2012 Year in Review

A first ever national championship for the hockey Redmen was just one of the highlights of 2012. The Reporter looks back on the year that was, month by month, in words and pictures.

Another action-packed year at McGill is drawing to a close. Heading into 2012’s final stretch, the Reporter looks back on the year that was, highlighting some of the key happenings over the past 12 months in words and pictures.

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Life Sciences Complex receives Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold medal. Read more.

– Pioneering exercise researcher Steven Blair awarded the inaugural $50,000 Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health at a ceremony in Toronto. Read more.

– At University Senate meeting, McGill administration accepts all six recommendations in Dean of Law Daniel Jutras’s report on the events surrounding the campus protests of Nov. 10, 2011. Read more.

-Department of Physics associate professor Andreas Warburton tweets from Higgs boson press conference at European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. Read more.

– Four McGill discoveries among Québec Science magazine’s top 10 breakthroughs of 2011. Read more.

Photo: Sam Reynolds


Violist Isaac Chalk has been named 2011-2012 recipient of the Schulich School of Music’s coveted Golden Violin Award. Read more.

-Alumna Margaret A. Gilliam pledges $1.5 million to support University’s global food security efforts. Read more.

Five-day occupation shuts James Admin BuildingRead more.

– Debate on asbestos marks Senate session. Read more.

– Principal issues response to Jutras Report. Read more.

– Provisional Protocol sets protest guidelines. Read More.

– Education professor Shaheen Shariff wins Facebook Digital Citizenship research grant. Read more.

Photo: Brian Smith


– Rick Mercer visits downtown campus to film Mercer Report segment. Read more.

-Redpath Museum celebrates 130th birthday. Read more.

– $2-million gift from alumnus William Seath supports university-industry collaboration and entrepreneurship. Read more.

– Several hundred McGill students join massive tuition hike protest demonstration. Read more.

– Open Forum on Free Expression and Peaceful Assembly series launched. Read more.

Hockey Redmen win first national title in program history in overtime thriller. Read more.

-Arts undergrads vote down motion calling for unlimited strike. Read more.

– Alphonse-Desjardins Trading Room opens at Desautels Faculty of Management. Read more.

– Principal updates Board on McGillLeaks affair. Read more.

Photo: Claudio Calligaris


Principal Heather Munroe-Blum holds hour long Ask the Principal webcast. Read more.

– With Heather Munroe-Blum’s second term as McGill Principal coming to an end on June 30, 2013, the search for her successor begins. Read more.

Dr. Mark A. Wainberg awarded the 2012 Killam Prize in Health Sciences by the Canada Council for the Arts. Read more.

– Office of Sustainability honours seven McGill people and projects at their second-annual Catalyst Awards. Read more.

Photo: Owen Egan


McGill professor Don Smith to lead BioFuelNet Canada, a new Government of Canada funded Network of Centres of Excellence. Read more.

– Marc Weinstein reappointed Vice-Principal (Development and Alumni Relations). Read more.

– Bookstore closed, other McGill buildings suffer water damage after torrential downpour. Read more.

-McGill strengthens its ties with Brazil. Read more.

– Sign of the online times: Print version of McGill Reporter eliminated. Read more.

– Discussing dissent: Symposium on Free Expression and Peaceful Assembly held. Read more.

Photo: Owen Egan


– Goodman Cancer Research Gala raises $1.15-million. Read more.

– McGill, MUNACA sign new Collective Agreement. Read more.

– McGill World Platform makes mark on global nutrition, health issues. Read more.

McGill celebrates Scottish roots by conferring hon docs to Principals of Glasgow and Edinburgh universities. Read more.

– University moves Spring Convocation ceremonies to Bell Centre. Read more.

McGill researchers involved in the ATLAS project during a recent visit to the CLUMEQ supercomputer.


– London Calling: Fifteen McGillians head to Summer Olympics. Read more.

– Course on human rights and religious minorities brings Faith and Globalisation Initiative students to McGill. Read more.

McGill physicists contribute to sighting of what could be the elusive Higgs bosonRead more.

Photo: Owen Egan


-Campaign McGill on track to exceed target. Read more.

University breaks Guinness World Record for largest fruit salad. Read more.

– Much-needed supplies set sail for Haitian school. Read more.

– Dobson Cup 2012 taps into wealth of entrepreneurial ideas at McGill. Read more.

Photo: Vikki Crane


-McGill nets six Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Fellows. Read more.

-McGill 18th in QS university rankings. Read more.

-Quartier de l’innovation: A blueprint for the future. Read More.

McGill swimmer Grand’Maison strikes gold at Paralympic Games. Read more.

-New PQ government promises to roll back tuition hikes. Read more.

– Royal Society of Canada honours 12 McGill researchers and scholars. Read more.

Photo: Owen Egan


– Report card 2012: Students grade McGill in annual CUR survey. Read more.

-Fall Hon Docs: Michael Meighan and Daniel Lamarre honoured at Convocation. Read more.

McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre lands key funding for epigenetics researchRead more.

– Munroe-Blum to Quebec: international students key part of our future. Read more.

– RIO’s report finds no evidence of asbestos research misconduct. Read more.

– Dr. Jean Lebel opens McGill’s fifth Conference on Global Food Security. Read more.

– McGill Centre for Studies in Aging and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute launch PONDER project. Read more.

– McGill 34th in Times Higher university rankings. Read more.

-McGill hosts conference on academic freedom. Read more.

Photo: Adam Scotti


– Le Violon d’or attribué à Baptiste Rodrigues. Read more.

-Immunology student and cross-country runner becomes McGill’s 134th Rhodes Scholar. Read more.

– Dr. Brenda Milner inducted into the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame. Read more.

– Senate endorses Strategic Research Plan. Read more.

Veterans, dignitaries, hundreds of spectators mark Remembrance Day at McGill. Read more.

– $15-million gift from Lorne Trottier to support key initiatives in Faculties of Science and Engineering. Read more.

– McGill tops Maclean’s ranking for eighth consecutive year. Read more.

– Andre Costopoulos named new Dean of Students. Read more.

Photo: Owen Egan


– $1-million gift creates new Korea Foundation Professorship of Korean Studies. Read more.

– McGill takes strong stand against provincial cuts. Read more.

– Sallis wins Bloomberg Manulife Prize. Read more.

– McGill physicists contribute to two of Top 10 Breakthroughs for 2012. Read more.

PGSS hosts “pre-summit summit” on higher education. Read more.