Lorne Trottier, a 58-year-old engineer and inventor, is donating $12 million to McGill. The gift will allow the University to fund research chairs in two fields dear to Trottier's heart: astrophysics and cosmology in the science faculty, and aerospace engineering in the engineering faculty.
"Canada should develop an intellectual property policy that lowers the cost to those conducting research and creation in Canada, making Canada an attractive location for investment in high technology industries," E. Richard Gold, director of McGill's Centre for Intellectual Property Policy, writes in the October issue of Policy Options.
Professor Margaret Somerville suggests we slow down the pace of technological change to let ethics catch up. This profile of the McGill ethicist runs in advance of her cross-Canada Massey Lectures.
Stephen McAdams, CIRMMT director, fields the question as to whether it is possible for the human voice to shatter glass. He also tells us why marching soldiers get so out of synch as soon as they hit a bridge.
Remember when you were the talk of the block if your TV could get Gilligan's Island without manipulating the old rabbit ears for 20 minutes? Well, those days are long gone, as witnessed by the upgrading of McGill's wireless network. That explains the ear-to-ear grins on laptop users across the university.
A report by the Milken Institute indicates that McGill University ranked 14th in the world - ahead of all other Canadian universities as well as Yale and UCLA - in translating its biotech research into patents.
McGill's brand new Medical Simulation Centre means that the next generation of health care professionals will get hi-tech training in technical skills.