What’s on your bookshelf? McGill’s holiday reading list

What’s on your bookshelf? McGill’s holiday reading list

For the second year in a row, the Reporter put a call out to the McGill community to share with us their respective holiday reading lists. The response was enthusiastic as we received input from virtually every constituency of the university including students, staff, faculty, alumni and upper administrators. Not surprisingly, the list we’ve compiled is long, challenging at times and diverse, ranging from fiction and non-fiction to poetry and even podcasts.

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In the Community

Making a difference for Montreal’s homeless

Making a difference for Montreal’s homeless

“We wanted to do something on foot care because foot injuries, infections and ailments seem to be the number one reason for ER visits among the homeless population,” says Saman Ahmad, the founder of Health and Hygiene for the Homeless, of the student club’s recent initiative to collect socks to donate to local homeless shelters. “The shelters tell us that they never have enough socks!” The club surpassed its goal of collecting 300 pairs of socks, which will be donated to Welcome Hall Men’s Mission and Our 2nd Home Shelter.

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Salima Visram: As she grows, so grow the people around her

McGill community makes a difference for Centraide of Greater Montreal

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What's Cookin'

Spreading the holiday cheer 3,000 cookies at a time

Spreading the holiday cheer 3,000 cookies at a time

On Dec. 23, Oliver de Volpi, McGill’s Executive Chef, will be up to his elbows in flour as he and his team of volunteers from the McGill community (including students who can’t make it home for the holidays), prepare a giant batch of cookies to put a smile on the faces of Montreal’s less fortunate. The 3,000 cookies, including gingerbread and shortbread, will be donated to the Old Brewery Mission, along with other food items from McGill kitchens.

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Baker Paul De Resendes’ maple tarts

Oliver de Volpi’s fresh herb pesto

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Other News

Creative MUHC health professionals win big at Hacking Health Challenge

Creative MUHC health professionals win big at Hacking Health Challenge

Design Challenge Montreal was organized by Hacking Health – a group that fosters collaboration between front-line clinicians, healthcare workers and technology experts to produce innovative and realistic solutions to healthcare problems. On Dec. 10, the group held its Hacking Health Challenge Grand Finale. Four MUHC health practitioners were among the finalists.

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HPV vaccine does not appear to increase risky sexual behaviour in teen girls

Don’t gamble with your child’s future: stuff your Christmas stockings responsibly

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Extra! Extra!

The 2014 McGill Reporter by the numbers

The 2014 McGill Reporter by the numbers

In 2014, McGill Reporter stories have been viewed over 565,000 times (and still counting) with people logging in from some 216 countries, from Azerbaijan to Zambia. What 10 countries read the most Reporter stories (and we’ll give you, Canada as No.1) and which articles were most popular?

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The track to tenure track: A Provost’s advice

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

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Research and Discovery

Parasites and the evolution of primate culture

Parasites and the evolution of primate culture

Learning from others and innovation have undoubtedly helped advance civilization. But these behaviours can carry costs as well as benefits. And a new study by an international team of evolutionary biologists sheds light on how one particular cost – increased exposure to parasites – may affect cultural evolution in non-human primates.

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Obesity may shorten life expectancy up to eight years

Social media data contain pitfalls for understanding human behaviour

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Around Campus

Staging exams in winter is a test for anyone

Staging exams in winter is a test for anyone

It’s 4 a.m. and Kathleen Massey, McGill’s Registrar and Executive Director of Enrolment Services, is already checking the Environment Canada weather website. She’ll be back on that website no less than 10 times a day until final exams are finished. Massey and her team need to confer by 5 a.m. about whether weather will compel them to postpone by an hour the start of the 9 a.m. morning exams. In the seven years Massey has been at McGill, she can’t recall weather forcing an exam to be cancelled.

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Desautels expanding into Bookstore space

Gestion d’entreprise agricole à McGill : une tradition familiale

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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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Entre Nous

Provost-designate Manfredi looking forward to tackling challenges

Provost-designate Manfredi looking forward to tackling challenges

Dean of Arts Christopher Manfredi was named by the Board of Governors on Tuesday as McGill’s next Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). A 26-year veteran of McGill, Manfredi, 55, has served as a Professor in the Department of Political Science, Chair of that Department and, since 2006, as Dean of Arts. He spoke to The Reporter about the challenges he faces and about his life and background.

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Leaving university stresses students more than starting it, Dean of Students says

Make your mark with pride and integrity

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In Focus

Punishing kids for lying just doesn’t work as deterrent

Punishing kids for lying just doesn’t work as deterrent

If you want your child to tell the truth, it’s best not to threaten to punish them if they lie. That’s what researchers discovered through a simple experiment involving 372 children between the ages of 4 and 8.

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McGill imagines the libraries of the future

Restored Book of Remembrance to be on display this week

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Blog

McGill students record holiday lip dub

McGill students record holiday lip dub

On Dec. 13, a cross-section of McGill’s student body – organized by students Cedric Yarish, Natasha Fontarensky and Jacqui Geday – performed Michael Buble’s rendition of Christmas (Baby Please Come Home). Watch the video and sing along!

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McTavish Street reopened – mostly

After six months of heavy construction work that closed McTavish St. from Sherbrooke St. to Dr. Penfield Ave. to allow for the installation of new water mains and sewer lines, McTavish is almost back to normal.

Read More → Sussman wins Strategic Impact Grant to improve the quality of life of frail older adults

Sussman wins Strategic Impact Grant to improve the quality of life of frail older adults

A McGill-led project was among the two funded under the inaugural call for the Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network’s (TVN) Strategic Impact Grant Program. The funded projects are collaborative by design, requiring that researchers work together with other like-minded researchers with projects in similar areas to achieve greater impact.

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Jan. 7: Active Shooter Training session

Do you know what to do in the event of an active shooter on campus? This training session is designed to empower individuals with knowledge and strategies for recognizing and surviving an active shooter situation.

Read More → A quickie year-end quiz

A quickie year-end quiz

It was a very eventful year, both here at McGill and around the world. How closely were you paying attention to events? Here’s a year-end quiz to test your knowledge of the University and global events in 2014.

Read More → McGill-Centraide campaign surpasses goal by $19,500

McGill-Centraide campaign surpasses goal by $19,500

McGill is celebrating a milestone in its support for the fight against poverty in Greater Montreal. The McGill Centraide campaign announced today that it has met its highest fundraising goal ever, and surpassed it by almost $20,000. At the time of publication, the grand total stands at $444,559, and pledges are still coming in.

Read More → McGill Budget Book wins award for fourth straight year

McGill Budget Book wins award for fourth straight year

For the fourth year in a row, McGill’s Budget Book has earned the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), for its effectiveness not just as a financial plan, but also as a communications vehicle, policy document and operations guide.

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Eduardo Kohn awarded Bateson Prize

Anthropology professor Eduardo Kohn has been awarded the 2014 Bateson Prize for his book, How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human (University of California Press).

Read More → 2015 Quality and Productivity Awards: Show us your best!

2015 Quality and Productivity Awards: Show us your best!

CAUBO is now accepting submissions for the 28th annual Quality and Productivity (Q&P) Awards. This is a great opportunity for you to share your McGill’s innovative ideas and success stories with your colleagues across Canada.

Read More → T.V. Paul elected president of the International Studies Association

T.V. Paul elected president of the International Studies Association

Political Science Professor T.V. Paul has been elected the 56th president (2016-17) of the International Studies Association (ISA), a respected and widely known scholarly association in the field of international studies. Paul, the James McGill Professor of International Relations, and a leading scholar of international security, nuclear proliferation and South Asia, is the third Canadian professor elected to this coveted position in its 56-year history.

Read More → McGill Bookstore: Make this holiday season a McGill one!

McGill Bookstore: Make this holiday season a McGill one!

It’s time to spread some holiday cheer with McGill University gear. Check out the Bookstore’s holiday catalogue for gift ideas and great savings. On Thursday, Dec. 11, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Bookstore will welcome celebrated Montreal political cartoonist Terry Mosher, better known as Aislin.

Read More → Last chance to register for the Advanced Biofuels Course


Last chance to register for the Advanced Biofuels Course


Registration closes shortly for the January 2015 semester of the Advanced Biofuels Course, an online course that offers an overview of biofuels feedstocks, conversion technologies, combustion/emissions, as well as sustainability and aspects of commercialization

Read More → Phishing alert: Check it before you click it!

Phishing alert: Check it before you click it!

With holidays fast approaching, cybercriminals are taking advantage of people’s vacation planning, online shopping and expected package deliveries. Millions of phishing scam emails are being sent out daily, spoofing trusted brands, retailers, postal services, banks, stores and more. Here are some tips to keep you secure.

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Important message regarding final grades for the Fall 2014 term

During the holiday period, there will be an interruption of the nightly grade roll process. All final grades submitted between Thursday, Dec. 25 and Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 (inclusive), will only display on the student’s unofficial transcript on Minerva as of Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.

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Kudos

McGill announces 2014 winner of Bloomberg Manulife Prize

McGill announces 2014 winner of Bloomberg Manulife Prize

McGill, in association with Lawrence and Frances Bloomberg and Manulife, announced that David J.A. Jenkins, University Professor and Canada Research Chair in Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Toronto, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Director of the Risk Factor Modification Centre and Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital, is the winner of the 2014 Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health.

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Two innovative projects combat global health problems

Props for promoted professors

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News

Chris Ragan on ‘ecofiscal’ policies for Canada

Chris Ragan on ‘ecofiscal’ policies for Canada

Economics Prof. Christopher Ragan made headlines across the country last month with the launch of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, an independent group of 12 policy-savvy economists determined to promote fiscal changes that will benefit both the economy and the environment. Ragan came up with the idea for the commission and will serve as its chair. He sat down with the Reporter in his Leacock Building office to explain what he hopes it will accomplish over the next few years.

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McGill welcomes new federal research fund

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

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Obituary

The passing of an era: Sam Noumoff dies at 79

The passing of an era: Sam Noumoff dies at 79

Longtime political science professor Sam Noumoff died on Nov. 26. James Putzel, Noumoff’s former teaching assistant and current professor of Development Studies at the London School of Economics, pays tribute to his longtime friend and mentor.

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Philanthropist Azrieli dies at 92

William Tetley, 1927-2014

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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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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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