Admin & governance news
As administrative officer in the Department of Medicine and the MUHC, Christine Dolden handles vacation schedules and appointment forms and manages office space for nearly 700 staff. She recently won the Anne McCormick Award for Excellence in the Faculty of Medicine.
McGill law professor Roderick A. Macdonald is one of five Canadians who have been awarded the prestigious Trudeau Fellows Prize for outstanding contributions to issues of public policy this year. Another prizewinner, Professor Ann Dale of Royal Roads University, received her PhD from McGill under the supervision of Professor Stuart Hill, Department of Natural Resource Sciences. Each Fellow receives a $150,000 prize paid over three years, plus a $25,000 annual allowance for travel and research expenses.
Janyne Hodder, currently Principal of Bishop's University, will become McGill's first vice-principal (inter-institutional affairs). Her job is to strengthen the university's relations with external bodies.
Gretta Chambers has been named the McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women's person of the year. McGill's first woman chancellor, Chambers has had a long career in journalism and is active in a range of community concerns, from hospitals to education to art.
The University recently held its annual Rethink Campus sustainability conference. A forum for the university to give a report on progress to date and for the community to make suggestions as to where to go in the future, the conference addressed everything from waste management to commuting.
In addition to a 200-seat recital hall, a new home for the Music Library and specialized production and research labs, the new music building will feature a "beautiful-sounding box," a freestanding space large enough to accommodate a full orchestra and chorus.
The proposed policy for plagiarism detection software was sent back to committee amid a silent protest. Also, interim harassment policy presented, McGill is a source of spam.