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Prof. Ehab Abouheif and Prof. Aashish Clerk, NSERC E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowships; Michael Lifshitz, NSERC André Hamer Postgraduate Prize

Three McGill researchers among the recipients of NSERC national prizes

Two McGill researchers—Prof. Ehab Abouheif, of the Department of Biology, and Prof. Aashish Clerk, Department of Physics—have been named as 2014 recipients of E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowships, awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC). In addition, doctoral candidate Michael Lifshitz, working in the cognitive neuroscience lab of Prof. Amir Raz, has won NSERC’s 2013 André Hamer Postgraduate Prize.

Published: 3 Feb 2014

Prof. Derek Gray, CIC Macromolecular Science and Engineering Award 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Derek Gray, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Chemistry, for winning the 2014 Macromolecular Science and Engineering Award from the Chemical Institute of Canada. This award is presented to an individual who, while residing in Canada, has made a distinguished contribution to macromolecular science or engineering. Professor Gray’s research interests have focussed on the structural polymers in wood, and in particular on cellulose and cellulose derivatives.

Published: 31 Jan 2014

McGill astronomers earn spot on list of 2013 Top 10 breakthroughs

Physics World cites work by South Pole Telescope team

Scientists in McGill’s Astrophysics group have been honoured in Physics World magazine’s list of top 10 breakthroughs in physics for 2013.

Published: 18 Dec 2013

Deep-sea study reveals cause of 2011 tsunami

Drilling in Japan Trench by international scientific team finds unusually thin, slippery geological fault

The devastating tsunami that struck Japan’s Tohoku region in March 2011 was touched off by a submarine earthquake far more massive than anything geologists had expected in that zone.

Published: 6 Dec 2013

Prof. Niky Kamran, 2014 CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize

Congratulations to Prof. Niky Kamran (Department of Mathematics and Statistics) for receiving the 2014 CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize, Canada's premier prize in mathematics. Professor Kamran's achievements lie in the areas of analysis and differential geometry. The prize citation highlights both his work on the topic of exterior differential systems and his contributions to the mathematical analysis of the Einstein equations of general relativity.

Published: 4 Dec 2013

Profs. Ariel Fenster and Kenneth Ragan, Principal’s Prizes for Excellence in Teaching

Congratulations to the Faculty of Science's two most recent winners of the Principal’s Prizes for Excellence in Teaching! At Fall Convocation on November 25, 2013, Prof. Ariel Fenster, Department of Chemistry, received this prize in the Faculty Lecturer category, as did Prof. Kenneth J. Ragan, William C. Macdonald Chair in Physics, in the Full Professor Category.

Published: 27 Nov 2013

New Canada Research Chairs in the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science congratulates the following four new Canada Research Chairs:

Published: 19 Nov 2013

Prof. Peter Russell, 2014 Fellow of the American Mathematical Society

Congratulations to K. Peter Russell, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics! He was recently named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society "for contributions to algebraic geometry, for mentoring the next generation of mathematicians, and for professional leadership at the highest levels."

Published: 5 Nov 2013

Profs. Catherine Potvin and Suzanne Fortier, Women Pioneers

Congratulations to Professor Catherine Potvin (Department of Biology) and to our Principal, Dr. Suzanne Fortier! They were recently named as Women Pioneers by Status of Women Canada on the occasion of Women's History Month.

Visit their website for profiles on Professor Potvin, Dr. Fortier, and 27 other distinguished Canadian women.

Published: 31 Oct 2013

Visit the Redpath Museum via videoconference

The Redpath Museum now offers videoconferences to school groups of any grade or age level. Visit the Museum without having to take a field trip!

Choose from three presentations: Meet the Triceratops, Egyptian Life, or Quebec Biodiversity.

The sessions are streamed live, last one hour, and feature a museum educator in the Redpath Museum galleries.

Published: 20 Aug 2013

Webcasts, Mini-Science 2013

Selected lectures from Mini-Science 2013: Science, Sex, and Gender are now available as webcasts and podcasts. Listen or watch, when you want, where you want, at no charge!

Published: 18 Jul 2013

TV broadcasts: Science outreach on Canal Savoir, July 11 to December 15

Got an itch for knowledge? From July 11 to December 15, 2013, the Canal Savoir network will be broadcasting features from several series, including the Cutting Edge Lectures in Science; Mini-Science; the Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine Symposium; and more. Refer to the schedule to find out when to tune in, and to find out more about each episode.

Canal Savoir is a non-profit, Quebec-based television network that strives to make higher learning accessible to everyone.

Published: 17 Jul 2013

Miranda Wang: Improving the world one project at a time

Talented McGill student wins international acclaim and attention for trail-blazing research.

Talented McGill student rolls up sleeves to help save the environment.

Talented McGill student uses downtime to help people in need.

All three of these storylines have been seen on these pages more than once, but this time, they all have to do with the same person; U0 Science undergrad, Miranda Wang.

Published: 7 May 2013

Researchers concerned about lower levels of oxygen in the waters of the St. Lawrence River

The level of oxygen in the St. Lawrence estuary has fallen significantly in recent decades. The causes and long-term effects of this phenomenon are poorly understood and worry researchers. ... The affected underwater region is located near Tadoussac and off Rimouski. The oxygen that marine life depends upon has fallen by roughly half since the 1930s, according to Alfonso Mucci, a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at McGill University. ...

Published: 7 May 2013

Why we age but our cells don't: The discovery of stem cells at McGill

Over 60 years ago, McGill Professors Yves Clermont and Charles Leblond published a paper that revolutionized our understanding of cell biology. Their stem cell renewal theory marks the first use of the term "stem cells" in this biological context.

Read more about these pioneering scientists and their contributions on the website of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.

Published: 17 Apr 2013