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McGill Reporter
May 29, 2008 - Volume 40 Number 18
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McGill tree tours



Starting on June 1, the Redpath Museum presents guided tours of McGill trees with writer Bronwyn Chester. On Sunday, June 1, "Blossom Time at McGill" looks at the history of some of the university's oldest, grandest and strangest flora, including the catalpa, black locust and tulip trees, which should be in full bloom. (The same tour will be presented in French on June 8.) On June 19, "Meet McGill's Rare and Sacred Trees" invites you to take in the oldest of the trees that populate the upper campus, including the rowan, ginkgo and yellow-wood, on the eve of the summer solstice.

"Blossom Time at McGill," Sun. June 1 (French version Sun., June 8), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Redpath Museum, 859 Sherbrooke St. W. Cost is $12 for adults and $7 for elders and students. Free for children. Includes refreshments. "Meet McGill's Rare and Sacred Trees," Thurs. June 19, 5-7 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for elders and students. Free for children. Includes refreshments. For reservations call 514-284-7384 or send an email. Bring water, a sunhat, good walking shoes, pen or pencil. Tours take place rain or shine.

Laureate lectures

Test tubes


Nobel Prize-winner Professor Peter Doherty, who will receive an honorary doctorate from McGill during the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Convocation on June 2, will be delivering two lectures during his stay in Montreal. Professor Doherty, a laureate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne, and the head of the Immunology Department at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis Tennessee, received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1996 for his research that led to discovering how cells of the immune system, known as "killer T-cells," recognize both self molecules and foreign molecules. On Monday, June 2, Professor Doherty will be at the Macdonald Campus's Raymond Building delivering "A Life in Science" lecture. He will discuss his work on broadening public understanding of how science and scientists work, which is the topic of his latest book, The Beginner's Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize. On Tuesday, June 3, McGill's Department of Microbiology and Immunology will host Professor Doherty's lecture "Cell-mediated immunity in virus infections" in the Lyman Duff Medical Building Amphitheatre.

"Peter C. Doherty: A Life in Science;" Mon. June 2, 10 a.m., Raymond Building R2-045, Macdonald Campus, 21111 Lakeshore Road, Ste. Anne de Bellevue. "Cell-mediated immunity in virus infections," Tues. June 3, 9 a.m., Lyman Duff Medical Building Amphitheatre, 3775 University St. For more information contact professor James W. Coulton at 514-398-3929 or by email.

Good news…or else



The Redpath Museum and the Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation present a lecture by cultural historian, sustainability specialist and author, Holly Dressel, on heritage landscape preservation. The lecture, "Good news or else: The need for a radical expansion of landscape preservation goals," will examine the traditional goals of heritage landscape in a global context. Dressel will discuss the idea of historical landscape and how the way it might be preserved has to be profoundly reinvented at a time when landscapes are threatened by pollution, urban sprawl and other cultural and environmental phenomena.

"Good news or else: The need for a radical expansion of landscape preservation goals;" Thurs. May 29, 6-7:15 p.m.; Redpath Museum, Auditorium, 859 Sherbrooke St. W. Admission is free. A limited number of tickets will be available starting at 5.p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis - no advance reservations. Come by foot or by public transit as there will be no parking on campus. For more information contact the Redpath Museum at 514-398-3185 or email Susan Bronson.

Urban Nature hotline now open


So you just installed the new deck out back and, uh-oh, you realize a family of skunks have taken up residence under it. What's an environmentally friendly home-owner to do? Call McGill's Urban Nature Information Service (UNIS), of course.

Manned by students who specialize in various fields related to horticulture, agriculture, zoology and wildlife biology, the UNIS hotline (514-398-7882) is open from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on weekdays until mid-August. Supported by the expertise of faculty, the UNIS staff offers advice on a wide range of topics, from repelling nuisance animals to attracting desired species, and from pest and disease control to the maintenance of healthy, fertile soil. The answers to many inquiries can also be found on the FAQ pages of the UNIS website (

Urban Nature Information Service; Raymond Building, Rm R3-038; Macdonald Campus. Office hours:
Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m..
Inquiries: 514-398-7882 or by email.

McGill Conservatory Choir auditions

Music note

The McGill Conservatory Choir, a community program of McGill University's Schulich School of Music, is holding auditions for its Children's (ages 7 to 11), Youth (12 to 18) and Adult (18 and over) Choirs on Monday, June 9.

For more information or to schedule an audition, call 514-398-4543 (downtown office), 514-398-7673 (West Island office) or visit

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