Professor David Saunders has left McGill to become the new dean of management at the University of Calgary. As the former associate dean of master's programs for the Faculty of Management, Saunders played a key role in establishing the McGill MBA program in Japan.
Professor Victoria Kaspi has joined the Department of Physics, becoming the department's only female faculty member. Kaspi is an astrophysicist who recently served as an assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Centre for Space Research. She has published several recent articles about pulsars and was part of an international team that discovered the 1000th pulsar known to science.
Dr. Lucien Abenhaim, from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, has left McGill to become the director-general of health for France, a position roughly equivalent to that of the surgeon-general in the United States. Abenhaim is also leaving his position as the director of clinical epidemiology at the Jewish General Hospital.
Professor John Stix has joined the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. His research interests include forecasting eruptions at active subduction-zone volcanoes, the geochemistry of volcanic gases, and the development of new infrared remote sensing techniques to measure gases at active volcanoes. He was a geology professor at the Université de Montréal.
Pediatrics professor Roy Gravel has left McGill to join the University of Calgary. A geneticist and an expert on Tay-Sachs disease, Gravel was appointed to a Killam Memorial Chair -- the U of C's most prestigious award for research -- in the U of C's Faculty of Medicine and has a cross-appointment in kinesiology.
Ms. Lucie Rémillard will be the new director of the Montreal Neurological Institute's Departments of Development and Public Relations. Rémillard begins her new job on September 13. She is currently the campaign director for Centrade where she oversees an annual effort to raise more than $30 million.
Mr. Ray Satterthwaite, director of the McGill Annual Fund, is leaving the University to become the director of major gifts and faculty development at Queen's University. Satterthwaite's responsibilities will include the Queen's capital campaign, as well as overseeing the work of the university's central major gifts, staff and faculty officers.
Professor Maggie Kilgour, the author of books about the gothic novel and the theme of cannibalism in literature, is the new chair of the Department of English. Kilgour previously served as the department's director of graduate studies.
Professor Melanie Nash, a film historian, has joined the Department of English. Nash's recent publishing credits include a piece in The Canadian Journal of Film Studies about actress Norma Shearer, one of the first Canadians to become a major Hollywood star.
Professor Miranda Hickman has joined the Department of English. Hickman previously served on the faculty of the University of Tulsa. Her research interests include Anglo-American literary modernism, gender studies and textual scholarship. She is preparing a book on the correspondence between writers Ezra Pound and Stanley Nott.
Mr. Terry Tobin is the new development and alumni relations associate for the Faculty of Engineering. Tobin, a member of the Management Forum steering committee, previously held a similar position for the Faculties of Education and Religious Studies.
Management professor Terry Thomason, an expert on unions and labour relations, has left McGill to become the new director of the Charles T. Schmidt Jr. Labour Research Center at the University of Rhode Island.
Dr. Phil Beck, from the Department of Psychiatry, has been appointed as the Faculty of Medicine's new associate dean of admissions. He succeeds Dr. Nelson Mitchell, who held this post for six years.
Ms. Jo-Ann Sciampacone is McGill's new parking coordinator, responsible for the day-to-day operation of the University's parking system. Previously, she was the operations manager for the McGill Bookstore.