To sir (or madam) with love

Posted on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Who was your favourite teacher at McGill, the one who had the greatest impact on your life? We put the question to some of our accomplished alumni. Here’s what they had to say. Brenda Milner stands out as one of my many great McGill University professors.  I recall her fascinating lectures on neuropathology.  To young [...]

Still in touch with the times

Posted on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 3:20 pm

by John Allemang For centuries, the humanities have trained students to ask tough questions about the world around them. Now, as policymakers push for more science and engineering grads, tough questions are being directed at the humanities themselves. Scholars insist, though, that the study of literature, history and philosophy matter now more than ever.   [...]

Masters of sound

Posted on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 4:16 pm

What’s the best way to learn how to become a Grammy-winning producer or engineer? By studying in a program where many of your teachers are Grammy-winning producers or engineers. by Bernard Perusse, BCL’76, LLB’77 As the McGill Symphony Orchestra tackled a particularly spirited melodic sequence from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice on a Wednesday morning in Pollack [...]

Arbitre en chef

Posted on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 5:00 pm

La feuille de route d’Yves Fortier est imposante. L’avocat a plaidé 25 fois devant la Cour suprême du Canada. À titre de représentant du Canada à l’ONU, de 1988 à 1992, il a été aux premières loges d’événements marquants de l’histoire. Depuis une vingtaine d’années, c’est comme arbitre international qu’il laisse sa marque. par Jean-Benoît [...]

Feeling entrepreneurial

Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Not content to be somebody else’s employee, a new generation of budding business leaders is emerging and they’re determined to make their mark on the world. by Patrick McDonagh The entrepreneurial dream is powerfully alluring. Create your own company. Define your own means of living. Make your own fortune. It’s a dream catered to by [...]

Out of the classroom and into the rainforest

Posted on Monday, June 16, 2014 at 4:33 pm

The Panama Field Studies Semester offers McGill undergraduates a unique opportunity to experience the complexity of environmental issues up-close by Hannah Hoag, MSc’99 Beth Turner’s fridge holds beer, cheese, milk, tomatoes, cucumbers – and more than 1,700 bugs. The bugs are macro-invertebrates, small spineless aquatic organisms that Turner collected from streams in Panama for a [...]

A long way from home

Posted on Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Facing culture shock, unusual food and tough academic challenges, McGill’s MasterCard Foundation Scholars have begun their journey towards becoming future leaders for Africa. by Patrick Lejtenyi, BA’97, and Neale McDevitt Someday, if everything goes according to plan, they’ll be part of a new generation of African leaders – energetic, worldly and determined to serve their [...]

En mission spéciale pour la science

Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Julie Payette, B.Ing. 1986, D.Sc. 2003, a longtemps été la personnalité la plus associée au secteur aérospatial au Canada; son nouveau terrain de jeu, c’est le Centre des sciences de Montréal.

Not your typical art snob

Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7:49 pm

He is one of the most influential figures in the Canadian art world, but the road that Marc Mayer took to get there was certainly off the beaten track.   by John Allemang Marc Mayer, BA’84, has something he wants to get off his chest. “It’s my dirty little secret,” says the director of the [...]

A turning point for teaching

Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Increasingly, students are listening to their course lectures on their laptops, far from campus. The emergence of MOOCs (massive open online courses) looks to be a game-changer. What does this all mean for the future of university teaching? by Patrick McDonagh Macdonald Professor of Chemistry David Harpp was impressed. One of his students had managed [...]