November 21, 2002

November 21, 2002 McGill University

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November 21, 2002 - Volume 35 Number 06
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Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow! Such was the mantra chanted by 300 dance enthusiasts who packed the Faculty Club ballroom on Nov. 6 for Tango Passion, a Centraide fundraiser organized by dance buffs and McGill staffers Lydia Martone (shown dancing above) and Dot Luk. The event, one of several organized for McGill's 2002 Centraide Campaign, raised about $3,000. The university hopes to raise $250,000 by Dec. 1. So far, McGill has collected nearly $160,000. Slow, slow, quick, quick, give!
Photo: Owen Egan

Safety report on McIntyre

The university has moved rapidly to correct problems identified in the McIntyre Medical building by the Commission de la santé et de la securité du travail du Québec. Are we still waiting to exhale?

Examining undergraduate research

McGill takes pride in being a research-intensive university. Here and abroad, universities are struggling to answer what that means in terms of the education an undergraduate student can expect.

M-Forum luau

The Management Forum's annual conference brings managers together to talk about stress, training and development, and work process analysis in a tropical setting - the Faculty Club. Principal Shapiro addresses the gang for the last time on the future of the university.

Sleeping with the elephant

Princeton economist Uwe Reinhardt challenges the assumption that US style health care is more efficient - and sounds a warning to Canada about strangling our own health care system. In the battle of beaver and elephant, who prevails?

SPARKling wit, engaging prose

SPARK has caught fire at McGill. The NSERC program helps students write science articles for a lay audience - McGill's ten participants will be bringing their knowledge and new skills to a publication near you.

Visser on honour and shame

Best-selling author Margaret Visser delivers CBC's Massey lecture from McGill. She steers us away from looking at the world through glasses tinted with fate, honour and shame. She compares us to the ancient Greeks - have we really learnt anything in 2,000 years?

Harnessing spin current

The spin on small could get very big. Spintronics, a branch of nano-electronics, is looking at how to effectively use the current from spin in electronic devices. The result? Transistors could become astoundingly tiny.

Speaking of Montreal

How we talk says a lot about us - possibly even our area code. Linguistics professor Charles Boberg specializes in how North Americans - and especially Montrealers - speak English.

Forestry chair

There's a chair with his name on it, but he's not sitting still. Richard Tomlinson has established a chair for his chemist brother George and his wife, Frances, who helped save Ile Perrot's old-growth forest. The first holder of the green-tinted chair is professor Jim Fyles, who studies the nutrient cycle of forests.

Living in harmony

Whether it's Finnish folk or gospel hip-hop, McGill students, staff and faculty lend their voices to Montreal's many choirs - and the upcoming holiday season is a time for song. Fa la la la la...

Also in this issue

Letter

Kudos

Kaleidoscope
Magdalena Romanska: silver-tongued translator has a golden touch for business; Foundations: Care to dance? The Faculty Club ballroom is fabulously ornate and puts a spring in your step with its spring-loaded dance floor

On campus
Philosophy prof has a finger in the musical PI (Project on Improvisation); The Who's Tommy kicks up its boots into town; the ecology of pregnancy; Nobel winner talks on physics; press leader comes to MISC; hunky calendar guys

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