Bass wins Cundill Prize for horrifying tale of Bangladesh genocide

Bass wins Cundill Prize for horrifying tale of Bangladesh genocide

Gary Bass, author of The Blood Telegran: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide, captured this year’s $75,000 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature at McGill. Chancellor Michael A. Meighen and Dean of Arts Christopher Manfredi announced the winner Thursday night at a gala awards dinner in Toronto. Now in its seventh year, the Cundill Prize is the world’s most lucrative international award for a nonfiction book.

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Kudos

Bartha M. Knoppers joins pantheon of Great Montrealers

Bartha M. Knoppers joins pantheon of Great Montrealers

On Nov. 20, Bartha M. Knoppers, was one of five local luminaries honoured during the annual Great Montrealers reception. Since 1978, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has recognized the outstanding achievements of luminaries in economic, cultural, scientific and social life who have contributed to Monreal’s development and reputation.

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McGill celebrates top teachers

Extraordinary employees feted at Convocation

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Other News

McGill grad is Canada’s youngest premier

McGill grad is Canada’s youngest premier

Brian Gallant, LLM’11, the new premier of New Brunswick, has a long to-do list to attend to. At the top of the list: repairing his province’s economy and bringing civility to politics.

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McGill signs five agreements during China trip

Focus on pensions: Q&A with John D’Agata

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Around Campus

Desautels expanding into Bookstore space

Desautels expanding into Bookstore space

The Desautels Faculty of Management will take over the adjacent McGill Bookstore at 3420 McTavish St. sometime in 2016, providing a new home for the Faculty’s MBA programs, which will be moved out of the overcrowded Bronfman Building.

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Gestion d’entreprise agricole à McGill : une tradition familiale

Deisseroth’s research offers window to the brain

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In Focus

McGill imagines the libraries of the future

McGill imagines the libraries of the future

Learning is changing. Where we learn, how we learn, our sources of information are all changing rapidly thanks to the mind-boggling amount of information available to us through a keyboard, a computer screen and a mouse. McGill’s Library and Archives has embarked upon an ambitious project to imagine the libraries of the future at the University. Two architectural firms are currently learning about the McGill situation and soliciting feedback from every element of the community – students, faculty, administrative staff – to chart a course ahead.

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Restored Book of Remembrance to be on display this week

Human touch key to success, Marvin Corber tells graduating students

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Athletics

An all-star both on and off the field

An all-star both on and off the field

In an age when our athletic stars seem more and more consumed by themselves it is telling that, when asked what are the most important lessons she has learned through sport, Kylie Nabata talks first and foremost about the concept of team.

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McGill conquers Concordia, claims fourth national baseball crown

Two McGill athletes among CIS Top 8 Academic All-Canadians

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In the Community

McGill community makes a difference for Centraide of Greater Montreal

McGill community makes a difference for Centraide of Greater Montreal

McGill campaign has raised 51 per cent of its $425,000 goal, with three weeks to go. Centraide is an independent philanthropic organization that helps nearly 370 organizations in the Greater Montreal area, from human-rights groups, to those who provide food services, to those who help seniors.

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McGill again to play host to Remembrance Day ceremonies

2nd Community Engagement Day in the Quartier de l’innovation

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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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Extra! Extra!

Busty’s cups runneth over: Named top university band in Canada

Busty’s cups runneth over: Named top university band in Canada

As announced on Oct. 27, Busty and the Bass, a nine-member electrofunk band comprised entirely of musicians from the Jazz Performance program, won CBC’s Rock Your Campus contest. The competition, a nationwide talent search looking to discover the “next big campus music act,” was open to anyone enrolled at a Canadian university that received hundreds of entries.

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Consent campaign aims to heighten awareness across campus

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

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Blog

Nov. 29: McGill to host 50th Vanier Cup

Nov. 29: McGill to host 50th Vanier Cup

On Saturday, Nov. 29, McGill will host the 50th Vanier Cup at Percival-Molson Memorial Stadium, marking the first-ever staging of the Canadian university football championship game in Montreal.

Read More → What is an adventure of a lifetime, Alex?

What is an adventure of a lifetime, Alex?

Mariusz Galczynski, a lecturer and PhD student in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, is slated to appear on the popular American quiz show Jeopardy! on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Read More → Nov. 25: After Ebola, what next for global public health?

Nov. 25: After Ebola, what next for global public health?

On Tuesday, Nov. 25, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Professor Stephen Lewis from the Institute for the Study of International Development will speak on “After Ebola, What Next for Global Public Health?”

Read More → Dec. 7: Principal’s holiday skating party

Dec. 7: Principal’s holiday skating party

Principal Suzanne Fortier invites all McGill staff and their families to the Annual Holiday Skating Party on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the McConnell Winter Arena. Skate to the tunes of seasonal melodies and enjoy hot dogs, snacks, hot and cold beverages, and treats from Jolly St. Nick!

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Paving of McTavish St. set to begin Nov. 25

The City of Montreal has announced that asphalting will take place next week on the lower part of McTavish St. between Nov 25 and Nov 28. This work is expected to last for one to two days and the exact date is not known at this point.

Read More → Nov. 27: Rehabilitation professionals and paralympians

Nov. 27: Rehabilitation professionals and paralympians

The 5th Edith Aston-McCrimmon Lecture presented by the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy will take place on Thursday Nov. 27, at McGill’s Faculty Club. This year’s speaker is Dr. Gaétan Tardif, President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, who will deliver the lecture titled Rehabilitation Professionals and Paralympians: winners on and off the field.

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Nov. 26: Strategies to support active and collaborative learning

Are you interested in getting students more active in your course? On Nov. 26, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Teaching and Learning Services will present a workshop on strategies to enhance student engagement, promote interaction and facilitate deep learning.

Read More → Nominations now open for McGill University Award for Equity and Community Building

Nominations now open for McGill University Award for Equity and Community Building

The selection committee for the McGill University Award for Equity and Community Building is now accepting nominations for the 2015 award. Up to four awards are given out each year to McGill students and staff who demonstrate exceptional commitment in promoting equity, diversity and community engagement.

Read More → 10 ways to encourage course evaluation participation

10 ways to encourage course evaluation participation

Course Evaluations for the Fall 2014 semester are available for students to complete until Dec. 21 (or Sunday, Dec. 7 for certain academic units following the condensed period). On the Teaching for Learning @ McGill University blog, you will find a list of 10 different strategies that you can use to encourage student participation in this important process.

Read More → November is Osteoporosis Awareness Month

November is Osteoporosis Awareness Month

As part of Osteoporosis Awareness Month in November, a group of researchers will be hosting a booth at the the Montreal General Hospital on Friday, Nov. 14 and again on Friday, Nov. 28. Dieticians will be at the booth and available to answer questions regarding the importance of calcium and vitamin D in fracture prevention, and will be offering to conduct fracture risk assessments.

Read More → How do you see Montreal?

How do you see Montreal?

Montreal is a city to be proud of, but there’s always room for improvement. To help ideas and projects get off the ground, there’s Je vois mtl, a city-wide initiative and collaborative online platform to give the city a boost of confidence and economic momentum.

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Antivirus software update: Trend Micro Internet Security is now available for download

IT Services is now offering new antivirus and online threat protection software: Trend Micro Internet Security for Windows and Mac. All full-time McGill faculty, staff and students are eligible to download it for free.

Read More → Work to affect Upper McTavish St.

Work to affect Upper McTavish St.

The City of Montreal has advised University Services that, as of next Tuesday, Nov. 11, and continuing until Nov. 20, the city will conduct construction along Upper McTavish St. (north of Dr. Penfield). During this period, access to Upper McTavish from Dr. Penfield will be blocked and a detour route will be established from the north at Pine Ave.

Read More → McGill’s smoking policy applies to electronic cigarettes

McGill’s smoking policy applies to electronic cigarettes

With the advent of so-called e-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, some in our community have asked whether McGill’s policy with regard to smoking applies to “vaping” or the use of electronic cigarettes. It does.

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Research and Discovery

High incidence of bowel disease seen in people with lung conditions

People with airway diseases, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), have a higher incidence of inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, according to the findings of a new study. The research is the first population-based study to examine the association between airway diseases and the incidence of bowel disease.

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Oral cancer-causing HPV may spread through oral and genital routes

Total recall: Science or science fiction?

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News

Innovation Week challenges participants  to ‘take the normal path and bend it’

Innovation Week challenges participants to ‘take the normal path and bend it’

For the second year in a row, McGill students, graduates, professors and professionals gathered around a series of events as part of McGill Innovation Week. Fourteen events played out during the first week of November, offering activities both on the McGill campus, as well as in Montreal’s Quartier de l’innovation (QI).

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Hiring freeze will help McGill keep salary-increase promises – Masi

Queen Victoria reigns supreme, off to finals of Canada’s Smartest Person

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Profile

Fundraising peers honour VP Weinstein

Fundraising peers honour VP Weinstein

On Nov. 14, Marc Weinstein, Vice-Principal, University Advancement, was honoured by the Quebec chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals with the 2014 Award for Outstanding Philanthropic Career, which is bestowed to a professional who has demonstrated sustained excellence in the not-for-profit field through exemplary leadership, fundraising skills, forward-thinking vision and steadfast values.

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

Allan Downey: Using lacrosse to teach, inspire and heal

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Four Burning Questions

Four burning questions for Richard Overy, Cundill Prize finalist

Four burning questions for Richard Overy, Cundill Prize finalist

Richard Overy is a finalist for the Cundill Prize for Historical Literature for his book, The Bombing War: Europe, 1939-1945. Overy took some time to answer Four Burning Questions from the Reporter in advance of the Nov. 20 ceremony to announce the winning title.

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Four burning questions for David Van Reybrouck, Cundill Prize finalist

Four burning questions for Gary Bass, Cundill Prize finalist

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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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