Lorne Trottier, a 58-year-old engineer and inventor, is donating $12 million to McGill. The gift will allow the University to fund research chairs in two fields dear to Trottier's heart: astrophysics and cosmology in the science faculty, and aerospace engineering in the engineering faculty.
"Canada should develop an intellectual property policy that lowers the cost to those conducting research and creation in Canada, making Canada an attractive location for investment in high technology industries," E. Richard Gold, director of McGill's Centre for Intellectual Property Policy, writes in the October issue of Policy Options.
Professor Margaret Somerville suggests we slow down the pace of technological change to let ethics catch up. This profile of the McGill ethicist runs in advance of her cross-Canada Massey Lectures.
Stephen McAdams, CIRMMT director, fields the question as to whether it is possible for the human voice to shatter glass. He also tells us why marching soldiers get so out of synch as soon as they hit a bridge.
Remember when you were the talk of the block if your TV could get Gilligan's Island without manipulating the old rabbit ears for 20 minutes? Well, those days are long gone, as witnessed by the upgrading of McGill's wireless network. That explains the ear-to-ear grins on laptop users across the university.
McGill's brand new Medical Simulation Centre means that the next generation of health care professionals will get hi-tech training in technical skills.
Giant tortoises, dwarf elephants and little people. All examples of species that became very large or very small when they colonized islands. For years, it was assumed that evolution must speed up to produce such variety so rapidly. Now, Virginie Millien of McGill has found that mammals on islands evolve around three times as fast as their continental counterparts.
Consider participating in "La marche des entreprises" on Car Free Day as a McGill participant. Walkers are encouraged to wear University colours (red and white); to promote McGill participation, the University will provide a red McGill T-shirt for the first 30 McGill staff and faculty who sign up.