The Royal Society of Canada has announced 48 new members to The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists today, including six McGill scholars. The new members include professors Mathieu Blanchette, Myriam Denov, Matt Dobbs, Erin Hurley, Russell Jones and Hans Larsson. McGill had more new inductees than any other university in the country.
Widely considered one of the world’s most prominent young theorists focusing on the physics of engineered quantum systems, Professor Aashish Clerk was awarded the Rutherford Memorial Medal in Physics from the Royal Society of Canada earlier today.
Brian Current, who graduated from McGill in 1996 with a Bachelors of Music (majoring in Composition), has been named the winner of the inaugural Azrieli Commissioning Competition. The $50,000 prize is awarded to a Canadian composer for a new work of orchestral Jewish Music of 15 to 25 minutes duration.
Today the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) announced 87 new Fellows, including 14 McGill researchers and scholars from five faculties and schools. In addition, McGill’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Suzanne Fortier, was named a Specially Elected Fellow. This new cohort joins the more than 150 McGill-affiliated Fellows inducted since 1966.
Professor Charles Taylor, one of the world’s most celebrated living philosophers, has been awarded the prestigious $1.5 million John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity granted by the Library of Congress. Emeritus professor Taylor (BA ‘52), will share the distinction with German philosopher and socio-political theorist Jürgen Habermas.
Dori Yeats, a 21-year-old civil engineering freshman, made the move from the artistry of competitive gymnastics to the grind of freestyle wrestling at age 14. The move has proven a good one as, on Friday, Yeats won Pan Am Games gold.
Two teams of students from McGill’s Food Sciences program captured first prizes Monday night at the prestigious International Food Technologists annual competition, held this year in Chicago.
The Smart Palate, a cookbook that is raising funds for cancer research at McGill’s Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre, has won a pair of prestigious prizes at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2015, in Yantai, China.
A dozen McGillians, including renowned alumni and generous contributors, were named last week when Governor General David Johnson (a former Principal of McGill) announced the annual Canada Day list of citizens named to or promoted within the Order of Canada.
Michel L. Tremblay, a James McGill Professor and former Director of the Goodman Cancer Research Centre, has been named a Knight (Chevalier) of the Ordre National du Québec, along with his namesake, playwright Michel Tremblay, who was promoted to Grand Officer of the Order.