Seven professors honoured with York University Research Awards

L to R: Trevor Farrow, Pina D'Agostino, Dayna Scott, Mary Jane Mossman, Mary Condon, Valerio De Stefano, Lisa Philipps
From left to right, Trevor Farrow, Giuseppina D’Agostino, Dayna Scott, Mary Jane Mossman, Dean Mary Condon, Valerio De Stefano and York Provost, Vice-President Academic and Osgoode Professor Lisa Philipps.

Seven Osgoode professors are the recipients of 2023 York University Research Awards.

Professors Giuseppina D’Agostino, Valerio De Stefano, Philip Girard, Steven Hoffman, Poonam Puri and Dayna Scott were presented with their awards at a special celebration on campus April 12, along with Professor Emerita Mary Jane Mossman.

The annual awards, which honour the outstanding achievements of York researchers over the past year, were presented in part by York University President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton and Vice-President, Research & Innovation Amir Asif.

“Here at York, purposeful research defines us,” the two leaders said in a written message. “As the university prepares to take its research enterprise to the next level – as outlined in the strategic research plan currently in development for 2023-2028 – we know York’s biggest strength is its people, whose unwavering commitment, excellence and creativity is the key to pioneering new approaches to society’s most pressing, 21st century challenges and advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.”

Osgoode Associate Dean (Research & Institutional Relations) Trevor Farrow commended the award recipients for their accomplishments.

“It was a real pleasure to honour and celebrate the exciting research that has been happening this year at York, and in particular the great work of our Osgoode colleagues,” he said. “Congratulations and thank you to all of them for their efforts and their very impressive achievements.”

D’Agostino was honoured with a York University Research Award for being named one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers for 2022 by Canadian Lawyer magazine.

De Stefano was recognized for being named the Canada Research Chair in Innovation, Law and Society in June 2022.

Puri’s award was in recognition for receiving the Peter Dey Governance Achievement Award from the Governance Professionals of Canada in November 2022.

Girard was recognized for being presented with the David Walter Mundell Medal for excellence in legal writing from the Ontario government in March 2022.

Hoffman received a York Research Award for being elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in September 2022 and for leading a successful, $2.5-million SSHRC Partnership Grant for research into a global framework for sustainable antimicrobial drug use and preventing the proliferation of drug-resistant bacteria. Hoffman holds the Dahdaleh Distinguished Chair in Global Governance & Legal Epidemiology.

Mossman was awarded for being honoured with the Women’s Law Association of Ontario’s President’s Award in June 2022.

Scott was recognized for her work in leading a successful, $2.5-million SSHRC Partnership Grant for a six-year project exploring novel approaches to strengthening Indigenous jurisdiction and sovereignty over hereditary lands and waterways. Scott is cross-appointed with the Faculty of Environment & Urban Change and holds the York Research Chair in Environmental Law & Justice in the Green Economy.