McGill announces 2014 winner of Bloomberg Manulife Prize

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McGill, in association with Lawrence and Frances Bloomberg and Manulife, announced that David J.A. Jenkins, University Professor and Canada Research Chair in Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Toronto, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Director of the Risk Factor Modification Centre and Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital, is the winner of the 2014 Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health.

Two innovative projects combat global health problems

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Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, announced a $1.2 million investment in 11 new global health innovations at the 15th La Francophonie Summit in Dakar, Senegal, on Saturday, Nov. 29. Two McGill research projects will benefit from the funding, led respectively by Faculty of Medicine professor Dan Deckelbaum and Professor Scott Bohle, Department of Chemistry.

Props for promoted professors

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Congratulations to six profs on being made full professors.

Two more for the Rhodes from McGill

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Joanna Klimczak, a student in International Management, and Benjamin Mappin-Kasirer, a student in the Faculty of Medicine, have been awarded prestigious Rhodes Scholarships. These two scholars bring to 138 the number of McGillians who have won the legendary Rhodes Scholarship.

Bhatt wins national prize for urban living ideas

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Architecture professor Vikram Bhatt has won the 2014 Margolese National Design for Living Prize, the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture announced this week. Bhatt was recognized for his decades-long work on minimum-cost housing and more recent work on urban agriculture.

Bartha M. Knoppers joins pantheon of Great Montrealers

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On Nov. 20, Bartha M. Knoppers, was one of five local luminaries honoured during the annual Great Montrealers reception. Since 1978, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has recognized the outstanding achievements of luminaries in economic, cultural, scientific and social life who have contributed to Monreal’s development and reputation.

McGill celebrates top teachers

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“McGill is a research-intensive university, but we are also student-centered and these prizes recognize the important contributions that individuals make by bringing their research to students and having their students learn from these experiences,” Provost Anthony C. Masi said at the Oct. 29 Convocation ceremonies prior to presenting the annual Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching. “These prizes celebrate those among us who are exceptional in the demonstration of the qualities of outstanding pedagogical practice. The winners honoured here today embody the best in teaching, supervising, advising and mentoring.”

Extraordinary employees feted at Convocation

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As part of the Convocation ceremonies on Oct. 29, the annual Principal’s Awards for Administrative and Support Staff were handed out.

McGill’s Lasko, Meaney among Prix du Québec winners

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Two renowned McGill researchers were among the 14 winners of the 2014 Prix du Québec handed out on Nov. 4. Professor Michael Meaney, acclaimed for his achievements in the biology of child development, was awarded the Wilder-Penfield prize. Professor Paul Lasko, a celebrated developmental biologist, received the Armand-Frappier award. The Prix du Québec is considered the most prestigious award attributed by the Government of Québec in cultural and scientific fields.

Trocmé wins SSHRC Impact Connection Award

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Nico Trocmé, Director of School of Social Work, has won a $50,000 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Impact Connection Award for his 25 years as a leading advocate for youth. The award recognizes his outstanding record of effective engagement with — and beyond — the research community.