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Bishop's head made VP
Janyne Hodder, currently Principal of Bishop's University, will become McGill's first vice-principal (inter-institutional affairs). Her job is to strengthen the university's relations with external bodies.
Flu in the coop
Microbiology professor Brian Ward discusses the implications of — and possible solutions to — the Avian flu virus that is now appearing in Canadian livestock.
Dining at McGill
The university will be taking more time to examine how food services are delivered on campus. A new committee with staff and student representation will study the issue over the next year.
Psycholinguistics: studying speech
Psychology professor Debra Titone wants to explain how we understand and use language by studying how schizophrenics process idiomatic expressions.
Just a spoonful of marketing
Pharmaceutical company executives must want to reach for their own little yellow pills when David Healey speaks. The author of The Anti-Depressant Era, Let Them Eat Prozac gave a rapid-fire survey lecture at McGill on just how the boom in the prescription and consumption of antidepressants came to be.
From Paris to the Moon
Three McGill students are on their way to Paris for a make-up exam. The trio are finalists in the L'Oréal E-Strat online case competition.
Chambers to be MCRTW Person of the
Gretta Chambers has been named the McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women's person of the year. McGill's first woman chancellor, Chambers has had a long career in journalism and is active in a range of community concerns, from hospitals to education to art.
The university recently held its annual Rethink Campus sustainability conference. A forum for the university to give a report on progress to date and for the community to make suggestions as to where to go in the future, the conference addressed everything from waste management to commuting.
Sounds of the future: On-site at McGill's new
In addition to a 200-seat recital hall, a new home for the Music Library and specialized production and research labs, the new music building will feature a "beautiful-sounding box," a freestanding space large enough to accommodate a full orchestra and chorus.
World leader in laser research
McGill researchers will soon have access to one of the world's most powerful multi-wavelength lasers for their experiments. Physics professor Mark Sutton explained that the new Advanced Laser Light Source (ALLS) project will bring together biologists, chemists and physicists from Canada to Japan.
Biotech MSc first for Quebec
The rapidly growing field of biotechnology is a major employer in Quebec. McGill's new Master's degree in the field is an interdisciplinary program that will train students for careers in everything from pharmaceutics to environmental technology.