April 3, 2003

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April 3, 2003 - Volume 35 Number 13
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Funk/jazz band SoulFull Moon plays as part of WarmWarmer, a climate change cabaret at the Sala Rossa venue last Monday, March 31. Performers concerned with climate change -- storytellers, comedians, poets, folk singers, academics, and even a mime -- got up on stage, and local artwork was displayed. Twenty-five percent of all proceeds will be donated to an organization that promotes climate change awareness. The McGill School of Environment, the Students' Society of McGill University and CKUT sponsored the event.
Photo: Owen Egan

Redheads and painkillers

They may never get over the pain of being called "carrot top" in their youth, but psychology professor Jeffrey Mogil has proved that women with red hair do respond better to certain kinds of analgesics. It's a significant step forward in pain research.

The illth of nations

Herman Daly says that economics has to change. The ecological economist came to deliver the second of the Rachel Carson Beatty Lectures. It's all about determining scale.

Experiment with reality

Each year the chemical engineering students of Martin Weber's Project Lab are consulted by local and multinational companies who need problems solved. The companies get solutions, and the students get to tackle "real world" engineering problems.

Foundations: Nervy art

My god, what is that? The Montreal Neurological Institute has some... er... "interesting" and scientifically inspired art inside and outside its walls.

Management shows social side

Daddy Warbucks would be appalled. The faculty of management, rather than training the rapacious capitalists of tomorrow, is a hotbed of social responsibility. Welcome to the Social Innovation Initiative.

Gulf watching

The invasion of Iraq meant business as usual for the panelists of McGill's GulfWatch. The five speakers continued to provide informed context for the dramatic events in the Middle East. And they're prepared to keep it up for the duration of the war.

Small changes, large consequences

What's going to do more damage to a river system: a hydroelectric dam, or a highway culvert? Seems obvious, but what about 1,000 culverts? McGill biologists are studying the effect of roadway culverts on trout.

The associate dean beat

What the heck does an associate dean do? The easier question might be what don't they do? These little-seen administrators enforce the rules, develop curricula, help students, liaise with other departments, the provincial government, community organizations and hospitals -- some of them even clean your teeth.

Also in this issue



Arryn Ketter takes monkeying around very seriously. Every Saturday the McGill law student heads to Carignan on the south shore to care for the 14 chimpanzees that are the former subjects of medical research, and now are "retired" to the Fauna Foundation facility; Drs. Ann Clarke and Rhoda Kagan work for peanuts. That is, the allergists are studying the prevalence of peanut allergies.

On campus

A new co-op offers food that will clean your conscience, but not your wallet. This will leave you with more money to donate to CKUT, which is starting its annual funding drive. Author Joy Kogawa will be coming to talk about both her work and "Mercy in the Age of War." No mercy, however, will be shown at the provincial election candidates' debate featuring would-be MNAs from four parties. Doctor doctor! The role of the clinician-scientist will be discussed at the Montreal General.

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