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Three UTSC faculty receive honours from Royal Society of Canada

UTSC Professors Natalie Rothman, Balint Virag and Judith Teichman (not pictured) all received honours from the Royal Society of Canada recently. (Photo by Ken Jones)

It was a banner year for UTSC honours from the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).

In addition to a new RSC fellow in Professor Judith Teichman, Professor Natalie Rothman was named to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, while Professor Balint Virag received the John L. Synge Award for outstanding research.

“It’s been a remarkable year in terms of honours from the Royal Society of Canada. Having a new RSC fellow, a professor named to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists and an award winner is a source of tremendous pride,” says Professor Malcolm Campbell, vice-principal of research at UTSC.

“This success shows that UTSC is home to a great number of exceptional researchers.”

Teichman, from the Department of Political Science and International Development Studies at UTSC, is an expert on Latin American politics. Her research interests cover the drug trade and violence in Mexico as well as poverty, economic and social policy with a focus on Mexico and Chile. She is the author of four books and has published more than 40 articles on the politics of development in the global south and Latin America.

A fresh approach to scholarship is one of the main reasons Rothman is one three U of T faulty to be inducted into the initial cohort of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Among the many achievements highlighted by the RSC is Rothman’s groundbreaking digital initiative on early modern cultural interactions. The project provides a venue for greater collaboration among grad students and faculty interested in questions of knowledge production.

Virag is one of five U of T faculty to be recognized with a major award for research excellence and innovation from the RSC. A renowned expert on probability theory, his many contributions to the subject include groundbreaking results on the subject of random walks. His concept of the “Brownian Carousel’’ has solved fundamental problems in the theory of random matrices and his work has been recognized internationally, including an invitation to International Congress of Mathematicians.

Founded in 1883, the RSC is Canada’s premier body of distinguished scholars and artists.  Its mission is to promote scholarly, research and artistic excellence, to advise governments and organizations and to promote a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada.

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