Because McGill had already anticipated another round of funding cuts from the Quebec government, the University is well placed to weather this next round of spending reductions, Principal Suzanne Fortier told Senate Wednesday afternoon.
Construction begins in earnest today at the Macdonald-Stewart Library Building on the downtown campus, home of the Schulich Library of Science and Engineering. Scaffolding will be erected around the building as stonemasons examine the 120-year-old, late-Victorian gem from inside and out to determine the degree to which its old stone has deteriorated.
Increased water-recycling and improved irrigation techniques are among six strategies identified as key to successfully reducing global water scarcity.
Researchers at McGill turned to a living fish, called Polypterus, to help show what might have happened when fish first attempted to walk out of the water some 400 million years ago.
Chemical Engineering Professor Dimitrios Berk’s main area of research has to do with catalysts – chemicals or materials that help make something happen. In his new role as McGill’s Ombudsperson for Students, which began on Sept. 2, Berk will himself be acting as a sort of catalyst – trying to help make something happen in terms of solving a student’s problem with the University.
On Sept. 2, McGill’s Faculty of Dentistry inaugurates its brand new facility located at 2001 McGill College Ave., across from the Roddick Gates. For the first time in the Faculty’s history, pre-clinical and clinical training, community-based research and administrative operations will be brought together in one location.
Emily Donaldson, a doctoral student in anthropology, writes about her most recent excursion to the Marquesas, a remote group of volcanic islands located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where, while finalizing her thesis, she shared a four-room dwelling with a family of 11, lived on wild boar and fresh-from-the-ocean sashimi-style raw tuna, celebrated Bastille Day and dodged the occasional free-falling coconut dislodged by gusty winds.
“McGill’s Canadian Field Studies in Africa program added an incredible depth, value and meaning to my academic journey,” writes Arts undergrad Siobhan Lazenby of her recent semester in East Africa. “The experiences shifted what matters to me now, shaped my values and taught me more about privilege than I ever could have learned in a lecture hall”
Researchers from McGill and the Génome Québec Innovation Centre have achieved a technical breakthrough that should result in speedier diagnosis of cancer and various pre-natal conditions. The key discovery lies in a new tool that allows researchers to load long strands of DNA into a tunable nanoscale imaging chamber in ways that maintain their structural identity and under conditions that are similar to those found in the human body.
Montreal will soon become one of five global hubs for Future Earth, a 10-year international research program stemming from the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro. The creation of the Montreal hub, and McGill’s role in it, could open significant new opportunities for the many researchers across the University working on sustainability issues.