U of T’s Renée Hložek Elected to College of New Scholars 


Photo courtesy of Renée Hložek, via U of T’s Faculty of Arts & Science.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  – The University of Toronto’s Professor Renée Hložek has been elected to the prestigious College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada.

The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists recognizes emerging intellectual leadership within Canada, of scholars in their early post-doctoral career.

Hložek is an Associate Professor at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics and the David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics. She specializes in cosmology, and specifically uses data to try and understand what the Universe is made of, its structure, and how it is changing with time. She says she is honoured by this recognition.

“I am pinching myself – it’s such a great privilege to be included in the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists,” Hložek says. “I can’t wait to meet the other members of the College and learn from them and collaborate with them.”

“It’s also the perfect timing as I’ve just received tenure and am in a place for growth and new ideas.”

Hložek uses data from the Atacama Cosmology Telescope and the Simons Observatory and Large Synoptic Survey Telescope in the Chilean desert. She hails from South Africa, where she studied at the University of Pretoria and the University of Cape Town. She received her DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2011, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

“Renée Hložek is one of Canadian astronomy’s bright young stars,” says Dunlap Institute Director Bryan Gaensler. “This is a deserved national recognition of her scientific achievements and leadership.”

Including members from affiliated hospitals, there will be 12 Fellows and nine new members of the College of New Scholars who have been elected from the University of Toronto.

The induction ceremony will be held in November in Calgary.

The Royal Society of Canada is Canada’s National Academy created in 1883 in a special act of Parliament to identify and celebrate the accomplishments of leading Canadians for their contributions to Canada and the world. For more information about the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada, visit rsc-src.ca.


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The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto is an endowed research institute with more than 80 faculty, postdocs, students and staff, dedicated to innovative technology, ground-breaking research, world-class training, and public engagement. The research themes of its faculty and Dunlap Fellows span the Universe and include: optical, infrared and radio instrumentation; Dark Energy; large-scale structure; the Cosmic Microwave Background; the interstellar medium; galaxy evolution; cosmic magnetism; and time-domain science. The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, David A. Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics comprise the leading centre for astronomical research in Canada, at the leading research university in the country, the University of Toronto.