Faculty Club hosts citizenship ceremony for 40 new Canadians

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Monday’s dreary, wet day couldn’t dampen the buoyant spirit that infused the Faculty Club as some 40 people became our newest Canadians in a special Citizenship Ceremony.

McGill ranked Canada’s 2nd-greenest campus

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The 2017 Corporate Knights Green Campus Ranking has named McGill the second greenest campus in Canada! Universities and colleges across the country were evaluated on initiatives they have undertaken to improve their environmental impact, including green buildings, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, sustainable transportation and purchasing.

Transformative donation of $16 million establishes new autism research centre at MNI

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A new research centre in Montreal will help lift the shroud of mystery surrounding autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and lead to the development of better diagnostic tools and more effective therapies for people with autism. Thanks to an extraordinary $16-million donation from the Azrieli Foundation, the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital is creating the Azrieli Centre for Autism Research.

Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations: The contribution of the private sector

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On Oct. 24, a panel of experts, including Phil Oxhorn, McGill’s Associate Provost (International), will examine the contribution of the private sector in regards to the UN’s sustainable development goals.

McGill signs MOU with leading Japanese research institute

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On Sept. 26, McGill entered into a formal partnership with Japan’s National Institutes of Physiological Sciences (NIPS) with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The signing, which took place at the Faculty Club, marked McGill’s first such agreement with an Asian partner and the first MOU signed by NIPS with a North American institute.

Twitter challenge brings Law student to the PMO

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After tweeting a challenge to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, second-year Law student Breanne Lavallée-Heckert will spend an upcoming day shadowing the PM. It’s part of an initiative by Plan International Canada called #GirlsBelongHere to put girls and young women in the seats of executive boardrooms, press rooms, senates, corner offices and courtrooms, in hopes that they will become the decision-makers of tomorrow.

McGill alumna named Canada’s Chief Scientist

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Mona Nemer (PhD82), a long-time Vice-President of Research at the University of Ottawa, who earned her PhD in Chemistry at McGill, was named Wednesday, Sept. 27, by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (BA92), as Canada’s new Chief Science Advisor.

$12-million gift to transform architecture teaching and research

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The McGill School of Architecture will be renamed the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture, in honour of a landmark gift from the illustrious architect. Fu came to McGill from China on a scholarship in 1990; much of the $12 million will create new scholarships, fellowships, travel awards, internships and summer research opportunities for the next generation of students.

Cundill History Prize longlist spans the globe

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The Cundill History Prize has released a longlist of books – on topics ranging from Vietnam to the Islamic world and from Russia to North America – that are in contention for the international prize that rewards the best history writing in English. The richest non-fiction prize in the world for a single work in English, the Cundill Prize is worth US$75,000 to the winner.

Luminaries fete Des Morton

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It was standing room only at a speech given by Desmond Morton, Professor emeritus, and the first head of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) at a recent celebration of his 80th birthday at the Faculty Club.