Graham A.C. Bell elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Graham A.C. Bell elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Prof. Graham A.C. Bell is among the newly elected Foreign Honorary Members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for 2014. Established by the Massachusetts legislature in the late 1700s, the Academy is America’s oldest and most prestigious learned honorary and independent policy societies. Its book of members reads like a Who’s Who of the most renowned scholars, scientists, and politicians from America and abroad – including, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Albert Einstein, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Niels Bohr, Winston Churchill and Stephen Hawking, among others.

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Research and Discovery

Pain curbs sex drive in female mice, but not in males

Pain curbs sex drive in female mice, but not in males

“Not tonight, dear, I have a headache.” Generally speaking, that line is attributed to the wife in a couple, implying that women’s sexual desire is more affected by pain than men’s. Now, researchers from McGill and Concordia University have investigated, possibly for the first time in any species, the direct impact of pain on sexual behaviour in mice. Their study found that pain from inflammation greatly reduced sexual motivation in female mice in heat – but had no such effect on male mice.

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Antibiotics improve growth in children in developing countries

Researchers land $3.5-million DFAT grant to improve health and agriculture in Ghana

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Campus Scenes

Three Bares brave chilly weather

Three Bares brave chilly weather

McGill’s iconic Three Bares statue gleams in the April sun after workers dismantled the wooden hutch used to protect it from harsh winter weather. The statue’s history is a colourful, sometimes controversial, one.

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Alexis Ohanian to Desautels gathering: “Don’t get hung up on great ideas – get started on them”

Nobel Laureate Akira Suzuki delivers public lecture in Otto Maass

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Around Campus

Happy video takes the edge off of exam stress

Happy video takes the edge off of exam stress

Tom Zheng is in his final month as a political science undergraduate, so he knows how tough a time of year this can be for students. “People are stressed, tired and very anxious during exams,” he says. “Sometimes it is hard to find a reason to smile.” So, what did Zheng do about it? He filmed a remake of Pharrell Williams’ hit video, Happy – shot entirely at McGill and featuring some 70 happy students shaking their moneymakers. “I just wanted to show people that regardless of how busy or stressed we are, we can always find those little moments of happiness,” he says.

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Could Royal Vic cure McGill space woes?

The three As of aging gracefully: Accept, adapt, stay active

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Other News

Pierre-Paul Tellier honoured for tireless volunteer work at Head & Hands

Pierre-Paul Tellier honoured for tireless volunteer work at Head & Hands

Recently Centraide handed out 14 Solidaires awards to honour the efforts of companies, community agencies and volunteers who, through their involvement, alleviate the effects of poverty and exclusion in Greater Montreal and improve the lives of the most vulnerable. These awards were presented at Distinctions, a recognition event held at the Montreal Science Centre in the presence of some 300 guests. The winner of the Solidaires Citizen Involvement award for 2014 was Pierre-Paul Tellier, Director of Student Health at McGill.

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Making the world a better place – in just three minutes

Fortier to Montreal: let’s work together

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In the Community

Heels to Heal: Medical and dental students strut the runway to raise awareness about eating disorders

Heels to Heal: Medical and dental students strut the runway to raise awareness about eating disorders

In an effort to raise awareness and funds in support of persons with eating disorders, close to 100 McGill medical and dentistry students participated in the organization of a fashion show held at the end of March. To the delight of some 350 people in attendance, students paraded the runway wearing the latest fashions from seven local designers. More than $3,500 was raised during the evening, all to be donated to Anorexia and Bulimia Quebec (ANEB) to help in the battle against this condition.

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McGill students for a day – and maybe beyond

MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program: Changing the world one life at a time

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Notes from the field

Hot Cities 2014: From camping on the Gobi Desert to touring the Gangnam financial district

Hot Cities 2014: From camping on the Gobi Desert to touring the Gangnam financial district

“If a year ago someone told me I’d be spending my spring break camping in the Gobi desert, 30 degrees below zero, I probably wouldn’t believe them,” writes U3 International Management BComm student Sabrina Ostrowski. “Yet ‘expect the unexpected’ seems to be the tagline for the week we experienced during the sixth edition of the Hot Cities of the World Tour, led by Professor Karl Moore.”

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Culinary roadshow across Panama: Fieldwork has delicious perks

Shanghai and the real world

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In Focus

April 8: WWI, D-Day anniversaries to be commemorated in joint Armed Forces, McGill concert

April 8: WWI, D-Day anniversaries to be commemorated in joint Armed Forces, McGill concert

To mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the 100th anniversary of the First World War, the McGill Wind Symphony, the Band of the Fusiliers Mont-Royal and the Band of the 438th Tactical Helicopter Squadron are presenting a concert together at the Church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste on April 8. Collectively, more than one hundred musicians will perform a wide variety of works, including one written by Moe Touizrar, a PhD music composition candidate at the Schulich School of Music, who was inspired by his experience in Afghanistan supporting Canadian soldiers as a member of the Morale and Welfare Unit.

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“Open, connected and purposeful”

Quebec election 2014: FAQs on voting

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Blog

The McGill dozen in the National Assembly

An even dozen McGill alumni populate both sides of the National Assembly following this spring’s provincial election. As in the House of Commons in Ottawa, McGillians can be found both in government and opposition, in considerable numbers.

Read More → April 29: Parenting Survival Guide – Social Media 101

April 29: Parenting Survival Guide – Social Media 101

Many parents worry their kids will quickly outpace them when it comes to using digital technologies. How do we guide their use of Internet tools and keep them safe when they know so much more than we do? Educational consultant Alissa Sklar, Ph.D., offers parents the general guidelines and basic skills they need in a two-hour crash course on social media.

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April 29: Gastrointestinal Cancer public forum

The public is invited to take part in the Goodman Cancer Research Centre’s (GCRC) upcoming public forum on Gastrointestinal Cancer: Prevention, Risk Factors and Treatment in which experts will explain the importance of detecting changes in your body that could signify the presence of GI cancer, recognizing what can make you susceptible and taking appropriate action for early diagnosis and treatment so that you can detect the disease before it can spread or metastasize.

Read More → April 25-26: Morgan Arboretum annual tree and shrub sale

April 25-26: Morgan Arboretum annual tree and shrub sale

Looking for a great way to accent your yard? Take advantage of the annual tree and shrub sale to visit the Arboretum nursery and browse through the vast selection of ornamental plants, including trees and shrubs, as well as potted perennials and annuals.

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Principal expresses condolences in wake of violence

Principal Suzanne Fortier expresses her condolences following the deaths of five students in Calgary on Tuesday morning.

Read More → April 24: Public Astro Night

April 24: Public Astro Night

On April 24, AstroMcGill presents the 22nd Public Astro Night, with a panel discussion about “Inflation, the Big Bang and Gravitational Waves” with invited panelists Professors Robert Brandenberger, Matt Dobbs and Vicky Kaspi. The discussion will strongly encourage questions from the public. It will be followed by night sky observations (weather permitting) and a lab tour.

Read More → Stressed out about exams? Take a deep breath and relax

Stressed out about exams? Take a deep breath and relax

The exam period tends to be a time of intense stress and also a time when many resources are no longer offered. To respond to this period, the Counselling Service is re-launching an initiative to have de-stress activities scheduled on every exam day (Monday, April 14 to Tuesday, April 29) at 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., every exam day, including therapy dogs, yoga and guided relaxation.

Read More → April 25: “Mindless eating,” with Mina Mirtaheri, Dietician

April 25: “Mindless eating,” with Mina Mirtaheri, Dietician

Mindless eating refers to how food psychology and the food environment influence our eating habits (how much, what and when we eat). Few of the food-related decisions we make each day are actually related to how hungry we are. Join dietician Mina Mirtaheri, from the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging, as she discuss the psychological and environmental aspects of why we choose to eat certain foods over others.

Read More → HMB honoured by Public Policy Forum

HMB honoured by Public Policy Forum

Former Principal and Vice-Chancellor Heather Munroe-Blum was among a notable list of honourees Thursday night as the Public Policy Forum held its 27th annual Testimonial Dinner and Awards night in Toronto. Prof. Munroe-Blum, who is currently on sabbatical, was one of four women honoured with the Testimonial Dinner Award that celebrates “commitment to achieving greater understanding and cooperation between the public and private sectors to improve the quality of government in Canada.”

Read More → Final exam schedule has been posted

Final exam schedule has been posted

The April 2014 final exam schedule with room locations is now available and can be found here. Please note that the majority of exams for this session will be held at the Athletics Complex in the Currie Gym and Tomlinson Fieldhouse. More information can be found here.

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April 28: Recognizing and Supporting Students At-Risk supervision workshop

In this workshop, facilitators will present myths about mental health and provide information to help you identify (recognize) factors in your supervision that may increase…influence the environment. They will also consider evidence of mental health problems through visual signs of distress, and discuss when to refer a student.

Read More → McGill Farmers’ Market wants you!

McGill Farmers’ Market wants you!

The McGill Farmers’ Market has a limited number of spots left for its 2014 Community Supported Agriculture program. Sign up in advance for a fall or summer session to receive a full or half-size basket of fresh organic produce every week for eight weeks.

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Start communicating with the world with Online Language Courses

In order to help people improve their written communication skills in English and French, the School of Continuing Studies is offering two online programs designed for effective written communication in the workplace.

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April 28: Recognizing and Supporting Students At-Risk supervision workshop

In this workshop, facilitators will present myths about mental health and provide information to help you identify (recognize) factors in your supervision that may increase…influence the environment. They will also consider evidence of mental health problems through visual signs of distress, and discuss when to refer a student.

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News

Major watermain work to begin on McTavish St. next week

Major watermain work to begin on McTavish St. next week

The major City of Montreal project to replace water and sewer lines on McTavish St., from Sherbrooke St. to Dr. Penfield Ave., will finally get under way next week, on Wednesday, April 30. The City had hoped to do preliminary work a couple of weeks ago, but the ground was still too frozen.

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Put on a happy (and healthy) face

City to undertake major project on McTavish St. this summer

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Athletics

McGill McGill to host new Montreal Royal franchise in American Ultimate Disc League

McGill McGill to host new Montreal Royal franchise in American Ultimate Disc League

The Montreal Royal, an expansion squad in the 17-team American Ultimate Disc League, will play seven home games on campus at Percival Molson Stadium beginning on April 19.

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Clement-Heydra among CIS athlete of the year nominees for BLG Award

McGill to hold 50th Vanier Cup game as Molson Stadium celebrates 99th year

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Kudos

Researchers garner grants from Canadian Cancer Society

Researchers garner grants from Canadian Cancer Society

Researchers from McGill, the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and The Neuro (MNI) have received Innovation Grants from the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) for their respective research projects. Their projects are among the 46 selected across Canada and awarded by the CCS for nearly $9 million.

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Two McGill researchers receive $500,000 grants to find innovative uses for carbon

Matt Dobbs wins 2014 Herzberg Medal

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What's Cookin'

Baker Paul De Resendes’ maple tarts

Baker Paul De Resendes’ maple tarts

Warm and flavourful maple tarts are the perfect treat to satisfy your sweet craving. With McGill Student Housing and Hospitality Services’ Cabane-à-sucre themed Local Food Days just around the corner, it’s only fitting that we pay tribute to the Quebec tradition and send you home with a scrumptious dessert recipe.

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Oliver de Volpi’s fresh herb pesto

Kitchens heat up in Iron Chef competition

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Four Burning Questions

Cheryl Suzack on reparatory justice, human rights and Indigenous feminism

Cheryl Suzack on reparatory justice, human rights and Indigenous feminism

On Monday, March 31, 2014 Visiting Eakin Fellow Cheryl Suzack (Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Toronto), will join N. Bruce Duthu (Samson Occom Professor and Chair of Native American Studies, Dartmouth College), to deliver the 2014 Eakin Lecture, Discussing Indigenous Agency.

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“It’s arguable that we now live in a dictatorship, punctuated by manipulated elections,” says Elizabeth May.

Leith Sharp: Embracing “disruptive sustainability”

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