Volume 28 Number 13 € March 21, 1996

News and features

Universities will thrive in 21st century
There are challenges aplenty for universities to contend with, but the consensus at a special one-day symposium on "The University in the 21st Century" was that higher education will adapt and prevail.

One-day strike by TAs
McGill's teaching assistants staged a one-day strike to express their displeasure over the University's first salary proposal in negotiations with the TA union.

McGill pair win Killams
Philosophy professor Charles Taylor and French language and literature professor Yvan Lamonde were among 14 scholars from across the country to be awarded prestigious Killam Research Fellowships by the Canada Council.

New degree tailored to manufacturing sector
The Faculty of Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering have joined forces to create a new degree aimed at aspiring executives for manufacturing companies.

Cooperation adds up to good math
McGill mathematics professor Peter Russell heads up the Institut des sciences mathématiques--a consortium involving mathematicians from McGill, Concordia, Université de Montréal and Université du Québec à Montréal. The idea is to offer graduate students access to all four schools and Russell suspects other disciplines will soon follow the institute's lead.

Man of the people
McGill has a new executive director of human resources in place. Robert Savoie's priorities include promoting the benefits of working at McGill and improving the University's approach to job training.

Students vote to censure Pepsi
The University's undergraduates want their student government to avoid doing business with companies with questionable ethical practices. Pepsi was singled out for criticism for its dealings with the government of Myanmar.

Big Bang at heart of physics megaproject
Physics professors Tommy Mark and Jean Barrette are the only Canadian-based scientists involved in a massive international research project trying to replicate the sort of matter which existed in the universe immediately following the Big Bang.

Governments still ignoring global warming
An impressive panel of environmental scientists told a McGill audience that their warnings about the dangers of global warming aren't being heeded by policy-makers.

Notes and announcements

News from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
Opportunities for research support for graduate students.

Senate highlights
The future of the Faculty of Religious Studies and new student services fees were among the items discussed at the March 6 meeting of Senate.