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UTSC researchers win Connaught Fund awards

Seventeen UTSC faculty won New Researcher Awards from the university’s Connaught Fund. The awards are given to assistant professors within the first five years of their appointment at the university, helping them establish a strong research program.

"I congratulate UTSC's highly-deserving recipients of this year's Connaught Fund awards,” says Malcolm Campbell, vice-principal, research. “The awards recognise the excellence of these fine young researchers, and the breadth, depth, and exceptional quality of the research they are leading at UTSC."

The UTSC winners, and the topics of their research, were:

Ruoyun Bai, global Asia studies: Media scandals in China.

Katherine Blouin, classical studies: Living on the edges: Cultural landscapes in the eastern Nile delta during Hellenistic and Roman times.

Barry Freeman, theatre and performance studies: Theatre and global ethics: Performing alternative globalization in Toronto.

Karolina Hübner, philosophy:  Spinoza and Idealism.

Katherine R. Larson, English: The singing body in early modern England.

William Nelson, history: Eugenics and the Enlightenment politics of life.

Rutsuko Ito, neuroscience: Neural circuitries underlying approach-avoidance conflict resolution.

Bebhinn Treanor, biological sciences: The role of novel ion channel TRPM7 in B cell activation.

Kenneth Welch, biological sciences: Automated tracking of energy balance in wild hummingbirds.

Carl Mitchell, environmental science: Peatland mercury cycling in a changing climate: A large-scale field manipulation study.

Ruslan Salakhutdinov, statistics: Learning hierarchical models: Theory and applications.

Bianca Schroeder, computer science: Designing and building more reliable storage systems.

Robert Young, mathematics: Quantitative and asymptotic geometry of groups and spaces.

Girish Daswani, anthropology: Prayer and virtue: An ethnographic comparison of a Pentecostal prayer camp and traditional shrine in southern Ghana.

William Hurst, political science: The politics of legal institutions in China and Indonesia.

Chris Krupa, anthropology: Islands of memory in an unknown war: A cultural history of violence and its reckoning in Ecuador.

Rajyashree Narayanareddy, geography: Chingaris (flames) of Bhopal: Women activists, environmental ethics and politics of hope.

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