$1.65M grant to study environmental change

$1.65M grant to study environmental change

McGill professor Andrew Hendry has been awarded an NSERC CREATE grant of $1.65 million to support training the next generation of environmental scientists in environmental monitoring, biodiversity surveying, and ecological impact assessments.

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Research

Hybrids on the track: How a Formula 1 car differs from a Prius

Hybrids on the track: How a Formula 1 car differs from a Prius

Diego Mascarella and Kieran Humphries, two young engineers with Master’s degrees from McGill, are fascinated by the complex systems of the modern Formula 1 engines and eager to talk about how much of the technology that went from street to track might find its way back to the street in ways a Toyota Prius owner might never dream of.

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Baby talk: Infants prefer listening to own kind

A better way to build DNA scaffolds

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Extra! Extra!

Educating the immune system to prevent allergies

Educating the immune system to prevent allergies

With the arrival of spring, millions of Canadians have begun their annual ritual of sneezing and wheezing due to seasonal allergies. A research team at the Montreal Children’s Hospital from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre is bringing them hope with a potential vaccine that nudges the immune response away from developing allergies.

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Board of Governors approves appointments of two new Deans

Pension Fund 2014 performance

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Entre Nous

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? That is the question

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? That is the question

If you want to make important decisions regarding vaccines, it’s important to understand the facts. What is the value of vaccines? How do they fight diseases? Dr. Brian Ward, a prominent researcher in the field of immunization, spoke to the Reporter about the vital role vaccinations play in our health and wellbeing.

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Education students grow from work with SEDE

Acting on climate change: Solutions from Canadian scholars

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News

Elizabeth Wirth – a special friend of McGill and Music

Elizabeth Wirth – a special friend of McGill and Music

McGill alumna and longtime supporter of the Schulich School of Music, Elizabeth Wirth (BA’64) has donated $7.5 million to the School. It is one of the most generous gifts to culture and music in Quebec, and one of the largest gifts ever to McGill from a female donor. The gift was announced at a special event celebrating philanthropy and featuring some of the School’s talented students and young alumni.

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McGill joins “Walk for Montreal” to inaugurate new MUHC Glen site

Eleven new professor promotions

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Other News

World first: Launch of Quebec registry for users of medical cannabis

World first: Launch of Quebec registry for users of medical cannabis

The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre and the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids have launched a registry for users of medical cannabis in Quebec that will allow physicians to better manage its use and monitor patient safety. This innovative project represents the world’s first research database on the use of cannabis for medical purposes and places the province at the forefront of research in the field of medical cannabis.

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Royal Victoria Hospital transferred to Glen site

Why did the skeleton cross the road?

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Budget Corner

McGill’s next budget: Cost-cutting measures maintained

McGill’s next budget: Cost-cutting measures maintained

While McGill’s cost-cutting measures will remain in place, staff salary commitments will be honoured and work will soon begin to modernize McGill’s buildings and IT infrastructure, Provost Anthony C. Masi told Senate in his annual budget presentation on April 22.

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Kudos

McGill health sciences research stars honoured at Parliament Hill event

McGill health sciences research stars honoured at Parliament Hill event

Five of McGill’s most distinguished researchers were honoured yesterday on Parliament Hill for their contributions to health sciences research in Canada and internationally at an event hosted by the Minister of Health, the Honourable Rona Ambrose. Professors Alan Evans, Brigitte Kieffer, Nahum Sonenberg and, in absentia, Brenda Milner and Michael Meaney were presented with certificates of merit for their pioneering and cutting edge work in basic biology, brain imaging, psychiatry, and learning and memory.

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McGill trio honoured by YWCA as Women of Distinction

McGill to award 16 honorary degrees


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Blog

uPrint: New prices for campus printing as of June 1

uPrint: New prices for campus printing as of June 1

As of June 1, the price of printing impressions using the uPrint service will be increased.

Read More → Pursue your writing passion

Pursue your writing passion

Do you aspire to write a memoir, complete a screenplay, dip into comedy, or delve into nature? Want to hone your writing skills and create vivid, moving stories? If so, kick off your summer by registering for a course with the McGill Writing Centre.

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Young people needed for musculoskeletal study

Researchers at McGill are seeking ~200 young people, 14 to 18 years of age, to help them get strong to live long.

Read More → Summer hours of service for food locations

Summer hours of service for food locations

Looking for on-campus food locations that are open this summer? Carrefour Sherbrooke Dining Hall located on 475 Sherbrooke West is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Read More → Updates on priority action plans now available

Updates on priority action plans now available

Where does McGill see itself in five years? In ten? Last year, Principal Fortier set out five priority areas for the future of the University. Quarterly updates about the corresponding action plans are now online.

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May 25: Living well beyond cancer

On Monday, May 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., hear from experts who will share their knowledge on living with cancer as a chronic disease, and from a survivor sharing his personal journey.

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Skype for business clients: Coming soon to Windows Lync

Recently, Microsoft released Skype for Business to replace Lync. This new version of Skype is a hybrid of the Lync client that you use at McGill and the Skype client you may use at home. IT Services will be deploying the new client to supported McGill faculty & staff users starting on May 13.

Read More → New Staff Directory request form

New Staff Directory request form

The Staff Directory allows people to look up McGill employees by first and last name, and displays contact information such as their title, department and phone number. If you wish to add, remove or update your own information in the Staff Directory, you may now submit a request via a new webform on the IT Services site

Read More → Kaspi, Lock elected to American Academy

Kaspi, Lock elected to American Academy

Vicky Kaspi and Margaret Lock have been voted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the most prestigious honorary societies in the United States. As announced earlier today, April 21, the pair are part of a 2015 cohort that includes some of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts.

Read More → Via Rail discount for McGill travellers

Via Rail discount for McGill travellers

VIA Rail is now offering a more attractive discount to all McGill travellers (for both University-related and leisure trips). Further details of the new agreement are on Travel Services’ VIA Rail page.

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Profile

Going local, in ancient Greece

Going local, in ancient Greece

Hans Beck, the Director of Classical Studies in the Department of History and Classical Studies, has embarked upon an ambitious research project looking at the emergence of localism in the city-states of Ancient Greece. The project, funded in large part by a grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, will focus on how, in reaction to the ever-expanding Greek empire, many Greeks turned their gaze inward toward local culture, customs and community.

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Hannah Taylor: Wrong turn sets her on the right path

Let your voice be heard – and keep being heard

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Four Burning Questions

Q&A with Roberta Thomson, inclusive education expert

Q&A with Roberta Thomson, inclusive education expert

The Office for Students with Disabilities is hosting its first conference, Universal Design for Learning: Canadian Perspectives, May 20–22. This conference explores sustainable pedagogical practices and tools, empowering educators to respond to diverse learning styles found in today’s classroom. In advance of the conference, the Reporter spoke to Roberta Thomson, an instructor for the Faculty of Education at McGill in the inclusive education, diverse learners and assistive technology areas and at LaSalle College for disability related courses.

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In conversation with Meg Hewings, GM of The Montreal Stars women’s hockey team

What their stories tell us: Female researchers in conversation

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In Focus

McGill embraces sustainable procurement

McGill embraces sustainable procurement

From chemicals, to tractors to computers, McGill purchases hundreds of millions of dollars of goods and services every year. Most of those purchases flow through McGill’s Procurement Services unit. When McGill adopted its first Procurement Policy in spring 2013, it gave Procurement Services the mandate to establish a culture of sustainable procurement practices at McGill and in its wider community.

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We’ve looked at clouds from both sides now

McGill prof: We need smart tolls on our bridges

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Around Campus

Awards celebrate equity and community building at McGill

Awards celebrate equity and community building at McGill

Monday, April 27, marked the ceremony celebrating the third annual McGill Equity and Community Building Awards. Outstanding students, faculty and support staff members were recognized for their work fostering links with the local community and for nurturing an environment of equity at McGill. Following their introduction by Associate Provost Lydia White, award winners in the four categories –Student, Faculty, Support Staff and Team – each received a plaque from Provost Anthony C. Masi

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End of an era as Reporter to go online-only

Open Air Pub Lite 2015: All-weather fun for a good cause

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In the Community

Clean ride mapper: Cycling the less polluted routes

Clean ride mapper: Cycling the less polluted routes

Cyclists in Montreal and Toronto can now choose the least polluted routes to get around their cities thanks to an online tool developed at McGill. Sometimes a detour of less than 1 km can make for a much less polluted ride.

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Youth from Kahnawake experience day as McGill students

Students give back to community

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