Appointment of Pekka Sinervo as Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science

PDAD&C #55, 2002-2003

M E M O R A N D U M

TO:   Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
Students, Staff, Faculty and Alumni of the Faculty of Arts & Science
FROM:   Shirley Neuman, Vice-President and Provost
DATE:   April 11, 2003
RE:   Appointment of Pekka Sinervo as Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science

I am very pleased to announce that Professor Pekka Sinervo has agreed to serve as Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science. His term begins on May 1, 2003 and will continue until a new Dean takes up the position.

Professor Sinervo first joined the University of Toronto in 1990 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics. He was promoted to Full Professor in 1995, became Chair of the Department in 1997 and since 2000 he has been Vice Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science. Under his leadership, the Faculty of Arts and Science became the first in the country to implement guaranteed doctoral student support.

Professor Sinervo is an elementary particle physicist specializing in experimental studies of the fundamental forces and constituents of matter. He is an expert in the study of heavy quarks and in 1995 was Canada's team leader in the discovery of the top quark at Fermilab. He has served in numerous scientific management roles and on various national and international science advisory and review committees. He was chair of the NSERC Subatomic Physics Grant Selection Committee in 1997-98, and is currently chair of the NRC Advisory Committee on TRIUMF and a member of the NSERC Council on Research Grants as Group Chair for Physics. He has established and led an active Canadian research group studying the highest energy matter-antimatter collisions and has authored or co-authored over 300 refereed publications. He received the Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award in 1995, the Rutherford Medal for Physics in 1996, and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1999.

Please join me in warmly welcoming Professor Sinervo as Interim Dean and in offering our support and assistance to him as he assumes his new role.