BIOMEDICAL SCIENTIST RECEIVES BANTING FOUNDATION AWARD
Prof. Alicia Viloria-Petit, Biomedical Sciences, has been named the 2009 winner of the prestigious Jennifer Dorrington Award from the Banting Research Foundation, Canada’s oldest medical research institute. The annual award is made to the highest-ranked applicant in the field of cancer or reproductive biology and includes a $20,000 prize.
OAC FACULTY HONOURED
The OAC Alumni Association and Foundation recently presented their annual faculty awards. Prof. Milena Corredig, Food Science, is this year’s recipient of the OAC Alumni Distinguished Research Award. Prof. Ernesto Guzman, Environmental Sciences, received the OAC Alumni Distinguished Extension Award. The 2009 OAC Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award was presented to Prof. Alan Sullivan, Plant Agriculture. Prof. Jim Mahone, Environmental Design and Rural Development, received the G.P. McRostie Award, which recognizes effective advising and mentoring.
HISTORIAN EARNS KUDOS
Prof. Catharine Wilson, History, has received the Floyd S. Chalmers Award in Ontario History from the Champlain Society for her book Tenants in Time: Family Strategies, Land and Liberalism in Upper Canada, 1799-1871. Earlier this year, the book received the Canadian Historical Association’s Clio Award and the Ontario Historical Society’s J.J. Talman Award.
PROF ELECTED PRESIDENT
Prof. David Douglas, a retired faculty member in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, has been elected president of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation, a Canada-wide network of rural development policy researchers, advisers and practitioners.
MATH PROF CHAIRS ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Prof. David Kribs, Mathematics and Statistics, chaired the organizing committee for the 2009 Fields Institute Summer Thematic Program on Mathematics in Quantum Information. Participants, who included members of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Institute for Quantum Computing — Kribs is affiliated with both Waterloo-based institutes — discussed quantum information and computing.
Two graduate students in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology were winners at the Guelph-area Toastmasters speech contest. PhD candidate Hakeem Shittu won the humorous speech contest, and M.Sc. candidate Danve Castroverde won in table topics. They then went on to the western Ontario contest in Waterloo, where Castroverde came second and Shittu placed third.