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McGill Reporter
April 3, 2003 - Volume 35 Number 13
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Adjunct professor in the Faculty of Education, Scott Conrod, received a Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for his work as president of the Society for Educational Visits and Exchanges in Canada. Since the 1940s, SEVEC has organised exchanges for more than 200,000 young Canadians.

Five final-year students from the McGill School of the Environment have been honoured by the Federal Government as "Energy Ambassadors" thanks to the quality of their research in their project entitled "Barriers and Tools for Energy Efficiency: A Socio-Economic Approach." The prize consists of $1,000 and use of the NRC Environment Canada and Energy Canada networks in their search for work. The awards ceremony was held March 18. The McGill students are Katherine Bergen, Myriam Broué, Vanessa Dziarmaga, Suzanne Love and Julie Smith.

The Association Minière du Québec has honoured Andre Gagné, a student in Mining, Metals and Materials Engineering of McGill, with a $1000 scholarship. The program was created to encourage, and to help financially, students in a Quebec university in disciplines relating to Earth Sciences and to adequately prepare them for a career in the mining industry.

Earth and planetary sciences professor Bruce Hart has received the 2002-2003 Distinguished Educator Award from the Southwest Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) for his exemplary abilities to motivate students to strive for excellence. Prior to joining McGill, Hart spent five years as a Petroleum Geologist at the New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources.

Marc D. McKee, Dentistry, has received one of the 2003 Distinguished Scientist Awards, the "Basic Research in Biomineralization Award," from the International Association for Dental Research (IADR).

Mathematics professor George Styan has been chosen as the winner of the 2003 Carver Medal of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, for exceptional service to the IMS. The Chair of the award committee praised Styan's energy and dedication in support of statistics, and his role in developing the IMS Bulletin. The Medal will be awarded during the IMS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, August 2003.

Astrophysics professor Victoria Kaspi has been awarded an NSERC Steacie Fellowship, the third at McGill since 2000. The fellowships go to the most outstanding Canadian university scientists or engineers who have earned their doctorate within the past 12 years. The award includes increased NSERC research funding and a payment to the university to allow the individual to pursue research full-time.

Professor John Lee Hak-Shan in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of McGill has been honoured by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University by being presented its "Outstanding Alumni Award." This award pays tribute to the remarkable professional achievements and significant contributions to their alma mater and the community.

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