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Psychology lounge named in honour of Professor John Bassili

Professor George Cree, chair of the Psychology department, unveils a plaque in honour of Professor John Bassili. (Photo by Ken Jones)

The UTSC psychology lounge has been named for Professor John Bassili, the former chair of the department who passed away in March.

Bassili actually helped design the space, which features large windows looking out into the Rouge Valley. Bassili saw value in bringing people together to talk, and designed the lounge as a place where colleagues could share ideas and anecdotes.

At the plaque unveiling, that’s just what students, faculty and staff did. They swapped stories about the man who inspired many.

“In addition to being a respected academic and strong advocate for the department, he emphasized the importance of community, and the social aspect of science,” said current UTSC Psychology Department Chair, George Cree.”

Professor Bassili’s research focused on the cognitive process and he was interested in web-based education.

Others were also honoured at the event. Professor Bill Gough received an award for his outstanding contribution to the Department of Psychology. His award includes a lifetime privilege to the lounge’s coffee machine.

Clinical psychology students, Gregory Williams and Katherine Gardhouse, were the recipients of the inaugural Bassili Family Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded to entering Clinical Psychology graduate students at the University of Toronto Scarborough on the basis of academic excellence.



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