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UOIT professor named TVO's Best lecturer

Professor Christoper diCarlo of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) has been named as TVO’s Best Lecturer.

The announcement was first made on Big Ideas, TVO’s lecture series, on Saturday April 5, after votes were cast over the past month by television viewers.

Cross-appointed in the faculties of criminology, justice and policy studies, and science and health sciences, Prof. diCarlo was one of 10 finalists who delivered complete lectures in March in a bid to earn the highest average grade from students and viewers.

“Being chosen as Ontario's Best Lecturer, to me, is a great honour,” says diCarlo. “I was somewhat shocked to hear that I had won because I had the chance to see many of the other lecturers and I thought they were all equally, if not more deserving than I. But the honour comes from the realization that it was really the students at UOIT as well as the faculty and staff who supported and encouraged me throughout the competition. And for that I am extremely grateful.”

Professor diCarlo describes his winning lecture, “The Relations of Natural Systems,” as a “theory of everything” regarding human nature and behaviour. “I not only believe this to be an extremely relevant and important topic, but one which speaks to so many different aspects of humanity that there is something for everyone,” he says. “If we wish to be compassionate towards each other, then this has to start with a responsible understanding of who and what we are as human beings.”

In addition to having the title of Best Lecturer bestowed on one of its faculty, UOIT was awarded a $10,000 scholarship from TD Meloche Monnex, the corporate sponsor. Lectures from each of the top 10 professors aired each weekend on TVO’s Big Ideas beginning in January.

Although we did not have a winner, the University of Toronto Scarborough can be proud of its success in the TVO competition, says Ragnar-Olaf Buchweitz, Vice-Principal (Academic) and Dean of U of T Scarborough. "This was yet another very successful competition for our campus, as this year we had six semi-finalists and two finalists selected from lecturers all across Ontario,” he says “I thank all of our colleagues for the efforts that they constantly put into the student experience. We are fortunate to have many

outstanding teachers on our campus every day, and our students benefit regularly from their skills and talents. Of course we are extremely proud of all of our nominees and we thank them as well as the students who put forward the nominations."

The University of Toronto had 16 semi-finalists in total this year, including six from U of T Scarborough. The semi-finalists from this campus were: Daniel Bender, humanities; Gerald Cupchik, psychology; Joan Forder, biology; Marc Fournier, psychology; Raymond Grinnell, mathematics; and Mark Schmuckler, psychology. Both Cupchik and Fournier went on to become top ten finalists.

Sponsored by TD Meloche Monnex, this third edition of TVO’s Big Ideas Best Lecturer Competition kicked off last September and drew over 70 nominations from students in colleges and universities across the province. An independent judging panel narrowed the list to 10 finalists before voting was put to the public. Each year the Best Lecturer Competition galvanizes the post-secondary community and plays an important role in raising awareness about the province's great educators.

Professor biographies and video streaming of the top 10 lectures are available at

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