The winners of the 2003 Alumni Association Awards of Excellence and the Northrop Frye Awards were announced on April 28 at Hart House. Prof. Judy Watt-Watson (BScN 1967, MSc 1984, PhD 1997) of nursing received the Faculty Award; Elizabeth Isbister of student recruitment was given the Chancellor’s Award; Carl Amrhein, the former dean of arts and science, and Margaret Procter of writing support received the Joan E. Foley Quality of Student Experience Award; Dr. William Seidelman of family and community medicine earned the Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize; Jessie Thomson, a University College student majoring in peace and conflict studies, was named the John H. Moss Scholar; and Alison McGuigan, a PhD student in chemical engineering and biomedical engineering, was named the Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Scholar. Prof. John R. Percy of the department of astronomy and astrophysics at UTM received the Northrop Frye Award for innovation in linking research and teaching. The Surgeon Scientist Program in the department of surgery, Faculty of Medicine, received the Northrop Frye Award in the departmental category.
David Letterman’s sidekick Paul Shaffer (BA 1971 UC) was awarded a Golden Jubilee Medal of Queen Elizabeth II in February at a celebration in New York.
Margie Zeidler (BA 1981 VIC, BArch 1987) received a Jane Jacobs Prize in March for transforming a dilapidated Toronto building on Richmond Street West into a low-rent haven for artists and non-profit groups.
Nigel Spencer (MA 1967) won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Thunder and Light, his translation of Marie-Claire Blais’s Dans la foudre et la lumière.
A U of T lab is working with actors, writers and directors on how they could harness AI and other emerging technologies to generate new ideas and – just maybe – reinvent theatre