Multimedia

Our multimedia offerings are expanding fast — from the “Making Headway” video series, to the “Workspace” profiles of researchers in their natural environments, to our wide array of audio and video on iTunes U. Check this space periodically for new multimedia content.

Training peace negotiators: McGill’s Peacebuilding Simulation

Rex Brynen

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Go inside the world of Poli Sci 450: The Peacebuilding Course. Prof. Rex Brynen leads students on an intense week-long simulation of civil war and peace negotiations in the fictitious land of Brynania.

How to be successful at speed dating

John Lydon

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Prof. John Lydon, considered to be one of the world’s foremost experts on romantic relationships, uses speed dating to understand male-female attraction, and how a person’s childhood can affect their success in finding a mate.

Genetic secrets of ant societies

Ehab Abouheif

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Biology Prof. Ehab Abouheif has uncovered fascinating secrets about ants, and how they have used their environment to alter their genes in order to maintain social order.

Pain pioneer

Ronald Melzack

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Ronald Melzack, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, revolutionized our understanding of human pain with the Gate Control Theory of Pain and the McGill Pain Questionnaire, now used worldwide.

Leading the fight against AIDS

Mark Wainberg

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Mark Wainberg, microbiologist, identified one of the most effective AIDS drugs, and served as president of the International AIDS Society, becoming a prominent voice on the world stage. Meet a researcher turned activist.

The Gold standard in cancer research

Phil Gold

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Phil Gold, Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Oncology, discovered the first and most widely used blood test for cancer, CEA, making early detection and better treatment possible.
Meet a McGill legend.

African adventure

Robert Kok, Michael Ngadi & Vijaya Raghavan

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Three bioresource engineering undergrads venture to Benin, Africa to help women rice farmers improve their post-harvest technologies and have the experience of a lifetime.

Searching for arctic microbes

Lyle Whyte

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Is there life on Mars? Microbiology Prof. Lyle Whyte and his team of students head up to the McGill Arctic Research Station in search of microbes surviving in the permafrost.

Hunting for mass graves

André Costopoulos , Margaret Kalacska, Samuel Algozin, & Frédéric Mégret

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Archeology and Geography students are digging up bones at Parc Safari in Hemmingford, Quebec. See how this field research program took on a human rights dimension with the
Faculty of Law.

Astrophysics

Vicki Kaspi

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Star Trek fan and world-renowned astrophysicist Vicky Kaspi and PhD student René Breton were the first to test Einstein’s theory of general relativity in extreme gravity using a rare double pulsar system.

Costume design

Catherine Bradley

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Catherine Bradley’s Digital Costume Illustration System allows a layperson to easily transform a photograph of an actor into a detailed costume drawing that is perfectly proportioned to that person’s exact measurements.

Alzheimer’s research

Serge Gauthier, Judes Poirier, & Rémi Quirion

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Alzheimer’s Disease is a devastating illness that is on the rise in Canada. However, McGill researchers Serge Gauthier, Judes Poirier & Rémi Quirion are making major advances in our understanding and treatment of Alzheimer’s.

Broadband technology

Mark Coates, Tho Le-Ngoc, & Dave Plant

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Broadband research is a McGill area of expertise. Meet researchers such as David Plant, Tho Le-Ngoc, and Mark Coates who are on the forefront of machine-to-machine communication, high-speed internet technologies, and
wireless communications.

Green chemistry

Bruce Lennox, Chao-Jun Li, & Audrey Moores

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Green chemistry is a relatively new field of research, in which McGill is playing a leading role worldwide. Find out how Bruce Lennox, Chao-Jun Li & Audrey Moores are developing processes and products to reduce or eliminate hazardous substances
and manufacturing waste.

Pain

Bushnell, Cervero, Melzack, Mogil,
Schweinhardt, Shir & Ware

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Chronic pain affects millions of people worldwide, yet remains a medical mystery. McGill researchers, many of them “making headway” at the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain, are using genetics, brain imaging, and many other novel techniques to better understand and treat this often debilitating disease.

Neuropsychology & memory

Brenda Milner

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Meet legendary neuropsychologist Brenda Milner, credited with many landmark discoveries in the study of human memory and the temporal lobes, or read a Q&A with Dr. Milner, published in the Summer 2009 issue of Headway.

Food security

Vijaya Raghavan

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By reducing post-harvest crop losses, McGill Bioresource Engineering Professor Vijaya Raghavan is revolutionizing farming practices in rural India and helping thousands of
farmers help themselves.

Paleontology

Hans Larsson

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On a summer camping trip in the fossil-rich Alberta badlands, 14-year-old dinosaur enthusiast Hans Larsson met paleontology legend Philip Curie–and received two pieces of advice: keep pursuing scientific study, and go to McGill. So Larsson did both.

Wireless IT

Dave Plant

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How can 20th-century fibre optics handle the connectivity needs of the 21st-century? David Plant recently received a $5.5-million boost in his race to meet global HD video demand.

Plant science

Don Smith

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When he’s not working on smarter biofuels or discovering brand new antibiotics, Plant Sciences professor Don Smith is enlisting food crops in the fight against greenhouse gases.

Global warming

Bruno Tremblay

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Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Professor Bruno Tremblay, one of Canada’s leading climate researchers, treks to the Canadian Arctic to measure sea ice melt and predicts an ice-free Arctic in the not-too-distant future.

Spectroscopy

David Burns

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A breakthrough by Chemistry Professor David Burns could help control the multiple births that often result from in vitro fertilization, and might lead to early detection tests for diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Family rights

Jody Heymann

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Across the developing and developed world, Jody Heymann’s Institute for Health and Social Policy fights for working families’ rights to equality, health and fair employment standards.

Mintzberg on Managing

Henry Mintzberg

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Management expert Henry Mintzberg has played a major role shaping the world’s concept of managing. According to him, CEO bonuses need to disappear and companies
should promote “communityship”.

Helping Victims of Abuse

Delphine Collin-Vézina & Nico Trocmé

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In Quebec, 22% of women and 9% of men say they were sexually abused as children. Very little is known about the problem, but that is changing thanks to the McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families. Meet Delphine Collin-Vézina & Nico Trocmé, two of the leaders in the effort to fix this problem.