Prof. Lap-Chee Tsui explores the complexities of the human genome, while Prof. Ian Hacking ponders the intricacies of philosophy. But the two researchers recently received the same invitation – to collect one of Canada’s most prestigious awards, the Killam Prize. Administered annually by the Canada Council for the Arts, the $100,000 prizes are Canada’s most distinguished awards for outstanding career achievement in engineering, natural sciences, health sciences, the humanities and social sciences. Hacking received the first Killam award for humanities, while Tsui received the health sciences prize.
The following professors received the Faculty of Arts and Science’s annual Outstanding Teaching and Staff Awards in April: Prof. Michael Dewar, classics; Prof. Barbara Todd, history; Prof. Tony Key, physics; Prof. Sherwin Desser, zoology; Prof. Ronald Deibert, political science; and Prof. Ann Marie Sorenson, sociology. Honoured staff were Linda Mamelak, Khader Khan, Jo Godfrey and Janet Mannone (BSc 1981 St. Mike’s).
Ursula Franklin, professor emerita of materials science engineering, received the prestigious Pearson Peace Medal from the United Nations Association in Canada for her humanitarian work.
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