November 23, 2006

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November 23, 2006 - Volume 39 Number 07
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Professor Szkopek

In the Oct. 26 issue of the McGill Reporter, the article about new professor Thomas Szkopek ("Tracking electrons") was misleading in that it suggested that photons could be tracked. In fact, photons cannot be measured or tracked without being significantly disturbed. However, they can be detected, enabling us to learn a bit more about how to turn quantum mechanics to our advantage.

Also, the article should have made it clear that the term "organic framework" refers to the use of organic compounds as defined in chemistry, that is, compounds containing carbon and hydrogen atoms. These are the compounds which will be used to link nanoclusters of metal oxides, which will in turn be used for optics applications.

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Engineering Dean Christophe Pierre (left) and electrical engineering PhD candidate Frederic Nabki (right) present Lorne Trottier with a McGill chair on the occasion of the announcement of his $12 million gift to the faculties of science and engineering.

Lorne Trottier donates $12 million to McGill

Inspired in part by his boyhood fascination with astronomy and space exploration, Lorne Trottier bestows a $12-million gift on the faculties of science and engineering to establish a pair of endowed chairs and provide fellowships to graduate students.

Munroe-Blum calls for new Quiet Revolution

Principal Heather Munroe-Blum pulled no punches in a speech to the Montreal Board of Trade in which she decried the fact that Quebec is ill-equipped to compete in the global knowledge society.

Mysak honours parents with fellowship

Oft-decorated atmospheric and oceanic sciences professor Lawrence Mysak endows a fellowship in the name of his mother and father.

Headliners: Intruders nabbed and contrarians speak out

Outspoken McGillians and eagle-eyed security agents are our newsmakers this time round.

National awards, international competitions and a pair of Gold-en inductees.

Profile — Michelle Nam: From karaoke to concertos

Piano major Michelle Nam overcomes illness and lagging confidence to win a major music competition.

The doctors are in...tune

By day they deliver babies and remove troublesome gall bladders, by night they make sweet, sweet music. The I Medici di McGill Orchestra is nothing if not unique.

Entre Nous with Wendy Thomson, Director of the School of Social Work: Research driven by reality
Once British Prime Minister Tony Blair's chief advisor on public service reform, Montrealer Wendy Thomson has been at the helm of the School of Social Work for over a year now. Has the homecoming lived up to expectations? The answers lie within...

Lively exchange: First Town Hall hits high note
Principal Heather Munroe-Blum fields a host of thought-provoking questions ranging in subject matter from a 146-year-old debt to international student fees. Then there was the giant petition written on old bed sheets...

Rozen, Gervais take on critical roles

Rima Rozen takes the reins as Associate VP (Research and International Relations) and Lynne B. Gervais comes on board as Associate VP (Human Resources).

Fall Convocation: Caps, gown and smiles
A photo gallery of scenes from Convocation.

Hats off to the grande dame of Radio-Canada

In between her freshman year at McGill in 1936 and her graduation in 2006, Michelle Tisseyre has led a life most can only dream about.

The fab four

Four of McGill's finest profs receive the 2006 Principal's Prize for Teaching Excellence.

Senate debates classroom size

The Senators tackle the always contentious issue of classroom size — specifically the trend of growing class sizes in the Desautels Faculty of Management Bachelor of Commerce program.

Better living through (green) chemistry

McGill researchers are at the forefront of a whole new kind of chemistry that relies on water instead of toxic solvents and turns CO2 into biodegradable plastic. You might say that they're saving the world, one molecule at a time.

Global warming needs global learning

A half dozen of the world's top environmental scientists gathered as part of the Macdonald Centenary Symposium to look ahead to the environmental challenges of the next 100 years.

Around campus
Celebration of a life lost too soon, fundraising for good causes, an out-of-this-world design contest and the proverbial cattle call.

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 Anie Perrault (left), a Continuing Education instructor, and Principal

Owen Egan

Anie Perrault (left), a Continuing Education instructor, and Principal Heather Munroe-Blum (right), welcome the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark to McGill. Looking on is Anne Leahy, ambassador for the Great Lakes Region in Africa. The former prime minister joined the University as a Professor of Practice for Public-Private Sector Partnerships at the McGill Centre for Developing-Area Studies.