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.
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.
Da-Eun Kim, a fourth-year mechanical engineering student at McGill has been selected as one of five recipients of a 2015 CEMF Undergraduate Women in Engineering Scholarship.
After 2,000 votes, a trio of distinguished alumni took home the title of Top MBA Impact Maker at the MBA 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner on May 23: Seymour Schulich, MBA’65, entrepreneur, philanthropist and author; Bertrand Cesvet, MBA’88, Executive Chairman and Senior Partner, Sid Lee; and the 2013 Hult Prize team.
Five of McGill’s most distinguished researchers were honoured yesterday on Parliament Hill for their contributions to health sciences research in Canada and internationally at an event hosted by the Minister of Health, the Honourable Rona Ambrose. Professors Alan Evans, Brigitte Kieffer, Nahum Sonenberg and, in absentia, Brenda Milner and Michael Meaney were presented with certificates of merit for their pioneering and cutting edge work in basic biology, brain imaging, psychiatry, and learning and memory.
Faculty members Martha de Francisco, Dr. Susan J. Bartlett and Brigitte Vachon have been named three of the 13 laureates of the Women of Distinction Awards as announced on May 5, by the YWCA Montreal. De Francisco was the winner in the Arts and Culture category, while Bartlett won in Education and Vachon won in the Science and Technology category.
On May 2, 2015, six McGill students received the prestigious Lieutenant Governor of Quebec Youth Medal. The award recognizes young Quebecers who have distinguished themselves both in their academic studies and in extracurricular activities that make positive change in their communities.
Two Nobel prize winners, John O’Keefe (Medicine, 2014) and Daniel Kahneman (Economic Sciences, 2002), along with the Right Honourable Joe Clark, distinguished poets Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane, astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell and L. Jacques Ménard, a lifelong advocate of the importance of education for all, will be among 16 individuals to receive Honorary Degrees from McGill in the upcoming spring Convocation.
The Divest McGill group, which is conducting a campaign to persuade the University to divest from companies associated with the production of fossil fuels, was one of the winners of the Catalyst Awards handed out on April 13, at the fifth annual Office of Sustainability event held at the Faculty Club.