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McMaster researcher is awarded the prestigious 2011 Polanyi prize. December 5, 2011

Graham Scott, an assistant professor in the Department of Biology, has been awarded the 2011 Polanyi prize for physiology and medicine for his work on how environmental extremes affect animals in the wild.
McMaster researcher is awarded the prestigious 2011 Polanyi prize. December 5, 2011

Graham Scott, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, awarded 2011 Polanyi prize for physiology and medicine. File photo.

He has studied several different species, including birds thriving at high altitudes and fish that live in various challenging environments. "Our goal is to study the variation in physiology between species from different habitats and between different life stages to understand how these animals are affected by oxygen depletion and global warming in the wild," he says. "This award is very meaningful because it recognizes the importance of this kind of research."

Named in honor of the 1986 Nobel-prize winner, the John Charles Polanyi Prize recognizes outstanding researchers at Ontario universities in the early stages of their careers. The awards cover chemistry, literature, physics, economics and physiology or medicine, and recipients receive $20,000 each.

"Graham is an exceptional young scientist with a promising future ahead of him as a scientist and academic," says John Capone, dean of the Faculty of Science. "The Polanyi Prize is a clear recognition of his past accomplishments and future potential, and we are fortunate to have someone of such talent and promise in our Faculty. He is highly deserving of this prestigious award."

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