Volume 5, Number 2


Dateline: Haiti, January 2010. Robin Cardamore, a fourth-year resident in emergency medicine at McGill, does her rounds in a field hospital. She learns that the elderly woman in Tent 2, Row 8, has not heard from her family since the recent catastrophic earthquake. Cardamore circulates from tent to tent, piecing together fractured information about who might know whom. Hunches are played, calls are placed and — after a tense wait — good news is finally relayed back to Tent 2. A happy ending, yes, but Cardamore is struck by the disconnect between medical care and the inability to organize follow-up. She decides to develop a patient-tracking system that health care workers can use in hand-held devices. This is McGill’s brand new Humanitarian Studies Initiative in action.


Volume 5, Number 1

The traditional nuclear family is no longer a given. By mining a wealth of statistical data, Céline Le Bourdais is gaining important insights into how marriage, divorce and separation are affecting Quebec society.
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Volume 4, Number 2

McGill PhD candidate Sami Kilani (right) is a Palestinian member of the MMEP executive committee. School of Social Work professor Jim Torczyner founded the MMEP in 1994 as a way to build peace in the Middle East by promoting social justice.

The McGill Middle East Program in Civil Society and Peace Building is taking rights-based community practices out of the social work textbooks and putting them to work in the streets of Israel, Palestine and Jordan.

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Volume 1, Number 2

By James Martin Brace Centre researchers plunge into water issues at home and abroad The world’s population has doubled since 1960. The water supply has not. The United Nations Environment Programme predicts that in 25 years, more than half the world’s population will struggle with water shortages—with no part of the globe left unaffected. Already, [...]


Volume 2, Number 1

by Neale McDevitt Karen Johnston rewrites the rules of sports head injuries A quarterback gets “dinged” – knocked cold on the field – only to return in the second half to engineer a last-second victory in a game he will remember only from the television replays. A boxer peels himself off the canvas after having [...]


Volume 2, Number 1

by Jeff Roberts McGill neuroscientists span political chasms When Herbert Jasper met with a group of scientists in Moscow in 1958 to discuss the then fledgling discipline of brain research, the prominent McGill neuroscientist had a definite agenda—to reclaim science for the scientists. During the Cold War, science was but another arena for the opposing [...]


Volume 1, Number 1

By Jennifer Towell A multi-tasking professor makes connections around the world to foster peace in the Middle East Back in 1983, an undergraduate political science student at the University of Victoria had two choices for his honours thesis: the Falklands War or the conflict in Lebanon. His wife weighed in – the South Atlantic was [...]


Volume 1, Number 1

By Christine Zeindler A professor sounds the alarm over the crumbling infrastructure in Canadian cities Canada’s cities are falling down – bridges and overpasses are crumbling, water and sewer pipes are leaking and oversized potholes threaten to swallow small cars. McGill civil engineering professor Saeed Mirza is concerned that our children will inherit a country [...]


Volume 2, Number 2

By Chris Atack We’ve all heard the aphorisms, but what role does nutrition really play in keeping the doctor away? Researchers in the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition are delving into communities across Quebec, from First Nations towns on the shore of James Bay to cancer patients in Montreal hospitals, to better understand how our eating [...]