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Faculty of Science
Faculty Awards

And the 2018-2019 winners are…


Dean’s Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity Awards

Recognizing individuals for their scholarly, research and creative (SRC) activity and impact on their disciplines.

Pre-Tenured Recipient: Stephanie Melles, Department of Chemistry and Biology

Dr. Melles is an innovative, multidisciplinary researcher working on ecological problems of pattern and scale in space and time. Her research focuses on species distribution patterns and ecosystem diversity to address some of the most salient problems in global change ecology, such as how species will likely respond to climate change, invasive species spread, habitat loss, pollution, and fragmentation. Melles takes a multi-faceted approach to her research, which incorporates theoretical analysis, state-of-the-art computational techniques, multi-scale datasets (from field-based to regional, continental, and global), and ecological models to find creative solutions to some of the major challenges facing (human-dominated) ecosystems.

Tenured Recipient: Costin Antonescu, Department of Chemistry and Biology

Dr. Antonescu’s research made important contributions to understanding the fundamental mechanisms by which the oncogene epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) allows cancer cells to grow, proliferate and spread throughout the body (metastasis), how these mechanisms can be exploited to treat cancer and how cancer drugs can be better targeted to tumors to improve cancer patient treatment. The outstanding impact of this research is demonstrated (in the prior year) by 8 journal articles, being awarded a CIHR Project Grant and other funding for industry-partnered translational research, many invited talks at Canadian universities and conferences, and >20 conference papers and abstracts.

Tenured Recipient: Pawel Pralat, Department of Mathematics

Dr. Pawel Pralat is a Director of the Fields-CQAM Lab on Computational Methods in Industrial Mathematics at the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences and an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Ryerson University. His multidisciplinary research program lies at the intersection of mathematics and computer science. His main research interests are in the theory of random graphs and their applications to complex networks.


Dean's Service Award

Recognizing exceptional or distinguished service to a department, school, faculty and/or the university.

Recipient: Isaac Woungang, Department of Computer Science

As a Professor, mentor, Associate Chair, Program Director x 2, supervisor, Chauffeur and self-less, workaholic colleague, Isaac Woungang has worked tirelessly and continuously to make the Department of Computer Science a better place. While there are many tasks that are arguably undesirable at Ryerson, there has not been a single instance that I have found where Isaac said no. Isaac has made the Department a better place through countless hours of hard work, attention to detail and effectiveness.


Dean's Teaching Awards

Recognizes continuing teaching excellence and achievement in instruction.

Recipient: Lydia Chen, Department of Chemistry and Biology

Lydia Chen’s classroom creativity, passion for chemistry education and unwavering commitment to her students have furthered a singular objective – to make chemistry accessible and stimulating for students. Lydia recognized that first year chemistry may be intimating.  She implemented two-stage collaborative testing, online tutorial, and created her own YouTube videos to help students practicing problem solving, a skill that is important to excel in first year chemistry. Lydia shares her own thought processes in problem solving, showing students that chemistry is not as complicated as it may appear. Lydia is dedicated to her students. She is an excellent teacher.

Recipient: Raffi Karshafian, Department of Physics

Dr. Raffi Karshafian student's praise the clarity of his lectures, ability to deliver difficult material in the form that accessible even for the students with limited background in physics, and his dedication to the students. One of his former students describes Dr. Karshafian as “a professor who is able to take a frightening physics course and turn it into a subject I wish to pursue a career in”.


YSGS Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Education Award

Recognizing faculty excellence in the complex process of mentoring graduate students to prepare them for productive careers.

Recipient: Anthony Bonato, Department of Mathematics

Dr. Anthony Bonato makes a tremendously positive impact on graduate education at Ryerson through the supervision of his graduate students and his graduate teaching. A devoted mentor to his students, he takes great care to nurture their academic potential and helps them achieve their academic goals.  He plays an active role in supporting the success of his students, and co-authored sixteen papers with them in top journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Bonato recently taught a Masters course in modelling networks at the African Institute of Mathematics at Cameroon, which included twenty-eight students from thirteen African countries


Many thanks to the Faculty Awards Committee!