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Announcement of the February winners of the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles Award

Montreal, February 4, 2013 – Québec’s Chief Scientist, Rémi Quirion, is pleased to announce the February winners of the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles Award, a competition spearheaded by the three Fonds de recherche du Québec.

Award winner, Fonds Nature et Technologies

Michel Lavoie, PhD student in in environmental studies at INRS

Award-winning publication: Influence of Essential Elements on Cadmium Uptake and Toxicity in a Unicellular Green Alga: the Protective Effect of trace Zinc and cobalt concentrations. Published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 31(7):1445-52, July 2012.

Award winner, Fonds Santé

Jean-Baptiste Pingault, Postdoctoral student at Université de Montréal’s Department of Social and Preventive Medicine.

Award-winning publication: Childhood trajectories of inattention, hyperactivity and oppositional behaviors and prediction of substance abuse/dependence: a 15-year longitudinal population-based study. Published in Molecular Psychiatry, 06-2012.

Award winner, Fonds Société et Culture

Leslie Tomory, Postdoctoral student in history at McGill University.

Award-winning publication: Progressive Enlightenment: The Origins of the Gaslight Industry,1780–1820. Published by Cambridge: MIT Press, mars 2012.

In addition to promoting careers in research, the competition aims to recognize the exceptional research contributions of college and university students, postdoctoral fellows and members of professional bodies who are enrolled in advanced research training programs in the areas covered by the three Fonds de recherche du Québec.

Every month, each Fund will award $1000 to a student researcher. An overview of the recipient’s project and a photo of the recipient will be featured on the Web site

Dr. Quirion sends his congratulations to the winners.

Défi aux chercheurs québécois | A challenge for researchers in Quebec

It’s my polisci background coming out - this video boggles my mind for so many reasons on so many levels. Firstly, I want you to wind up the volume and the resolution and just enjoy it full screen. Then I want you to think about it. And then, I challenge you to deconstruct it for me and tell me what subtexts you think it contains. Politics, cinema, gender… even engineering, design, anthropology - whatever your field, I’m curious to know what meanings you get from this!

Même s’il s’agit d’un simple clip vidéo, je me ressens bouleversé sur le plan intellectuel par son contenu. Je suppose que ce soit ma formation en sciences-po qui ressort. Il y a tant d’éléments socio-culturels qui interagissent à plusieurs niveau. Voilà, j’aimerais que vous augmentiez le son ainsi que la résolution, et que vous la regardiez. Et ensuite, réfléchissez. Le défi que je vous lance, c’est la déconstruction du film. Que vous soyez chercheur dans le cinéma, les sciences politiques, le genre, ou même dans des domaines tels que l’ingénierie, le design ou l’anthropologie, je suis curieux de connaître les différents sens que vous dégagez de cette chose!


My favourite blog, Expolounge, uses the medium of film to explain the history of that giant golfball at Parc Jean-Drapeau - otherwise known as the United States Pavilion of Expo 67 or the Montreal Biosphère. The Biosphère is an environmental museum managed by the federal Government of Canada and is focussed on the ecosystem of the Saint-Lawrence River. It’s worth checking out.