Department of Earth Sciences celebrates an award-filled 2019 for Barbara Sherwood Lollar

January 14, 2020 by A&S News

It was another year of impressive accolades for Barbara Sherwood Lollar.

The University Professor in the Faculty of Arts & Science’s Department of Earth Sciences added the prestigious Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering to her collection, along with three other honours in 2019 alone.

Awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Herzberg Gold Medal — Canada’s top science and engineering award — recognizes individuals who demonstrate “sustained excellence and influence in research for a body of work conducted in Canada that has substantially advanced the fields of natural sciences or engineering.”

Last fall, the Department of Earth Sciences hosted a celebratory event at Massey College — where Sherwood Lollar is a senior fellow — to toast her incredible year and the numerous prestigious acknowledgements of her work and contributions to science.

As one of Canada’s most renowned earth scientists, Sherwood Lollar is no stranger to noteworthy honours. Her career researching earth and environmental geoscience and isotope geochemistry has led to great acclaim in Canada and abroad.

Last year, Sherwood Lollar was named a fellow of the Royal Society — the U.K.’s national academy of sciences and the oldest continuously running and most prestigious scientific society in the world. She also received the C.C. Patterson Award from the American Geochemical Society — which recognizes “an innovative breakthrough of fundamental significance in environmental geochemistry” and was appointed co-director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)’s new Earth 4D Subsurface Science and Exploration program.

Check out a few images from the celebratory event:

Earth Sciences Chair, Russell Pysklywec.
Department of Earth Sciences Chair, Russell Pysklywec, welcomes guests to celebration in honour of Barbara Sherwood Lollar’s impressive award-winning year.
A room full of guests.
Invited guests gather to fete Barbara Sherwood Lollar for her 2019 accomplishments — including this year’s NSERC Herzberg Gold medal — along with her other contributions to the field of earth sciences.
Three people sit on a couch to discuss the event.
Invited guests included former-Ontario Chief Scientist Molly Shoichet, professor of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry and Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering at U of T, Department of Earth Sciences alumna Dr. Silvia Mancini and the Rt. Hon. Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada.
Nobel Prize winning chemist John Polanyi.
Guests included Nobel Prize winning chemist John Polanyi, professor of Chemistry and Vivek Goel, vice-president of research and innovation at the University of Toronto.
Department of Earth Sciences faculty and students pose for a picture.
Department of Earth Sciences faculty and students came together to celebrate Barbara Sherwood Lollar’s 2019 achievements at Massey College, where Sherwood Lollar is a senior fellow.