The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation has named two U of T community members as 2005 Trudeau Foundation Mentors: Irshad Manji is Hart House’s writer-in-residence and author of The Trouble with Islam, and Ken Wiwa, a Saul Rae Fellow at the Munk Centre for International Studies, is a human-rights activist and author of In the Shadow of a Saint. The mentors help promote public dialogue on such issues as human rights, social justice and responsible citizenship.
University Professors Sajeev John of physics and Geoffrey Ozin of chemistry, who created the first photonic crystal, received the inaugural Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering. The prize is accompanied by a $250,000 research grant.
Professor John Youson of the University of Toronto at Scarborough has received the Canadian Society of Zoologists’ Fry Medal for outstanding contributions to the field of zoology. Youson specializes in developmental biology, cell biology and endocrinology, and studies relatively ancient fish species such as lamprey, bowfin and gar.
In February, the Sexual Diversity Studies program gave its first annual Citizenship Award to the Canadian Union of Public Employees for challenging inequities and fighting prejudice within the labour movement and in larger society. The program also gave Awards of Merit to Vancouver lawyer barbara findley (who spells her name in lowercase) and Toronto filmmaker John Greyson for raising the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer issues.
By bringing artificial intelligence into chemistry, Prof. Aspuru-Guzik aims to vastly shrink the time it takes to develop new drugs – and almost everything else