April 19, 2007

April 19, 2007 McGill University

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McGill Reporter
April 19, 2007 - Volume 39 Number 15
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Computational origami pioneer Robert Lang creates the head of a giant origami Pteranodon, a Cretaceous flying reptile, in the Macdonald-Harrington Building. He began folding the 5-metre square paper on April 17 and will finish on April 20. He will deliver a lecture (“Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes”) at 7 p.m. on Thursday April 19 in the Redpath Museum Auditorium.
Owen Egan

McGill welcomes Universitas

On April 20, McGill will host a gathering of international development experts and top academics who will look at the role of higher education in combating poverty and health care problems in developing nations.

Our hearts go out
Principal Heather Munroe-Blum speaks for the McGill community in expressing her deepest sorrow to the families of the victims of the Virginia Tech murders.

Gros team IDs spina bifida gene

McGill researchers link spina bifida to three mutations in the VANGL1 gene.

P.O.V.: Where was God during the Holocaust?

In the wake of the recent Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah, Eric Caplan, an associate professor in the Department of Jewish Studies, outlines his own theological misgivings about the existence of God.

Headliners: From total recall to climate free-fall

McGill experts let their voices be heard in the mainstream media on everything from the airline industry, to memory, to affordable housing up north.

Profile: Pearl of a sports scribe

Over the course of a career that has spanned three decades, sports information officer Earl Zukerman has reported on McGill's greatest sports moments.

Fighting the new F-word

The impetus behind PhD student Liz Meyer's study looking at gendered harassment in high schools was born following her own wrongful dismissal as a teacher for being gay.

Entre Nous with Dr. David Colman: Selling science in the name of the brain

The Director of the MNI talks about his first foray into lobbying the Feds for more research funding, future MNI programs and why his daughter likes making baking soda volcanoes.

The groves of academe, virtually

The McGill website just got greener with the addition of its virtual tour of the university's trees.

Carleton's Love tapped for Athletics

Drew Love comes over from Carleton to become the new Director of Athletics.

The business side of dietetics

Second-year dietetics students got a healthy serving of practical experience in cooking healthy meals for large groups of people.

Brian Little: Solving the goose bump mystery

Popular personality psychology prof explores the differences between introverts and extroverts, and discusses how the two aren't always that far apart.

Summertime and the campin' is easy

Did someone say summer camps? Ah, McGill's got some great ones.

Research & Discovery: At work in the world of parasites

The stuff lurking in your cat's litter box is more ominous than you think.

McGill Web Gems

What's better than online biodiversity and dictionaries? Nothing.

Symposium bridges disciplines

What do you get when you gather together a bunch of young graduate researchers? Nothing but good times.

Courting clerks

McGill ties its own record by having eight law students appointed as clerks at the Supreme Court.

This issue's Around Campus section features Earth Day celebrations, a mental illness film series and, of course, the much-anticipated M-Forum. Oh, and how about taxidermy? Lots of taxidermy.

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The McGill mascot is flanked by Provost Tony Masi and student Julia Webster (U2 B.Sc). Recently, Masi and Webster took part in the Student Organization for Alumni Relations’ Trading Places initiative and swapped roles for part of a day. Of her four hours as Provost, Webster said, “From a student’s perspective, it’s incredible to see the actual job an administrator does. They really are dedicated to improving student life.” For his part, Masi said that sitting in on his first class in 30 years was “absolutely spectacular. I would love to see more McGill administrators taking part in Trading Places.”
Steve Campbell

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Jessica Godin accepts the American Ambassador Prize given annually to McGill’s top North American Studies student from U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins (left) and Economics Professor Thom Velk.
Owen Egan