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Physics professors Peter Grütter and Victoria Kaspi are both winners of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR) Young Explorer Prize. The CIAR recently singled out 20 of the most promising scientists in the country under the age of 40 for the prize. Grütter specializes in nanoscience while Kaspi studies neutron stars.
East Asian studies professor Tom Lamarre has won the John Whitney Hall Prize for the best publication in Northeastern Asian Studies. Lamarre earned the honour for his book, Uncovering Heian Japan: An Archaeology of Sensation and Inscription. The prize was presented by the Association of Asian Studies, the largest international organization of Asianists in the world.
Political science professor T.V. Paul has earned one of the top honours for academic authors. His book, Power versus Prudence: Why Nations Forgo Nuclear Weapons (McGill-Queen's University Press), has been selected by Choice Magazine as one of its "Outstanding Academic Titles" for 2001. The magazine selects only a handful of the over 6,000 titles it reviews for this honour.
Jeff Johnston, a piano instructor in the Faculty of Music's Jazz Area, was recently a nominee for a Juno Award for best contemporary jazz instrumental album. Johnston earned the nomination for Nuage, an album that has drawn rave reviews from The Gazette and The Toronto Star.
A team of researchers from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has won the IEEE Power Engineering Society's Outstanding Technical Committee Prize Paper Award for their paper, "A web-based virtual environment for operator training." The team included the late Professor Alfred Malowany, E.K. Tam, Fady Badra, R.J. Marceau and M.A. Marin.
Sylvain-Jacques Desjardins, communications officer for the University Relations Office (and contributing writer for the Reporter), and François Langevin, a translator with the Translation Office, have earned a silver medal in the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education's annual Prix d'Excellence competition. The prize was awarded in the category of Best News Release -- French Writing and was won for a press release about research on the potential benefits of medical marijuana by a team led by anesthesia professor Mark Ware.
The McGill News has earned two bronze medals from the CCAE. Patrick McDonagh won for Best Writing -- English for his profile of photographer Heidi Hollinger. The News also won a bronze for Best Writing -- French (see Editor's note page 2).