Michel Labrecque’s research on decontamination in the media

The research work of Michel Labrecque on the decontamination of polluted soils was the object of many recent articles and news pieces:

Michel Labrecque and Cédric Frenette Dussault at Radio-Canada: Décontaminer les sols un saule à la fois.

Michel Labrecque and Cédric Frenette Dussault on CTV News: Where there’s a willow, there’s a way: City using saplings to decontaminate land.

Michel Labrecque and Xavier Lachapelle-Trouillard in the Métro: Des saules pour décontaminer des sites industriels.

Michel Labrecque in University Affairs: Researchers are using plants to tackle urban pollution; The City of Montreal has partnered with university researchers in a major project to decontaminate an old industrial site through vegetation.

Michel Labrecque and Xavier Lachapelle-Trouillard on CBC News: Montreal researchers use willows to decontaminate polluted soil, groundwater.

Jardins de dépollution: an interview with Michel Labrecque at Radio-Canada.

Bravo à nos chercheurs, cérémonie du 15 mai 2018

During its annual ceremony on 15 May 2018, the Université de Montréal paid homage to its researchers who have been awarded prizes and honours as well as those who have obtained a research chair or a major grant during the previous year.

Congratulations to Etienne Laliberté and Mohamed Hijri who were honoured each for having obtained a NSERC chair.

NSERC – Discovery Frontiers
Étienne Laliberté, Department of biological sciences, Faculty of arts and sciences, and Institut de recherche en biologie végétale

NSERC – Collaborative Research and Development Grants
Mohamed Hijri, Department of biological sciences, Faculty of arts and sciences, and Institut de recherche en biologie végétale

Étienne Laliberté’s recent nomination as a Member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists was also celebrated.


Christian Norton is awarded the Clarendon scholarship

Christian Norton, a M.Sc. student under the supervision of Alain Cuerrier and Luise Hermanutz (MUN), was awarded the prestigious Clarendon scholarship.

This scholarship covers the tuition fees, research costs and an allocation to cover his stay in Oxford for 4 years, for a total of about 280 000$.

Christian Norton is one of the 140 recipients and this scholarship will help him get his Ph.D. in plant ecology at Oxford University.

Congratulations Christian!

Two brief articles on the subject:

(Français) Sam Karathanos à la Semaine Verte

Sam Karathanos, a research professional with Jacques Brisson, was interviewed for a news story by Ginette Marceau shown on the 15 April 2018 edition of La semaine verte at Radio-Canada. The segment titled Recréer un milieu naturel (“Recreating a natural habitat”) covers the topic of the battle against invasive species in the context of the restauration of natural habitats in national parks. Sam was specifically interviewed about the control of phragmites at the Parc des Iles-de-Boucherville.

View here.

La Terre vue du coeur, a documentary

The Hubert Reeves documentary titled “La terre vue du coeur” (Earth Viewed From The Heart) is being shown at the Beaubien Cinema from the 13th of April to the 9th of May (and possible longer). This documentary about the preservation and renewal of biodiversity includes interviews with many authors, philosophers, militants and scientists such as the IRBV’s Michel Labrecque who incidentally will be answering questions following two showings, on April 13th 7:30pm and April 15th 2:45pm.

For more information on the documentary, to view an excerpt or for the showings schedule, see http://cinemabeaubien.com/fr/film/la-terre-vue-du-coeur_fr.

This article recently published in Le Devoir also has information on the film.

The Université de Montréal honours its employees

The Université de Montréal has honoured its employees having cumulated 25, 30, 35, 40 or 45 years of service, in a ceremony held on April 4th. Three of these employees are from the IRBV:

  • Lucie Campeau, coordinator, 40 years of service
  • Luc Brouillet, professor, 35 years of service
  • Denis Lauzer, lab coordonnator, 30 years of service

For more on the ceremony, have a look at this article published in UdeM Nouvelles (article is in French).

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