Drilling in Japan Trench by international scientific team finds unusually thin, slippery geological fault
The devastating tsunami that struck Japan’s Tohoku region in March 2011 was touched off by a submarine earthquake far more massive than anything geologists had expected in that zone.
Congratulations to Prof. Niky Kamran (Department of Mathematics and Statistics) for receiving the 2014 CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize, Canada's premier prize in mathematics. Professor Kamran's achievements lie in the areas of analysis and differential geometry. The prize citation highlights both his work on the topic of exterior differential systems and his contributions to the mathematical analysis of the Einstein equations of general relativity.
The 5th Annual Albert Aguayo Lecture entitled "Neuronal Plasticity and Genomic Diversity" will be given by Fred H. Gage, Ph.D., Professor in the Laboratory of Genetics of The Salk Institute, USA. This annual lecture honours Dr. Albert Aguayo, founder and former Director of the Centre for the Research in Neuroscience at McGill University.
A reception will follow.
This year’s Dorothy J. Killam Lecturer is Dr. Nora D. Volkow who is the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health. Dr. Volkow’s work has been instrumental in demonstrating that drug addiction is a disease of the human brain. She will deliver the Dorothy J Killam lecture on Monday, May 12th, 2014 at 4:00 pm in the Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre.
A reception will follow in the Foyer.
Scheduled to Teach in One of the Active Learning Classrooms (ALC)?
If you are registered to teach in an ALC in Winter 2014, you received an email on November 20th from IT Services. Complete the online form to request in-class support for your classes. Also, the ALC Preparation Checklist can help ensure you have everything you need before you start teaching.
Submitting Final Grades From myCourses
New Fall 2013 - The submission of final grades to Minerva can now be completed directly within the myCourses gradebook. Follow the video or guide for the step-by-step instructions.
Interested in using clickers in Winter 2014? This workshop introduces pedagogical and technological components that will help instructors develop in-class activities that engage students and provide them with opportunities to think critically and test their understanding about what they are learning. We will focus on learning-centered question design, question types, strategies for using them in class, and hands-on activities using the TurningPoint software and the clickers.
Read article on the McGill Reporter on how not even a five-week construction strike could stop the transformation of empty storage into high-tech hub.
Provost Anthony C. Masi is calling for proposals from all academic staff for the fourth non-credit McGillX MOOC in the first phase of our collaboration with edX. The first three courses, to be launched in 2014, are: Food for Thought, Natural Disasters, and Rebalancing Society: Social Learning for Social Impact. The fourth course will be offered beginning January 2015; this means that course design and development will begin no later than May 2014. Submissions are due by January 15, 2014.
Congratulations to the Faculty of Science's two most recent winners of the Principal’s Prizes for Excellence in Teaching! At Fall Convocation on November 25, 2013, Prof. Ariel Fenster, Department of Chemistry, received this prize in the Faculty Lecturer category, as did Prof. Kenneth J. Ragan, William C. Macdonald Chair in Physics, in the Full Professor Category.