Appointments and Honours, Fall 2008

Friday, December 5, 2008 10:05:00 AM

Academic News


SPENCER BARRETT RECEIVES AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NATURALISTS' 2008 SEWALL WRIGHT AWARD
University Professor Spencer Barrett, Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, has won the 2008 Sewall Wright Award given by the American Society of Naturalists (ASN). This is the most prestigious award given by ASN and honours a senior but still active scientist who has made fundamental contributions to the conceptual unification of the biological sciences. The award is named after the influential population geneticist Sewall Wright, one of the founders of the modern synthetic theory of evolution, and was given to Professor Barrett in June 2008 at the ASN annual meeting in Minneapolis.

For more information: http://www.amnat.org/, http://labs.eeb.utoronto.ca/barrett/


LARRY BOURNE RECEIVES HONORARY DEGREE FROM UNIVERSITY OF NEW BRUNSWICK
Professor Emeritus Larry Bourne of the Department of Geography received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the University of New Brunswick Saint John during its convocation ceremony on October 24, 2008 in St. John. He was honoured for his significant contributions to our understanding of urban Canada, helping identify unique characteristics of Canadian cities within a global context. A renowned urban growth expert, his expertise has been sought by all levels of government, community organizations and several national and international agencies.  Dr. Bourne is also the former Interim Director of the Cities Centre at U of T.

For more information: http://www.unb.ca/news/view.cgi?id=1649; http://www.geog.utoronto.ca/people/faculty/bourne/outline-lb


PHIL BYER APPOINTED TO MTO'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON GREENING PROVINCIAL ROADWAYS
Professor Phil Byer, of the Department of Civil Engineering and the Centre for Environment, has been appointed to an Ontario Ministry of Transportation's Advisory Committee on Greening Provincial Roadways. The advisory committee, which consists of six government members and six external members, will be developing recommendations to the Minister on changes to MTO's construction practices and specifications to reduce the environmental impact of provincial roadways.

For more information: byer@ecf.utoronto.ca; http://www.civil.engineering.utoronto.ca/infoabout/staff/professors/byer.htm
 

JANE GOODALL RECEIVES HONORARY DEGREE FROM UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall is hooded and presented an honorary degree by Professor Tattersall Smith (left), Dean of the Faculty of Forestry, and Chancellor David Peterson. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Sakulensky.)
PHOTO: Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall is hooded and presented an honorary degree by Professor Tattersall Smith (left), Dean of the Faculty of Forestry, and Chancellor David Peterson. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Sakulensky.)

World-renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Toronto during its convocation ceremony on November 13, 2008. Dr. Goodall, who is also a conservationist and a UN Messenger of Peace, began her pioneering research into the behaviour of wild chimpanzees in Africa in 1960. Her conscientious observations of chimpanzees at Gombe National Park in Tanzania transformed our understanding of our closest animal relatives and made us re-evaluate what it means to be human. She founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977 in order to combat the rapid degradation of critical habitat for chimpanzees and other African wildlife. Today, the Institute has evolved into a dynamic international organization that supports wildlife research, conservation and education around the world. The Canadian branch is housed at U of T through a partnership with the Centre for Environment. (Source: www.news.utoronto.ca)

For more information: www.janegoodall.ca; http://www.environment.utoronto.ca/Research/FacultyResearch/JaneGoodallInstitute.aspx


SHASHI KANT RECEIVES QUEEN'S AWARD FOR FORESTRY
Professor Shashi Kant of the Faculty of Forestry is the winner of the 2008 Queen's Award for Forestry, a prestigious international award that recognizes the achievements and supports the future work of an outstanding mid-career forester who combines exceptional contributions to forestry with an innovative approach to his or her work. Professor Kant, who plans to use the prize money to travel to Brazil, Mexico and Chile to present his research on sustainability, economics and natural resources, said this award recognizes his belief that "a new economic theory, rather than a new public policy based on the old theory, is essential to guide humanity towards sustainability". He specializes in forest resource economics and forest management systems with an emphasis on economics of sustainable forest management. His research has challenged traditional models of forest economics by introducing a new paradigm of economics, termed post-Newtonian economics, that incorporates the basic features of sustainable development and sustainable forest management.  (This is an edited excerpt of an article found at http://www.news.utoronto.ca.)

For more information: http://www.forestry.utoronto.ca/people/shashi_site/home.html;
http://www.cfa-international.org/CFA_Awards.html


CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT AND DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING WELCOME VISITING PROFESSOR MÓNICA KRÄUTER ROMANO
The Centre for Environment and the Department of Civil Engineering are pleased to welcome Professor Mónica Kräuter Romano from Simón Bolivar University (USB) in Caracas, Venezuela as a Visiting Professor until August 2009 where is working with Professor Philip Byer in the area of environmental management systems. Professor Kräuter Romano received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Chemistry from USB, and is working on a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development. Since 2000, she has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Process and Systems at USB, teaching courses related to petrochemical processes and environmental factors. Her research has been in the areas of physical and chemical treatment of carbonaceous materials (e.g. heavy crude oils, coals and tar sands), optimization of industrial chemical processes, bio-adsorbants and environmental management systems.

During her visit, she is in Room 415 in the Galbraith Building, 35 St. George St. and can be reached at monica.krauterromano@utoronto.caFor more information, please also contact Professor Philip Byer at byer@ecf.utoronto.ca.


CHEMICAL ENGINEERING AND APPLIED CHEMISTRY WELCOMES VISITING PROFESSOR IRIS XU
The Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry is pleased to welcome Professor Iris Xu from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Windsor. Professor Xu will be spending the next six months (until April 2009) of her research leave with staff and students in the Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research. Professor Xu's research is on the measurement and modeling of air pollution, with a focus on trans-boundary pollutants and air quality within the City of Windsor. She may be reached at xxu@uwindsor.ca.

For more information, please contact Dr. Greg Evans, Professor Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry and Director of the Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research (http://www.socaar.utoronto.ca): greg.evans@utoronto.ca.