Would you like to (re)design one of your courses and enhance your teaching skills or learn about strategies that focus on enhancing student learning? Develop a course syllabus and exchange feedback with fellow faculty members and facilitators from Teaching and Learning Services in this 1 ½-day workshop. For more information and to register, go here.
Come celebrate the sugaring-off season with McGill Student Housing and Hospitality Services’ annual Cabane à sucre Local Food Days. From April 7-10, enjoy taffy on snow, pudding chômeur, maple-glazed, all-natural pork loin, and so much more in the Residence Dining Halls and some on-campus cafés. Certified Local Food Plus Maple Products from La Sucrerie Belle-Rivière will also be on sale, including artisanal maple syrup, maple chocolates, and maple butter. For previews of the menu, visit the Facebook page.
Students at the Faculty of Law will launch the second annual edition of the student magazine Contours: Voices of Women in Law on Tuesday, April 8. This non-profit publication showcases the original written and artistic work, in French and English, by women students and faculty members. The issue focuses on the broad theme of “values” and features an interview with the Honourable Claire L’Heureux-Dubé, retired justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Are you a Postdoctoral Fellow in Montreal? Interested in having your research contributions recognized by the McGill and Montreal community? The Postdoctoral Research Day will take place at the Faculty Club on April 15, from 2 p.m.-7 p.m. This event will be comprised of short talks and poster presentations by postdoctoral fellows from the Montreal region and will conclude with a networking reception.
The ability to be able to write in a clear, concise, informative and engaging style is key to both academic and professional success. This April, the McGill Writing Centre is launching courses for written workplace communication. Learn more here.
The Medical Students’ Society, in conjunction with Héma-Québec, is hosting a four-day blood drive starting today (Monday, Sept. 17) to Thursday (Sept. 20) at the McConnell Engineering building (corner of University and Milton). You can donate blood every day from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (6 p.m. on Wednesday). Organizers are hoping to have more than 500 people make a donation over the four-day drive. Do you part and roll up your sleeve.
Some fascinating research from Computer Science Professor Derek Ruths about how the Twitterverse responded the launch this week of Apple’s new iPhone 5. Ruths and his team processed more than 30 million Tweets generated on Wednesday, the day of the launch and measured a variety of trends. They looked at gender breakdown, where the chatter was coming from and hot topics. There were also some surprising findings in terms of language and the sheer volume of interest in this event.
The weather was perfect, the crowds were large, but not too big, and the burgers and dogs were delicious. Principal Heather Munroe-Blum’s barbecue for staff and students went without a hitch today with about 3,500 people lining up at four food stations for a burger, a veggie burger or a hot dog, along with chips and drinks.
Throngs of people mingled in the square in front of the James Building as teams behind the grills worked hard to keep up with demand.
McGill rugby player Brianna Miller of Pointe Claire, Que., and Sami Obaid, a former McGill soccer star and graduate who now plays for the Montreal Carabins, have been selected athletes of the week by the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec, for the period ending Sept. 9, 2012.
Kudos to the Engineering Undergraduate Society for the hefty contribution they made to a national children’s charity from the proceeds of last spring’s Open Air Pub Lite. As reported in the McGill Tribune, the OAP management team kicked in $15,000 to the President’s Choice Children’s Charity (PCCC), which helps disadvantaged children across Canada. Great to see students getting involved and making a difference in the world around them.