April 3, 2008

April 3, 2008 McGill University

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April 3, 2008 - Volume 40 Number 15
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In the Clutches of Clowns

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A caucus of clowns menaces Ivy Johnson in the original stage production of The Laboratory. Presented by the Department of English and the Drama and Theatre Program, the play runs until April 5 at Moyse Hall. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, and $10 for adults. For reservations call 514-398-6070.
Owen Egan

Sustainability not just for tree huggers

The 7th annual Rethink conference produces concrete plans to keep greening McGill.

Poli Psych 101

Professor Emeritus Blema Steinberg launches a fascinating new book looking at the pyschodynamic explanations for our leaders' behaviour.

Turning ideas into innovation

McGill receives CFI support for 10 research projects.

P.O.V.: En tout respect de l'accord France-Québec

McGill's VP of Public Affairs weighs in on the uproar over the Quebec-France pact.

Headliners: Voice from the past, predictor of the future

Water woes, old recordings and autism warnings.

Profile - Kay Turner: Steering the SSMU

She's the SSMU's new Prez and she's got lots of ideas for the year ahead.

McGill Web Gems: Cooking up a storm, and enduring the enemy

Vintage cookbooks and tuberculosis. Need we say more?

Green Corner: Save a tree today
Do you really have to print this web page?

Entre Nous with Cynthia Weston, Director, Teaching and Learning Services: Enhancing, engaging, educating

When you get your first teaching gig at the age of 10, like Cynthia Weston did, it is safe to say you're in this for the long haul.

Learning has no age limits: MILR opens educational doors to seniors

With an age range from 55 to 90+, the McGill Institute for Learning in Retirement offers classes different than anywhere else in McGill.

A different drummer

Schulich School of Music Jazz Performance student Karl Schwonik marches to the beat of his own drummer.

Redpath Mansion whodunit

Mystery at McGill? We won't give it away.

Ducks pluck Poitras from Redmen

Redmen goalie Mathieu Poitras gets invited to try out for the NHL's Anaheim Ducks.

Notes from the Field: Science journalists-in-training

Faculty of Science undergrads and budding science reporters head to the big American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Boston to answer the question: is science writing dead?

Mini-EdPsych: Learning, knowing, thinking, healing

The McGill Minis just keep growing.

Around campus
What is better than a grab-bag of science, culture and conservation? Throw a super model into the mix.


Red tape

Owen Egan

Will red tape at McGill one day go the way of the dinosaur? Absolutely – if intrepid and innovative employees have their say. On March 25 Principal Heather Munroe-Blum announced the winners of McGill's first "Cut the Red Tape" initiative in which members of the McGill community were asked for ideas to reduce administrative snags on campus.

More than 100 proposals were whittled down to a Top 10 list that would have made Franz Kafka proud. On March 25, a ceremony was held for the winners at the Redpath Museum. Pictured above, Deputy Provost Morton Mendelson and Principal Heather Munroe-Blum congratulate six of the winners: Jennie Ferris, Mohamed Layouni, Evie Cavis, Julien Villeneuve, Zhentao Li, Xavier Thibert-Plante. For more information on the winning entries, go to www.mcgill.ca/redtape.

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F. R. Scott Award Winners

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Professor Nicholas Kasirer, Dean of the Faculty of Law, with the Honourable Pierrette Rayle, Justice of the Court of Appeal of Québec and the Honourable John H. Gomery, former Justice of the Superior Court of Québec, winners of the F.R. Scott Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Law, which annually recognizes those McGill alumni who have provided exceptional service and leadership to society.
Jack Malric