Doctors’ Senate Awards and extraordinary doctoral awards

Pedro Tiago Da Silva Gonçalves received the award from Rector Joan Guàrdia.
Pedro Tiago Da Silva Gonçalves received the award from Rector Joan Guàrdia.
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(23/05/2023)

Today, 23 May, the UB Doctors’ Senate Awards were presented at a ceremony in which sixty extraordinary doctoral prizes for the academic year 2020-2021 were also awarded.

Pedro Tiago Da Silva Gonçalves received the award from Rector Joan Guàrdia.
Pedro Tiago Da Silva Gonçalves received the award from Rector Joan Guàrdia.
News | Research | Institutional | Academic
23/05/2023

Today, 23 May, the UB Doctors’ Senate Awards were presented at a ceremony in which sixty extraordinary doctoral prizes for the academic year 2020-2021 were also awarded.

The Doctors’ Senate Award was given to the thesis Sound production learning across species: Beyond the vocal learning dichotomy, by Pedro Tiago Da Silva Gonçalves Martins, under the supervision of Professor Cedric Boeckx, from the Department of Catalan Philology and General Linguistics of the Faculty of Philology and Communication. This thesis contributes in two ways to the study of language evolution as a complex biological trait. On the one hand, it challenges a prominent theory that states that the “nuclear properties of language” can be reduced to a single, formally irreducible, computational operation that evolved suddenly as a result of a single genetic mutation. According to the author, this is “biologically untenable”, and his study supports the idea that language evolved gradually.

Javier Suárez Díaz was awarded a second prize for his doctoral thesis Methodological strategies in contemporary symbiosis research and their historical roots: from mechanistic to non-mechanistic modes of explanation, supervised by John A. Dupré and José A. Díaz Calzada, from the Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy. Another runner-up was Ferran Nadeu Prat for his thesis Genomic determinants of chronic lymphocytic leukemia progression: from individual drivers to a heterogeneous genetic makeup, supervised by Elías Campo Güerri, from the Department of Clinical Foundations at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Finally, two honorary mentions were awarded to Beatriz Galatas Andrade, for the thesis Feasibility of malaria elimination in a rural district of Southern Mozambique and to Lídia Vaqué Alcázar, for the thesis Characterizing cognitive aging through multimodal and gene expression.

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