From fiddles to inorganic chemistry

Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2008

The right chemistry

Hanadi Sleiman, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, has won the Canadian Society for Chemistry’s Strem Chemicals Award. The Award is presented to a chemist working in Canada who has made an outstanding contribution to inorganic chemistry that demonstrates exceptional promise.

Professor Sleiman, a William Dawson scholar who was a 2002 winner of the Principal’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2005 winner of the Faculty of Science’s prestigious Leo Yaffe Award for Excellence in Teaching, is renowned for her research in synthetic chemistry, biological chemistry and materials science.

Dr Saima Hassan (right) receives the Canadian Research Award for Specialty Residents—Surgery, from Dr. Kevin Ramchandar (centre) and Dr. Louise Samson, FRCPC, President of the Royal College.

Dr Saima Hassan (right) receives the Canadian Research Award for Specialty Residents—Surgery, from Dr. Kevin Ramchandar (centre) and Dr. Louise Samson (left), FRCPC, President of the Royal College.

Hassan honoured

Dr. Saima Hassan, Resident Member, General Surgery, at McGill, is the recipient of the 2008 Canadian Research Award for Specialty Residents, Division of Surgery. Dr. Hassan was selected for her manuscript entitled “Stromal cell-derived factor-1: Host Derived Marker Predictive of Distant Metastasis in Breast Cancer,” published in Clinical Cancer Research. Her manuscript identifies, for the first time, a cohort of breast cancer patients with an innate susceptibility to develop metastatic disease from breast cancer due to a blood marker that is implicated in the metastatic process itself: stromal cell-derived factor-1. The Canadian Research Award for Specialty Residents includes $2,000 and is provided by the Royal College in partnership with the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation and the Professional Association of Interns and Residents of Ontario Trust Fund.

Paul-André Crépeau, Emeritus Professor at the Faculty of Law.

Prodigal son returns

Emeritus Professor Paul-André Crépeau of the faculty of Law was awarded an honorary doctorate of law from the University of Saskatchewan at a ceremony held there last week.

Professor Crépeau, a native of Saskatchewan, studied in Ottawa, England, and France before arriving at McGill. The citation during the University convocation recognized his preeminent contribution to legal scholarship, to the genesis of the Civil Code of Quebec and the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, and his role as one of the “founders of the academic tradition in law in Canada.” His work in the law of obligations and private international law over nearly 50 years at McGill University has set the standard for teaching and scholarship in law in Canada.

Award-winning fiddler Sarah Burnell. / Photo: Natalie Albert

Award-winning fiddler Sarah Burnell. / Photo: Natalie Albert

No fiddling around

Violin and Music Education student Sarah Burnell has been nominated for a 2008 Canadian Folk Music Award (CFMA) in the “Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year” category. The Ottawa-born fiddler was named “Young Performer of the Year” at the 2006 Canadian Folk Music Awards, for her début album, Sarah’ndipity. The CFMA’s ceremony will be held on Nov. 23 in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

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