Scientific Day Faculty Awards
2021 IMS Scientific Day Faculty Awards
Mel Silverman Mentorship Award
Presented to Dr. Tarek Rajji
The Mel Silverman Mentorship Award was established to honour the contributions of former IMS Director Dr. Melvin Silverman. It is presented to an IMS faculty member who has served as an outstanding mentor and role model for graduate students, in addition to making significant contributions to the IMS graduate program.
IMS Course Lecturer Award
Presented to Dr. Erik Spence and Dr. Marcelo Ponce
The IMS Graduate Course Lecturer Award recognizes the excellence in the leadership of an IMS graduate course. It is presented to an IMS course lecturer in recognition of sustained contribution of three years or more to excellence in lecturing in an IMS graduate course.
Dr. Spence received his Doctorate in plasma physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has held post-doctoral positions at ETH Zurich, University of Toronto and Princeton University. He currently works at SciNet, the University of Toronto Centre for High Performance Computing, where he assists researchers in performing calculations on massively parallel computers. He has been teaching classes in data analysis for IMS since 2017.
IMS Course Director Award
Presented to Dr. Tony George and Dr. Margaret Hahn
Drs. Hahn and George received this award because their course challenged and refined students' critical thinking, research and academic writing abilities despite the obstacles of virtual learning. They went out of their way to keep course content current and relevant, often referencing events in pop culture to highlight the underlying science and they provided a safe and stimulating learning environment.
Dr. George is professor of psychiatry and a clinician scientist and Chief of the Addictions Division in the Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. His research investigates the biological basis of addiction comorbidity in serious mental illness.