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McGill Reporter
May 4, 2000 - Volume 32 Number 16
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Professor Barbara Sherwin from the Department of Psychology has been awarded an MRC Distinguished Scientist Award from the Medical Research Council of Canada. Sherwin's research focuses on the role of estrogen in the maintenance of aspects of cognitive functioning in women. She provided the first hard evidence that estrogen maintains verbal memory and enhances the capacity for new learning in older women.

Professor John Toth from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics is one of only two Canadian-based scientists and economists to receive a Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The fellowships are awarded each year to young researchers of exceptional promise. Twenty-four former Sloan fellows have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.

Professor Bernard Robaire from the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has been awarded the 2000 Distinguished Service Award of the American Society of Andrology. The ASA notes that Robaire "has made significant contributions to our knowledge of epididymal physiology, sperm-egg interactions and reproductive toxicology." The organization also salutes Robaire as "a consensus builder and leader within the andrology community."

Principal Bernard Shapiro will be awarded the honorary degree of doctor honoris causa from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland in July. Also earning a degree from the university is Shapiro's twin brother Harold, the president of Princeton University.

Professor David Harpp from the Department of Chemistry will be awarded an honorary doctor of science from Acadia University during the school's spring convocation. A respected researcher in organic chemistry, Harpp is also an award-winning teacher and science popularizer.

Ms. Natalie Hruby, Mr. Christian Bisson, Ms. Manuela Istrate and Ms. Anjela Markova, students in the School of Urban Planning, won an international student competition organized by Sheffield Hallam University. The contest focused on establishing the highest and best use for Coal Harbour, a prime development site adjacent to the downtown area of Vancouver. This involved preparing alternate development plans for the site that reflected market conditions and respected social, economic, environmental and legal considerations. The students prepared their entry in a studio course supervised by Professors Jeanne Wolfe and David Brown.

Ms. Lona Vokey and Ms. Marsha Bell respectively earned first and second prize in the annual 3M Occupational Hygiene Scholarship Award open to students in occupational health programs at McGill, the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia.

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