As Government of Quebec honours go, none is more prestigious than being appointed to the National Order of Quebec. On June 22, seven of McGill’s finest were admitted to this exclusive club.
It was a big week for McGill at the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education’s national conference in Saskatoon, where the University won eight Prix d’Excellence awards, tied with the University of Alberta for most in the country. That total included five gold medals, along with three silvers. This followed news the previous day that University Advancement has won a CASE Platinum Award for its Feed the Lead program in the category of Best Practices in Advancement Services.
Evidence suggests that when ambitious young researchers win accolades early in their career, they are more likely to receive increasingly prestigious prizes and awards as their work progresses. It was with this finding in mind that Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier founded the Principal’s Prize for Outstanding Emerging Researchers in 2013.
Principal Suzanne Fortier showed up late for the Board of Governors meeting Monday afternoon, but she had a good excuse. She had just raced from Meech Lake to Montreal, after participating in the inaugural meeting of federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth, of which she is a newly minted member.The other McGillian on the Council is Economics Professor Christopher Ragan.
The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research has run an artificial intelligence and machine research program called Learning in Machines and Brains since 2004. Among its newest contributors is McGill School of Computer Science Professor Joelle Pineau, who was named a CIFAR Fellow in April.
Graham Bell, James McGill Professor of Biology, was one of 50 new Fellows and 10 new Foreign Members, as announced by Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society, on April 29.
Le 3 mai prochain, Isabelle Daunais recevra le Prix Killam en sciences humaines du Conseil des arts du Canada à l’occasion d’une cérémonie qui se tiendra à Rideau Hall, à Ottawa.
McGill honoured its leaders in sustainability on Thursday, April 14, at the sixth-annual Catalyst awards. Both groups and individuals were singled out for honours and recognized for their dedicated and often imaginative efforts to make the University a more sustainable community.
On May 3, Isabelle Daunais, of McGill’s Département de langue et littérature françaises, will be awarded the Canada Council’s Killam Prize for the Humanities at a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. The Killam Prize remains one of Canada’s most prestigious awards, worth $100,000 and given annually to five researchers in the respective fields of humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and engineering.