In memoriam – Fall-Winter 2011

Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 1:17 pm

1930s JOHN M. CERINI, BA’32, at Pointe-Claire, Que., on May 13, 2011. MILDRED BRONFMAN LANDE, BA’36, at Westmount, Que., on April 28, 2011. SIMON GOLD, BSc’38, MDCM’40, MSc’45, at Montreal, on December 28, 2010. EUGENE W. CHIPMAN, BSc(Agr)’39, at Kentville, N.S., on April 6, 2011. FREDRICK CHU, MDCM’39, at Vancouver, on March 19, 2011. DOROTHY [...]

What big teeth you have, Fido

Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 11:36 am

McGill’s Hans Larsson was part of a research team that found the remains of a very peculiar-looking prehistoric crocodile that walked like a dog and ate with teeth like those of a sabre-toothed tiger.

Stress and the city

Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 11:33 am

Do you find city living stressful? According to a research team that included McGill’s Jens Pruessner, you have good cause. Living in the city can affect your brain in measurable ways.

Alumnotes – Fall/Winter 2011

Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 3:40 pm

AGRICULTURAL & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES ALFRED DALE ELLS, BSc(Agr)’61, was awarded an honorary degree by Nova Scotia Agricultural College, where he studied before attending Macdonald College. He returned to NSAC for the remaining 28 years of his working career, first as an associate professor and later as dean, vocational and technical education, and director of the [...]

Rich man, poor man, sick man

Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm

There is a widening gap between the rich and the poor in Canada, and the news just got worse for those who get by with less. Research led by Nancy Ross, an associate professor of geography, shows that there is also a gap in health-related quality of life: poorer and less educated Canadians can count [...]

In defence of religion

Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm

by Mark Reynolds In the 10 years since the September 11 attacks, the mainstream consensus has come to define religion by its most extreme and violent adherents. Osama bin Laden’s scriptural interpretations were accepted by many in the Western media as being authoritative, while reporters covering last year’s burning of a Koran by a fringe-dwelling [...]

Hip-hop high school

Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 11:54 am

Many words—not all of them complimentary—have been used to describe hip-hop. But in its 30-plus years of existence, the Bronx-bred art form, though a dominant cultural force, has seldom been called “pedagogically exciting.” Bronwen Low, an associate professor in the Faculty of Education, aims to change that. In 2002, Low embarked on a study that [...]

A quantum leap for research

Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 11:49 am

You thought your shiny new laptop was fast? Meet Guillimin, McGill’s new supercomputer, an $8.3-million dream machine for university researchers, who get to put Guillimin’s enormous memory to work on everything from astrophysics to neuroscience. “It’s a lot of computing power,” says Sangyong Jeon, director of CLUMEQ, the supercomputer-based consortium that brings together McGill, Université [...]

No hell in this kitchen

Posted on Monday, December 12, 2011 at 1:13 pm

by Wendy Helfenbaum Guillermo Russo, BA’05, may have a degree in industrial relations and international development, but he’s been keeping busy reinventing a Montreal culinary landmark. Last winter, rotisserie chicken fans across the city raised eyebrows at the news that their beloved Laurier BBQ was set to become British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s first Canadian [...]

Tales from times gone by

Posted on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Much of this issue concerns itself with history and that’s no accident. As I strolled along Peel Street on my way to work this morning, I walked past several street lamp banners, heralding the University’s 190th anniversary (the banners were designed, coincidentally, by the same talented fellow who helps put together this magazine— Steven McClenaghan). [...]