Economics Prof. Christopher Ragan made headlines across the country last month with the launch of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, an independent group of 12 policy-savvy economists determined to promote fiscal changes that will benefit both the economy and the environment. Ragan came up with the idea for the commission and will serve as its chair. He sat down with the Reporter in his Leacock Building office to explain what he hopes it will accomplish over the next few years.
McGill has welcomed the official launch of a federally supported research fund. The $1.5 billion Canada First Research Excellence Fund, which was initially announced in the 2014 federal budget, will be governed by a Steering Committee comprised of the presidents of the three federal granting agencies and the deputy ministers of Health and Industry Canada.
For the second year in a row, McGill students, graduates, professors and professionals gathered around a series of events as part of McGill Innovation Week. Fourteen events played out during the first week of November, offering activities both on the McGill campus, as well as in Montreal’s Quartier de l’innovation (QI).
Imposing a hiring freeze for administrative staff at the University will help McGill to keep its promises and meet its obligations with regard to salary increases, while still respecting the provincial government’s demand that universities trim their administrative salary mass, Provost Anthony C. Masi told Open House forums on McGill’s financial situation held Monday.
Victoria Leenders-Cheng, a Communications Officer in the Faculty of Law, made a huge comeback in the final event in her episode of CBC’s Canada’s Smartest Person show to qualify for the finals, which will be aired on Nov. 23.
Thanks to a significant gift of $2.9M from the Irving Ludmer Family Foundation, hope is on the horizon through the expansion of a major collaboration to understand why some children are vulnerable to conditions like autism, attention deficit disorder and social anxiety, and what can be done to prevent these disorders before they take hold.
Earlier this week, fifty years after completing his Master’s at McGill and beginning his PhD in physiological psychology here, John O’Keefe was named co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in medicine. In an exclusive interview with the Reporter, O’Keefe remembers his time at McGill as “an incredibly exciting time.”
McGill’s very own ‘Busty and the Bass’ has made it into the Top 100 of CBC’s ‘Rock Your Campus’ competition, the search for Canada’s top university band. The boys need your votes to help them win the grand prize: a huge concert put on by CBC on McGill campus.
As McGill prepares to celebrate half a century of research excellence in epidemiology, biostatistics and occupational health, it has announced the creation of the Albert Boehringer I Chair in Pharmacoepidemiology, made possible through a $3 million gift from Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada), Ltd.