Over the years, the end of final exams has inspired any number of spontaneous displays of pure happiness, including high fives, chest bumping and uncontrollable giggling. But what was up with the 100 or so students boogying in the streets at the crossroads on lower campus on Tuesday, Dec. 3 – two days before finals kicked off?
On Dec. 6, 1989, 14 women were killed at École Polytechnique. They were killed because they were women, because they were students in an engineering program. What has come to be called the Montreal Massacre is an event we are all called upon to remember: violence against women continues to be part of our present.
The 26th Entretiens Jacques Cartier, a colloquium that encourages the exchange of ideas between Canada, Quebec, and France, took place in Lyon from Nov. 22 to Nov. 29. The seminar series, organized and hosted by the Centre Jacques Cartier, comprised 24 seminars on the Centre’s major themes: science, technology, economics, society, culture and politics.
McGill’s Senate unanimously and enthusiastically voted to condemn portions of the Quebec government’s Bill 60, the proposed legislation to enact the much-discussed Charter of Values after Principal Suzanne Fortier had kicked off an open discussion on the subject at the regular November meeting on Wednesday.
Thirteen McGill researchers were among the newly appointed or renewed Canada Research Chairs (CRC) as announced earlier today by the Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of State (Science and Technology). The McGill CRCs are experts in their fields, ranging from nanoscale electronics to cancer stem cell biology.
Suzanne Fortier was officially installed as McGill’s 17th Principal and 13th Vice-Chancellor in a ceremony that celebrated the past, present and future of McGill.
The warm look and atmosphere of Montreal’s new beechwood-clad symphony hall was matched Sunday afternoon by the warm sounds of the McGill Symphony Orchestra at a special concert in honour of Principal Suzanne Fortier’s installation this week. It marked the first time the orchestra had played in the new venue, which opened a little more than two years ago. The concert, played to a nearly full house, was made more notable by the presence of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, who was presented by Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal conductor Kent Nagano with an honorary degree.
Tuesday evening, Montreal’s four mayoral hopefuls squared off in an English-language debate hosted by McGill and CBC. The hour-long faceoff at Tanna Schulich Hall was a more lively affair than its earlier French-language counterpart, probably because the format allowed for some one-on-one exchanges between candidates.
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 was awarded today to Peter W. Higgs of Britain and François Englert of Belgium “for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.” The ATLAS and CMS experiments each involved collaboration by over 3,000 people from around the world – including McGill physics professors François Corriveau, Steven Robertson, Brigitte Vachon and Andreas Warburton.
McGill’s sixth Conference on Global Food Security , which took place last week, brought together participants from as far afield as Haiti, Kenya, England, Ethiopia and Guatemala. With representatives from government, academia, the private sector, national and international non-governmental agencies, the talk was wide-ranging, but a single overarching theme emerged: the importance of an integrated, multidisciplinary, and inter-sectorial approach to dealing with food insecurity.