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UTSC honours two remarkable researchers

Associate Professor Mary Silcox and Professor Rudy Boonstra received UTSC's Research Recognition Award and Principal's Research Award respectively. (Photos by Ken Jones)

The University of Toronto Scarborough took time to celebrate two of its most talented and renowned researchers Oct. 29.

Professor Rudy Boonstra from the Department of Biological Science received the Principal’s Research Award while Associate Professor Mary Silcox from the Department of Anthropology received the inaugural Research Recognition Award at a presentation recognizing their research accomplishments.

“Congratulations to Professors Boonstra and Silcox whose work exemplifies the remarkable research taking place across our campus,” says Interim UTSC Principal Bruce Kidd. “I believe research is integral to teaching, community engagement and advocacy, which are hallmarks of the UTSC experience. Their example continues to inspire and makes us very proud.”

Both researchers delivered a lecture on their life’s work and research.

Boonstra, who joined UTSC in 1977, is a renowned ecologist whose research focuses on the role stress plays in natural populations of mammals and birds to maximize their fitness and ability to adapt and survive.

Silcox’s research focuses on primate evolution, specifically looking at the fossil evidence to better understand brain development and evolution in early primates and the close relatives to primates.

The principal’s award was established in 1991 by former principal Paul Thompson – UTSC’s longest-serving principal – with the inaugural award going to Professor Ian Brown. Three years ago Professor Malcolm Campbell, UTSC’s vice principal of research, introduced the idea of a lecture delivered by the recipient.

Professor Herbert Kronzucker delivered the first lecture under the new format followed by Professor Michael Bagby last year. The Research Recognition Award was added this year as part of UTSC’s ongoing celebration of its 50th anniversary.

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