Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning) Morton Mendelson issued a statement Friday afternoon concerning tuition credits and refunds that are expected as a result of the Parti Québécois government’s decree rolling back tuition-fee increases established earlier this year by the former Liberal government. Mendelson’s statement indicates that McGill is eager to move forward on this issue, but has to wait until the government officially notifies McGill of the change and of what the precise tuition rate should be.
A.J. Racy is a performer, composer, and Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California at Los Angeles. Born in Lebanon, Racy is internationally recognized for his extraordinary musicianship and his numerous publications. He is a master of many traditional instruments, particularly the nay, a reed flute, and the buzuq, a long-necked fretted lute. In celebration of McGill’s Institute of Islamic Studies 60th Anniversary, Racy, the visiting Musician-in-Residence will be on campus from Oct. 9-19, to conduct workshops, present a public lecture and play a concert.
Valérie Grand’Maison is having a bit of a hard time adjusting to real life again. And who could blame her? Four weeks ago the McGill psychology and history senior was in London, captaining the Canadian swim team at the Paralympics and winning three medals to boot. Now she’s back home and hitting the books, heading for a finish line of another kind.
On Friday Oct. 5, about 20 group activities will take place on campus and around the city to give McGill students, staff, faculty and alumni the opportunity to contribute their time and learn about the social issues that community organizations address. Activities include public discussions, community walking tours, urban gardening, youth mentorship and more.
McGill is experiencing a 2.6 per cent increase in enrolment this fall, Principal Heather Munroe-Blum said Thursday (Sept. 27), at the first meeting of the Board of Governors in the current academic year. Munroe-Blum also expressed satisfaction at what she described as “a great start to the year,” including a number of successful events such as Frosh, the world-record-breaking fruit salad and the installation of Governor General David Johnston as McGill’s Official Visitor.
It was 78 years ago today that Dr. Wilder Penfield saw his dream come to fruition with the opening of the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), integrating cutting-edge neuroscience research with the most advanced and compassionate care for patients with neurological diseases. A world leader right out of the gates, the Neuro has cultivated a spirit of innovation that, in 2007, led to it being named one of the Canadian Government’s seven national Centres of Excellence in Commercialization and Research. Happy birthday, Neuro!
Yesterday it was announced that two McGill students were among the winners if the 2012 Undergraduate Awards (UA) – an international academic awards program that identifies top students across the globe through their innovative undergraduate research. Hanting Por won in the Teacher Education category for his essay entitled “Bring School Math/Science Back to Real Life,” and Sophie Splawinski took top spot in the Agricultural & Environmental Sciences category with her paper “The role of anticyclones in replenishing surface cold air and modulating severe freezing rain event duration.”
The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) has recognized six leaders in the health sciences from McGill as elected CAHS Fellows. Elections are based on a nominating and peer review process that seeks to recognize those who are marked by a record of substantial accomplishment. The newly elected Fellows from McGill are: Dr. Eduardo Franco, Dr. Rebecca Fuhrer, Dr. Jody Heymann, Dr. Constantin Polychronakos, Dr. Christos Tsoukas and Dr. Brian J. Ward.
A tree near the Otto Maass Chemistry Building will be coming down soon in order to effect the urgent reconstruction of the drainage systems (sanitary and storm sewers) that run out of nearby Burnside Hall. As is McGill’s usual practice, the tree will be replaced nearby as soon as is practical and possible.
In the first Senate session of the new academic year, Principal Heather Munroe-Blum looks ahead to what the new PQ government might mean for McGill.