March 24, 2011
James Lau is the recipient of the 2010-2011 David Keeling Award for Administative Excellence. James first joined the Faculty of Medicine as a summer student in June 1980. In September 1980 he began his work as a Laboratory Technician. Over the course of the past 30 years, James has worked his way through various roles to his current position of Assistant Director, Division of Teaching Labs (DTL), where, among other responsibilities, he now oversees the operation of more than 25 courses in 28 laboratory classrooms. His contributions to the enhancement of learners’ experiences are significant.
James assisted with the design and implementation of the MED Youth Summer Program (http://www.ysp.utoronto.ca/medicine) geared towards introducing high school students in grades 10 and 11 to experimental research, and works continually with the Office of Health Professions Student Affairs to deliver other community outreach programs. James also oversees DTL’s Yeast Culture Media project where customized solid and liquid media are prepared for researchers in the faculty at reasonable rates and with quick delivery times. He is well known and respected by faculty and students alike; for his collaboration in creating lab courses and experiments to enhance the students’ knowledge base; his dedication to ensuring that the Division of Teaching Labs has the best, most up-to-date technologies available for use by both parties; and, his sincere and caring approach to ensuring that everyone has as positive an experience as possible while interacting with DTL.