McGill and École de technologie supérieure officially launched the Quartier de l’innovation de Montréal yesterday.
McGill will confer honorary degrees upon 12 exceptional individuals during this year’s Spring Convocation ceremonies. The recipients – including a world-renowned singer and humanitarian, a Nobel Prize-winning AIDS researcher, a best-selling essayist, a leading philosopher, and business innovators and leaders – will join over 7,300 graduating students taking the stage during Convocation ceremonies from May 27 to June 3.
McGill alumni Barbara and Patrick Keenan have made a landmark gift of $5 million to the Faculty of Religious Studies, as part of the University’s fundraising effort, Campaign McGill: History in the Making. This donation – the largest to the Faculty since its founding – will fortify teaching, research, scholarly collaboration and outreach related to the study of comparative religion and interfaith dialogue.
Five McGill researchers have been awarded grants of $100,000 each by Grand Challenges Canada for new health projects to reduce debilitating disease and save lives in developing countries. The grants were announced as part of Round 4 of the Stars in Global Health program. Grand Challenges Canada, which is funded by the Government of Canada, will be handing out a total of 102 new grants of $100,000.
McGill needs to move now to try to contain a growing deficit amid a turbulent funding context that is anything but assured, Provost Anthony C. Masi indicated to Senate Wednesday. Providing an overview of the proposed 2014 budget, which will go to the Board of Governors for approval on April 26, Masi said the combination of sharply reduced revenue and continuing spending commitments – including such things as pay equity, pensions and deferred maintenance – makes it impossible to balance the books in the short term.
The Faculty of Law’s student-run High School Outreach Program helps more than 200 students from disadvantaged communities.
Six McGill law students have been selected to clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2014 – an impressive number considering top law graduates from across Canada are in competition for only 27 positions.
The 3rd annual Catalyst Awards were handed out on April 3 at a gala event. The Catalyst Awards celebrate sustainability achievements by members of the McGill community including students, staff and faculty.
As the Manager of the Office of Sustainability, Martin Krayer von Krauss seems to be exactly where he belongs – even though he took a rather circuitous route to get here – including extensive travels through Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran; volunteering in an ashram in India; and stints working for the European Environment Agency and the World Health Organization. The McGill Reporter recently sat down with Krayer von Krauss to talk about issues of sustainability.
What better place to experiment than a world-class research university? Lately, McGill has been doing some tinkering in an unexpected place – its energy systems. Driven by a desire to reduce energy consumption and use its campuses as a “living lab” for finding innovative solutions to sustainability challenges, McGill has completed a wide variety of projects that have made a real difference to its energy bottom line.