A prize-winning Schulich student and other recent honours

Tam wins German festival composition prize

Schulich School of Music Master’s Composition student Anthony Tam is one of the prize winners in the Contemptronics ’08, a competition for works of music featuring live electronics. The competition is part of the Hamburger Klangwerktage Festival in Hamburg, Germany. Tam’s work for cello and electronics was originally performed by McGill student Erika Donald and dancer Melina Stinson in a Digital Studio Composition Concert in April 2008. He will travel to Germany to perform during the Festival’s closing concert on Nov. 30.

Karakas a Future Telecom Leader

Fahri Karakas, a PhD student at McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management is one of the two inaugural winners of the Future Telecom Leaders Contest sponsored by Canada’s Telecommunications Hall of Fame. Contest submissions had to respond to the question  “How can Canada become a recognized telecom leader in the next 10 years?” Karakas, whose entry focused on ways to stimulate technological innovation, received a scholarship worth $1,500.

Nephrology researcher Torban receives key grant

Dr. Elena Torban, Assistant Professor at the MUHC’s Nephrology Division is this year’s recipient of the Halpin Foundation-American Society of Nephrology Research Grant for 2008. The Halpin Foundation-ASN grant was created in 2004 to provide funding to young faculty pursuing Nephrology research. Dr. Torban’s research is important in understanding the cell and molecular basis for Nephrotic Syndrome, a serious kidney disorder.