After a whirlwind six months, Professor Suzanne Morton is ending her tenure as Acting Director at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) to head back to the Department of History and Classical Studies. As her stint at the MISC winds down, the Reporter caught up with Professor Morton to get her thoughts on what’s next for the Institute.
Quebec’s new finance minister, Carlos Leitao, BA’79, has a way with numbers. Good thing, since he is the architect of the Liberal Party’s first budget under Premier Philippe Couillard that will be introduced later today. But the province’s faltering economy wasn’t the only thing that propelled Leitao into the political fray.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier has completed her first academic year leading McGill. She took some time to sit down with The Reporter to discuss what she has discovered about the University and where it is headed.
On May 28, Roderick Macdonald was awarded in absentia the McGill University Medal for Exceptional Academic Achievement, one of the University’s highest honours. Macdonald received the McGill Medal as part of the Convocation ceremony for the Faculty of Law, where he taught thousands of students over the course of a distinguished career that spanned more than three decades.
After the Budget Book was approved by the Board of Governors on April 28, the McGill Reporter sat down with Provost Anthony C. Masi to talk about Budget FY2015, reinvestment, funding our priorities and McGill’s financial future.
“Being Chancellor has been a whole new life for me,” says H. Arnold Steinberg. “Nothing compares to this.”Profile
With his mandate ending on June 30, Chancellor H. Arnold Steinberg is getting ready to officiate his last round of McGill convocations. His chancellorship is just the latest achievement for a man whose deep connections to the University span his entire adult life – including 19 years as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the McGill University-Montreal Children’s Hospital Research Institute, 10 years on the University’s Board of Governors and, with his wife, Professor emerita Blema Steinberg, playing an instrumental role in developing McGill’s renowned medical simulation centre. But, as Chancellor Steinberg tells the McGill Reporter, he doesn’t plan to be finished with McGill any time soon.
What would inspire someone to set up miles and miles of steel fences three feet high and two feet deep in the sand hills of Nebraska? For newly hired evolutionary biologist Rowan Barrett, it’s just another day on the job. The experiment, to study the color of mouse coats, is a way to witness evolution in action, another avenue of unraveling exactly how organisms adapt to their changing environments. Barrett sat down with the McGill Reporter to explain his fascination with fences, deer mice, stickleback fish and lizards and how they all relate to his research about the genetic mechanisms which govern adaptation.
Many parents worry their kids will quickly outpace them when it comes to using digital technologies. How do we guide their use of Internet tools and keep them safe when they know so much more than we do? Educational consultant Alissa Sklar, Ph.D., offers parents the general guidelines and basic skills they need in a two-hour crash course on social media Tuesday, April 29 (7 p.m. – 9 p.m.) at the McGill Faculty Club. Ideal for parents of kids in kindergarten through 7th grade. Sklar will cover the basics to help parents understand the logic behind basic settings, privacy controls, reporting and blocking inappropriate behaviour and cyberbullying.
On April 8, at the concert commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the 100th anniversary of the First World War, there will be lots of butterflies among the more than 100 musicians who will take part. Chances are no one will be more stoked than Moe Touizrar, the doctoral student in Music Composition who was commissioned by Alain Cazes, Director of the McGill Wind Symphony to write a special piece just for this event. “It is my first commissioned piece,” says Touizrar. “It’s pretty exciting.”
On Monday, March 31, 2014 Visiting Eakin Fellow Cheryl Suzack (Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Toronto), will join N. Bruce Duthu (Samson Occom Professor and Chair of Native American Studies, Dartmouth College), to deliver the 2014 Eakin Lecture, Discussing Indigenous Agency.