October 24, 2002

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October 24, 2002 - Volume 35 Number 04
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"And-a one, and-a two..." o.k. Reid LeBlanc may not be able to count in four/four time quite yet, but he does know his classical music. Reid, graciously accompanied here by his mother Daphne Ducharme, is the subject of a study on how babies perceive music. How about a chorus of Baa Baa Bach Sheep? See story.
Photo: Owen Egan

CISDL changing world

McGill's Centre for International Sustainable Development Law had some heady successes at the Johannesburg Summit recently. From wowing government officials to forging partnerships and providing training materials, this young centre is out to change the world.

Forces for the future

McGill's nominees batted .500 for the fourth annual Forces Avenir awards for student achievment. Two of the four finalists walked off with the coveted bronze statue, and $4000.

Fall 2002 Honorary doctorates
Conductor Franz-Paul Decker; Journalist and editor Sally Wishart Armstrong

Working for a community's good

Urban Planning professor Raphael Fishler and Environmental Studies professor Renée Seiber have spent the last two years studying the Parc Ex neighbourhood. They found working in the complex immigrant neighbourhood posed special challenges for academic projects.

Ravel-ing rugrats

Sick to death of purple dinosaurs crooning "I love you, you love me?" Give you, and your baby a break. A McGill researcher has discovered that infants actually have more musical sophistication than previously suspected.

Man against militia

Historian Jack Granatstein came to McGill to unveil his new book "Canada's Army, Waging War and Keeping the Peace." He had some kind words for former McGill Principal Sir Arthur Currie – and harsh ones for the Chrétien government.

Two views on religion in liberal democracy

Is there space for nonsecular faith in democracy? Are we going to a non-civic place in a handbasket? Neoconservative Catholic priest Richard John Neuhaus and liberal pundit William Galston give back-to-back Beatty lectures for the recent Pluralism, Religion and Public Policy Conference.

M compensation

The compensation formula for managers at McGill will be changing, effective December 1. There are plenty of changes, but flexibility -- and offering competitive salaries -- are the key elements.

Brace yourself for climate change

Drought in the West. Falling water levels in the Great Lakes and the St Lawrence Seaway. Water management is always an issue in Canada, and accelerating climate change will only make adaptation more important. A new research network at the Brace Water Resource Centre aims to tackle the problem.

Sculpting thought

Noted sculptor Royden Rabinowitch took his Maxwell Cummings lecture audience on a tour of his artistic development. The portrait of the artist as a young man: obsessed with salt licks, intrigued by the monochord, and talking to his mother about the historic origins of perspective -- all this before he hit puberty.

Forensic architecture

The remains of a collapsed bridge give clues to its demise much the same way a forensics expert can tell who did a crime from scrutinizing a bloodstain. Raynald Gauvin can show you how, with the aid of his electron microscope.

Pressed for Distribution

The bankruptcy of General Publishing Co. left dozens of book publishers in Canada scrambling for distributors. McGill Queen's University Press lost $800,000 in the debacle -- but MQUP business manager said his publishing house was "fortunate."

Roberta Bondar speaks to students

Education and a determination to move forward can take you anywhere. Roberta Bondar would know -- Canada's first female astronaut recently visited McGill to talk about careers in science. More than that, she stressed the importance of learning, flexibility and keeping an open mind

Membership has its privileges

The Royal Society of Canada is 1500 members strong. No, they don't indulge in mysterious freemasonry, but set out to help governments with policy and foster thoughtful scholarship. Could you become a member?

Also in this issue



Wayne Wood: E to the power of two; Jubilee lunch with the Queen

Senate briefs

On campus
Global positioning; Health by design; Putting social into science; Women in Afghanistan; Everyone loves a parade

Chad Diabo having a good time at the First Peoples' House's (and McGill's) first Pow Wow, October 11. Booths sold crafts, books, clothing and jewellery. All kinds of folk participated in dancing, throat singing, making music and sampling elk meat at the festive event.
Owen Egan

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