Plucky comeback performance gives Chan Lee Golden Violin Prize

Plucky comeback performance gives Chan Lee Golden Violin Prize

On Sunday night, Byungchan (Chan) Lee was announced as the winner of the 2014 Golden Violin Prize, awarded each year to a current student at the Schulich School of Music for their exceptional talent and contribution to musical and cultural life at the School. Lee was one of the runners up in last year’s competition.

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Four Burning Questions

“I map, therefore I am.” The importance of location to modern Society

“I map, therefore I am.” The importance of location to modern Society

D. R. Fraser Taylor, recipient of the 2014 Killam Prize, introduced the world to the power of cybercartography, an enhanced form of multimedia mapping. On October 28 at 5:30 Prof. Fraser will participate in a moderated discussion exploring the impact of cybercartography on trade and economic patterns, international development and the risk of homelessness.

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Four Burning Questions for Anne Applebaum, winner of the 2013 Cundill Prize

No such thing as UFOs, says Trottier Symposium speaker

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Other News

McGill community votes Busty into Top 10 of Rock Your Campus competition

McGill community votes Busty into Top 10 of Rock Your Campus competition

As announced earlier today, Busty and the Bass, the increasingly popular, nine-member electrofunk band comprised entirely of musicians from the Jazz Performance program of the Schulich School of Music, has made it to the semi finals of CBC Music’s Rock Your Campus contest. The competition, a nationwide talent search looking to discover the “next big campus music act,” is open to anyone enrolled at a Canadian university. Your votes helped get the band into the semis and your votes are needed for it to make it to the finals.

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McGill Book Fair opens an exciting new chapter

World-renowned green chemist joining McGill

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News

$2.9M in funding to boost child and adolescent mental health research

$2.9M in funding to boost child and adolescent mental health research

Thanks to a significant gift of $2.9M from the Irving Ludmer Family Foundation, hope is on the horizon through the expansion of a major collaboration to understand why some children are vulnerable to conditions like autism, attention deficit disorder and social anxiety, and what can be done to prevent these disorders before they take hold.

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Nobel winner has very fond memories of McGill

The boys in the band need your votes!

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Kudos

Michael Meaney awarded 2014 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize

Michael Meaney awarded 2014 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize

Michael Meaney has been selected as the 2014 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize Laureate in recognition of his groundbreaking achievements in the biology of child development. A jury of experts selected Prof. Meaney for his pioneering, cutting edge research on the biological mechanisms by which parental behaviour affects brain development and lifelong function.

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John McCrae, poet and pathologist, inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

Two McGill researchers receive IPaSS grants

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Extra! Extra!

Consent campaign aims to heighten awareness across campus

Consent campaign aims to heighten awareness across campus

McGill is launching its first #ConsentMcGill Campaign next week, from Oct. 20-24 at the downtown campus and Oct. 22-24 at Macdonald campus. The event is an educational campaign to increase understanding on campus of consent, as it applies to sexual activity and people’s day-to-day lives. #ConsentMcGill will discuss the three main aspects of consent: Asking, Listening and Respecting one another.

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Bell Let’s Talk donates $1 million to McGill and Université de Montréal in support of student mental health programs

CAUBO honors McGill for ‘McGill Marketplace’

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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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Athletics

Two McGill athletes among CIS Top 8 Academic All-Canadians

Two McGill athletes among CIS Top 8 Academic All-Canadians

Two student-athletes from McGill are among the CIS Top Eight Academic All-Canadians for the 2013-14 season announced Tuesday by Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Representing the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec conference are McGill standouts Mariam Sylla, a basketball player and pharmacology student, as well as Cédric McNicoll, a hockey player and accounting major.

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Coaching tandem of Boies and Hilaire takes over helm of McGill football team

McGill sweeps Carleton to clinch CCBA’s North Division pennant

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In Focus

Collaboration the key to streamlining the exam deferral note process

Collaboration the key to streamlining the exam deferral note process

The deferral note process, the process for submitting the necessary note from students to defer a final exam for health reasons, was presenting a challenge. Everyone working with the process knew there was a glitch somewhere, but nobody knew where that might be. Here’s how two employees found – and fixed – the problem.

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The evolution of the Quartier de l’innovation’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

Pow Wow marks colourful end to successful Indigenous Awareness Week

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Blog

Oct. 27: Open Forums on McGill’s financial situation

Oct. 27: Open Forums on McGill’s financial situation

On Monday, Oct. 27, McGill’s Provost, Professor Anthony C. Masi, will host a series of Open Forums on the new government funding cuts and McGill’s financial situation. Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate.

Read More → Oct. 17: Lecture by Dr. Steven Pinker to be livestreamed

Oct. 17: Lecture by Dr. Steven Pinker to be livestreamed

Don’t miss the return of renowned linguist, psychologist and McGill alumnus Dr. Steven Pinker on Friday, Oct. 17. He will discuss his new book The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, a fresh perspective on what it takes to become a skillful writer.

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McGill Innovation Week focuses on students

Once again, McGill’s Quartier de l’innovation is leading the way for McGill Innovation Week, from Monday, Nov. 3, to Saturday, Nov. 8. Highlights of the week will include a panel discussion on how to enrich the student experience in the QI, an Innovation Fair organized by the QI Student Working Group and a Hacking Health Design Challenge that is part of the Montreal Summit on Innovation.

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McGill to study shared-space model for cycling

McGill will conduct research on the concept of adopting a shared-space model that could pave the way to allow cycling on the downtown campus under certain conditions, after the senior administration accepted the recommendations put forward by a Working Group tasked with addressing the question of cycling on campus.

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AskMcGill and get the right answer… quickly!

AskMcGill is an instant response service that provides quick answers to students’ questions. Simply type a question in everyday language and receive an answer and/or links to additional information.

Read More → Oct. 18: An evening of song and conversation with Peter Yarrow

Oct. 18: An evening of song and conversation with Peter Yarrow

The Cancer Prevention Centre of McGill University and the Jewish General Hospital is holding a fundraising concert featuring Peter Yarrow of the iconic Peter, Paul and Mary group on Saturday, Oct. 18, at Oscar Peterson Hall (7141 Sherbrooke Street West).

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McGill places 39 in THE world rankings

McGill remains one of three Canadian universities among the top 40 in the world, according to the 2014-15 Times Higher Education world university rankings. Most Canadian universities in the top 200 of the THE list slipped in rank this year. McGill placed 39, compared with 35 last year.

Read More → Spot the optical illusion

Spot the optical illusion

At first glance, the picture above seems like just another photo of the iconic Arts Building. But people with an eagle eye will notice that all is not as it appears.

Read More → Visit a forest close to home this fall

Visit a forest close to home this fall

No doubt you have been watching the foliage turn colours lately, as the greens give way to golds and purples on the ashes and fiery reds on the maples. At the Morgan Arboretum, you can celebrate this glorious phenomenon in many ways throughout the month of October. Have a look at the program of activities and make sure to pencil in a visit this fall.

Read More → Lose weight with the McGill CHIP Healthy Weight Program

Lose weight with the McGill CHIP Healthy Weight Program

Are you overweight or obese? You can lose weight through lifestyle changes with the McGill CHIP Healthy Weight Program. McGill is offering a free, three-month group program to lose weight, eat healthier and become more active.

Read More → Oct 15 – Reconciliation: The Children’s Version

Oct 15 – Reconciliation: The Children’s Version

With each generation comes a chance to create a Canada worthy of all of our children’s dreams. The 2014 J. R. Mallory Lecture will show how children and young people are leading the movement for culturally based equity for First Nations children and their families and uplifting the country in the process

Read More → Oct. 11: Morgan Arboretum annual tree and shrub sale

Oct. 11: Morgan Arboretum annual tree and shrub sale

Looking for a great way to accent your yard? Take advantage of the tree and shrub sale to visit the Arboretum nursery and browse through its selection of ornamental trees and shrubs. The nursery will be open exclusively to Arboretum members and the McGill community on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Oct. 8 – 2014 Cundill Lecture

On Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 5 p.m., the 2013 Cundill Prize winner, Anne Applebaum (Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944 – 1956), will deliver the annual Cundill Lecture, True Believers? The Nature of Collaboration and Opposition in Communist Regimes.

Read More → Oct. 9: How digital technologies shape young people’s identity, imagination and intimacy

Oct. 9: How digital technologies shape young people’s identity, imagination and intimacy

The Faculty of Education’s newly launched Office of Leadership in Community and International Initiatives invites all to The App Generation: Nuanced Perspectives presentation with host Dr. Howard Gardner, professor from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, on Oct. 9. Perhaps best known for his theory of multiple intelligences, Gardner plans to speak on the ways in which digital technologies shape and effect young people’s identity, imagination and intimacy.

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Research and Discovery

Why your brain makes you reach for junk food

Why your brain makes you reach for junk food

Will that be a pizza for you or will you go for a salad? Choosing what you eat is not simply a matter of taste, conclude scientists in a new study at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre. As you glance over a menu or peruse the shelves in a supermarket, your brain is making decisions based more on a food’s caloric content.

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Osteoporosis treatment may also benefit breast cancer patients

DNA signature found in ice storm babies

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Notes from the field

Helping save the Mi’gmaq language in Listuguj

Helping save the Mi’gmaq language in Listuguj

Douglas Gordon, an undergraduate linguistics major, spent his past summer in Listuguj, QC aiding the ongoing effort to revitalize the native Mi’gmaq language. He writes about the importance of such efforts and his enlightening experience in Listuguj.

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The Marquesas: My South Pacific home away from home

Important lessons learned during semester in East Africa

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Around Campus

Oct. 22: Large-scale test of McGill’s emergency communications tools

Oct. 22: Large-scale test of McGill’s emergency communications tools

McGill has built up a wide range of communications tools to help keep you safe in an emergency. On Oct. 22, McGill’s emergency notification tools will be tested. Read more to find out how these tests may affect you.

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Frosh 2.0 emphasized safety and respect while still having fun

One year of renovations later, Douglas Hall reopens for business on time and under budget

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Profile

Leenders-Cheng vying to be crowned Canada’s Smartest Person

Leenders-Cheng vying to be crowned Canada’s Smartest Person

Victoria Leenders-Cheng is one of those people. You know the kind; incredibly accomplished, well rounded and, yes, impossibly nice too. And, for the purposes of this article, it’s important to note that she’s smart. Really smart. So smart, in fact, that she’s vying for the title of Canada’s Smartest Person as one of the contestants on the new CBC program of the same name.

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Allan Downey: Using lacrosse to teach, inspire and heal

SSMU President saw need for woman in election

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In the Community

Community Engagement Day: McGill community pitches in

Community Engagement Day: McGill community pitches in

On Oct. 2, some 550 members of the McGill community took part in the University’s third annual Community Engagement Day. People like Marie-Gil Fabris, a 2nd-year Management student, who worked in the kitchen of the Benedict Labre House, helping prepare supper for homeless people.

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Centraide campaign off and running

October 2 is a day to engage with Montreal

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