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.
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.
McGill professor Vicky Kaspi, a world-renowned astrophysicist known for her cutting-edge work on neutron stars and pulsars, was awarded the Killam Prize today, one of the country’s most prestigious awards for academic-career achievement. The $100,000 prize was granted for outstanding scholarship in the natural sciences.
Thomas Duchaine of the Department of Biochemistry at the Goodman Cancer Research Centre has been named the recipient of a prestigious and highly competitive Program Grant from the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization.
World-renowned neuropsychologist Dr. Brenda Milner was among the 75 laureates, the winners of major provincial, national and international prizes, honoured on March 12, at Bravo, McGill’s premier celebration of research excellence. In 2014, Dr. Milner was awarded the prestigious Kavli Prize and the Dan David Prize for her outstanding contributions to neuroscience.
For the seventh consecutive year, McGill has been named one of Montreal’s Top Employers, as selected by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. Evaluators noted that the University offers employees educational subsidies, generous maternity and paternal leave and a comprehensive benefits package.
The Québec Science jury has spoken: three of the 10 Discoveries of the Year selected by the magazine were led by McGill-affiliated researchers.