Moe Touizrar: Sound and meaning

Four Burning Questions

As he tells it, composer Moe Touizrar (Ph.D. 2019) aims to communicate real-world experiences and human emotions through his music. His latest work (composed as a result of winning the 2015-2016 Andrew Svoboda Prize in Orchestral Composition) uses a full orchestra to communicate the experience of watching a sunset and sunrise. We spoke to Touizrar in a recent email exchange to learn more about the piece before its premiere by the McGill Symphony Orchestra this Friday.

The reality of creating a Fall Reading Break at McGill

Entre Nous

At first glance, it seems simple enough; just shift the academic schedule a few days here or a few days there to make room for a much-needed Fall Reading Break. After all, universities in other provinces have successfully created a fall break, as has the Polytechnique here in Montreal. Why should McGill be any different? The McGill Reporter sat down with Ollivier Dyens, Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning) to find out.

Daniel Beer wins US$75,000 Cundill History Prize

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Earlier this evening, the international Cundill History Prize announced British historian Daniel Beer as the 2017 winner of the US$75,000 prize – the richest in non-fiction for a single work in English. The London-based historian was awarded for his ground-breaking study of Siberian penal colonies, The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars.

Tal Arbel: Pioneering researcher challenges gender stereotypes

Profile

Tal Arbel is a pioneer in the fields of computer vision and medical image analysis. But, because she is a woman in a field that is traditionally dominated by men, she is often met with resistance. “People are often surprised when I tell them about my profession and say things like ‘You don’t look like an engineer’,” Arbel says. “I am happy to challenge those stereotypes.”

In conversation with Dr. Lewis E. Kay, winner of the Canada Gairdner International Award

Entre Nous

In advance of tonight’s Gairdner National Program Lecture, Dr. Lewis E. Kay talks to the Reporter about nuclear magnetic resonance, the p97 molecule and what it means to win the “baby Nobel.”

McGill launches first-ever competition on pension asset allocation

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McGill hosted the world’s first business-school competition focused on the asset allocation of pension funds on Nov. 3 – 4. The inaugural McGill International Portfolio Challenge welcomed 25 finalist student teams from leading institutions around the world.

Thomas Laqueur on death, immortality and people living to 500

Four Burning Questions

In advance of his upcoming Cundill Prize Lecture, Thomas Laqueur spoke to the Reporter about everything from the possibility of people living for 500 years and the changing definition of death through history.

Maïthéna Girault: Dreams come true with Golden Violin win

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Maïthéna Girault is this year’s winner of the Golden Violin Award, following an exciting public competition held Sunday October 29, in Pollack Hall. “After a long, emotional journey a lot of my dreams are finally coming true,” Girault told the McGill Reporter.

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.