February 8, 2001

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February 8, 2001 - Volume 33 Number 10
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The Black Watch was on hand to give the opening ceremonies of the McGill Model United Nations Assembly a rousing start two weeks ago. Well over 1,000 students from universities across North America took part.
Photo: Owen Egan

Contracts in limbo

Education minister François Legault's suspension of the "contrats de performance" between the Quebec government and universities has spurred fears that new cuts to higher education could be in the offing.

In the hunt for new profs

Newly reappointed Dean of Religious Studies Barry Levy is building new bridges between his faculty, other McGill units and other institutions abroad. Most of all, Levy wants to hire new professors. To do that, he'll need to sit down with Stuart Price, McGill's first ever Vice-Principal (Academic Personnel and Planning).

Restoring remembering: Hormones and memory

Psychologist Barbara Sherwin has been a pioneer in establishing the links between estrogen and memory in women. Now she is delving deeper, trying to discover how hormone therapy might help men and women hold on to their memories.

More wrinkles out of IPP

Senate approves of McGill's new Intellectual Property Policy, while Dean of Students Rosalie Jukier presents an update on student wrongdoing.

On the squishing edge of technology

Physics professor Peter Grütter is earning an international reputation for his ability to put together innovative new ways to explore the smallest of materials. His work has earned him one of Canada's top prizes for science research -- the Steacie Fellowship.

Prospecting for black gold

Things have changed in the oil patch as J.R. Ewing has made way for a new generation of techno-savvy petroleum seekers. Earth and planetary sciences professor Bruce Hart is the man they turn to when they need an expert's opinion on the data their high-tech approaches produce.

Tales from the fishbowl

After making headlines last year for spilling the beans on a case of sexual harassment during a space-related experiment, Judith Lapierre has advice for those responsible for planning long space voyages.

Slice of life: Changing times for the lettered crowd

Ten years ago, fraternities and sororities were mired in controversy connected to alcohol, hazing rituals and allegations of sexual misconduct. They've cleaned up their acts. Now the biggest challenge is getting students to join.

Also in this issue



A firm hand at old Macdonald's farm; A crude and rude new voice among magazines; A determined foe of SSHRC takes aim.

Know comment
Now that Chapters has been bought, what does the future hold for publishers?

On campus
A math course that acknowledges the mathophobic; Engineers get culture; MBA students seek a place in the dot.com economy; The Vagina Monologues come to McGill


Who's that? Joanna Coleman, a master's student working with Avian Science and Conservation Centre director Professor David Bird, shows off Stevie, one of the ASCC's inhabitants, at last Sunday's Open House. Close to 3,000 people, many of them prospective students, turned out for the event, according to Admissions, Recruitment and Registrar's Office director Robin Geller.
Owen Egan

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