Researchers garner grants from Canadian Cancer Society

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Researchers from McGill, the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and The Neuro (MNI) have received Innovation Grants from the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) for their respective research projects. Their projects are among the 46 selected across Canada and awarded by the CCS for nearly $9 million.

Matt Dobbs wins 2014 Herzberg Medal

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On April 10th, 2014, the Canadian Association of Physicists awarded its 2014 Herzberg Medal to McGill professor Matt Dobbs. Professor Dobbs has developed new digital telescope technology of unprecedented reach and precision that is allowing researchers to demystify the early history of the cosmos. His work aims to improve our understanding of how the universe began—and where it’s headed. Dobbs, who is the Canada Research Chair in Experimental Astro-particle Physics, has also led Canadian contributions to several high profile international projects such as the South Pole Telescope and the EBEX Stratospheric balloon-borne telescope.

Inaugurating a new era of sustainability at McGill

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On Wednesday, April 2, the McGill Office of Sustainability recognized students, staff and faculty who have made meaningful and enduring contributions toward a culture of sustainability at McGill during the 4th annual Catalyst Awards for Sustainability.

Lionel Smith Awarded 2014 Killam Fellowship

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On March 18, the Arts Council of Canada announced the recipients of the 2014 Killam Fellowships. Among the five recipients was Professor Lionel Smith, director of the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law and a James McGill Professor at the Faculty of Law.

Brigitte Kieffer receives the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award

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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.

Brenda Milner shares $1-million Dan David Prize

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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.

Desautels students celebrate their heroes

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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.

Board Chair Kip Cobbett gets alumni award from Faculty of Law

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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.

Three McGill researchers awarded NSERC national prizes

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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.

Students get artistic in 1st Instagram contest

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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.