Because of the way library use is changing in an increasingly digitized world some of McGill’s library spaces are slated to undergo changes this summer. Recently the Reporter sat down with Colleen Cook, Trenholme Dean of Libraries, to get a fuller sense of what is prompting these changes, why they have to occur in such a short time frame and how they present opportunities for improving student study space while still ensuring that librarians continue to play a vital role in teaching and research and are present to provide services to students and faculty.
Jean-François Nadeau came to McGill in 2010 with a mission to improve the ways in which the University interacts with companies and corporations looking to offer financial support for various campus initiatives, such as sponsoring research projects, assisting students, or hiring student interns. Nadeau recently sat down with the McGill Reporter to talk about the University’s new centre designed to streamline the relationships between the corporate and academic worlds.
Principal Heather Munroe-Blum has a lot on her plate as she prepares for the provincial Summit on postsecondary education in Montreal next week while dealing with a sudden budget crisis brought on by recently announced government cutbacks. She found time to share her thoughts on some critical issues with The Reporter on the eve of the Summit.
Entre Nous with Guy Rouleau, Director of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The NeuroEntre Nous
In the latest installment of Entre Nous, new Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital Director Guy Rouleau tells the Reporter about himself, The Neuro, and his plans and vision for the institution Wilder Penfield founded in 1934.
Pierre Moreau wears two big hats at McGill. Not only is he Executive Director of Planning and Institutional Analysis (PIA), he is also Senior Advisor to the Principal on Policy Development. Formerly President of the Université du Québec system, Moreau, who did his PhD at McGill in molecular biology, returned to the University about three and a half years ago, and is now a member of the senior executive team. These days, he’s especially busy, steering the massive Strategic Reframing Initiative and other projects intended to change the way McGill runs itself, as well as helping prepare for next year’s provincial summit.
Nathalie Cooke, Associate Provost (Academic Staff and Priority Initiatives), has worked with a committee of McGill faculty members and student representatives to organize McGill’s Academic Freedom Conference being held on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 27, and the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 28. She sat down with The Reporter to discuss the issues the conference will address and outlined how McGill’s conference is different than others held this year in Canada.
With Daniel Weinstock, Professor in the Faculty of Law and member of the Research Group on Constitutional StudiesEntre Nous
Philosopher Daniel Weinstock returns to McGill after a 30-year absence as a professor in the Faculty of Law, as one of the Principal Investigators of the Montreal Health Equity Consortium, and as a member of the Research Group on Constitutional Studies. Weinstock recently sat down with the McGill Reporter to talk about “crossing the mountain”, his legacy at UdeM, and what he hopes to bring to McGill.
Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning) Morton Mendelson is starting his last year as the first DP-SLL, a position that was created largely in response to Principal Heather Munroe-Blum’s Task Force on Student Life and Learning. He takes some time to reflect on how things have improved for students and what lies ahead.
This week McGill is the centre of international scholarship on mental health for school children as it plays host to the 34th conference of the International School Psychology Association. By the time the conference wraps up on July 13, it will have drawn some 500 school psychologists from over 70 countries and will have featured some 260 scientific presentations and workshops. Steven Shaw, from the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, is a member of the conference’s Scientific Committee. He recently sat down with the Reporter to discuss common mental health problems among young children, the importance of early detection and some of the ways he and other researchers are trying to help these children.
As she always does at this time of year, Principal Heather Munroe-Blum sat down with The Reporter to reflect on the past year and look ahead to the future – for both the University and its graduating students.