Yesterday was a bad day to start your diet if you were on McGill’s lower campus. But, if you have any kind of a sweet tooth, it was a day for the record books as the good folks from Student Housing and Hospitality Services whipped up and served a humungous 4,400-pound brownie to the delight of thousands of hungry people.
McGill is playing host to a series of lectures in Crystallography, marking the International Year of Crystallography and the International Congress of Crystallographers in Montreal until next Tuesday. Dan Shechtman, who spoke Thursday night, was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for a controversial discovery – but only after his research was initially castigated by such luminaries as fellow Nobel winner Linus Pauling, among others.
The downtown lower campus will be busy again this summer as construction crews try to keep up with McGill’s significant infrastructure deficit. Perhaps most visible among the projects will be important stone restoration work at the Macdonald-Stewart Library building, which houses the Schulich Library of Science and Engineering.
McGill’s initial experiment with Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, has been a success and the first offering, Food for Thought, will be repeated next year. More than 32,000 people from 160 countries, with an average age of 35 (a bit younger than normal) signed up for the MOOC. Almost 1,800 people completed all elements of the course, and another 7,000 people completed at least one assignment or test.
In a time when science undergraduates around the world bemoan the delay between learning the theory behind the techniques and getting to practice them, a unique program at McGill offers students invaluable lab internships working as full-time researchers.
The first day of Convocation ceremonies is always a buzz of activity but this year, students, faculty and staff had more than one reason to celebrate. On Wednesday, May 28, the McGill Library in conjunction with several other units on campus, formally launched the newly renovated McLennan-Redpath Terrace as a smoke-free environment.
If you find yourself in the vicinity of Pine Avenue and University Street at specific times of day over the next several weeks, you may hear the odd earth-shattering kaboom. Blasting associated with the construction of a new service tunnel that will run from somewhere near that intersection under the Lyman Duff Building and the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – the Neuro – to its terminus at the north end of the Neuro will occur Monday through Friday at two periods each day: from 7 – 7:30 a.m. and from 7 – 7:30 p.m.
On May 6, the Faculty of Medicine held a Town Hall to discuss in detail the Faculty’s undergraduate medical school admissions process and to address concerns expressed in the community about its evolution over recent years. “In order to be an excellent school, it has to be very competitive to get in. If it isn’t competitive, we won’t be able to guarantee that our graduates are the best they can be,” explained Dr. David Eidelman, Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine about the importance of widening the applicant pool for the program. “I can assure you it is very competitive and our graduates are outstanding.”
A drab hallway, an empty lawn, an awkward nook – every university has them. But what if these were re-imagined as a colourful study space with bench seating, a pop-up outdoor classroom, and a busking area for student musicians? On April 10, a group of about 25 students, staff, faculty and alumni came together to explore McGill’s existing downtown lower campus and to re-imagine some of the everyday spaces that surround us.
In advance of his May 5, Stress Management workshop, Monday, François Labrecque from Organizational Development, discusses the various strategies and techniques people can employ to reduce the impact stress can have on their lives – both at home and at work.