May 22, 2003

May 22, 2003 McGill University

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May 22, 2003 - Volume 35 Number 16
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Was it something we said? This cat seems rather upset at her bovine companions. Hurt feelings and gossip -- the drama never stops at Macdonald Farm. We do hope that they did eventually kiss and make up.
Photo: Owen Egan

The art of being Dean

Sociology professor John Hall has been named the new Dean of the Faculty of Arts. He takes over a growing faculty moving in exciting new directions.

Suicide research centre opens

The Douglas Hospital will be home to a new research group that hopes to find answers to why people kill themselves. Director Gustav Turecki said the multidisciplinary approach may provide new insights.

McGill's matrix

Chief Information Officer Tony Masi is King of the Techno-sphere at McGill. He said the university's investment in new software and hardware is paying off for teachers, students and researchers alike.

Strike wrap-up

The TA union and McGill reached a settlement that was ratified by AGSEM on May 8. Everyone walked away happy with the deal, which will see pay equity for TAs by 2006.

Compiling Creole in the Caribbean

Perhaps you are feeling a little obsocky because you didn't get to bed until the fore-day morning? If so, you're probably in Trinidad. Education professor Lise Winer would know what you mean: she's writing a dictionary of Trinidadian words, expressions and shades of meaning.

Senate: Bookstore to budget

May 14 was budget day in Senate. Also covered was news about the bookstore, the health and safety audit and equity.

Compensation changes for course lecturers

The task force on non-tenure track academic staff has released a report that recommends establishing new minimum salaries for course lecturers.

Lessons in faith

The Elijah School for World Religions, affiliated with McGill, is a forum for Religious Studies professors to share their academic expertise -- and their personal convictions. Courses are held here and in Jerusalem.

Beasts with byte: Centre for Intelligent Machines

They're not toys, nor will they do your vacuuming. But the engineering marvels that are the walking robots of the Centre for Intelligent Machines are pretty hot stuff -- when they're not soaking wet.

Also in this issue

Ed. note

Last issue!



Spring 2003 Convocation

Honorary doctorates and emeritus professors


Faculty of Arts Research Officer Jo Ann Lévesque is like a professional best friend for academics: she'll get you money, she'll find you partners when your research project needs a company, she'll help you through the dark hours of grant applications.
The Birks Reading room is an undiscovered gem on Campus, and it's just been given some polishing. The small library has just been renovated and technically updated.

On campus

Roslyn Robertson Garden is a natural pharmacy near the McIntyre Medical Building, conference season is coming to McGill, and the McGill Institute for Learning in Retirement is kicking off its "Wonderful Wednesdays" seminars for the summer. Also, "Nature" editor Philip Campbell comes to McGill to talk about science and communication.

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