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.
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.
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.
Trottier Symposium on Sustainable Engineering, Energy and Design: Drafting a green blueprint for the futureEntre Nous
The first annual Trottier Symposium on Sustainable Engineering, Energy and Design will be held March 17-18 at le Centre Mont-Royal with the theme “Engineering our prosperity: sustainable cities and industries in the 21st century.” The Reporter caught up with Prof. Subhasis Ghoshal, Director of the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design at McGill to find out more about this inaugural event.