How can immigrant scientists give back to their homelands?

Point of View

McGill Director of Global Health Dr. Madhukar Pai made the move from India to Canada to pursue his education and career. Here is his advice for practical ways that scientists from developing nations can give back — and enrich — their home countries.

Dr. Marla Shapiro C.M. to speak at Trottier Public Science Symposium – “Mind Matters: The Body-Mind Connection”

Four Burning Questions

Dr. Marla Shapiro is a Canadian medical doctor, best known as a health journalist for CTV News Channel. She is also one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Trottier Public Science Symposium (Oct. 23 – 24). In advance of her Oct. 23 lecture, Dr. Shapiro spoke about the state of medical education in Canada, alternative medicine practitioners vs physicians, and her own battle with breast cancer.

A new blueprint for architecture at McGill


On Sept. 26, Peter Fu, DipMinHous’91, returned to his alma mater to announce a landmark $12-million gift to the School of Architecture. It is a gift that will transform the lives of many architecture students, much like his own path was changed upon his arrival at McGill as a graduate student in 1990. It was Fu’s first time out of China, he didn’t know the language, and he was travelling to a city where he knew no one. “I was very nervous and I kept thinking, if no one picks me up, what will I do?” recalls Fu.

George Colpitts examines fur trader stories in upcoming Eakin Lecture

Entre Nous

Prior to his Fall Eakin Lecture on Oct. 5, George Colpitts, an environmental historian from the University of Calgary, spoke with the Reporter about the historical importance of fur trade journals.

Dr. Steven Skates on ovarian cancer screening

Entre Nous

Dr. Steven Skates is an Associate Professor at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he is an early detection investigator. Ahead of his Oct. 3 lecture, Mortality analyses in the UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKCTOCS), Dr. Skates spoke to the McGill Reporter about his work.

McGill alumna named Canada’s Chief Scientist


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


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


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


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.

Onward to open science


A new partnership between The Neuro and F1000 will create a publishing platform for researchers that will speed the progress of neuroscience discovery.