The Office for Students with Disabilities is pleased to announce McGill’s second Disabilities Awareness Week, taking place March 18-22. The focus of this year’s event is “Inclusion: celebrating sustainable campus practices.” For more information and a calendar of events please click here.
Monday and Tuesday of this week, I participated in the Summit on Higher Education convened by the Government of Quebec. Some 60-plus participants commented and exchanged views on four priority themes: quality and governance, research and collaboration, financing, and accessibility. The exchanges were thoughtful and many divergent points of view were expressed.
Principal Heather Munroe-Blum will be the guest speaker at the Canadian Club of Montreal’s luncheon conference on Monday, March 11. The event will take place from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the “Grand Salon” at the Fairmont, Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René-Levesque Blvd West.
McGill researchers have been awarded two of the six 2013 Killam Fellowships.
Projects led by Allan Greer, from the Department of History and Classical Studies, and David Plant, from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, each were awarded $70,000 a year for two years. The Fellowships enable researchers to be released from teaching and administrative duties so that they can pursue independent research.
Ever wonder what other professors do to keep their students engaged? Visit the Teaching Snapshots website and learn about McGill instructors’ thoughts on teaching and learning. New interviews added this month include instructors teaching philosophy, law, writing and statistics. To find out more, go here.
The Quebec government’s unprecedented funding cuts could cause one of the most difficult financial crises in McGill’s history. A new website explains our situation, including a timeline of events leading up to this point. As the situation evolves, this site will also be the main source for updates on budget cuts at McGill.
Where else could you get this lunch (and watch the chef prepare it, too)? – cod loin en papillote; fresh tomato, avocado and mango salsa; wild rice salad; chocolate chip and cranberry cookies. Presented by McGill’s Health & Wellbeing Program, Chef Oliver de Volpi of McGill’s Food & Dining Services will demonstrate how to cook this simple, tasty and healthy meal. Please note there is a $10 fee for this session, which must be paid by Thursday, Feb. 28.
Members of the McGill community are invited to participate in Vision 2020’s upcoming “category jam” on operations. This is a key opportunity to shape McGill’s emerging Sustainability Strategy, as we move from Vision and Goals toward identifying the concrete actions we expect to take over the next five years. During the three-hour facilitated session, we will use a backcasting approach to identify five-year actions that will take us toward our vision and goals and explore how partners can work together to best implement actions identified.
Research and International Relations (RIR) is pleased to announce that Senate and the Board of Governors have endorsed McGill’s renewed Strategic Research Plan. It is now publicly available on the RIR website and should be used as required for grant applications and other programs. Both documents are currently being translated into French and they will be available in the coming weeks. The full English version and a five-page summary are available here.
Following extensive flooding to its space in the James Building, McGill’s Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) has moved to two temporary locations at 1550 Metcalfe St. Please note that all mail should continue to be addressed to OSR’s offices on the second floor of the James Building. OSR telephone numbers and email addresses also remain the same. Learn more here.