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Announcements and Recognitions

Recent announcements and recognitions for students and faculty in the Department of Physics.

Professor Nicolas Grisouard

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Professor Nicolas Grisouard was promoted to Associate Professor on July 1, 2022.

Professor Debra Wunch

Debra Wunch

Professor Debra Wunch was promoted to Associate Professor on July 1, 2022.

Professor Brian Wilson

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Dr. Brian Wilson accepted the position of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in Undergraduate Physics Education on July 1, 2022.

Professor Matt Russo

Matt Russo

Dr. Matt Russo began a part-time term appointment as an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream on July 1, 2022.

Christopher Lee


Christopher Lee began a continuing part-time appointment as Assistant Professor on July 1, 2022.

Also on July 1, 2022, SNOLAB scientists Jeter Hall, Andrew Kubik, and Silvia Scorza were appointed as Adjunct Professors and Anatole von Lilienfeld (Professor & Clark Chair of Advanced Materials in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Materials Science & Engineering) began a non-budgetary cross-appointment in Physics.

Celebrating 20 years at the Department of Physics

Steve Butterworth

Manager, Physics Computing Services

Steve oversees the overall operation of Physics Computing Services (PCS) in the Department and he manages the PCS group that includes Julian Comanean, Galina Velikova and Gregory Wu.

His specialty knowledge in IT is driven by the latest developments in the field and he serves as a great resource for the department.

Some of his many responsibilities include taking care of IT project development (mail, software provisioning and virtual hosting), the procurement of hardware and other large scale IT projects. He keeps stakeholders informed and is in constant communication with the Department, ITS and other members of the University of Toronto community.

He established a network security monitoring system, identifies threats and investigates and troubleshoots IT security incidents in the department.

His team considers him more of a colleague than a manager and he serves as a mentor to them. They say he is always approachable, easy to work with and he makes their experience in the department a valuable one.

Congratulations Steve.