News in brief for the week of Oct 31., 2011

Mary Louise Nickerson Fellowship created; Researchers honoured at ACFAS gala; Toste wins CEA award

Mary Louise Nickerson Fellowship created

Dr. Granville Nickerson (MDCM’45, DipPediatrics’50) has made a gift of $250,000 in order to establish the Mary Louise Nickerson Fellowship in Neuro History. The Fellowship will allow a scholar to carry out research utilizing the Neuro History archival and artifact collections, the centrepiece of which is the Wilder Penfield Archive in the Osler Library.

The gift was made in honour and memory of Dr. Nickerson’s wife, Mary Louise, who was an enthusiastic promoter of the Arts and an acknowledged scholar.

 Researchers honoured at ACFAS gala

Bartha Maria Knoppers, Director of the Centre for Genomics and Policy at the McGill and Génome Québec Innovation Centre, received the Prix Jacques-Rousseau from the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) at their annual gala, held Sept. 29. Martin Picard, a doctoral student whose research focuses on how to address the loss of muscle mass as the body ages, received a prize from the Desjardins Foundation at the gala. Graduate students Gundula Min-Oo and Sylvanne Daniels were honoured for articles they submitted, respectively on malaria susceptibility and cell response to HIV. Two out of three prizes for best doctoral thesis went to McGill students: Allison C. Kelly (Arts and Social Sciences category) and Steven Bennett (Natural Sciences and Engineering category). The thesis prizes are given out by the Association des doyens des études supérieures au Québec and the three Quebec granting councils.

 Toste wins CEA award

The Canadian Education Association named Jessica Toste as the winner of its 2011 Pat Clifford Award for emerging researchers. Toste was recognized for her work showing how strong collaborative relationships between teachers and students can contribute to student success, particularly among those with special needs – the same work that won her the Governor General’s Gold Medal for outstanding PhD work at the Faculty of Education’s convocation ceremony last spring. Toste, now a postdoctoral research fellow in the Dept.of Special Education at Vanderbilt University, received the CEA award at the association’s

2011 council meeting

on Oct.27.