Year in Review

McGill receives a donation from Bell Let’s Talk to support existing mental health programs and develop additional services for students.

Professor Michael Meaney is selected as the 2014 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize laureate in recognition of his groundbreaking achievements in the biology of child brain development.

Vision 2020 Sustainability Strategy officially launches its 23 goals and 14 priority actions relating to topics from green buildings to energy conservation to sustainability research.

Schulich School of Music student Byungchan Lee wins the coveted 2014 Golden Violin Prize.

McGill alumnus John O’Keefe is the co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his contribution toward the discovery of cells that make up the brain’s “inner GPS,” allowing humans to orient themselves in space.   

Vikram Bhatt, architecture professor at McGill, receives the 2014 Margolese National Design for Living Prize for his work on minimum-cost housing and urban agriculture.

Bartha M. Knoppers, internationally renowned lawyer and director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy at McGill, is one of five local luminaries honoured at the annual Great Montrealers reception.

McGill Innovation Week brings together more than 1,200 McGill students, graduates, professors and professionals for dialogues about innovation, entrepreneurship and experiential learning.

An international study led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre identifies a key molecule that affects brain processing and memory. The discovery could have relevance for understanding and treating brain conditions like autism and Alzheimer’s.

The Glen site, one of the largest hospital projects in Canada, is officially handed over to the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). The Glen is the new home of the Montreal Children’s Hospital, the Royal Victoria Hospital, the Montreal Chest Institute, the Research Institute of the MUHC and the new Cedars Cancer Centre.

Gary Bass wins the 2014 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature for his book: The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide.

Joanna Klimczak and Benjamin Mappin-Kasirer become McGill’s 137th and 138th Rhodes Scholars.

The Society for Cultural Anthropology awards the 2014 Bateson Prize to anthropology professor Eduardo Kohn for his book, How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human.

McGill’s Model United Nations team is ranked 9th overall in North America.

The 2014 Bloomberg Manulife Prize is awarded to Dr. David J.A. Jenkins. He is the inventor of the glycemic index and inspiration behind low-cholesterol diets.

Roughly 300 university students from across the city take part in a massive snowball fight organized by McGill students on the downtown campus.

Dr. Qutayba Hamid, a member of McGill’s Faculty of Medicine for 20 years, is awarded the Distinguished Scientist award from the Canadian Society of Clinical Investigation.

Québec Science magazine names three projects led by McGill-affiliated researchers to its Top 10 Discoveries of 2014: the identification of a molecule which may help battle depression (Gustavo Turecki), the discovery of a genetic variant that may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease (Judes Poirier), and a technique to increase the toughness of glass (François Barthelat).

A McGill research team reveals a network of neurons in the brain that facilitate the ability to pay attention while simultaneously ignoring other distractions.

McGill hosts the Canadian Fair Trade Network national conference. McGill was the first university in Quebec to become a certified Fair Trade Campus.

The new state-of-the-art Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre is inaugurated at the new Glen site.

Famed tenor Ben Heppner joins the voice faculty of the Schulich School of Music.

Researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital develop a cancer-detection probe that may extend the life-expectancy of brain cancer patients.

The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, pays a visit to the downtown campus to speak with students involved in international development.

New research from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital shows that a protein commonly found in human cells could trigger cancer cell metastasis, which helps expand the understanding of epithelial cancers.

The Redmen and Martlets post first-places finishes in both men’s and women’s hockey, and men’s and women’s basketball. This is the second time a single institution has achieved this feat in the history of Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

Neuropsychologist and McGill alumna Dr. Brenda Milner is among 75 laureates honoured at the Bravo gala, McGill’s premier celebration of research excellence, in recognition of being awarded the international Kavli and Dan David Prizes.

The Quebec Government announces it will support a feasibility study to examine McGill’s proposal to transform the former Royal Victoria Hospital into a modern academic and research space.

McGill researchers discover that silver, combined with water and air, can efficiently convert aldehydes into acids—findings that could lead to greener ways to induce chemical conversion reactions.

World-renowned astrophysicist Vicky Kaspi is awarded the 2015 Killam Prize in Natural Sciences for her cutting-edge work on neuron stars and pulsars. 

The Clean Ride Mapper, a new online tool developed at McGill, allows cyclists in Montreal and Toronto to select the least polluted routes to their destination.

McGill’s Office of Sustainability awards Catalyst Prizes to the DivestMcGill student group as well as other students, staff and faculty who have made lasting contributions to the University’s sustainability movement. 

Researcher Chris Buddle and his team discover that changes to Arctic beetle communities are the key to monitoring climate change in the North

A study conducted by Queen's University and McGill concludes that the HPV vaccine shows early benefits in young girls including a significant reduction in cervical dysplasia.

The Schulich School of Music names its New Music Building after Elizabeth Wirth, McGill alumna and philanthropist, whose generous donations will help fund new student initiatives within the Faculty.

McGill students are the recipients of all six 2015 Lieutenant Governor of Quebec Youth Medals for the Montreal region. The awards recognize university-level Quebecers who have distinguished themselves both academically and in their communities.

Faculty members Martha de Francisco, Susan Bartlett and Brigitte Vachon are among the 13 laureates of the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.

Ava Orthopedics, a company devoted to developing bone-replacing implants, wins first place in the McGill Dobson Cup’s Innovation Driven Enterprise competition.  

A team led by Steve Maguire, Director of the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management, wins the 2014 Dr. Alfred N. and Lynn Manos Page Prize for Integration of Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula for its new Managing for Sustainability major and concentration. 

Distinguished alumni are named Top MBA Impact Makers at the MBA 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner: Seymour Schulich, entrepreneur, philanthropist and author; Bertrand Cesvet, executive chairman and senior partner, Sid Lee; and the 2013 Hult Prize team.

The University of Glasgow in Scotland bestows an honorary doctorate on Principal Suzanne Fortier in recognition of her academic leadership and in honour of the intellectual and research ties that bind the two universities.

Cancer researcher and James McGill Professor Michel L. Tremblay is named a Knight (Chevalier) of the Ordre National du Québec.

McGill students, staff and faculty join thousands of Montrealers in a celebratory march to inaugurate the state-of-the-art McGill University Health Centre at its new Glen site.

McGill alums Aquil Virani and Rebecca Jones create “Canada’s Self-Portrait” at Galerie Mile End, a three-by-six-foot art piece inspired by 800 art submissions from across Canada. 

Two teams from McGill’s Food Sciences program capture top honours at the International Food Technologists annual competition for their TiraVerde avocado-based dessert and high-protein Falamus Instant Mix.

Civil engineering student Dori Yeats captures a gold medal in wrestling at the 2015 Pan Am games. 

A new game-changing study conducted by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre and the Hospital for Sick Children shows strong evidence for genetic causes of cerebral palsy that could have major implications on future counselling, prevention and treatment of children with the condition.

McGill researchers identify the areas of the brain responsible for making decisions related to delaying gratification, findings that further the understanding of eating disorders, ADHD and gambling addiction.

Professor Emeritus Charles Taylor, one of the world’s most celebrated living philosophers, is awarded the Kluge Prize in recognition of his distinguished and influential career. 

Alexander Deans and Aditya Mohan are the recipients of McGill’s Schulich Leader Scholarships, a program that encourages promising high school students to embrace the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

McGill’s Executive Chef Oliver de Volpi and a team of volunteer students and staff make their way into the Guinness Book of World Records with a 3,100-litre giant smoothie.

The Royal Society of Canada honours 14 McGill researchers and scholars with fellowships. Principal Suzanne Fortier is named a Specially Elected Fellow.

Brian Current, Juno-award winning composer and 1996 Schulich alum, is named the winner of the Azrieli Commissioning Competition.

Alexei Simakov, McGill student and Siberian refugee, completes a 6,172-kilometre bike trek from Los Angeles to Toronto to raise funds for Syrian refugees.

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation grants one of five Trudeau Fellowships to Law professor René Provost. 

Young student leaders from across Montreal are celebrated at the first-ever McGill High School Community Leadership Awards, presented by the Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) Office and Enrolment Services. 

 

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