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 [...]

Law in the big leagues

Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm

McGill’s Faculty of Law produces more Supreme Court clerks than any other law school in the country. For the students who receive that invitation to Ottawa, it’s a life-changer. by Jonathan Montpetit, BA ’03 Every spring, a handful of McGill law students get a phone call from a blocked number. On the other end of [...]

Getting a better handle on hunger

Posted on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Hugo Melgar-Quiñonez, the new director of McGill’s unique Institute for Global Food Security, says we don’t do a good job of gauging how much food the world’s hungry really need.  by Jake Brennan, BA’97 Food insecurity, an issue as old as humanity itself, afflicts more than a third of the globe’s citizens. It isn’t just [...]

Le nouveau chef d’orchestre de la Place des Arts

Posted on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Gestionnaire bien connu du domaine des médias et des communications, Marc Blondeau est arrivé à la tête de la Place des Arts il y a un peu plus d’un an et demi. McGill News l’a rencontré à l’occasion du cinquantenaire du plus important complexe des arts de la scène au Canada. Par David Savoie Louise [...]

The producers

Posted on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 4:14 pm

They don’t receive the same fawning admiration that film journals lavish upon top directors. They don’t get the glitzy Vanity Fair photo spreads that movie stars regard as their due. But they’re the driving force behind the movie industry and none of your favourite films would have been made without their efforts. by Daniel McCabe, [...]