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Chancellor Roberta Bondar Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Royal Conservatory of Music
April 4, 2007

Trent University chancellor Dr. Roberta Bondar will receive the Royal Conservatory of Music Lifetime Achievement Award on April 19, 2007 as part of the Conservatory ’s fifth annual Celebration of Excellence Awards event in support the Learning Through The Arts (LTTA) program.

"This award holds a special significance for me as it reinforces the value of combining arts-based and scientific pursuits in the learning process," explained Dr. Bondar. "I commend the educational programs provided by schools that expand their abilities in several areas. The Royal Conservatory recognizes the inextricable link between art and science and, in so doing, encourages each of us to take new strides in learning without borders." Today’s Lifetime Achievement Award follows fresh on the heels of Dr. Bondar’s appointment last month to chair a working group on environmental education as part of the provincial government’s new curriculum review process.

Trent University president and vice chancellor Bonnie M. Patterson was delighted to offer her congratulations. "Renowned as a space scientist, neurologist, author, astronaut, and photographer, Dr. Bondar has exceptional strengths in crossing academic and artistic boundaries and these are reflected in this award," said President Patterson. "We are pleased to see her diverse skills recognized in this way and congratulate Dr. Bondar on earning this honour."

Now in her second term as chancellor of Trent University, Dr. Bondar has always recognized Trent University’s strong commitment to interdisciplinary education. "Trent University is truly distinguished by both the calibre of its teaching and flexibility for students who want to combine majors from the sciences, social sciences and humanities," she said after being appointed to a second term as chancellor.

As the world’s first neurologist in space, Dr. Roberta Bondar is globally recognized for her pioneering contribution to space medicine. Her findings developed technology that has been used in clinical studies at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Bondar is an acclaimed photographer of the natural wonders of our planet. She is the author of four critically acclaimed books featuring her stunning photography of the Earth both from space and on the ground. An exclusive exhibition of Dr. Bondar’s photography called "Green Time" was mounted in honour of International Earth Day and is currently on display at First Canadian Place Gallery in Toronto; the show runs until April 30, 2007.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Roberta Bondar and her role at Trent University.