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.
Joining Quebec Premier Phillippe Couillard on a mission to China at the end of October, McGill’s Vice-Dean of Life Sciences, Philippe Gros, signed four agreements with research partners there, while Occupational Health Professor Paul Héroux signed a fifth.
Pension plans are a hot topic these days. It is estimated that almost half of all Quebecers don’t have an employer-sponsored pension plan. For those who do, pension deficits are an even hotter issue. Deficits everywhere have rapidly accelerated over the last decade or so, and they have spiralled since the 2008 financial crisis. John D’Agata, McGill’s Director Pensions & Benefits, sits down with The Reporter to answer our questions about what makes or breaks a pension deficit.
For the 10th year in a row, Maclean’s magazine has ranked McGill as the top university in Canada among institutions offering medical-doctoral programs. McGill achieved its high standing despite having the 12th-highest operating budget, as weighted by full-time equivalent student, among the group of 15.
Two outstanding contributors to Montreal community organizations will be honoured at McGill’s fall convocation ceremonies on Oct. 29. Marvin Corber and Robert B. Winsor will both receive Doctor of Laws honorary degrees.
As announced earlier today, Busty and the Bass, the increasingly popular, nine-member electrofunk band comprised entirely of musicians from the Jazz Performance program of the Schulich School of Music, has made it to the semi finals of CBC Music’s Rock Your Campus contest. The competition, a nationwide talent search looking to discover the “next big campus music act,” is open to anyone enrolled at a Canadian university. Your votes helped get the band into the semis and your votes are needed for it to make it to the finals.
It’s baaaack. Following a one-year hiatus, McGill’s beloved Book Fair is primed and ready to go. From Oct. 21-23, Redpath Hall will once again be the scene of bookish bedlam as hundreds of people peruse tens of thousands of used volumes, French and English, in categories ranging from architecture to zoology. In addition to volumes old and new, the Book Fair also offers CDs, LPs, DVDs, and sheet music.
Dr. Robin Rogers, one of the world’s most renowned green chemists, will become Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals at McGill. Under the CERC Program, the University will receive up to $10 million in funding from the federal government over seven years to support Prof. Rogers and his team’s ambitious research program.
The six books vying for the 2014 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature were announced on Sept. 19, by Professor Christopher Manfredi, Dean of the Faculty of Arts. The books, which have as their respective themes, repercussions of war, genocide and slavery, are competing for the US$75,000 grand prize.
McGill has maintained its ranking of 21 in the QS World University Rankings, it was announced earlier today in London, England. This is the 11th year in a row that Quacquarelli Symonds has ranked McGill in the Top 25 of the world’s universities. McGill is Canada’s second-ranked university in this year’s QS standings, almost tied with the University of Toronto, which ranks 20th.