Rebecca!

Date: 2010-09-13

Congratulations Andrei!

Congratulations Andrei!

It is our pleasure to announce that Andrei Yudin is the recipient of the 2010 Rutherford Memorial Medal in Chemistry of the Royal Society of Canada. The Rutherford medals are awarded for outstanding research in any branch of physics and chemistry.

Date: 2010-09-01

Congratulations Kun and Julie on their great accomplishment!

Congratulations Kun and Julie on their great accomplishment!

Please join me in congratulating Kun Liu (Kumacheva group) who has recently been awarded a two year Ontario Post-Doctoral Fellowship through the Ministry of Research and Innovation! Kun's research is in polymer and materials chemistry, where he develops new, quantitative strategies for the organization of nanoparticles in complex hierarchical structures.

Please join me in congratulating Julie Lukkarila (Gunning group) who has recently been awarded a two year Ontario Post-Doctoral Fellowship through the Ministry of Research and Innovation! Julie's research is in Medicinal Chemistry, where she develops small molecules to block the spread of cancerous cells. She focuses on the Uba1 And Uba5 enzymes which are aberrantly activated in Leukemia and Lymphoma.

Date: 2010-08-19

Congratulations Patrick Gunning!

Congratulations Patrick Gunning!

Patrick Gunning is the 2010 recipient of the Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Young Investigator Award in Organic Chemistry.

This award supports research in synthetic organic chemistry by new faculty members at Canadian universities.

Date: 2010-08-10

top Congratulations Nadine Borduas!

Congratulations Nadine Borduas!

Nadine Borduas, of the Dong Group, is the recipient of the NSERC André Hamer Postgraduate Prize!

This prize is awarded to the most outstanding candidates in NSERC’s master’s scholarship competition. Nadine’s interest lies in total synthesis - the creation of a complex organic product by executing chemical reactions from simpler pieces. Her research will particularly help to advance the entire field of green chemistry by providing new tools for chemists to use when conducting synthesis of molecules for a biological product.

Date: 2010-08-04

Congratulations Shana Kelley!

Congratulations Shana Kelley!

Shana Kelley is the recipient of an EWR Steacie Memorial Fellowship! This fellowship is awarded to highly promising university faculty who are already earning a strong international reputation for original research. This is one of Canada's biggest science awards and delivers substantial support to the winners.

Shana is improving technology for tuberculosis detection. By using nanomaterials to detect miniscule traces of tuberculosis and creating a rapid testing system, she hopes to implement her diagnostic system in communities that cannot afford hi-tech resources.

Date: 2010-07-27

Congratulations Eric Reiner!

Congratulations Eric Reiner!

Eric Reiner is the recipient of the 2010 CSC Maxxam Lecture Award!

This award is presented to a scientist residing in Canada who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of analytical chemistry while working in Canada.

Date: 2010-07-20

Congratulations, Lewis Kay!

Congratulations, Lewis Kay!

Lewis Kay has been named a 2010 Fellow of the Royal Society (U.K.), the world's oldest scientific academy in continuous existence, dating back to 1660.

Lewis' development of NMR techniques for studying macromolecular dynamics and his insights into protein folding and signal transduction in protein structures has made him one of the top NMR spectroscopists in the world.

Date: 2010-07-13

Congratulations Nadine Borduas and Christina Mueller!

Congratulations Nadine Borduas and Christina Mueller!

Nadine Borduas, of the Dong group, and Christina Mueller, of the Miller group, are recipients of 2010 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships.

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships are Canada’s most prestigious scholarship for doctoral students. Vanier scholars are chosen for their demonstrated leadership skills and high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies.

Date: 2010-07-06

Congratulations to Tom Han-Hsiao Hsieh and Cassandra Lord on winning the 2010 TATP Teaching Excellence Award!

Congratulations to Tom Han-Hsiao Hsieh and Cassandra Lord on winning the 2010 TATP Teaching Excellence Award!

Tom Han-Hsiao Hsieh, of the Dong group, won for his work teaching students in the Chemistry Department, while Cassandra Lord, a member of Chemistry’s research support staff, was recognized for her contributions to the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education.

This award is given to outstanding teaching assistants who regularly inspire and challenge undergraduate students. As a result of this recognition, Tom and Cassandra will participate in a panel discussion at TA Day 2010.

Date: 2010-06-22

Congratulations Vy Dong!

Congratulations Vy Dong!

Vy Dong has been chosen as a recipient of the 2010 Amgen Young Investigator's Award.

The award recognizes scientific contributions from young investigators who impact the pharmaceutical industry. Congratulations, Vy!

Date: 2010-06-15

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Date: 2010-06-08

Congratulations Doug Stephan!

Congratulations Doug Stephan!

Doug Stephan has been admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK).

The RSC is the largest organisation in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences. Fellowship is awarded to those who have made an outstanding contribution to Chemistry.

Date: 2010-06-01

Congratulations John Polanyi!

Congratulations John Polanyi!

John Polanyi is the recipient of the 2010 Royal Society of Chemistry Faraday Lectureship Prize!

The Faraday Lectureship prize, to commemorate the name of Michael Faraday, is awarded for exceptional contributions to physical or theoretical chemistry.

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Date: 2010-05-25

top Congratulations Andre Simpson!

Congratulations Andre Simpson!

Andre Simpson is the recipient of the 2010 Royal Society of Chemistry Joseph Black Award.

This award is presented to a young scientist in any field covering the practice and teaching of analytical science. Congratulations, Andre!

Date: 2010-05-18

Congratulations Johnny Lo!

Congratulations Johnny Lo!

Johnny Lo is the recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Staff Award! Professor Ron Kluger said of Mr. Lo's contributions to the department, "Johnny performs his job to the highest standard of excellence—enabling success in the department by doing machining at a level that exceeds anyone’s expectations."

Thank you, Johnny, for your service and dedication to the department!

Date: 2010-05-11

Congratulations Brent Page!

Congratulations Brent Page!

Brent Page, of the Gunning group, is the recipient of an AACR AstraZeneca International Scholar in Training Award!

The AACR AstraZeneca International Scholar in Training Award enhances the education and training of early career scientists by providing financial support for their attendance at AACR Special Conferences. These are highly competitive awards which are given to only twelve students across North America. Congratulations, Brent!

Date: 2010-05-04

Myrna Simpson & Greg Scholes have each been awarded an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement!

Myrna Simpson & Greg Scholes have each been awarded an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement!

The Discovery Accelerator Supplement Program provides substantial and timely resources to a small group of outstanding researchers who have a well-established research program, and who show strong potential to become international leaders in their respective area of research.

Date: 2010-04-26

Congratulations Dr. Ryan Hili!

Congratulations Dr. Ryan Hili!

Dr Ryan Hili is the winner of the Chair's Doctoral Medal for 2010. Ryan obtained his PhD in 2009 under the direction of Professor Andrei Yudin.

Ryan's chemistry focused on the synthesis and applications of a stable class of unprotected amino aldehydes. His work has attracted the attention of the scientific media, including Science and Chemical and Engineering News.

Date: 2010-04-16

Vy Dong is the recipient of the 2010 AstraZeneca Award in Chemistry!

Vy Dong is the recipient of the 2010 AstraZeneca Award in Chemistry!

The AstraZeneca Award in Chemistry, granted yearly to one or two research groups across Canada, recognizes outstanding contributions to Chemistry in Canada by young professors in the area of organic chemistry. Congratulations!

Date: 2010-04-13

Congratulations Nadine Borduas!

Congratulations Nadine Borduas!

Nadine Borduas is one of two students chosen to attend the 2010 Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Chemistry in Germany from June 27 to July 2.

Borduas, in the Dong group, has a scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada and was nominated by this organization.

Date: 2010-04-06

Congratulations Leo Mui!

Congratulations Leo Mui!

Leo Mui, of the Chin group, has been chosen as a 2010 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award recipient.

The Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards were established in 1994 by the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA) and the Division of University Advancement in order to recognize students who have made outstanding extra-curricular contributions to their college, faculty or school, or to the university as a whole.

Date: 2010-03-30

Congratulations Eugenia Kumacheva!

Congratulations Eugenia Kumacheva!

Eugenia Kumacheva is a recipient of a 2010 Killam Research Fellowship. These fellowships are among Canada's most distinguished research awards, enabling scientists and scholars to devote two years to a specific full time research project. Eugenia's research will enable the use of microfluidics to create biological microenvironments, which improve the study of cell behaviour. The full article may be found at, http://www.news.utoronto.ca/science-and-technology/u-of-t-wins-three-of-canadas-eight-killam-research-fellowships.html.

Date: 2010-03-22

Congratulations Dvira Segal

Congratulations Dvira Segal

We have just learned that Dvira Segal is the recipient of a 2010 Alfred Sloan Fellowship. Fellowships are awarded to stimulate fundamental research by young scholars of outstanding promise and to provide support and recognition to young scientists.

These are very prestigious fellowships and not many are awarded in Canada!

Date: 2010-02-17

top Congratulations Danny Puzzo: An Award Hat Trick !!!

Congratulations Danny Puzzo: An Award Hat Trick !!!

Danny has been selected as this year's recipient of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry (DIC) Award for Graduate Work in Inorganic Chemistry from the Canadian Society for Chemistry. In recognition of this achievement Danny will present an Award Lecture in a DIC symposium at the upcoming 2010 CSC conference in Toronto.

This means the Ozin group has obtained this recognition for three consecutive years with Ludovico Cademartiri's CSC and ACS DIC award in 2008, Jenny Chen's ACS DIC award in 2009 and now Danny Puzzo's CSC DIC in 2010!

Date: 2010-02-09

Congratulations Scott Mabury!

Congratulations Scott Mabury!

Scott Mabury is the recipient of the 2010 Environment Division Research and Development Award from the Chemical Institute of Canada for distinguished contributions to the field of Environmental Chemistry or Environmental Chemical Engineering, while working in Canada.

Date: 2010-01-15

Congratulations Andy Dicks!

Congratulations Andy Dicks!

Andy Dicks is the recipient of the 2010 Award for Chemical Education from the Chemical Institute of Canada. This award is given to a person who has made an outstanding contribution in Canada to education at the post secondary level in the field of chemistry or chemical engineering.

Date: 2010-01-06

Congratulations Andrei Yudin!

Congratulations Andrei Yudin!

Andrei Yudin is the recipient of the 2010 Merck Frosst Centre for Therapeutic Research Award from the Canadian Society for Chemistry. This award is given to a scientist residing in Canada, not yet 40 years of age, and who has made a distinguished contribution in the fields of Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry while working in Canada.

Date: 2010-01-04

Congratulations Andre Simpson!

Congratulations Andre Simpson!

Andre Simpson is the recipient of the 2010 Fred Beamish Award from the Canadian Society for Chemistry. This award is presented to individuals who demonstrate innovation in research in the field of Analytical Chemistry, in particular, where research is anticipated to have significant potential for practical applications.

Date: 2010-01-01

Awards in 2009

Congratulations! Greg Scholes

Congratulations! Greg Scholes

Greg Scholes has been elected to the Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada. Election to Fellowship in the Society is the highest academic accolade in Canada that is available to scientists and scholars.

Date: 2009-09-16

Congratulations Datong Song, Mark Nitz and Ulrich Fekl

Congratulations Datong Song, Mark Nitz and Ulrich Fekl

The Early Researcher Award (ERA) program helps promising, recently-appointed Ontario researchers build their research teams.

Datong Song proposes to develop new types of highly efficient and selective catalysts that work like nature's enzymes, but modify molecules according to his team's specifications. By enabling the use of inexpensive and environmentally friendly materials and by improving the efficiency of the existing industrial processes, this research could transform Ontario's chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

Mark Nitz is researching new tools that will help us understand the roles that carbohydrates play in intercellular communication pathways. These findings will advance medical research, lead to new ways to treat disease and bacterial infections, and help grow Ontario's biotechnology sector.

Ulrich Fekl's research, Developing Inexpensive Catalysts for Cleaner, Sulfur-free Gasoline and Oil, aims for a better catalyst, made of small molecules, for more efficient sulfur removal.

Date: 2009-09-04

KUDOS! GREG SCHOLES

KUDOS! GREG SCHOLES

On July 1st, Greg Scholes became one of the Senior Editors for the ACS Journal of Physical Chemistry. This will be the only J Phys Chem office in Canada, and will be operated out of his office here in Lash Miller.
Greg expects to handle about 400 manuscripts a year in a newly created Journal of Physical Chemistry C (Nanomaterials, Interfaces, and Hard Matter), which publishes original experimental and basic research targeted to scientists in the physical chemistry of nanoparticles, and nanostructures, surfaces, interfaces, and catalysis, electron transport, optical and electronic devices, and hard matter, and energy conversion and storage.

Date: 2009-07-22

Congratulations Avila De Sousa!

Congratulations Avila De Sousa!

Avila De Sousa was one of five students chosen to attend the 2009 Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Chemistry in Germany from June 28 to July 3. De Sousa, from the Murphy group, has a scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada, and was nominated by this organization. The full article is available here.

Date: 2009-07-17

Congratulations Zhihong Nie!

Congratulations Zhihong Nie!

Zhihong Nie, formerly of the Kumacheva group, is this year's recipient of the CAGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award. This award is granted by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) and is sponsored by University Microfilms International (UMI). It recognizes Canadian doctoral dissertations that make unusually significant and original contributions to their academic fields. Zhihong Nie is currently at Harvard in the Whitesides research group.

Date: 2009-07-06

top Congratulations Deborah Zamble!

Congratulations Deborah Zamble!

Deborah Zamble has been awarded an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement. The Discovery Accelerator Supplement Program provides substantial and timely resources to a small group of outstanding researchers who have a well-established research program, and who show strong potential to become international leaders in their respective area of research.

Date: 2009-07-06

Congratulations Zhihong Nie

Congratulations Zhihong Nie

Zhihong Nie is the inaugural recipient of the Chair's Doctoral Prize, which was awarded based on his accomplishments in Chemistry while a doctoral student in the Kumacheva Group.

Date: 2009-06-22

Congratulations Peter Dornan

Congratulations Peter Dornan

Peter Dornan, of the Dong Group, is one of the inaugural recipients of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships. These scholarships, valued at $50,000 are intended to stimulate the interest of undergraduate students in research; provide financial support to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows engaged in advanced studies and research; and assist recent recipients of doctoral degrees in adding to their research experience.

Date: 2009-06-22

Congratulations Shana Kelley

Congratulations Shana Kelley

Shana Kelley was recently named to Canada's Top 40 Under 40 List. This program celebrates our leaders of today and tomorrow, and honours Canadians who have reached a significant level of success. The program is designed to promote mentorship and professional development by introducing these leaders to the established business community and by promoting them as role models for young Canadians.

Date: 2009-05-29

Congratulations Andy Dicks

Congratulations Andy Dicks

Andy Dicks is the recipient of a University of Toronto President's Teaching Award. This award recognizes sustained excellence in teaching, research in teaching and the integration of teaching and research. Recipients of a President.s Teaching Award are designated as a member of the Teaching Academy for a five-year period.

Date: 2009-04-16

Congratulations Kagan Kerman

Congratulations Kagan Kerman

We have just learned that Kagan Kerman is the recipient of a Biomedical Young Investigator Research Award from the Alzheimer's Society of Canada. Kagan's research will focus on small molecules and peptides that would become effective inhibitors of amyloid formation.

Date: 2009-04-16

Congratulations Doug Stephan

Congratulations Doug Stephan

Doug Stephan is a recipient of a 2009 Killam Research Fellowship. These fellowships are among Canada's most distinguished research awards, enabling scientists and scholars to devote two years to a specific full time research project. In addition to work on a variety of new catalysts for industrial processes, Doug's group is also targeting new materials for "green" catalysis and hydrogen storage. http://www.canadacouncil.ca/prizes/killam

Date: 2009-03-25

Congratulations Eugenia Kumacheva

Congratulations Eugenia Kumacheva

Eugenia Kumacheva, winner of the 2009 L'ORÉAL-UNESCO Award for Women in Science. For more details and video click here

Date: 2009-03-25

Congratulations Vy Dong and Aaron Wheeler

Congratulations Vy Dong and Aaron Wheeler

Aaron Wheeler and Vy Dong are both recipients of 2009 Alfred Sloan Fellowships. Fellowships are awarded to stimulate fundamental research by young scholars of outstanding promise and to provide support and recognition to young scientists.

Date: 2009-03-25

Congratulations Vy Dong and Aaron Wheeler

Congratulations Vy Dong and Aaron Wheeler

Aaron Wheeler and Vy Dong are both recipients of 2009 IUPAC Travel awards. Vy will be attending the 15th IUPAC International Symposium in Glasgow, Scotland in July 2009 while Aaron will participate in the 42nd IUPAC World Chemistry Congress in Glasgow, Scotland in August 2009.

Date: 2009-03-25

top Congratulations Stu Whittington

Congratulations Stu Whittington

Stu Whittington is the recipient of one of four Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Awards for 2007-08. The Faculty received a number of strong nominations from across the Faculty and chose, for an award, the four clear leaders among all the nominees.

Date: 2009-03-25

Congratulations Ludovico Cademartiri

Congratulations Ludovico Cademartiri

Ludovico Cademartiri is the recipient of the 2009 Chemical Society of Canada CCUCC Chemistry Doctoral Award. This award recognizes outstanding achievement and potential in research by a graduate student.

Date: 2009-03-25

Congratulations Aaron Wheeler

Congratulations Aaron Wheeler

Aaron Wheeler is the recipient of the 2008 Eli Lilly and Company Young Investigator Award in Analytical Chemistry.

Date: 2009-03-25

Congratulations Molly Shoichet

Congratulations Molly Shoichet

Molly Shoichet is the recipient of the 2009 CSC Clara Benson Award In recognition of her distinguished contributions to chemistry while working in Canada.

Date: 2009-03-25

Congratulations Mark Taylor

Congratulations Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor is the recipient of the 2008 John Charles Polanyi Prize. The Prize is awarded annually to outstanding researchers in the early stages of their career either continuing post-doctoral studies (or has a faculty appointment) in a recognized Ontario University.

Date: 2009-03-25

Congratulations Dwayne Miller

Congratulations Dwayne Miller

Dwayne Miller is the recipient of the 2009 CIC Medal. The Medal is presented as a mark of distinction and recognition for an outstanding contribution to the science of chemistry or chemical engineering in Canada.

Date: 2009-03-25

Congratulations Geoffery Ozin

Congratulations Geoffery Ozin

Geoffery Ozin is the 2009 Society of Chemical Industry Le Sueur Award Winner of the Canada Section. The Le Sueur Award recognizes excellence in chemical science and technology and, in Geoff's case, recognizes his outstanding contributions over the years in the areas of nanotechnology and photonic crystals.

Date: 2009-03-25

Congratulations Patrick Gunning

Congratulations Patrick Gunning

Patrick Gunning is the 2008 recipient of the David Rae Memorial Award in Leukemia Research for his highly rated innovative project in leukemia research. This award was established by the Rae family to honour the memory of David Rae.

Date: 2009-03-25

Awards in 2008

Congratulations John Polanyi

Congratulations John Polanyi

Date: 2008-03-25

Congratulations Molly Shoichet

Congratulations Molly Shoichet

Molly Shoichet has been elected to the Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada. Election to Fellowship in the Society is the highest academic accolade in Canada that is available to scientists and scholars.

Date: 2008-03-25

top Congratulations Vy Dong

Congratulations Vy Dong

Professor Vy Dong is a recent recipient of the 2008 Boehringer Ingelheim Investigator Award in Organic Chemistry. The purpose of this award is to support research in synthetic organic chemistry by new faculty members.

Date: 2008-03-25

Congratulations Scott Prosser

Congratulations Scott Prosser

Professor Scott Prosser has been awarded a UTM Research Excellence Award made on the basis of excellence in research in its broadest sense. Scott has had a relevant and sustained impact through contributions to his field of study, is able to stimulate and challenge the research ability of students, to communicate research results effectively, and to maintain a mastery of his subject area.

Date: 2008-03-25

Congratulations Gilbert Walker!

Congratulations Gilbert Walker!

Gilbert Walker has been awarded an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement. This program provides substantial and timely resources to a small group of outstanding researchers who have a well-established research program, and who show strong potential to become international leaders in their respective area of research.

Date: 2008-03-25

Congratulations Ludovico Cademartiri

Congratulations Ludovico Cademartiri

Dr. Ludovico Cademartiri is one of three UoT recipients of the Governor General's Gold Medal. The Gold Medal is awarded to the student who achieves the highest academic standing at the graduate level. This award has since become one of the most prestigious that a student in a Canadian educational institution may receive.

Date: 2008-03-25

Congratulations Andrei Yudin!

Congratulations Andrei Yudin!

Andrei Yudin has been awarded an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement. This program provides substantial and timely resources to a small group of outstanding researchers who have a well-established research program, and who show strong potential to become international leaders in their respective area of research.

Date: 2008-03-25

Congratulations Mitchell Winnik, Jeff Haley and Yuanqin Liu

Congratulations Mitchell Winnik, Jeff Haley and Yuanqin Liu

Mitchell Winnik, Jeff Haley and Yuanqin Liu have received the 2007 Roon Award First Place. This award is administered by the Federation of Societies for Coating Technologies in the US and is given for the top publication in the coatings field. Mitch shares this award with his postdoc Jeff Haley, student Yuanqin Liu, and collaborator Dr. Willie Lau at Rohm and Haas. Winnik and his students received this First Place award in 1991, 1995, and 1998; probably the only person to have won it 3 times, so four sets a new record.

Date: 2008-03-25

Congratulations Drew Woolley

Congratulations Drew Woolley

Drew Woolley is the winner of the CSC 2008 Bernard Belleau Award. This award recognizes distinguished contributions to the field of medicinal chemistry through research involving biochemical or organic chemical mechanisms by a scientist residing in Canada.

Date: 2008-03-25

Congratulations Molly Shoichet

Congratulations Molly Shoichet

Molly Shoichet is the recipient of a Killam Research Fellowship, Canada's most distinguished research award. These prizes are given in recognition of a distinguished career and exceptional contributions in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, engineering and interdisciplinary studies. Molly's project that received recognition by the Killam selection committee is entitled, "Three Dimensional Presentation of Immobilized Growth Factors to Guide and Control Cell Differentiation".

Date: 2008-03-25

Congratulations Zhihong Nie

Congratulations Zhihong Nie

Zhihong Nie, from the Kumacheva group, is one of two winners of this year's MSED/LANXESS Graduate Thesis award.

Date: 2008-03-25

Congratulations Ludovico Cademartiri and Greg Welch

Congratulations Ludovico Cademartiri and Greg Welch

Greg Welch, one of Doug Stephan's PDF students (Windsor) and Ludovico Cademartiri, of the Ozin group, have each been awarded 2008 ACS Young Investigator Awards given by the Division of Inorganic Chemistry. Ludovico is also the recipient of the CSC Division of Inorganic Chemistry Prize for Graduate Work in Inorganic Chemistry. Both Greg and Ludovico will be given an award presentation at the Philadelphia ACS meeting in August.

Date: 2008-03-25

top Congratulations Stu Whittington!

Congratulations Stu Whittington!

Stu Whittington is the recipient of a 2007-08 University of Toronto Students' Union/Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students Undergraduate Teaching Award for teaching excellence for the course CHM 326, "Introductory Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy". It should be noted that this award is entirely student driven - nominated and selected!

Date: 2008-03-25

Congratulations Alan Lough!

Congratulations Alan Lough!

The Awards Selection committee takes great pleasure in announcing that the Fourth Annual Chemistry Department Outstanding Staff Award winner for 2008 is Alan Lough.

The competition this year had many detailed and persuasive nominations. The effort that many of you take in making these nominations is clearly evident and the selection committee extends its deep appreciation. Chemistry is blessed with an outstanding group of staff, who provide strong support to our teaching and research missions.

Date: 2008-03-25

Awards in 2007

Congratulations André Arsenault!

Congratulations André Arsenault!

We have just learned that André Arsenault (Ph.D. graduate of the Manners/Ozin groups) won first prize in the NSERC Innovation Challenge Awards, a competition designed to get graduate students thinking about products or services that could be developed from their thesis research.

Date: 2007-03-25

Congratulations Jamie Donaldson!

Congratulations Jamie Donaldson!

We have just learned that Jamie Donaldson has recently been named a Fellow of The American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honour bestowed upon them by peer members of AAAS. Fellows are recognized for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications.

Date: 2007-03-25

Congratulations Eugenia Kumacheva!

Congratulations Eugenia Kumacheva!

We have just learned that Eugenia Kumacheva has been selected as the 2007 CIC E. Gordon Young Lecturer. This lectureship was established in honour of E. Gordon Young, a distinguished chemist and President of the CIC.

Date: 2007-03-25

Congratulations Aaron Wheeler!

Congratulations Aaron Wheeler!

Date: 2007-03-25

Congratulations Geoff Ozin!

Congratulations Geoff Ozin!

Date: 2007-03-25

Congratulations!

Congratulations!

The Department of Chemistry is very pleased to announce that Dwayne Miller, Judith Poë and Scott Mabury have each been awarded one of the province's inaugural Leadership in Faculty Teaching (LIFT) Award for 2007 designed to recognize and encourage teaching excellence at Ontario's colleges and universities.

Date: 2007-03-25

Congratulations Aaron Wheeler!

Congratulations Aaron Wheeler!

We have just learned that Aaron Wheeler has been awarded an Early Researcher Award given by the Province of Ontario to researchers who are within the first five years of an independent academic career. He plans to fund students working on his projects related to integrated proteome profiling and high-throughput screening.

Date: 2007-03-24

Chemistry faculty, staff and students aid in construction

Chemistry faculty, staff and students aid in construction

On Saturday September 8th thirty department members, faculty, staff, and students, volunteered their time to do some construction work on a series of new homes in Scarborough with Habitat for Humanity. Completing a full day of construction work was a new experience for many of them. They were divided into teams and assigned different jobs ranging from installing insulation to framing and putting the finishing touches on the homes. They learned a broad range of skills and enjoyed themselves very much. Perhaps if you add up all the knowledge they gained they could build their own house!

See pictures!

Date: 2007-03-24

top Congratulations Mark Nitz!

Congratulations Mark Nitz!

We have just learned that Mark Nitz has received the Canadian Alzheimer Society Young Investigator Research Award in recognition of his research on developing new imaging agents for Alzheimer disease.

Date: 2007-03-24

Congratulations Eugenia Kumacheva!

Congratulations Eugenia Kumacheva!

We have just learned that Eugenia Kumacheva has been elected to the Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada . Election to Fellowship in the Society is the highest academic accolade in Canada that is available to scientists and scholars.

Date: 2007-03-24

Jon Abbatt has been awarded an NSERC Discovery Accelerator supplement

Jon Abbatt has been awarded an NSERC Discovery Accelerator supplement

We have just learned that Jon Abbatt has been awarded an NSERC Discovery Accelerator supplement, a new NSERC initiative to foster research excellence. With a total of $6 million in new funding, this initiative will provide significant supplements to a select group of researchers in order to boost their productivity at a critical juncture in their careers.

"These new grants target 50 outstanding researchers. Based on their success and accomplishments so far, we believe they are poised to make real breakthroughs in their fields, and we believe it is critically important to support them financially at this time," observed Dr. Suzanne Fortier.

Date: 2007-03-24

Congratulations to Greg Scholes!

Congratulations to Greg Scholes!

The Department of Chemistry is very pleased to announce that Greg Scholes has been awarded a 2007 NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship. This is one of Canada's biggest science awards and delivers substantial research and leave support to the winners. UofT did exceptionally well in the NSERC major awards this year. Greg Scholes (Chemistry), Aephraim Steinberg (Physics), and Eckhard Meinrenken (Math) won Steacie Fellowships while Dick Bond won the Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering. Pictured in photo: rear left to right (Steinberg, Scholes, Meinrenken) and front centre (Bond).

Date: 2007-03-24

Andy Dicks, 2007 recipient of the Arts and Science Students' Union (ASSU) Ranjini (Rini) Ghosh Excellence in Teaching Award

Andy Dicks, 2007 recipient of the Arts and Science Students' Union (ASSU) Ranjini (Rini) Ghosh Excellence in Teaching Award

The Department of Chemistry is very pleased to announce that Andy Dicks has recently been selected the 2007 recipient of the Arts and Science Students' Union (ASSU) Ranjini (Rini) Ghosh Excellence in Teaching Award. ASSU created this teaching award in recognition of Rini's two-year term ASSU Presidency and her commitment to improving the undergraduate experience. This is particularly exciting since this award is completely student driven; student nominated and selected.

Date: 2007-02-25

Rebecca Jockusch awarded 2007 American Society for Mass Spectrometry Research Award

Rebecca Jockusch awarded 2007 American Society for Mass Spectrometry Research Award

The Department of Chemistry is very pleased to announce that Rebecca Jockusch has recently been awarded a 2007 American Society for Mass Spectrometry Research Award. These awards are presented to promote academic research by young scientists in mass spectrometry. It is also important to note that this is the first time such an award was given to a faculty member at a Canadian University.

Date: 2007-02-25

John Ford awarded the Dean's Outstanding Technical Service Award, Faculty of Arts and Science, 2007

John Ford awarded the Dean's Outstanding Technical Service Award, Faculty of Arts and Science, 2007

We have just learned that John Ford has been awarded the Dean's Outstanding Technical Service Award, Faculty of Arts and Science, for 2007. The Dean's Outstanding Technical Service Award is presented to a technical staff member who has made an outstanding contribution to technical services and, as a result, had a direct impact on improving teaching and/or research.

Date: 2007-02-25

Congratulations to Deborah Zamble for Sloan Fellowship 2007

Congratulations to Deborah Zamble for Sloan Fellowship 2007

The Department of Chemistry is very pleased to announce that Deborah Zamble has recently been awarded a Sloan Fellowship for 2007. These fellowships are awarded to stimulate fundamental research by young scholars of outstanding promise and to provide support and recognition to young scientists.

Date: 2007-02-25