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In memory of Prof Lucjan Kops

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Lucjan Kops died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, May 19, approximately one year after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His friend and colleague Dr Helmi Attia was with Prof Kops at the time of his death. “He was in comfort and in the care of a doctor and nurse who were taking very good care of him,” Dr Attia said.

Published: 22May2015

Microdevice papers gather accolades

Students Pengfei Song, Weize Zhang and Alexandre Sobolevski, under the supervision of Professor Xinyu Liu, won the Best Paper Award in the Microfluidics Symposium at the 2014 ASME IMECE conference. The team developed a microfluidic device for on-chip culture, chemical perfusion and phenotype identification of the nematode worm C. elegans, a promising development for worm-based, high-throughput chemical testing. The device can house single worms in microfluidic chambers, the chemical environment of which can be adjusted according to experimental needs.

Published: 16May2015

Canada AM

Dr. Joe sits down with Bev Thomson on Canada AM and chats about his new book, "Monkeys, Myths, and Molecules."

Click here to see the full interview.

Published: 12May2015

McGill embraces sustainable procurement

McGill Reporter | May 4, 2015

When McGill adopted its first Procurement Policy in spring 2013, it gave Procurement Services the mandate to establish a culture of sustainable procurement practices at McGill and in its wider community.

Read the full story here.

Published: 12May2015

In Memoriam: Prof. Gerald W. Farnell

With great sadness, we announce the passing of Professor Emeritus Gerald Farnell at the Verdun General Hospital on April 30, 2015.

The son of Alice (Turner) and Jack Farnell, Jerry was born in Toronto on August 31, 1925. He was a proud and grateful Canadian who had an abiding affection for Montreal and the province of Quebec, his home for the last 65 years of his life.

After graduating from Danforth Technical High School in 1942, he served in the Canadian Army and began his studies at the University of Toronto as a member of the Army Officer Training Course. In 1950, having earned a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jerry arrived at McGill as a lecturer and PHD Graduate Student.

While at McGill he served as Professor of Engineering Physics and Electrical Engineering, including terms as Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department (from 1967 until 1972) and Dean of the Engineering Faculty (from 1974 until 1984). In 1991, he retired from McGill as Professor Emeritus.

During his decades at McGill, Jerry gained a reputation as a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher. In collaboration with colleagues and graduate students, he registered three patents, published 93 papers and earned international recognition for his research on the propagation of Acoustical Surface Waves in anisotropic materials leading to the development of radio frequency filters, now ubiquitous in mobile phones.

As a Nuffield Fellow he spent 1960-61 at the Clarendon Laboratory in Oxford and became a Fellow of IEEE in 1970. From 1972 to '73, he was Engineering Consultant for Thomson CSF in Cagnes sur Mer and Visiting Professor in the Laboratories d'Electrooptique at the Faculté des Sciences in Nice, France. Elected president of the Ultrasonics Society, he served from 1988-1989, received the IEEE Achievement award in 1991, the Distinguished Service Award of the Society in 1997 and the Lord Rayleigh Award in 2001. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1996. Jerry was one of the first to give a course on "semiconductors and transistor electronics" at a Canadian University.

Published: 6May2015

Museum time for the Lessard team

Musical instruments created by students Steven Phillips and Ajith Damodaran, under the supervision of Prof Larry Lessard, were displayed at the Design Museum in Ghent, Belgium, during the month of April 2015. An exhibition called “Kunststof Natuurlijk,” or “Synthetic by Nature,” showcased 50 objects made from flax, hemp, bamboo and other biocomposites. Natural fiber composites are gaining interest in engineering design, and this exhibit featured the state-of-the-art and future possibilities for these materials.

Published: 6May2015

PhD Oral Defence: Angeliki Sioli

8Jun201510:00
Macdonald Harrington Building Room 101, 815 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C2, CA

"The Architecture of Walking: Embodied Perception in Novels of the European City in the 1920s."

Aboriginal students, staff at McGill University call for more recognition

CBC News | April 23, 2015

Monument recognizing campus was built on aboriginal territory often goes unnoticed

Some students and staff at McGill University say the school isn't doing enough to include aboriginal people.

The university only has one monument, Hochelaga Rock, to acknowledge that the campus was built on the site of an old Iroquois village and likely visited by Jacques Cartier in the 1500s.

But the rock marking this history goes largely unnoticed. 

Published: 25Apr2015

McGill Geography Chair Jeffrey Wells: Cold carbon conservation' is important in fighting climate change

Montreal Gazette | April 22, 2015

by: Jeffrey Wells

We were heartened last week to see leaders of Canada’s provincial and territorial governments meet in Quebec City to seek real solutions to the runaway problem of carbon pollution. The governments of Ontario and Quebec, in particular, are advancing, with courage and integrity, solid policies that address the problem of industrial carbon pollution. We applaud them for these efforts.

Published: 24Apr2015

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