October 5, 2006

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I am a very proud member of the McGill community. I am proud of what this venerable university contributes as a world-class research institution. I am proud of the quality of education that McGill provides. I am proud of the beauty of McGill's campus.

I wish that in listing the many things to be proud of, I could say that McGill is exemplary as an institution where all its members — students and staff — make great efforts to recycle. But I can't.

Yes, I know that many individuals do, but that is not enough. We could do exponentially better! It's a question of mindset. It's a question of mindfulness that leads to something called second nature.

Throughout campus there are bins in which a variety of materials can be deposited for recycling. Since we have the means we cannot justify not recycling.

Rumours that planet Earth is one enormous dumpsite are greatly exaggerated! Our collective mantra should be Second Nature — Second Nature — Second Nature!

Carmelo Milo
Lab Manager/Technician, Psychology Department, Chaudhuri Vision Lab

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McGill's Jamie Scholefield was named the Canadian Interuniversity Sports male athlete of the week on September 24 after this three-goal performance versus rival Concordia. In other fitness news, on October 6, McGill will host the Journée nationale du sport et de l'activité physique. Between 11:45 am and 1:30 pm, several hundred downtown workers will gather on campus for a fitness session and a walk around the campus.
Andrew Dobrowolskyj

Professor Clark

Former prime minister Joe Clark signs on as a Professor of Practice for Public-Private Sector Partnerships at the McGill Centre for Developing-Area Studies.

A force to be reckoned with

McGill students walk away with a record five awards at the annual Forces AVENIR gala in Quebec City. But they're just doing it for the community.

Seymour Schulich does it again

Hockey has its Stanley Cup and now the Schulich School of Music has its own Golden Violin.

Headliners: From falling bridges to rising temperatures

McGill's bullpen of experts weigh in on everything from crumbling infrastructures to unwanted mollusks.

P.O.V.: Discussions with the Dalai Lama

What's better than meeting the Dalai Lama once? Meeting him twice, of course.

Catherine Stace: Doing unto others

She used to be one of McGill's unsung heroes, but we're singing her praises now. Read how this CAPS advisor goes above and beyond the call.

Ask an expert: Hitting the high notes
Stephen McAdams, CIRMMT director, fields the question as to whether it is possible for the human voice to shatter glass. He also tells us why marching soldiers get so out of synch as soon as they hit a bridge.

Architecture prof Annmarie Adams will be enjoying her own homecoming of sorts in 2008, when she hopes to return to her alma mater, University of California Berkeley, after winning the $40,000 Arcus Endowment Scholar-in-Residence award.

Entre Nous with Chandra Madramootoo, Dean of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
These are busy days at Mac Campus, what with the centenary, the commemorative stamp and a boosted interest in new fields like nutrigenomics, bioprocessing, food safety and bioinformatics. Dean Madramootoo takes a few minutes out of his hectic schedule to fill us in on what's happening at McGill West.

Going on the ethical wallaby

Margaret Somerville will be living the life of a rock star for the month of October as she embarks upon her cross-Canada Massey Lectures series. The sometimes controversial, always affable director of McGill's Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law expounds upon everything from bio-terrorism to wallabies.

Iconic Hersh to help launch Media@McGill

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh — the man who brought us My Lai and Abu Ghraib — will deliver a speech in conjunction with the opening of McGill's innovative media and communications studies program.

McGill devotes a week to R-E-S-P-E-C-T

McGill's Social Equity and Diversity Education office will be hosting the first annual Harassment Prevention Week, geared towards exploding common myths and misconceptions and helping people recognize harassment in its many nuances.

Cancer prevention gets attention at McGill

Not content with just researching cancer, oncology and medicine prof Michael Pollak began an outreach program that educates the public on how to prevent the disease.

Fighting childhood obesity around the world
Big kids now. Big problems later in life. McGill is organizing its second annual Think Tank to gather experts in a variety of fields to come up with an action plan to wean our kids off the cheeseburgers.

Finding narwhals

Natural Resource Sciences doctoral student Marianne Marcoux spent her summer perched on a cold rock shelf looking down on the frigid waters off Baffin Island. Sleep-away camp gone horribly awry? No, just part of her research studying the social structure of narwhals, those crazy whales with the unicorn horn.

People helping people

Bet you didn't know that the very first Centraide march back in 1991 kicked off on McGill's downtown campus. Sure did.

Cyanide and sin

How does a man turn a five-year eBay habit into a nifty book celebrating the classic covers of those cheesy true crime mags of the 1950s? Only art history and communications prof and pulp fiction aficionado Will Straw knows for sure.

Team training

While silos are great for storing livestock feed and nukes, they are lousy places from which to run health departments. So how is the McGill Educational Initiative on Interprofessional Collaboration promoting interdisciplinary teamwork? Read on...

Honouring Bruce Trigger

Hollywood can keep Indiana Jones, we've got Bruce Trigger — the archaeologist's archaeologist.

Hooked on wireless

Remember when you were the talk of the block if your TV could get Gilligan's Island without manipulating the old rabbit ears for 20 minutes? Well, those days are long gone, as witnessed by the upgrading of McGill's wireless network. That explains the ear-to-ear grins on laptop users across the university.

More than talking heads at Future of Music Summit

David Byrne's coming to McGill to discuss the direction of the music industry. Are musicians being taken to the river?

Can philosophy help the Middle East?

Professor Carlos Fraenkel takes a philosophical approach to solving the Middle East tensions by going to the Al-Quds' classrooms.

Around campus
Sea monsters, werewolves, the world's most prominent atheist and lots of free stuff! Can it really get any better than this?

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"You know, Margo, the problem with you is that you're full of mystical nonsense."
Nobel Prize winner, James Watson, to Margaret Somerville in regards to her spirituality.


Chandra Madramootoo, Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at McGill's Macdonald Campus, helps McGill Principal and Vice-Chancellor Heather Munroe-Blum unveil a Canada Post stamp commemorating the campus's 100th anniversary

Claudio Calligaris

Chandra Madramootoo, Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at McGill's Macdonald Campus, helps McGill Principal and Vice-Chancellor Heather Munroe-Blum unveil a Canada Post stamp commemorating the campus's 100th anniversary. The September 26 unveiling ceremony kicked off a year of centenary celebrations. For a full calendar of events, visit Celebrating 100 Years.