Dept. of Political Science news
The 2007 federal budget, tabled March 19 by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, addressed the question of fiscal imbalance by considerably increasing transfer payments to the provinces and by introducing a new equalization formula.
Stephen J. Farnsworth, a Canada-US Fulbright Research Scholar at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, suggests that global warming could make Al Gore one of the front-runners in the 2008 U.S. Presidential elections -- should he actually want the job, of course.
Stephen Lewis, former United Nations (UN) special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, will deliver the second annual Phyllis Shapiro Memorial Lecture, “Education, The World’s Greatest Force for Good” on Monday, March 19, Mount Royal Centre, 2200 Mansfield Street, at 5:30 p.m.
The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada is pleased to announce that Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages, will be giving the J.R. Mallory Lecture in Canadian Studies on Wednesday, March 14. The title of his lecture is Linguistic Duality, Language Narratives and the National Conversation.
Haptics is the science of simulating pressure, texture, vibration and other sensations related to touch. Most of today's haptic devices rely on motors that either prod or vibrate the skin, but a new technology is emerging that is an even more flexible and effective means of stimulating the sense of touch: skin stretch. By laterally stretching the surface of the skin (without pushing or poking into it) it is possible to mimic the feeling of complex shapes and sensations. This is because the sense of touch seems to depend far more on the way in which the skin is deformed and stretched than it does on the degree of pressure applied. So it should be possible to recreate sensations purely by stretching skin, says Vincent Hayward, a researcher who first developed such a device at the Centre for Intelligent Machines at McGill University.
One of Canada's best-known political figures, former Prime Minister Joe Clark, recently joined McGill as a professor of practice for public-private sector partnerships in the Centre for Developing-Area Studies (CDAS) and as a visiting scholar at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC).