The Scientific Director of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Research Centre, Professor Brigitte Kieffer, who also holds the Monique H. Bourgeois Chair in Pervasive Developmental Disorders at the Faculty of Medicine, will receive the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award in a ceremony to take place on March 19, in Paris. This award, bestowed by the L’Oréal Foundation and by UNESCO, recognizes the exceptional career paths and contribution of women scientists worldwide. Kieffer has been selected as the winner for Europe for her research at the Institut de génétique et de biologie moléculaire et cellulaire (IGBMC), in Strasbourg.
Dr. Brenda Milner, an active researcher at the age of 95 at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University, has been awarded the 2014 Dan David Prize for her fundamental contributions to the science of memory and the brain. Milner is widely recognized as one of the founders of cognitive neuroscience–the field that brings together brain and behavior.
Laughs were shared, tears were shed and business cards were swapped at the annual Desautels Management Achievement Awards held Feb. 7 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Created by Bachelor of Commerce students at the Desautels Faculty of Management in 1979, this prestigious event honours leaders who have made remarkable contributions to the community – not only in the business world, but in all areas of our society. This year’s recipients were no exceptions.
Stuart H. “Kip” Cobbett, Chair of McGill’s Board of Governors, was honoured with the James Robb award at the Faculty of Law Tuesday evening. The award, which celebrates those who work hard to support the Faculty in its academic endeavours, was created by in 2007 the Faculty’s Advisory Board. It is named for James Robb, (BA ’51, BCL ’54), who, as a former McGill Governor and former president of the Alumni Association, is one of McGill’s better-known volunteers.
Two McGill researchers – Prof. Ehab Abouheif, of the Department of Biology, and Prof. Aashish Clerk, Department of Physics – have been named as 2014 recipients of E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowships, awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). In addition, doctoral candidate Michael Lifshitz, working in the cognitive neuroscience lab of Prof. Amir Raz, has won NSERC’s 2013 André Hamer Postgraduate Prize.
McGill’s Communications group hosted its first Instagram contest in January calling for students to share their images of Winter in Montreal, using the hashtag #mcgillagram. Check out the top ten from the contest, including the three winning entries from students @cassietooley, @acenicks and @nimaparsi.
Nahum Sonenberg, a James McGill Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Centre, is one of eight winners of the prestigious Wolf Prize as announced in Tel Aviv on Thursday.
For the third time in four years, the Agropur Cooperative has declared Mac Farm’s milk as regional champion in its Club de l’Excellence. The prestigious award is given annually to the farm that produces milk with the lowest bacteria level and somatic cell count, while maintaining clean, well-kept facilities.
Dr. Walter C. Willett, Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and Chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, has been named winner of the 2013 Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health.
At first glance, Cole Bricker (U2 Arts) and Sarah Balakrishnan (U3 Arts) seem like typical McGill undergrads. They’re friendly and intelligent, if a bit stressed out with term papers and exam preparations. However, there is something atypical about them: the pair recently took first place at the North American British Parliamentary Championships and are preparing to compete at the World Championships in India.