News and announcements
- Published: 30 May 2013
- Published: 9 May 2013
Desautels MBA students win 2013 Hult Prize - Boston Regional Finals with plan to solve urban hunger with diet of cricketsPublished: 8 May 2013
- Published: 7 May 2013
McGill Postdoctoral fellow wins the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles award and discusses his study in "The Academic Minute" podcastPublished: 2 May 2013
McGill Ph.D. student in Human Genetics wins the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles Award
Congratulations to Juan Pablo Lopez, Ph.D. student in Human Genetics, winner of the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles award in the Fonds Santé category. The major impact of his publication: miR-1202 is a primate-specific & brain-enriched microRNA involved in major depression and antidepressant treatment published in Nature medicine is "the identification a new molecular target for antidepressant treatment. It provides important steps in the development of early diagnostic tools, preventive strategies, and effective pharmacological treatment for mood disorders." To learn more about him and other Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles award winners visit the Fonds de recherche du Québec website. We wish him success in his continuing research.
McGill Masters graduate wins SSHRC Storyteller Challege
Congratulations to McGill Master of Music graduate and Juno-nominated composer, James O’Callaghan, for winning a spot in the Final Five in the second annual SSHRC Storyteller Challenge, which challenged post-secondary students around Canada to describe how research funded by SSHRC can make a positive impact for Canadian lives. James' current projects include completing a residency at Paris’ Groupe de Recherches Musicales (INA-GRM), where he was recently commissioned to produce, in collaboration with Le Vivier, a new electroacoustic piece for GRM studios. The work is set to be produced in concerts in both Paris and Montreal in 2015.
McGill doctoral Scholar Wins the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles Award
Congratulations to McGill doctoral scholar, Jimmie Leblanc, winner of the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles Award, a monthly competition spearheaded by the three Fonds de recherche du Québec. Dr. Leblanc is a doctoral scholar in Music - Composition. His article, "Xenakis’ Aesthetic Project: The Paradoxes of a Formalist Intuition", is published in one of the main chapters of the book, "Xenakis Matters". Dr. Leblanc's article appears in the Chapter "Context", where Xenakis’ history and place is refreshed.
McGill Graduate Student Wins the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles Award
Congratulations to Ph.D. Physiology student Brandon Faubert for winning the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles Award, a monthly competition spearheaded by the three Fonds de recherche du Québec. His publication, AMPK Is a Negative Regulator of the Warburg Effect and Suppresses Tumor Growth In Vivo", published in Cell Metabolism examines how cancer cells use nutrients and resources to maintain their growth. His study combined with other research, may explain why metformin is a potential new treatment against cancer. To learn more about him and other Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles award winners visit the Fonds de recherche du Québec website. We wish him the very best in his continuing research.
McGill Student Wins the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles Award
Congratulations to Michelle Roseman for winning the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles Award, a monthly competition spearheaded by the three Fonds de recherche du Québec, for her research in Psychiatry while pursuing her Masters in Science at McGill. We wish her continued success with her studies in McGill's Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery (M.D., C.M.) program. Her research article, "Reporting of Conflict of Interest from Cochrane Reviews in Drug Trials:", published in BMJ 08-2012, investigates the reporting of conflicts of interest, stemming from links between researchers and drug manufacturers. To learn more about her and other Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles award winners visit the Fonds de recherche du Québec website.
McGill Postdoc Wins the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles Award
Congratulations to McGill post-doctoral scholar, Leslie Tomory, winner of the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles Award, a monthly competition spearheaded by the three Fonds de recherche du Québec. Dr. Tomory is a postdoctoral scholar in History. His book, “Progressive Enlightenment: The Origins of the Gaslight Industry 1780 to 1820”(published by Cambridge: MIT Press , March 2012 ), "examines the origins of the gaslight Industry, from invention to consolidation as a large integrated urban network." Dr. Tomory’s work challenges the popular theory of Alfred Chandler on the history of economics and "argues that the gas industry represented a new wave of technological innovation in industry" (MIT Press, March 2012). To learn more about him and other Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles award winners visit the Fonds de recherche du Québec website.
McGill Postdoc Wins the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles Award
Congratulations to McGill post-doctoral scholar, David Langlais, winner of the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles Award, a monthly competition spearheaded by the three Fonds de recherche du Québec. Dr. Langlais is a postdoctoral candidate in Molecular biology . His publication, “The Stat3/GR interaction code: predictive value of direct/indirect DNA recruitment for transcription outcome”(published in Molecular Cell, July 2011), investigates the genome-wide prevalence of tethering between GR and Stat3. Dr. Langlais’ work will advance the research on inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, inflammatory bowel syndrome or cancer. To learn more about him and other Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles award winners visit the Fonds de recherche du Québec website.
Associate Dean Laura Nilson wins Principal’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
We are thrilled to announce that Prof. Laura Nilson, Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, is this year’s recipient of The Principal's Prize for Excellence in Teaching. This award recognizes Laura’s excellence as an associate professor in the department of Biology and her important contributions to the academic experience of students at McGill. She received the award at the Science Convocation on October 31. Congratulations to Prof. Nilson!.
Maclean’s 2011 University Rankings places McGill first in the Medical Doctoral category for the eighth consecutive year, with the University of Toronto placing second, the University of British Columbia third, Queen’s fourth and the University of Alberta fifth. McGill maintains its top spot by winning the most national awards of the group and supporting a healthy student-faculty ratio. McGill also dedicates more of its budget to scholarships and bursaries than any other school in the category. As ever, we are proud that we are consistently ranked among the very best in the world and we will continue to strive to make McGill an even better university!
Elizabeth Maynard is Honoured by the Government of Quebec as the September 2012 Lauréat du Fonds Société et culture
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies are pleased to congratulate PhD physics student Dominique Laroche who has been selected as the September 2012 winner of an Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles award, from the Fonds Société et culture of the government of Quebec. During the crisis of masculinity in late nineteenth-century France, both artistic and medical images of anatomy were marshaled in service of social health. Dominique Laroche examined the images in the ‘Nouvelle Iconographie’ of the Salpêtrière hospital with a particular focus on a chapter that deals solely with the healthy male body. Though the content is about ideal male bodies, none of the illustrations includes penises. Ms Laroche discusses the medical, classical, and popular precedents for these images in order to argue that this absence is indicative of contemporary anxieties about class, sexuality, and the impossibility of depicting the ideal male body. She states that analyzing medical images explicitly related to health and masculinity is crucial in working towards a gender-equal society, as societies often rely on doctors as their experts on normalcy. Maynard’s contribution also makes the point that the nineteenth-century French medical community was unable to fully image ‘normal’ body, revealing the fallacy of such a concept. She claims that when it is possible to critically examine such authoritative historical texts and images and discover the discourses of misogyny, homophobia, racism, and classism that underpin them, we are better equipped to root out such biases, which may be masked as scientific truth, in our own society. Best wishes to Ms Laroche from GPS in her further research.
Dominique Laroche Honoured by the Government of Quebec as the July 2012 Lauréat du Fonds Nature et technologies
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies are pleased to congratulate PhD physics student Dominique Laroche who has been selected as the July 2012 winner of an Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles award, from the Fonds Nature et technologies of the government of Quebec. Dominique Laroche measured the positive and negative Coulomb drag in vertically integrated one-dimensional quantum wires to reveal data that could be important for the development of more powerful computers. As the number of transistors in integrated circuits doubles every two years, results of this experiment could be taken into consideration in the fabrication of these circuits. Furthermore, Coulomb drag could help to solve one of the major challenges facing the miniaturization of electronics used in computer design: the overheating of integrated circuits. We wish Mr. Laroche the very best in his continuing research.
Xiaoyang Liu Honoured by the Government of Quebec as the August 2012 Lauréat du Fonds Santé
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies would like to congratulate PhD human genetics student Xiaoyang Liu, who has been selected as the August 2012 winner of an Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles award, from the Fonds Santé of the government of Quebec. Ms Lui’s research at the Montreal Children’s Hospital is considered a major genetic breakthrough that could change the way pediatric cancers are treated in the future. Her work involved studying mutations in gioblastoma multiforme (GBM) samples that are highly prevalent in children and young adults, and for the first time in humans the team has identified a mutation in one of the most important genes that regulates and protects our genetic information. The discovery helps explain the ineffectiveness of conventional treatments against cancer in children and indicates treatment should be given to patients based on their genetic background. We wish Ms Lui all the best as she continues this ground breaking research.
Making Global Connections
Dean Martin Kreiswirth, Associate Provost (Graduate Education) Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies & Professor met and discussed McGill’s graduate education programs withMitacs Globalink students at McGill University’s beautiful downtown campus on July 19, 2012. Globalink students undertake a summer research project under the supervision of a Canadian university faculty member, meet with local entrepreneurs and business leaders and build their professional skills and network. A participant’s experience is further enriched with the guidance of a graduate student mentor and a host of meaningful educational and social experiences during their stay. For 2013, Mitacs Globalink will include students from India, China, Brazil and Mexico.
SKILLSETS given Award for Excellence and Innovation
Congratulations to the McGill SKILLSETS team on being the 2012 recipients of The Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) / Educational Testing Service (ETS) Award for Excellence and Innovation! This award is given for a program focused on enhancing student experience while increasing educational benefit for its graduate students, through outstanding contributions. CAGS affiliates include 58 Canadian universities with graduate programs, the three federal research-granting agencies, and other institutions/organizations with a strong interest in graduate education. SKILLSETS is comprised of a series of workshops, designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, to complement their research training and provide them with general, transitional, and professional skill development opportunities. The continued growth of SKILLSETS, hosted jointly by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Teaching and Learning Services, is made possible through the dedicated efforts of a team of McGill staff and graduate students.
For more information on SKILLSETS, and to see a complete listing of upcoming events and workshops, please make sure to check out the SKILLSETs webpage.
Click to read a LaPresse intreview with SKILLSETS's David Syncox.
McGill Grad Students Win the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles Award
Congratulations to McGill graduate researchers Christian McIntire and Katherine Labbé, co-winners of the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles Award, a monthly competition spearheaded by the three Fonds de recherche du Québec. Ms. Labbé is a Doctoral candidate in microbiology and immunology and Mr. McIntire is a Master's student in biochemistry. Their co-authored publication, “Cellular Inhibitors of Apoptosis Proteins cIAP1 and cIAP2 Are Required for Efficient Caspase-1 Activation by the Inflammasome”(published in Immunity, December 2011), demonstrates that cellular inhibitors of apoptosis proteins (cIAPs) play a fundamental role in inflammation and cell death. The work of the two student-researchers will inform further research on pharmaceutical therapies targeting cIAPs, which could be an effective treatment for inflammatory diseases including diabetes, malaria, silicosis, gout, and others. To learn more about these and other Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles award winners visit the Fonds de recherche du Québec website.
McGill Graduate Researchers' Recently-Published Articles Recognized by Quebec Agency
We are proud to announce that McGill graduate researchers have won two of the three Étudiants Chercheurs-Étoiles Awards for the month of May! The Étudiants Chercheurs-Étoiles Award is a contest administered by the three Fonds de recherche du Québec : Fonds Nature et Technologies, Fonds Santé, and Fonds Société et Culture. The two McGill students, Mohammad A. Qasaimeh and Sarah Assadian, are both PhD candidates studying in medical-related sciences. Mohammad, a student in the department of Biomedical Engineering, was recognized for his article “Microfluidic quadrupole and floating concentration gradient”, which was published last year in Nature Communications(September, 2011). Floating concentration gradients are “expected to serve as a powerful tool in the studies of cellular dynamics and chemotaxis”, and ultimately could help us to understand and treat cancer metastasis, bacterial infections, and neuronal degenerative diseases. Sarah, studying in the department of Biochemistry, was recognized for her article “p53 Inhibits Angiogenesis by Inducing the Production of Arresten”, which was recently published in the March 2012 edition of Cancer Research. Congratulations to you both, and best of luck in your future endeavours!
McGill Music Alumni Vincent Lauzer Wins Prestigious Classical Music Competition
Six months after completing his Master of Music degree, recorder player Vincent Lauzer is taking the Canadian classical music scene by storm. This past weekend, in Ottawa, Vincent took first place in Stepping Stone, a three-round contest administered through the Canadian Music Competition (CMC).The grueling requirements of this competition push young professional musicians to their limits as they prepare, to near perfection, a huge program of varied solo repertoire (Vincent prepared nearly 2 hours and 40 minutes of music). Vincent’s efforts have certainly paid off. As the first prize winner, in addition to a monetary prize, he will have the opportunity to make a demo CD (produced and recorded by Radio-Canada, with highlights to be aired on their show Espace musique), will perform a concerto at the upcoming CMC Gala in Toronto, and will receive a residency at the Banff Centre in Alberta. In addition, Vincent was named “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” at the 2012 Opus Awards earlier this year.
Vincent reflects on his graduate experience at McGill, and how it helped prepare him for this competition.
David Maillet Honoured by Government of Quebec as April 2012 Lauréat du Fonds Santé
Graduate Postdoctoral Studies would like to congratulate PhD Neuroscience student David Maillet, who has been selected as the April 2012 winner of an Étudiants Chercheurs-Étoiles award, from the Fonds Santé of the government of Quebec. David's research is aimed at better understanding why memory declines with age, in order to develop strategies to reduce or counteract this phenomenon, improving the quality of life for seniors in our society. Maillet, who also did his MSc at McGill, has used a technique called functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), to study which brain areas are involved in memory. His research has demonstrated that structural decreases in certain areas of the brain during healthy aging are related to altered recruitment of the neural networks used during memory tasks, which in turn relates to poorer memory performance in older adults. We wish him all the best as he continues this exciting research.
Yasmine Ghorayeb's film “Saudade” to be in the Short Film Corner of the 2012 Cannes Festival
Congratulations to Yasmine Ghorayeb, a MSc Pharmacology student, whose film “Saudade” has been selected for the Short Film Corner of the 2012 Cannes Festival. The Short Film Corner is said to be "the essential rendez-vous for filmmakers", making this honour not only a very exciting achievement artistically, but also an invaluable opportunity for international networking and exposure. Taking place in 2003, in Lebanon, the aim of “Saudade” is to bring awareness to cancer while telling the story of "two couples, two divergent destinies: one spiraling upwards, the other downwards". To see the movie trailer, click here. To learn more, check out Yasmine's post about "Saudade" on the McGill Grad Life blog!
McGill Graduate Students in Music to perform and teach historical performance practice in Thailand
Six McGill graduate students and alumni from the Schulich School of Music will be traveling to Bangkok, Thailand to present several concerts, seminars, and workshops in collaboration with the Silpakorn Summer Music School and the Siam Society. The ensemble, Le Concert de Montréal, is dedicated to the research and education of historical performance on period instruments. Le Concert de Montréal will first give a lecture recital, and then provide a week of coachings for an orchestra of selected Thai students from various universities, culmulating in a collaborative concert of baroque orchestral repertoire. We at Graduate Postdoctoral Studies wish them all the best as they depart for this exciting cultural and educational project. To learn more about Le Concert de Montréal, and to see updates and pictures from their project, check them out on Facebook!
Kiyoko Gotanda wins prestigious SWAAC 2012 Graduate Student Award of Merit
Congratulations to Kiyoko Gotanda, a PhD candidate in Biology, who received the prestigious SWAAC 2012 Graduate Student Award of Merit. This honor is reserved for female graduate students demonstrating outstanding leadership in the university or general community, while maintaining exemplary academic records. Ms. Gotanda, who was previously a professional dancer, has been an active member of the McGill student community, participating in: the Mature and Re-Entry Student Association; Daraja (Students Connecting with Africa); the McGill University Photographic Society; the McGill Biology Student Union. Ms. Gotanda is currently pursuing thesis research in "Adaptation as a spatiotemporal mosaic of natural and sexual selection." You can learn more about Kiyoko Gotanda’s work at McGill and abroad.
McGill University doctoral researcher Rafico Ruiz featured in the Northern Pen
Rafico Ruiz in photo by Juris GraneyMcGill University doctoral researcher Rafico Ruiz has found some unexpected parallels between Sir Wilfred Grenfell, prairie grain elevators, and fishing stages and processing facilities in out-port Newfoundland. Ruiz, a joint PhD candidate in Communication Studies andArchitecture, has been doing field research in Newfoundland and Labrador where his work was picked up by the local press. Read the full article here.