Four Burning Questions
By Cynthia Lee
On Nov.4, the Office for Students with Disabilities will be host the 4th annual Rathlyn Lecture in Disability Studies: “How useful is it to be labelled ADHD in an inclusive educational system?” The lecture will be delivered by Professor John Visser, renowned UK scholar on Social, Emotional and Behaviour Difficulties, who will encourage us to examine the way we talk about and view ADHD.
This is the age of wisdom but some would say it is also the age of foolishness. Newspapers, television, radio and of course the Internet bombard us with information at an unprecedented rate, but when it comes to scientific issues the quality of the information is variable. Television doctors entice us with claims of breathtaking breakthroughs, global warming is hotly debated, evolution is questioned and the peer-reviewed literature, our supposed gold standard, brims with flawed studies.
Stephen R. Platt is a historian of late imperial China, specializing in the nineteenth century and China’s foreign relations. He teaches at the History Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Last year, Platt won the world’s most lucrative prize for historical writing – the Cundill Prize at McGill for his book, Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, The West, And The Epic Story of The Taiping Civil War. Professor Platt will give the Cundill lecture on Monday, Oct. 21 at Faculty Club Ballroom, (3450 McTavish) – 5:00 p.m.
On Oct. 17, Dr. Cindy Blackstock will deliver the inaugural Kagedan Lecture on Social Work and Human Rights. She will speak on Growing up at home: real strategies to ensuring the safety of Aboriginal children, her first-hand account of the Assembly of First Nations and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society human rights complaint alleging that the Federal Government’s provision of child and family services to First Nations was discriminatory. The case engages fundamental social work principles of equity, respect for culture, democracy, freedom of speech and justice.
Many members of the MUHC and McGill University research communities are interested in conducting health research with Aboriginal communities, but are unfamiliar or unacquainted with its critical ethical issues. On Oct. 4, the interactive, half-day event titled Honouring Partnership: Promoting Engagement and Sensitivity in Aboriginal Health Research will be a starting point for a discussion on enhancing the protection and well‐being of Aboriginal people in health research. The event will feature keynote speaker, Dr.
To get an update on the McGill’s financial situation, The Reporter asked Provost Anthony C. Masi to answer four questions on the response to McGill’s plan to cut $43.5 million from its operating budget.
Two months ago, the University confirmed being on-track to reach the required $43.5 million in savings without having to resort to collective dismissals. Can you comment on this?
Anthony Ricciardi is an Associate Professor in the Redpath Museum and the Associate Director of Research in the McGill School of Environment. For the past 20 years, his research has examined the causes and consequences of the spread of alien species, and he teaches an undergraduate course on this subject (BIOL/ENVR 540 “Ecology of Species Invasions”).
Mark W. Kieran is the Director of Pediatric Medical Neuro-Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr Kieran is the Principal Investigator at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for the Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Investigators Consortium (POETIC); he is a co-chair of the malignant glioma section of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and PI of the multicenter Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma study. Dr.
By Cynthia Lee