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March 1, 2007 - Volume 39 Number 12
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McGill gets four Sloans

Four McGill researchers have been named 2007 recipients of the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship. Mathieu Blanchette, Aashish Clerk, Patrick Hayden and Jacques Verstraete, all of the Faculty of Science, will each receive two-year fellowships and a $45,000 U.S. award.

Established in 1955, the Sloan Fellowships provide support and recognition to early-career scientists and scholars, often in their first appointments to university faculties, who are working to set up laboratories and establish independent research projects.

The foundation was established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan, Jr., then President and Chief Executive Officer of General Motors Corp.

The fellowships can be used for any research-related purpose, including equipment purchases, technical assistance, professional travel and trainee support.

Professor Blanchette, Assistant Professor at the Centre for Bioinformatics of the McGill School of Computer Science, is responsible for several highly cited contributions to the field of bioinformatmatics.

Professor Clerk, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics, is a theoretical condensed matter physicist. His main interests concern the complex quantum-mechanical behaviour of electrons in nanostructures.

Professor Hayden, Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science, is a Rhodes Scholar and a McGill graduate. His work focusses on developing new ways to manipulate quantum information at the very limits of what is permitted by the laws of physics, with the ultimate aim of helping to make quantum computers a reality.

Professor Verstraete, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics, works the relatively new areas of extremal and probabilistic combinatories.

"I am particularly proud and gratified that all of McGill's 2007 Sloan Fellows come from our faculty," said Faculty of Science Dean Martin Grant.

"This demonstrates that our commitment to recruit the best and the brightest young researchers from around the world is bearing fruit."

For the second year in a row, McGill edged out the other Canadian schools honoured with Sloans, this year including the University of British Columbia, with three recipients, the University of Toronto, with two, and the University of Alberta, with one. McGill also outperformed many top research-intensive U.S. universities, including Cornell, Johns Hopkins and Yale.

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