December 7, 2006

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December 7, 2006 - Volume 39 Number 08
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On Nov. 29, more than 200 medical students gathered at the Roddick Gates to protest the disruption to their classes caused by the dispute between Quebec medical specialists and the provincial government. Here, a passing cyclist offers high fives of support.
Owen Egan

McGill seals research bonds with India

Led by Denis Thérien, vice-principal research and international relations, a team of McGill researchers visited India to sow the seeds of future scientific partnerships with their Indian colleagues.

McGill AIDS fight gets $2.5-million boost

Using World AIDS Day as a springboard, the Harper government announced it was dedicating some $120 million in new funding for the global fight against HIV/AIDS. From that, McGill's AIDS efforts will get a $2.5-million injection.

Two for the Rhodes: McGill pair to pack bags for Oxford
They are brilliant, artistic, intellectual, athletic and pretty sharp cookies. They are McGill's newest Rhodes Scholars.

Headliners: Tetley tees off
William Tetley, McGill law prof and former cabinet minister under Robert Bourassa, ruffles some feathers with his new book about the October Crisis.

Haldane bids adieu
Maeve Haldane calls it quits after almost five years as editor of the McGill Reporter.

McGill Matters
All the news you need to know about holiday security and the Principal's Awards for Administrative and Support Staff.

P.O.V.: Of belief and bravery
Nargess Tavassolian, a first-year LLM, non-thesis student at McGill and the daughter of Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, looks at the state of human rights in Iran.

Profile — Flo Tracy: A lifetime of service

She's a nurse, a surrogate mother of thousands, a nominee for Peacemaker of the Year and soon to be the first layperson installed as a canon of Christ Church Cathedral. She's Flo Tracy, or just plain Flo.

Ask an Expert
A politically minded reader asks where did the political spectrum of left, centre and right originate.

Marliss delivers prestigious lecture, Johnston honoured for work in pain and electric snowmobile creates a buzz.

Entre Nous with David Covo, director of the School of Architecture
Entering the final semester of his mandate as director of the School of Architecture, David Covo discusses everything from the architect's role in society and the importance of freehand drawing to how a good sailor can smell the shifts in the wind.

Pearlman and McLean: No clash of styles

What do you get when you combine Dean of Music Don McLean and rock production legend Sandy Pearlman? A treat for students next semester.
Five cents a dance?
Sandy Pearlman helps develop a new multidisciplinary graduate course that will give students the chance to answer the question "What's wrong with music?"

Renovation to help Psychiatry Department attract new researchers
Alumnus and businessman Irving Ludmer gives $3 million to help the Department of Psychiatry improve its infrastructure.

A ray of hope

Christina Clausen, the first McGill Nurses for Highlands Hope Fellow, returns home from a two-month stint in Tanzania.

No more slip-sliding away

A McGill-based study hopes to show that a pair of dental implants dramatically improves a person's health.

Surviving cancer once cured

McGill's Cancer Nutrition-Rehabilitation Program redefines patients' physical and emotional lives.

Dreaming together for a better world

Dr. Vassilios Papadopoulos is named as scientific director of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.

Empowering the human family

With Human Rights Day looming on the horizon, the McGill Reporter takes a look at some of the many impressive initiatives being undertaken at McGill.

The deeper meaning of wear and tear

Roland Bennewitz, an experimental nanomechanics professor, is researching friction at its most fundamental level.

Douglas honours Fuks

The Douglas Hospital honours outgoing Dean of Medicine Abe Fuks at its Scientific Research Day on November 29.

Vicky Kaspi, star of stars

And the awards and accolades keep rolling in for McGill's famous stargazer. This time, astrophysicist Vicky Kaspi takes home the prestigious Steacie Prize in the Natural Sciences.

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Maya Kaczorowski (U1 Arts and Science) holds a candle during the memorial service held in Birks Chapel in honour of the 14 women killed at l'Ecole Polytechnique on Dec. 6, 1989. The Sexual Assault Centre of McGill Students organized the memorial.
Owen Egan

Senate passes anti-hazing policy

In response to last year's hazing incident involving members of the McGill Redmen football team, Senate approved a policy forbidding hazing and inappropriate initiation practices both on and off campus.

Around campus
As Christmas approaches the campus is alive with the sounds of classical concerts, skating parties, food drives and, of course, Sasquatch.

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Enhancing student life

Deans' Wall

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Owen Egan

McGill's exceptionally helpful deans and associate deans of students were honoured for their contributions to student life Nov. 3 with the creation of both a Deans' Wall in the Brown Student Services Building and a Dean of Students Bursary Fund.

On hand were, left to right: Lynn Butler Kisber, former associate dean of students and former acting dean; former Deans of Students Eigil "Pete" Pedersen and Irwin Gopnik; Elizabeth Rowlinson, former associate dean of students; former Associate Dean of Students Linda Jacobs Starkey, who, it was announced Dec. 5, will continue serving as interim dean of students until May 31, 2007; Rosalie Jukier, former dean of students; Rhonda Amsel, a former associate dean of students who, it was also announced Dec. 5, will continue serving as interim associate dean of students until May 31, 2007; and Kay Sibbald, former associate dean of students and former acting dean.