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Brain Star Award winner: Arthur Hoi Hin Cheng
The Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (CIHR-INMHA) awarded the 2019 Brain Star Awards to Arthur Hoi Hin Cheng, PhD student in Dr. Mary Cheng Lab.
"The Brain Star Awards recognize and celebrate research excellence and contributions made by students and trainees that support positive health outcomes in CIHR-INMHA’s mandate areas. Your high-impact discoveries and research contributions in these fields of study are exceptional. We commend you for the outstanding work submitted and encourage future success in the fruitful and impactful research career ahead of you in neurosciences, mental health and addiction in Canada." Dr. Samuel Weiss (Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction) and Dr. Katalin Toth (President, Canadian Association for Neuroscience) wrote in the letter announcing Arthur that he is one of only 15 Canadian grad students receiving this prestigious award.
"A new study by Arthur Hoi Hin Cheng, working in the laboratory of Dr. Hai-Ying Mary Cheng at the University of Toronto, reveals that SOX2 — a “stem cell gene” that is also expressed in the clock neurons of the brain —promotes robust and coherent circadian behavior in mice." https://can-acn.org/brain-star-award-winner-arthur-hoi-hin-cheng/
Paper: SOX2-Dependent Transcription in Clock Neurons Promotes the Robustness of the Central Circadian Pacemaker
Read more: https://bit.ly/3hvB1BO
Ruth Rivkin wins CSEE Excellence in PhD Research Award
Please join me in congratulating Ruth Rivkin, PhD student, for winning the Excellence in PhD Research Award from the Canadian Society of Ecology (CSEE).
“This award aims to showcase excellent student research from within the society. Successful applicants will have conducted high-quality research that addresses fundamental questions or is of an applied nature in the fields of ecology and/or evolution. In addition to demonstrated scholarship and merit, the selection committee aims to promote diversity in science (and to balance field of study and institutional representation” http://csee-scee.ca/category/awards-2/
This is the top award for PhD students given by the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution and there are just five winners every year!
Ruth Rivkin is a PhD candidate, from Marc Johnson Lab, and she studies the effects of urbanization on the evolutionary ecology of species interactions.
For the month of May, CSEE will be premiering talks for the five winners of the PhD Research Award every Friday. Talks will be streaming live on YouTube starting at 4pm, followed by a live Q/A session.
Mark you calendar: May 22, 4pm ET Ruth Rivkin
Stay tuned for more details!
Link to CSEE_SCEE YouTube page: