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The separation of church and state is an outmoded political framework that dangerously ignores the most pressing question of our time, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair told a large McGill audience on Nov. 12.
In one of the most spirited Town Halls in recent memory, Principal Heather Munroe-Blum fielded some two dozen questions Tuesday night on a variety of hot-button issues including the Architecture Café, bikes on lower campus, study space and tuition increases.
Last week, the 43rd Quarter Century Club (QCC) welcomed 128 new members to its roster, which now includes 2,478 members. About four hundred returning members of the QCC along with new inductees attended the event with their family and friends.
If it’s beginning to sound a bit like a broken record, at least it’s a song McGillians won’t get tired of hearing. For the sixth year in a row, Maclean’s magazine has ranked McGill first in its class in its annual issue devoted to Canadian universities and published today.
A tip of the Kudos crown this week goes out to: Professor Wagdi Habash, Prix du Québec winners Nancy Adler and Mark Wainberg, Professor Desmond Morten, new Canadian Medical Hall of Fame inductees Drs. Albert J. Aguayo and Jonathan C. Meakins, and Dr. Rémi Quirion.
Three current and former McGill students are finalists for the 2010 Forces AVENIR Personality of the Year Awards for their exceptional leadership and contributions to society. The winners will be announced at Nov. 10 gala in Sherbrooke, Que. Read about them here.
The Forces AVENIR program recognizes, honours and promotes the commitment of young people in projects which enrich knowledge, arouse the desire for success and for surpassing oneself, encourage the development of community thinking and thus contribute to the development of socially conscious, active and responsible citizens who are both dedicated to their community and open to the world.
“Think about what we have done for 200 years in which we have taken a way a people’s traditions, we have taken away their religion, we have taken away their self-consciousness and their regard for each other,” said former Prime Minister Paul Martin as he addressed a packed room in the Faculty Club on Monday.
Thanks to two Montrealers’ deep love of art and a personal appreciation of how it can heal, 40 serene watercolours painted by students of McGill’s School of Architecture Sketching School now bring a welcome diversion for patients, staff and visitors of the Royal Victoria Hospital.
Hypertension and smoking were found to increase arterial stiffness independently of each other, according to research published by Dr. Stella Daskalopoulou and Dr. Robert J. Doonan of the Department of Medicine.
How many McGill electricians does it take to change a light bulb in the Gelber Law Library? Only one, albeit on a cherry picker – and that’s no joke, as the lights in question are a good 20 feet off the ground. But even though an electrician’s time could be certainly put to better use, the people at McGill’s Office of Sustainability are not too concerned about how a bulb gets changed.
A pair of Geography professors honoured in recognition of their significant contributions to wetland conservation and research lead our News Brief items this week. Read on for more.
In some ways the upcoming TEDxMcGill event sounds a bit like speed dating – without the pressure of having to choose a partner at the end of the day. The concept is simple: gather 18 vibrant speakers from all walks of life – students, researchers, adventures and members of the community – and give them 12-18 minutes to expound upon something they feel passionate about.
It would be hard to find someone at McGill better suited for her job than Cynthia Weston, the Director of Teaching and Learning Services (TLS). A lifelong educator who came to McGill as professor in 1980, Weston has experienced the profession from just about every angle, be it professor, researcher or administrator.