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Spring Convocation gets underway with Mac campus ceremony

By Jim Hynes “Go now in peace to share the gift of knowledge that has been entrusted to you.” With these words, Secretary-General Stephen Stropel brought the first McGill spring Convocation ceremony of 2010 to a close last Friday, May 28, and sent approximately 350 new graduates from the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences off to [...]

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Published on : 31 May 2010

Son honours father with a free concert for all

On Wednesday, June 2, The Schulich School of Music and McGills Faculty of Medicine will welcome renowned Canadian pianist Alan Fraser (M.Mus ‘87) for a very special evening concert. Fraser will give a recital to honour his father Dr. F. Clarke Fraser, Canada’s first medical geneticist, emeritus professor of Genetics at McGill and 2010 [...]

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Published on : 28 May 2010

On governing the Internet…

On May 30-31, McGill will host the Third International Workshop on Global Internet Governance: An Interdisciplinary Research Field in Construction, a scholarly workshop that will bring together top experts from around the world to explore and debate the political, economical, social and technical aspects of Internet governance. Sun. May 30 will be dedicated to sessions [...]

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Published on : 26 May 2010

Cecilia String Quartet wins two prizes at Bordeaux

The Cecilia String Quartet, quartet in residence of the Schulich School of Music, on May 16 captured two prizes at the 2010 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition: the Prix de la Sacem for best performance of the commissioned work by Gilbert Amy, and the International Summer Academy at Niedersachsen prize. The Prix de la [...]

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Published on : 20 May 2010

Spring 2010 Honorary doctorates

While Spring 2010 Convocation will be a six-day celebration of McGill’s 6,200 graduating students it will also be used to pay tribute to 10 leaders with Honorary Degrees. Giants in their respective fields, this year’s Hon Docs have blazed trails in everything from Chemistry to community service to Condensed Matter Physics. Although some on this list [...]

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Published on : 20 May 2010

First McGill Medal recipients named

Aguayo, Eisenberg and Mysak lauded By McGill Reporter Staff Adding another chapter to its almost 200-year-old Convocation story, McGill will honour a trio of retiring professors this spring by awarding each of them the inaugural McGill University Medal for Exceptional Academic Achievement. The McGill Medal was created to recognize retired members of the academic staff who have made [...]

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Published on : 20 May 2010

McTavish Street: A pedestrian oasis

By Jim Hynes It’s an initiative that has involved complex planning, extensive negotiations with the Ville-Marie borough, and a mind-boggling level of logistics to manage. But come next Friday, May 28, it will all have been worth it. McTavish Street, between Sherbrooke Street and Dr. Penfield, will officially be a pedestrian zone. A by-law that will allow [...]

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Published on : 20 May 2010

Kelly Nobes to take over behind Redmen bench

By Jim Hynes The oldest hockey team in the world has a new coach. Kelly Nobes, a McGill graduate and former Redman player and assistant coach, has been appointed head coach of the men’s hockey team. The 36-year-old native of West Hill, Ont., becomes the 28th coach in team history and the 11th former player to guide [...]

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Published on : 19 May 2010

On autism…

On May 25, McGill’s Faculty of Education will play host to the Miriam Foundation’s Abe Gold Learning & Research Centre’s 2010 Conference. The event will bring together 300 professionals, students and parents to learn and exchange information related to Autism Spectrum Disorders and the current research that surrounds autism. Renowned autism authority Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen, [...]

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Published on : 19 May 2010

Charter helps Montreal set a human-rights example for the world

By Pascal Zamprelli “This is a historic moment,” Mayor of Montreal Gérald Tremblay said earlier this month as he addressed a crowd gathered at City Hall that included the consuls-general from Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco and Syria. “One day people will realize the significance of the efforts undertaken to better understand the citizens of the world. [...]

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Published on : 19 May 2010

Michael Mitchell: From Shakespeare to Sasquatch

By Neale McDevitt Although his is a little hazy on some of the specifics, Michael Mitchell remembers when – and why – he first wanted to become a playwright. “I was 15 and it was a McGill drama production – something by Shakespeare,” he said with a smile. “There was this beautiful woman on stage reciting these [...]

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Published on : 19 May 2010

Town Hall trifecta: Getting to the heart of McGill’s mission

By Doug Sweet Talk about a broad brush. A recent series of three “academic Town Halls” featuring Principal Heather Munroe-Blum and Provost Tony Masi covered great swaths of big-issue territory and generated sometimes fervent discussion about what the University is and what it should be doing as it steps into the next decade of a still-new [...]

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Published on : 19 May 2010

Zach Newburgh: SSMU as the glue, not the engine of division

By Pascal Zamprelli “Exhausting” is the concise analysis Zach Newburgh, honours major in Middle East Studies, offers to describe the recent campaign that saw him elected President of the Students Society of McGill University (SSMU). Indeed, it figured among the society’s most hotly contested elections in recent history, with many candidates engaged in close races. So despite [...]

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Published on : 19 May 2010

With Michel L. Tremblay, Director, Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre

By Neale McDevitt Michel Tremblay is running on fumes. Just three weeks into being a new father again (“my three daughters are all grown up so this diaper-changing thing feels completely new to me,” he said with a laugh), the Jeanne and Jean-Louis Lévesque Chair in Cancer Research is dealing with sleep deprivation while having to [...]

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Published on : 19 May 2010

Crossroad for BioTransfer takes its show on the road

By McGill Reporter Staff The Crossroad for BioTransfer is back, with a new twist. The third edition of this made-in-Montreal event – which brings together business people and leading scientific researchers – will be held May 18 in Boston. For this special edition, the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC) is partnering with McGill University and the Research Institute [...]

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Published on : 14 May 2010