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Five McGill graduate students have won special funding for their outstanding work in the field of robotics and intelligent systems. Carmen Au, Michele Faragalli, Stephane Pelletier, Peter Savadjiev and Abdul Razzak Selman were named winners in a nationwide funding competition. Each will receive a $7,500 grant from Precarn Inc., an Ottawa-based non-profit organization that promotes Canadian technology development. The awards recognize the students' exceptional work on projects ranging from improving robot locomotion to generating better MRI images using advanced algorithms.
Another talented quintet of McGill students has emerged with the top prize in an international business innovation competition. The world's largest academic innovation competition, the Innovation Challenge, began its 2006 edition with 440 teams from 88 universities in 15 countries. McGill's victorious group consisted of Desautels MBA candidates Heather Powers, Luc Tran, Kanhaiya Sinha and Stavros Tsokonas, and architecture doctoral student Jonathan Powers.
Two McGill doctor-scholars, Sylvia Cruess and Richard Cruess have recently been inducted into a pantheon devoted to the tradition of the caring doctor. The Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine selected these two widely published experts on professionalism as two of its four national honourees during a recent conference in Seattle. The induction salutes their outstanding work in creating faculty development initiatives, developing professionalism mini-evaluation exercises for trainees and promoting standards of professionalism across all 16 medical schools in Canada.