Faculty Recognitions

December 2012

Dean receives Honorary Doctorate

Dean Chandra Madramootoo received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Guelph, recognizing his contributions to global water and food issues. An internationally recognized specialist in water resources, Dean Madramootoo led the creation of the McGill Institute for Global Food Security and was the founding director of the Brace Centre for Water Resources Management. In his Convocation address, he encouraged graduates to always honour their professional obligations, whether it be to students, to employers, to professional society, or to the public, as a duty and commitment that must be upheld with dignity and with pride.

“I urge you to dream, imagine the impossible, and have a bold vision of how you wish to impact or change the small corner of the world you inhabit. You have an obligation to your fellow citizens to leave that space in a better condition than when you entered it. It is by holding true to your beliefs and values along life’s journey, that you will achieve your aspirations”

“There is definitely a role for each of us, in our respective disciplines, in this world of complexity and contrasts. We owe it to future generations, to collectively intervene, to arrest the scourges of poverty, disease, hunger, malnutrition, environmental degradation, inequality and injustice of all forms, that confront billions, in Canada and around the world. “

A Royal Society Fellow

Professor Vijaya Raghavan of the Department of Bioresource Engineering has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Professor Raghavan studies and develops pre- and post-production technologies and processes for growing and handling crops and horticultural produce. His work on soil management, controlled environment storage, drying and thermal processing has led to the development of technologies and techniques that are being applied in developmental work in India and potentially in Africa to address issues of food security and safety, and poverty.

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipients

Dean Madramootoo was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, created to mark the sixtieth anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne. Dean Madramootoo was recognized for his contributions to solving water issues both nationally and internationally and also for his contributions to McGill University, in particular for leadership on the Macdonald Campus and in promoting educational development on the West Island of Montreal.

Professor Don Smith (Plant Science) also received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Professor Smith was recognized for his dedicated service to his peers, his community and our nation.

Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to Professors Marilyn Scott (Institute of Parasitology), Michael Ngadi (Bioresource Engineering), Linda Wykes (School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition) and Varoujan Yaylayan (Food Science & Agricultural Chemistry) on their recent promotion to the rank of Full Professor. These four stellar individuals have been recognized by the international community for their excellence in research and scholarly activities, high quality teaching and have made substantial contributions to both the University and scholarly communities around the world.

Comments are closed.