York U student, community ecologist, will receive Toronto Botanical Garden’s Aster Awards


TORONTO, Nov. 18, 2013 – York University’s Scott MacIvor will receive one of the three inaugural Aster Awards presented by the Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG), Nov. 21.

“I am honoured to receive the Aster Award from the Toronto Botanical Garden. As an ecologist, being recognized for work that provides meaningful opportunities for people to connect to nature is very gratifying. I am thankful for the help of my lab at York and the hundreds of citizen scientists that contribute to important data on our cities' bee and wasp communities,” says MacIvor, a doctoral candidate in biology, who focuses on the community ecology of bees and wasps in cities, supervised by Professor Laurence Packer, in the Faculty of Science.

Aptly named ‘Aster’ meaning ‘star’ in Greek, the award honours artists, designers and scientists whose talents draw us into a closer relationship with nature.
MacIvor is recognized along with York U alumna and celebrated architect Janet Rosenberg, and the world famous photographer Edward Burtynsky, who will be honoured for their work that inspires us “to connect with nature and to appreciate both its immense power and surprising vulnerability.”

WHAT:   Aster Awards 2013
WHO:   York U doctoral candidate Scott MacIvor; York U alumna and celebrated architect   Janet Rosenberg; renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky
WHERE: Toronto Botanical Garden, Floral Hall, 777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto
WHEN:  Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, 6:30pm
NOTE: Media planning to attend the event should contact Jenny Rhodenizer at TBG directly.

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Media Contacts:
Gloria Suhasini, York University Media Relations, 416 736 2100 ext. 22094, suhasini@yorku.ca
Jenny Rhodenizer, Marketing and Communications Director, Toronto Botanical Garden, 416 397 1351 / 416 819 2191, communication@torontobotanicalgarden.ca
NOTE: York U media studio is available for double-ended broadcast interviews.