Appointment of the Senior Advisor on Science and Engineering Engagement

PDAD&C #19, 2014-15

To:  PDAD&C 
From:      President Meric S. Gertler 
Date:  September 17, 2014
Re  Appointment of the Senior Advisor on Science and Engineering Engagement 

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Molly Shoichet as Senior Advisor on Science and Engineering Engagement for a three-year term.  In this role, Professor Shoichet will build partnerships and implement strategies to promote the University of Toronto’s remarkable strengths in science and engineering research.  She will seek out innovative opportunities for engagement among U of T scientists, external organizations, and the public.  Professor Shoichet will work closely with colleagues and the community to demonstrate the impact that U of T researchers are having on many facets of life, including key determinants of our future—health, environment, and energy, among others.

Professor Molly Shoichet holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering and is Professor of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, Chemistry, and Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. She completed her S.B. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Chemistry; her Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Polymer Science and Engineering; and spent three years as a Scientist at CytoTherapeutics Inc. Since joining U of T in 1995 with an NSERC University Faculty Award, Shoichet has demonstrated her dedication to the University and greater community when it comes to translating scientific discovery. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Centre of Excellence and previously served on the Ontario Research and Innovation Council and the Science, Technology and Innovation Council, which provides strategic advice to Industry Canada.

Professor Shoichet is the recipient of numerous awards and honours. She is the only person to be inducted into all three of Canada’s National Academies: the Canadian Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Moreover, she is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and winner of the American Society for Biomaterials’ Clemson Award and the Canada Council for the Arts’ Killam Research Fellowship. In 2011, Dr. Shoichet was appointed to the Order of Ontario, Ontario’s highest honour. In 2013, her contributions to Canada’s innovation agenda and the advancement of knowledge were recognized with the QEII Diamond Jubilee Award.  Most recently, in June 2014, she was appointed ‘University Professor’—U of T’s most prestigious professorial designation.

Professor Shoichet is currently working on a social media campaign called ‘Research2Reality’; a series of compelling videos featuring STEM researchers from U of T, McMaster, Waterloo, Western, UBC and U of A.

The University of Toronto is committed to generating discoveries that improve the lives of Canadians and inspire future generations of scientists. I wish to thank the outgoing Senior Advisor, Professor Ray Jayawardhana, for his excellent service to the University, and thank Professor Molly Shoichet for choosing to undertake this important advisory role. I look forward to working closely with Professor Shoichet to raise public awareness about U of T’s exciting discoveries in science and engineering that will impact our lives today and tomorrow. 

I invite you to learn more about Professor Shoichet’s work at: http://scienceengagement.utoronto.ca/