Spring 2021

Noubar Afeyan standing alongside a river

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine is one of the planet’s best hopes for prevailing against a pandemic that has affected millions around the world. Noubar Afeyan, BEng’83 (pictured), is the company's co-founder, while Hamilton Bennett, BSc(FSc)’07, is one of the principal players leading Moderna’s vaccine efforts.

Claire Saffitz became an online sensation thanks to her inventive work on Bon Appétit's “Gourmet Makes.” Her new cookbook and YouTube channel are devoted to desserts.

Culture

Cooking up a new plan

Claire Saffitz, MA’13, became a culinary superstar on "Gourmet Makes," a hugely popular YouTube series in which she whipped up her own home-made versions of beloved snack food staples like Twinkies. She is now starting a new chapter in her career with a new cookbook and YouTube series.

Matt Haimovitz, an associate professor at the Schulich School of Music, is a Grammy Award nominee for his work on Luna Pearl Woolf: Fire and Flood.

Culture

Music professors’ albums attract Grammy attention

McGill music professors Matt Haimovitz (pictured) and John Hollenbeck have something in common with Beyoncé and BTS – they were all Grammy Award finalists this year. The McGillians spoke about what it’s like to be in the running for the music industry’s most famous prize.

From Tracking the bold promise of new planned cities

“They’re so ambitious and they’re so idealistic. It’s just this sort of collective hallucination that we can design our way out of any problem.”

Sarah Moser

Sarah Moser
Head of McGill’s New Cities Lab

Peter Ilott hugs a colleague as they celebrate the science rover Curiosity's successful landing on Mars in 2012 (Photo: Brian Van Der Brug/Reuters). Discovery

“Talking” to Perseverance: A Mars veteran’s new mission

Did life exist on Mars about 3.7 billion years ago? Telecom systems engineer Peter Ilott, BSc’80, PhD’88, has been part of four successive NASA rover missions to the red planet.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier (Photo: Owen Egan) On Campus

Principal’s Perspective: A Year of Reimagining

McGill, like other universities worldwide, has been navigating the disruption of the pandemic over the last year. Despite the challenges faced, there are many reasons to be positive about the future of higher education and research, according to Principal Suzanne Fortier, BSc'72, PhD'76.

People

Astrophysicist is Canada’s rising star in election forecasting

It turns out that a degree in physics and a knack for mathematics comes in handy when you are analyzing polling data. Thanks to the accuracy of his electoral projections, Philippe J. Fournier, BSc’01, has become an in-demand political analyst.

Richard Jean So Discovery

A deep dive into racial inequality in the literary world

In his new book, McGill’s Richard Jean So brings together data science and literary history to examine how the book industry’s longstanding bias towards white authors has shaped American literary publishing.

Margaret Grenier performing People

Sharing a vibrant culture through dance

Margaret Grenier, BSc’97, won one of Canada’s top prizes for the performing arts for her work with the Dancers of Damelahamid, an Indigenous dance company that uses song and a unique form of masked dance to share First Nations’ cultural traditions. 

A wastewater treatment facility (Photo: iStock) Discovery

An early warning system for COVID in communities

In February, 2020, when the world changed, Newsha Ghaeli, MArch’13, and her company quickly adapted.

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