December 6, 2007

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December 6, 2007 - Volume 40 Number 08
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U3 Microbiology and Immunology student Adrian Tucker and his pal Mucca make the most of this year's first big snowfall on campus, under the watchful, somewhat frosted, gaze of James McGill himself.
Owen Egan

Cloned pigs a first in Canada

McGill's Department of Animal Science make history by producing Canada's first cloned pigs.

Fighting for human rights, one letter at a time

The Faculty of Law's student-run Human Rights Working Group rolled up their collective sleeves during a recent letter-writing event aimed at raising awareness of a variety of human rights issues.

Notes from the field: Never turn your back on a motorcycle

Dateline: New Delhi, India. Our intrepid reporter tracks down Madhav Badami as he takes on the problem of India's ever-growing transportation nightmare.

Headliners: From the (school) tie that binds to Sesame's mean streets

AIDS activism; boss of the NHL's Red Wings; Cookie Monster's dark side; and toys gone wrong.

P.O.V.: Canada, the Universal Declaration and tasers

Prior to International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, Frédéric Mégret, assistant professor of law and the Canada Research Chair on the Law of Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, comments on the Canadian taser controversy.

Profile - Brenda Milner: Making a little noise when she walks

In an institution surrounded by greatness, few have lived a life more grand, more simply.

McGill Web Gems: McGill of yesteryear, e-books and finding the right word

A veritable mine of McGill's web gems!

Entre Nous with Jana Luker, Executive Director of Services for Students
Student-first philosophy serves Luker well

She jumps off bridges, sails across the Atlantic and dedicates her life to enhancing the student experience. She's Jana Luker, new Executive Director of Services for Students.

Bourguignon Beat: Putting a name and face to McGill security

The McGill Reporter's man-on-the-scene tries to keep up with Mateo Salazar, the new Community Relations Patroller, as he walks his 40-kilometre beat around campus.

Seven new faces, seven new stories
Our annual roundup of some of the new professorial faces on campus focuses on everything from opera to electrical engineering.

Around Campus
A trio of treats from the Redpath Museum and the Principal on ice.


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Brendan Rahman, U3 Geography (Urban Systems) and Economics, gets some one-on-one time with Principal Heather Munroe-Blum following the Town Hall meeting on November 26.
Owen Egan

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Snow closing update

To all McGill staff, faculty and students: From now on, notification of weather-related university closings will be posted in the Top Stories news section of the McGill home page at To avoid confusion, postings will only appear if the university is closed or classes have been cancelled.


Tempête de neige : mise à jour concernant les annulations d'activités

Message à l'ensemble du personnel, des professeurs et des étudiants de l'Université McGill : Les messages relatifs aux annulations d'activités universitaires seront désormais affichés à la rubrique Manchettes de la page d'accueil du site Web de l'Université McGill à Afin d'éviter toute confusion, les annonces à cet égard ne paraîtront que si l'Université est fermée ou si des cours sont annulés.

Centraide Campaign in homestretch

Centraide Campaign

With two weeks left to go in McGill's Centraide Campaign, the total stands at $272,434.32 toward the goal of $290,000. Centraide McGill's Co-Chair, Catherine Stace says she's a little worried because employee participation rates are even lower than last year. 'Tis the season to be generous to those less fortunate than you. Don't be a scrooge, make the holidays something special for someone in need. For more information, visit

ATTENTION: McGill researchers!

Please let the McGill Media Relations Office know well in advance of any upcoming publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Though we can't promise a press release in every instance, we will respect embargoes and deadlines to help publicize your research accomplishments at McGill.

Contact Mark Shainblum for more information.