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ames McGill Professor of Psychology Dan Levitin, who is also the Director of the Laboratory for Music Perception, Cognition and Expertise, has written two hugely popular books on how music affects our brains – This is Your Brain on Music and The World in Six Songs – in addition to a just-published psychology textbook, among other work.
Cellist Matt Haimovitz doesn’t rage against the machine, as much as he appropriates its sounds and rhythms and incorporates them into something larger and more powerful than the machine itself.
What makes music so powerful? What it is about a particular moment in a concert that sends shivers down the spines of listeners?And what is going on in the brain of listeners when that magical moment occurs?
When you think about music at McGill, you probably think first about the wonderful Schulich School of Music, the largest university-based school for professional musical training and music research in Canada.
Pretty plumage just won’t cut it in some parts of the avian world. For certain bird species, it takes a whole song and dance. Neeltje Boogert, who recently earned her PhD in Biology, studies song birds and says that although we still can’t tell what exactly they’re singing, it is apparent that their songs – and the ways in which they sing them – are critical for many birds to find true love.
Over 125 stakeholders in Quebec’s system of higher education met in Quebec City on Monday for “Rencontres des partenaires en education,” a day of workshops and meetings aimed at finding solutions to the problems that ail Quebec universities in three major areas: finances, accessibility, and university performance and accountability.
New ground is about to be broken in helping prevent the devastating onset of dementia, as McGill, in partnership with Pfizer Canada, announced today the creation of a professorship for the prevention of dementia and Alzheimer’s-related diseases. The project was made possible by a $2-million donation by Pfizer Canada, complemented by a substantial investment by McGill.
When Jane Levin arrived in Montreal in the summer of 2006, she was excited at the prospect of relocating. A successful New York lawyer, Levin moved here when her husband Richard I. Levin was named VP (Health Affairs) and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. “I had had a long career in New York and I thought I’d be happy to take a year off,” she said.
Hats, and helmets, off to the McGill Varsity Sports Council, whose members and more than 150 varsity athletes pitched in to collect the goods during the Council’s third annual food drive through the McGill ghetto last weekend. The two-hour long initiative collected more than 50 large boxes of food, more than doubling last year’s haul.
The McGill Engineering Student Centre initiated a photo contest three years ago to allow students to highlight their experiences while on internship, co-op, exchange, extra-curricular activities and other activities. The contest has gained in popularity each year, with some 30 participants submitting almost 200 pictures this year. Here are some of the best of this year’s entries.
During this week's Fall Convocation ceremonies at Place des Arts, the University also took the time to honour some exceptional teachers and staff members with the Principal’s Awards for Administrative and Support Staff and the Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
NSERC recognizes the McGill Metals Processing Centre, the McGill Middle East Program in Civil Society and Peace Building was awarded one of five 2010 Peace Medals by the YMCAs of Quebec, and two McGillians were named to the list of Canada’s 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians for 2010.
Ironically enough, if you are one of the thousands of students, staff or faculty members who run, lift, swim or play at the Currie Memorial Gymnasium each year, you have smokers to thank in part for the top-flight facilities.
In the iconic holiday cartoon classic, Charlie Brown’s attempt to champion a stunted Christmas tree teaches the rest of the Peanuts gang a lesson about goodwill and caring. Eric Champagne, McGill’s Horticultural Supervisor, hopes that the Lower Campus’s very own undersized sapling will help teach similar lessons to the many McGillians who bike to and from campus.