The Maude Abbott Medical Museum is a unique repository for some 3,000 specimens of materials dating from the early 19th century that documents the study and practice of Medicine at McGill and its associated teaching hospitals. A few weeks ago, the collection – skeletons and all – was on the move.
McGill is one of 24 universities engaging in a national dialogue to imagine Canada’s future, sponsored by the Social Science Research Council of Canada. As a community, we have taken many steps to contextualize and communicate the impact of research and predict how future research will contribute to the world.
On March 26, Quebec’s Minister of Finance, Carlos Leitão, tabled the provincial budget. The budget is Quebec’s first balanced budget since 2008, but it represents a reduction in total allocations to universities and CEGEPS of some $100 million. Provost Anthony C. Masi comments on what this new economic reality means for McGill.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has extended the five-year mandate of Governor General David Johnston by two years. Johnston’s term of office will now run until 2017. Harper said the extension will allow Johnston to take part in many of the events celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.
Hockey legend and politician Ken Dryden thinks big. Last year, he worked with Teaching and Learning Services to help University of Calgary students join his “Future of Canada” course through videoconferencing. This year, McGill and U of C students are joined by virtual classmates from Memorial, Ryerson and the University of Saskatchewan.
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, visited the University today, meeting with Principal Suzanne Fortier and other academic leaders, as well as with students, including five MasterCard Foundation Scholars currently enrolled at McGill, academically talented young people from Rwanda, Uganda, Ghana and Nigeria; and students in McGill’s International Development programs.
On Feb. 10, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced 78 Strategic Project Grants, including 10 for McGill researchers totaling nearly $4.7 million. The funding will support research and training that has the potential to strongly enhance the economy and environment.
In October 2014, McGill joined forces with Université Laval and the Institut national de recherche scientifique (INRS) to establish a Northern Institute, Institut Nordique du Québec (INQ). The founding partners are currently laying the groundwork for the Institute in collaboration with representatives from northern communities who are interacting with academic researchers in setting the research agenda for the INQ
Following a fire in its upper floor and roof earlier today, the West Wing of Royal Victoria College (RVC) will remain closed for an undetermined period of time. The approximately 80 students who live in the West Wing will be relocated to temporary living quarters.
Researchers interested in the health and wellbeing of Canadians now have a treasure trove of additional information to draw on. The first major data release from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is underway and offers data that can provide a snapshot of Canadians aged 45 to 85. The CLSA Statistical Analysis Centre based at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre plays an essential role in the management of all the information collected in the CLSA.