Provost Anthony C. Masi’s second five-year term comes to an end June 30. He will be succeeded by outgoing Dean of Arts Christopher Manfredi. Masi has spent 36 years at McGill, as a Professor of Sociology, as Chief Information Officer and as Deputy Provost and Provost. As Provost, Prof Masi has had oversight for both the McGill’s academic mission and the University’s budget. He sat down with The Reporter for a look back and a look ahead.
If you want to make important decisions regarding vaccines, it’s important to understand the facts. What is the value of vaccines? How do they fight diseases? Dr. Brian Ward, a prominent researcher in the field of immunization, spoke to the Reporter about the vital role vaccinations play in our health and wellbeing.
Over the past year McGill’s Social Equity and Diversity Education Office (SEDE) hired a trio of Education students who have since been leaving their mark on our community and the University. Teyesha Mullick, Carmen Villa and Rachel Zellars of the Department of Integrated Studies in Education each have different roles with SEDE and with the community, but, in an interview with the Reporter each of them had plenty to say about their experiences.
Catherine Potvin, a Canada Research Chair Climate Change Mitigation and Tropical Forests, has convened colleagues from 30 Canadian universities to join her in a collective initiative called Sustainable Canada Dialogues. The resulting group, that mobilizes over 60 researchers from every province, has built a consensus around a plan of sustainability solutions to help Canada successfully achieve transition to a low-carbon society. Potvin spoke with the Reporter about what government officials and ordinary citizens can do to mitigate climate change.
Laurence Parent is an academic, a film maker and an advocate for disability rights. She will be one of the participants in Media@McGill’s Radical Affordances panel on MArch 23. In advance of the event, Parent spoke to the Reporter about her work.
Arseli Dokumaci is a Fonds Québécois de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC) postdoctoral fellow at McGill’s Social Studies of Medicine Department. Her work focuses on the intersections of disability and performance, with an emphasis on everyday life performances, visual ethnography and measurements of disability in medicine. As part of Disabilities Awareness Week (March 23-27), she will participate in Media@McGill’s panel on Radical Affordances, whose title is inspired by her own research in the area of critical disability studies.
In December, leaders from Canada’s Greek community came together to donate $1.2 million to McGill to strengthen Modern Greek research and scholarship and endow the University’s Phrixos B. Papachristidis Chair in Modern Greek and Greek-Canadian Studies in perpetuity. The Reporter caught up with Professor Anastassios (Tassos) Anastassiadis, the current Papachristidis Chair, to get his thoughts on what this gift means to McGill and to Modern Greek Studies in Canada.
Jan Gogarten, a doctoral student in Biology and Vanier graduate scholar at McGill, speaks to the Reporter about his experience as a member of a large international interdisciplinary team that worked on study suggesting the possible source of the recent Ebola outbreak.
Dean of Arts Christopher Manfredi was named by the Board of Governors on Tuesday as McGill’s next Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). A 26-year veteran of McGill, Manfredi, 55, has served as a Professor in the Department of Political Science, Chair of that Department and, since 2006, as Dean of Arts. He spoke to The Reporter about the challenges he faces and about his life and background.
It’s a busy time of the year for Dean of Students Andre Costopoulos, who is also a Professor of Anthropology, as students flood back for another fall term. Dean Costopoulos found a few minutes to sit down with The Reporter to discuss his role as Dean and a wide variety of issues confronting students and administrators, including sexual assault, drugs and alcohol, student discipline and the changing relationship parents have with the University.