Making safety everybody’s business

Making safety everybody’s business

On Dec. 29, 2009, UCLA staff research assistant Sheharbano “Sheri” Sangji suffered extensive burns to nearly half her body in a chemical fire that occurred when the syringe full of t-butyl lithium she was handling exploded into flames. Eighteen days later, Sangji died of her injuries. McGill’s Wayne Wood says everyone at universities – from members of the Board of Governors to Principal Investigators to students – must take personal responsibility for health and safety in order to avoid future tragedies.

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In Focus

Wish you were here: McGillians on vacation

Wish you were here: McGillians on vacation

Although it seemed like summer took its sweet time to get here, a chilly, wet May gave way to three pretty stellar months that, unfortunately, are just winding down. As the Reporter did last year, we put out a call to members of the McGill community to submit their best summer 2014 pics.

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Don’t get burned by your fun in the sun

The sky’s the limit for savings when you book with McGill Travel Management Company

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Around Campus

Behemoth brownie serves up a whole lot of smiles

Behemoth brownie serves up a whole lot of smiles

Yesterday was a bad day to start your diet if you were on McGill’s lower campus. But, if you have any kind of a sweet tooth, it was a day for the record books as the good folks from Student Housing and Hospitality Services whipped up and served a humungous 4,400-pound brownie to the delight of thousands of hungry people.

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Lectures make it crystal clear: science can be controversial

Construction projects multiply on lower campus this summer

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Other News

Our home and creative land

Our home and creative land

Two McGill alums spent their summer crossing the country as part of a collaborative art project exploring Canadian identity. “Our goal is to find out who we are and what defines us through authentic stories and expressions from the diverse body of people that live in this country,” says Aquil Virani, who is collecting stories and sketches for the project with partner Rebecca Jones.

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What’s in McGill’s giant brownie?

The School of Information Studies joins the Faculty of Arts

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Research and Discovery

Speedier diagnosis of diseases such as cancer likely thanks to new DNA analysis technique

Speedier diagnosis of diseases such as cancer likely thanks to new DNA analysis technique

Researchers from McGill and the Génome Québec Innovation Centre have achieved a technical breakthrough that should result in speedier diagnosis of cancer and various pre-natal conditions. The key discovery lies in a new tool that allows researchers to load long strands of DNA into a tunable nanoscale imaging chamber in ways that maintain their structural identity and under conditions that are similar to those found in the human body.

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Life expectancy gap between blacks and whites in the U.S. varies considerably across states

Global warming ‘pause’ since 1998 reflects natural fluctuation

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Kudos

McGill students pull in top scholarships

McGill students pull in top scholarships

Fifteen McGill graduate students have won prestigious Vanier Graduate Scholarships, worth $50,000 each year for three years of study and research. In addition, two McGill post-doctoral fellows are the recipients of the Banting Fellowship, Canada’s most notable postdoctoral awards, worth $70,000 a year for up to two years of research.

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McGill grad named Dean of Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture

Cinq étudiantes de McGill s’illustrent au concours Chapeau, les filles!

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Budget Corner

The Budget Corner

The Budget Corner

Welcome to the Budget Corner, your source for the latest information on McGill’s finances.

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McGill’s financial situation: “We are on the right track,” Di Grappa and Masi tell Senate

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In Focus

Wish you were here: McGillians on vacation

Wish you were here: McGillians on vacation

Although it seemed like summer took its sweet time to get here, a chilly, wet May gave way to three pretty stellar months that, unfortunately, are just winding down. As the Reporter did last year, we put out a call to members of the McGill community to submit their best summer 2014 pics.

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Don’t get burned by your fun in the sun

The sky’s the limit for savings when you book with McGill Travel Management Company

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Blog

Staff and faculty are invited to take part in the Dreamcatcher Making Workshop to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17, from noon to 2 p.m. in Room 160 of the Arts Building. Explore your creative side and discover a First Nations’ traditional craft: the Dreamcatcher.

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Sept. 22 – University teaching in a Time of Globalization: Language Challenges and Opportunities

If you teach in your second language or interact with students from a variety of language backgrounds, join this interactive talk about how to address these oral communication challenges. Learn what some of the related research says and share strategies for fostering productive teaching and learning experiences in a multilingual learning environment.

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Sept. 9: Information session on SSHRC Partnership Development Grants

The Office of Sponsored Research is organizing an information session about the upcoming SSHRC Partnership Development Grants competition on Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. at Burnside 306.

Read More → Sept. 9: McGill Biobanking guidelines revisited

Sept. 9: McGill Biobanking guidelines revisited

Do you work with Biobanks? Take part in this workshop and be part of the ongoing consultative process examining the revised McGill Faculty of Medicine “General Guidelines for Biobanks and Associated Databases.” This event will provide an opportunity to highlight where more specific policies and procedures may be needed, as well as to reflect on the future.

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New contact info for Records Management Services

Records Management Services at the McGill University Archives has new contact information for requesting files and sending box transfers. The unit’s fax machine will also be phased out over the coming weeks, so offices are encouraged to communicate via email.

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Back-to-School 2014: McGill Bookstore information

From September 2–17, the Bookstore will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. During this period the Bookstore will have 17 cashes operating to make wait times as short as possible.

Read More → McTavish Street construction continues

McTavish Street construction continues

Work by the City of Montreal to replace sewer and water lines under McTavish Street will continue well into October. During this time, the construction zone will remain from Sherbrooke Street to Dr. Penfield Avenue with both east and west sidewalks accessible to pedestrians as well as all building entrances and Service Point.

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Oct. 27-31: Executive Education Program in International Development

The Institute for the Study of International Development will be offering its popular executive education certificate program, International Development: Bridging The Worlds Of Theory, Policy And Practice from Oct. 27-31.

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October 8, Healthy aging: Gender Brain Health symposium

This symposium will look at gender differences in the aging process, including the role of the hormone estrogen in healthy aging and what effect it has on the aging process on women; and understanding the role of a healthy hippocampus, a brain structure very important in memory for spatial learning. Afternoon workshops will cover gender differences in caregiving role and techniques for the 21st century; and a four-pillar program to keep the hippocampus healthy and improve navigational techniques.

Read More → What you need to know about the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa

What you need to know about the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa

Recently, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa a global emergency. As a result, the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that Canadians avoid all non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. With the fall semester beginning, McGill is following the PHAC’s recommendation that students, faculty and staff avoid all nonessential university travel to the four affected countries.

Read More → Alan Evans awarded major brain disorders prize

Alan Evans awarded major brain disorders prize

Dr. Alan Evans, a pioneering scientist who has helped map the human brain, has been awarded the Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize by the University of British Columbia. Dr. Evans is a researcher at the Montreal Neurological Institute and the James McGill Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Psychiatry and Biomedical Engineering at McGill.

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Participants needed for neurodegeneration study

McGill’s Dr. Jens Pruessner is leading a study to investigate signs of early cognitive changes and neurodegeneration in aging individuals. The long-term objective of this project is to facilitate the early identification of individuals at high risk of Alzheimer Disease.

Read More → Rosalind Goodman loses battle with cancer

Rosalind Goodman loses battle with cancer

McGill’s flag atop the Arts Building flew at half mast on Wednesday as the community mourns the passing of Rosalind Goodman, a devoted alumna, generous philanthropist, and tireless volunteer, who committed herself to energizing cancer research activities at McGill and to educating others about the disease. It is an illness she fought and survived in 2007, but one that ultimately took her life

Read More → Sept. 15: Launch of The Smart Palate cookbook for healthy lifestyles

Sept. 15: Launch of The Smart Palate cookbook for healthy lifestyles

Members of the public are invited to celebrate the launch of The Smart Palate cookbook on Monday, Sept. 15, from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., at Phamascience, Inc. (6111 Royalmount Ave., west of Decarie Blvd.). Proceeds from sales will support research being conducted at the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre

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Four Burning Questions

Literature, authors and the woman he loved

Literature, authors and the woman he loved

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, philanthropist Jack Rabinovitch and Dean of Arts Christopher Manfredi will announce the long list for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize -celebrating the best in Canadian fiction – at 10:30 a.m. in Moyse Hall of the Arts Building. Rabinovitch, who graduated from McGill in 1952 with a BA in Honours English, recently spoke with the Reporter about the Prize and why the long list announcement will be made here.

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MISC to celebrate 20th year with busy fall schedule

Four Burning Questions for Suzanne Morton

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Notes from the field

The Marquesas: My South Pacific home away from home

The Marquesas: My South Pacific home away from home

Emily Donaldson, a doctoral student in anthropology, writes about her most recent excursion to the Marquesas, a remote group of volcanic islands located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where, while finalizing her thesis, she shared a four-room dwelling with a family of 11, lived on wild boar and fresh-from-the-ocean sashimi-style raw tuna, celebrated Bastille Day and dodged the occasional free-falling coconut dislodged by gusty winds.

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Important lessons learned during semester in East Africa

Forests, culture and development in indigenous Panama

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News

State-of-the-art facility will improve Dentistry’s synergy, outreach programs

State-of-the-art facility will improve Dentistry’s synergy, outreach programs

On Sept. 2, McGill’s Faculty of Dentistry inaugurates its brand new facility located at 2001 McGill College Ave., across from the Roddick Gates. For the first time in the Faculty’s history, pre-clinical and clinical training, community-based research and administrative operations will be brought together in one location.

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Future Earth coming to Montreal

Trocmé to head School of Social Work

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Athletics

McGill’s Foster helps Canada win gold at FISU rugby sevens world championship

McGill’s Foster helps Canada win gold at FISU rugby sevens world championship

Deanna Foster of the McGill women’s rugby team, has won gold with Team Canada at the rugby sevens world championship, sanctioned by the Fédération internationale du sport universitaire, in the Sao Paulo region of Brazil.

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McGill hoops coach DeAveiro takes Canada to U-17 tourney title in Troyes

Olympic gold medalist, ex-Hab among new inductees to Hall of Fame

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Profile

Adam B. Coape-Arnold: Artisantrepreneur

Adam B. Coape-Arnold: Artisantrepreneur

Adam B. Coape-Arnold has come a long way from his days studying philosophy and working in the record industry to being one of the founders of Cult Yogourt, a buisness that makes gourmet artisanal Greek yogourt using heirloom cultures imported from Greece, Bulgaria, Sweden and the Caspian Sea. He credits the School of Continuing Studies for helping him make the transition.

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Dilson Rassier named new Dean of the Faculty of Education

Quebec’s new finance minister to table first budget

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