Environmental students awarded for their achievements

Thursday, May 12, 2011 10:30:00 AM



The Centre for Environment (CFE) congratulates the following recipients of its graduate and undergraduate awards, presented in the winter and spring of 2011.

GRADUATE AWARDS: 


UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS:



CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT GRADUATE AWARDS:

The following graduate awards were presented at Centre for Environment events in the Spring of 2011: Research Day on April 20 2011 and the Eric Krause Memorial Lecture on February 2 2011.  (Photos by Xianming Zhang and Tony Chen.) 


GREENSAVER ALASTAIR FAIRWEATHER MEMORIAL AWARD IN THE ENVIRONMENT
This award was established in memory of Alastair Fairweather, a member of the Board of Directors of GreenSaver, who passed away in October, 2009. Mr. Fairweather had been actively involved in many local issues including Out of the Cold, the Beaches-East York NDP, and a member of the Board of Directors of GreenSaver, a company committed to assisting homeowners make their homes more energy efficient.  This year's recipient is Jessica Lemieux, a M.A. Candidate in the Dept. of Political Science and the Centre for Environment's collaborative program in environmental studies.  Her Master's research focuses on the Transition Towns Movement, a grassroots movement based on a response to peak oil which seeks to create resilient communities by focussing on local sustainability and no- or slow-growth.


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Edward Leman and Justin Mok
Presenter Edward Leman with Justin Mok, recipient of the Alexander B. Leman Memorial Award, at Research Day.

ALEXANDER B. LEMAN MEMORIAL AWARD
This inaugural award was established by the Leman family, friends and colleagues of Alexander B. Leman, an architect and urban planner who founded his own architectural firm as well as Leman Group Inc., an urban development and planning consulting company. This year, it was awarded to Justin Mok, a Ph.D. candidate in the Dept. of East Asian Studies and the Centre for Environment's collaborative program in environmental studies.  His doctoral research examines the complexities in understanding the relationship between humans and environment in the cultural and environmental history of China. 


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John Brown award recipient Xianming Zhang and Centre for Environment Interim Director Don Jackson
John Brown award recipient Xianming Zhang and Centre for Environment Interim Director Don Jackson at Research Day. (Absent: Andrew Thomas.)

JOHN R. BROWN AWARD
The late Dr. John R. Brown was a Professor in the Department of Environmental Health, Faculty of Medicine, an associate member of the former Institute of Environmental Studies (now the Centre for Environment) and a principal investigator of many research projects at IES during the 1970s.   This year, the recipients are Andrew Thomas and Xianming Zhang.  Andrew is a M.P.H. candidate in the School of Public Health and the Centre for Environment's collaborative program in environment and health.  His Master's research is on the role of volatile organic compounds in controlled human exposures.  Xianming is a Ph.D. candidate in the Dept. of Chemistry and the Centre for Environment's collaborative program in environmental studies.  His doctoral research looks at organic contaminants in the environment using a passive air sampling and modeling approach.


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Sperrin Chant award recipient Hajera Amatullah and Centre for Environment Interim Director Don Jackson
Sperrin Chant award recipient Hajera Amatullah and Centre for Environment Interim Director Don Jackson at Research Day.

SPERRIN CHANT AWARD IN TOXICOLOGY
This award commemorates Professor Sperrin Chant, a member of the University Lodge, who graduated from the University of Toronto and returned to teach here in the Psychology Department before moving to the University of British Columbia where he became Dean.  This year's recipient is Hajera Amatullah, a M.P.H. candidate in the School of Public Health and the Centre for Environment's collaborative program in environment and health.  Her Master's research is on in-vivo and in-vitro studies of the effects of air pollution on the cardiovascular system.


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Arthur and Sonia Labatt Graduate Fellowship recipients from left to right: Benita Tam, Smith Sundar, Mark Hathaway, Angela Loder, and Peter Ralevic
Arthur and Sonia Labatt Graduate Fellowship recipients from left to right: Benita Tam, Smith Sundar, Mark Hathaway, Angela Loder, and Peter Ralevic
at Research Day. (Absent: Sedric Pankras.)

ARTHUR AND SONIA LABATT GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS
These fellowships were established through a generous donation from Arthur and Sonia Labatt.  Students were asked to submit a paper which explores practical solutions to environmental issues and/or examines the marketplace for solutions to environmental issues. This year, six recipients were awarded $5000 each:

  • Mark Hathaway, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Adult Education and Community Development (OISE/UT) and the Centre for Environment's collaborative program in environmental studies (CFE-ES)
  • Angela Loder, PhD Candidate, Dept. of Geography and CFE-ES.
  • Sedric Pankras, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Forestry and CFE-ES.
  • Peter Ralevic, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Forestry and CFE-ES
  • Smith Sundar, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Forestry and CFE-ES
  • Benita Tam, PhD Candidate, Dept. of Geography and CFE-ES.


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Langford prize recipient Nilima Gandhi and Centre for Environment Interim Director Don Jackson
Langford prize recipient Nilima Gandhi and Centre for Environment Interim Director Don Jackson at Research Day.

GEORGE BURWASH LANGFORD PRIZE
This prize is named in honour of Dr. George Burwash Langford, the founder and first Director of the Great Lakes Institute, which became the Institute for Environmental Studies and is now the Centre for Environment. The prize is awarded annually to a Centre for Environment graduate or Juris Doctor student who best combines excellence in research in environmental studies and contributes to the work of the Centre.  This year's recipient is Nilima Gandhi, a Ph.D. candidate in the Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry and the Centre for Environment's collaborative program in environmental studies. Her doctoral research is the on development of new methods to address metals' speciation, fate, and ecotoxicity issues in the context of Life Cycle Impact Assessment.


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Eric Krause fellowship recipient Mark Hathaway (centre) with Krause family and friends from left to right Kalman Krause, Rina Fishman-Krause, Katy Krause, Dan Murphy, and Roger Kortshot
Eric Krause fellowship recipient Mark Hathaway (centre) with Krause family and friends from left to right Kalman Krause, Rina Fishman-Krause, Katy Krause, Dan Murphy, and Roger Kortshot at the Eric Krause Memorial Lecture.

ERIC DAVID BAKER KRAUSE GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
This fellowship established by the City of Toronto and U of T is in honour of the late Eric Krause, M.A. graduate in Department of Geography and the former Institute for Environmental Studies (now Centre for Environment).  This year's award was presented at the Eric Krause Memorial Lecture held February 2, 2011 to Mark Hathaway, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Adult Education and Community Development at OISE/UT and the Centre for Environment's Environmental Studies Collaborative Program.  Mark is a published author with extensive experience in work focused on both social justice and environmental concerns.  His current research examines the transformative learning taking place in education initiatives that aim to facilitate a shift towards an ecological worldview as well as concrete action for sustainability. 

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CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS:

The following undergraduate awards were presented at Centre for Environment events in the Spring of 2011: the Robert Hunter Memorial Lecture on February 16 2011, the Douglas Pimlott Memorial Lecture on March 16 2011 and the CFE-JGI Environment and Development seminar on April 1 2011.  (Photos by Tony Chen and Justin Kim.)

Bobbi Hunter (left) and Stephen Scharper (right) join Robert Hunter scholarship recipients from left to right Jean Lui, Lauren Drainie, and Jessica Elders
Bobbi Hunter (left) and Stephen Scharper (right) join Robert Hunter scholarship recipients from left to right Jean Lui, Lauren Drainie, and Jessica Elders at the Robert Hunter Memorial Lecture. (Absent: Zannah Matson.)

ROBERT HUNTER SCHOLARSHIPS
These scholarships are in honour of Robert Hunter, Ecology Specialist for City TV and co-founder  and President of Greenpeace and are awarded to outstanding Centre for Environment students.  The following recipients were presented the scholarships at the Robert Hunter Memorial Lecture held February 16, 2011. 

  • Lauryn Drainie, Honours B.A. graduate in Environmental Policy and Practice.
  • Jessica Elders, fourth year BA student in Environmental Ethics major, Ethics Society and the Law major, and Philosophy minor.
  • Jean Paulyn Liu, fourth year BSc student in the specialist program in Earth Systems: Physics and Environment; also specialist in Physics, and a minor in English.
  • Zannah Matson, fourth year BA student in Environment and Society major, Peace and Conflict Studies specialist, and Urban Studies minor.


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Stephen Scharper (back row left) and Monte Hummel (right) join Douglas Pimlott award recipients from left to right Maliha Haswary, Joanna Dafoe, Caroline Franklin, Clara Luke and Daryn Caister
Stephen Scharper (back row left) and Monte Hummel (right) join Douglas Pimlott award recipients from left to right Maliha Haswary, Joanna Dafoe, Caroline Franklin, Clara Luke and Daryn Caister at the Douglas Pimlott Memorial Lecture. (Absent: Kathlynn Ahern, Samanatha Azzerello, Greta Chiu, Lauryn Drainie, and Gurushabd Khalsa.)

DOUGLAS PIMLOTT AWARDS AND GRADUATING SCHOLARSHIPS
These scholarships in memory of Douglas Pimlott, the first Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Innis College, University of Toronto. He is recognized as the originating force behind the Canadian environmental movement and was a specialist in the habits and habitat of the wolf. He was an outstanding environmentalist and scholar.  The scholarships are awarded to CFE students with excellent levels of academic achievement combined with a demonstrated commitment to social involvement in environmental issues. The awards and scholarships were presented at the Douglas Pimlott Memorial Lecture held March 16, 2011.

Pimlott Award Recipients:

  • Kathlynn Ahern,third Year BA in Environmental Policy and Practice Major; International Development Studies Major
  • Daryn Caister,third year BA in Environmental Policy and Practice Major; Urban Studies Major; GIS minor
  • Caroline Franklin, fourth Year BSc in Environment and Science Major; Forestry Conservation Science Major
  • Maliha Haswary,second Year BA in Environmental Studies Major; Women and Gender Studies Minor; Anthropology Minor
  • Gurushabd Khalsa,fourth Year BA in Environmental Policy and Practice Major; International Relations Major
  • Clara Luke, fourth Year BA in Environmental Policy and Practice; English Major
  • Jakub Pieczarski, second Year BA in Environmental Studies Major; Environmental Anthropology Minor; Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health Minor
  • Kelsey Rose, fourth Year BA in Environmental Policy and Practice; Political Science Minor; English Minor

Pimlott Graduating Scholarship Recipients:

  • Samanatha Azzerello, Honours BA graduate in Environment and Science Major; Economics Major
  • Greta Chiu, Graduated with Honours BSc in Environment and Toxicology Specialist; Biology Minor; Environmental Chemistry Minor
  • Joanna Dafoe, Honours BA graduate in Environmental Policy and Practice Major; Peace and Conflict Studies Major
  • Lauryn Drainie, Honours BA graduate in Environmental Policy and Practice Major; Political Science Minor; Environmental Ethics Minor


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B.A. student Claire‐Helene Heese‐Boutin, inaugural recipient of the Jane Goodall scholarship, is joined by Dr. Goodall and Professor Donald Jackson, Interim Director of the Centre for Environment
B.A. student Claire‐Helene Heese‐Boutin, inaugural recipient of the Jane Goodall scholarship, is joined by Dr. Goodall and Professor Donald Jackson, Interim Director of the Centre for Environment.

JANE GOODALL SCHOLARSHIP
The inaugural Jane Goodall scholarship was presented at a special Environment and Development seminar presented by the Centre for Environment and the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada on April 1, 2011.  The scholarship was awarded by Professor Donald Jackson, Interim Director of the Centre for Environment, to ClaireHelene HeeseBoutin who was personally recognized by Dr. Jane Goodall at the ceremony.  Claire-Helene is a honours B.A. student at the University of Toronto majoring in Caribbean Studies and Environmental Studies.  The scholarship is awarded to outstanding undergraduate student(s) enrolled in a program offered by the Centre for Environment, with preference given to students focusing on studies of environment and development.