Medals, awards and prizes for McNally, Zatorre, Milner

The Bibliographical Society of Canada, the Fondation Ipsen and Rockefeller University bestow their highest honours on a trio of McGillians

McNally wins Tremaine Medal

The Bibliographical Society of Canada has awarded the Tremaine Medal and Watters-Morley Prize for 2011 to Peter F. McNally, Director of the History of McGill Project. The Tremaine Medal is awarded for outstanding service to Canadian bibliography and for distinguished publication in either English or French in that field. McNally’s career as a librarian and historian, spanning nearly 40 years, has been devoted to the study of Canadian bibliography and particularly to the study of Canadian libraries. McNally received the award during the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Fredericton earlier this year.

Fondation Ipsen honours Zatorre

The 22nd annual Neuronal Plasticity Prize of the Fondation Ipsen has been awarded to Robert J. Zatorre (Montreal Neurological Institute, BRAMS Laboratory), Isabelle Peretz (University of Montreal, BRAMS Laboratory) and Helen J. Neville (University of Oregon, Eugene, USA), for their pioneering research in the domain of “Music and Brain Plasticity.” The €60,000 (CAD $82,000) prize was awarded on July 15 by an international jury at the 8th International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) World Congress of Neuroscience in Florence, Italy.

Milner wins again

Brenda Milner, who revolutionized the understanding of memory, has been awarded the 2011 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize from The Rockefeller University. Paul Greengard, Nobel Laureate and Vincent Astor Professor at Rockefeller University, established the prize in memory of his mother with the proceeds of his 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to recognize women who have made exceptional contributions to biomedical science.

Milner, of the Montreal Neurological Institute’s Dept. of Neurology and Neurosurgery, spent six decades unraveling the mysteries of the brain, and has been credited by Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel with merging the fields of psychology and neurobiology to create the field of cognitive neuroscience. Milner’s seminal research provided landmark discoveries in human memory and elucidated the role of the temporal lobes that are involved in emotional responses, hearing, memory and speech.