Vicky Kaspi wins 2015 Killam Prize for the Natural Sciences

Vicky Kaspi wins 2015 Killam Prize for the Natural Sciences

McGill professor Vicky Kaspi, a world-renowned astrophysicist known for her cutting-edge work on neutron stars and pulsars, was awarded the Killam Prize today, one of the country’s most prestigious awards for academic-career achievement. The $100,000 prize was granted for outstanding scholarship in the natural sciences.

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Kudos

Divest McGill takes home Catalyst prize at annual awards event

Divest McGill takes home Catalyst prize at annual awards event

The Divest McGill group, which is conducting a campaign to persuade the University to divest from companies associated with the production of fossil fuels, was one of the winners of the Catalyst Awards handed out on April 13, at the fifth annual Office of Sustainability event held at the Faculty Club.

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Thomas Duchaine wins prestigious HFSPO research grant

Bravo gala celebrates McGill’s Excellence in Research

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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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Four Burning Questions

What their stories tell us: Female researchers in conversation

What their stories tell us: Female researchers in conversation

On April 15 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Research and International Relations will host the third edition of In Her Own Words: Stories from Distinguished Research Careers, an event which features McGill’s most accomplished women researchers and academic administrators in conversation about careers in academia.

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In conversation with Brian Payne, resource economics expert

In conversation with Dan Mathieson, Mayor of Stratford

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Other News

Why did the skeleton cross the road?

Why did the skeleton cross the road?

The Maude Abbott Medical Museum is a unique repository for some 3,000 specimens of materials dating from the early 19th century that documents the study and practice of Medicine at McGill and its associated teaching hospitals. A few weeks ago, the collection – skeletons and all – was on the move.

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Graduate student research in the spotlight

Quebec budget brings more cuts to universities: A statement from Provost Anthony C. Masi

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In Focus

Tango dancing may help Parkinson’s patients

Tango dancing may help Parkinson’s patients

Dancing the Argentine tango could have potential benefits for people at certain stages in the development of Parkinson’s disease, according to findings in a new study by researchers at McGill, the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, and and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. The study looked at changes in patients’ motor abilities following a 12-week tango course, and is also the first study to assess the effect that tango has on non-motor symptoms.

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Road trip! Chem-E Car off to finals in Salt Lake City

What’s that? Did you say free hearing screening?

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Budget Corner

The Budget Corner

The Budget Corner

Welcome to the Budget Corner, your source for the latest information on McGill’s finances.

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Athletics

McNicoll and Sylla named McGill athletes of the year

McNicoll and Sylla named McGill athletes of the year

Hockey player Cedric McNicoll of Boucherville, Que., and basketball star Mariam Sylla of Conakry, the capital city of Guinea, were named male and female athletes of the year, respectively, at the 38th annual McGill varsity sports awards gala, held at the EVO Montreal student residence on April 9.

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Hoop dream ends with second-place finish for plucky Martlets

Western blanks McGill 5-0 in CIS hockey finals

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Around Campus

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

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

Believe it or not, Open Air Pub (OAP) has been a McGill tradition since 1982. But if McGill veterans have a hard time remembering those first, heady events, they can be excused. “We’ve been told that the first OAP was just a few engineering students handing out drinks from a single table on lower campus,” says Annie Pike, one of the organizers of the upcoming OAP Lite taking place on April 23-24. “Needless to say, we’ve expanded a bit since then.”

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Feeding the body, nourishing the soul

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Blog

À la mémoire du cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte

J’aimerais offrir mes plus sincères condoléances aux proches et aux amis du cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte. I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte.

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Power returns after brief outage

A number of buildings on the lower downtown campus were without power briefly this morning, following an interruption of service from Hydro-Québec. It’s not known at this time what caused the interruption, officials in McGill’s University Services department said.

Read More → April 20 – Medicine and what matters in the end

April 20 – Medicine and what matters in the end

Come to a screening and discussion of the documentary Being mortal: Medicine and what matters in the end, which follows surgeon and bestselling author Atul Gawande.

Read More → McGill Bookstore – Inventory 2015

McGill Bookstore – Inventory 2015

The McGill Bookstore and the McGill Computer Store will be closed Thursday, April 16 – Saturday, April 18, for inventory. Both stores will reopen Monday, April 20 at 9 a.m

Read More → April 14: Don’t miss out on Free Cone Day!

April 14: Don’t miss out on Free Cone Day!

Enjoy the warm weather and treat yourself to free ice cream from the newly Fair Trade-certified ice cream shop, Ben & Jerry’s. Come join the party at Bishop Mountain Hall and New Residence Hall on April 14, from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Read More → Save 20 per cent on BIXI memberships

Save 20 per cent on BIXI memberships

Your daily ride just got a little easier – or at least less expensive. All McGill community members are now eligible for a 20 per cent discount on annual BIXI memberships.

Read More → McGill offers condolences to the Garissa College University community – update

McGill offers condolences to the Garissa College University community – update

On Friday, April 10, 2015, the University flag atop the Arts Building will be lowered to half-staff in commemoration of the 148 faculty, staff and students killed in the recent attack on Garissa University College in Kenya.

Read More → April 21: Head and neck cancer public forum

April 21: Head and neck cancer public forum

Listen to experts from the Rosalind & Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre discuss the most advanced research in oral pharyngeal carcinoma, increasing incidence of thyroid cancer and new preventative viral vaccination programs, as well as the latest in non-invasive surgical treatments

Read More → Local Food Days: Cabane à sucre

Local Food Days: Cabane à sucre

Local Food Days are back and because they are all about maple syrup this time around, they are sweeter than ever!

Read More → April 13: Hospital information session

April 13: Hospital information session

Join Dr. Eugene Bereza, family physician and Director of the Medical Ethics Program in the Department of Family Medicine, as he discusses everything you wanted to know about hospitals but were afraid to ask.

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Extra! Extra!

Ovarian cancer patients should undergo genetic testing

Ovarian cancer patients should undergo genetic testing

The genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 play a significant role in hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. Recent media attention has focused on American actress Angelina Jolie’s decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes surgically removed after genetic testing for such cancers. A study led by a team from the Research Institute of the MUHC suggests that all women with ovarian cancer should be tested for these genes, regardless of their family history.

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Skin cells for research into Parkinson’s

March 19, 21: Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi

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News

Concussions are a top-of-mind issue in hockey

Concussions are a top-of-mind issue in hockey

When Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty fell awkwardly into the boards in the first period of a 4-1 Canadiens win in Florida on April 5, Habs fans held their collective breath. Heading into the playoffs, the team could ill-afford to lose its top scorer for an extended period of time. But David Pearsall, a biomechanics expert, says building a better helmet to protect Pacioretty and his colleagues is a much more complex issue than just adding more padding.

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Quebec supports feasibility study for McGill’s Royal Vic project

McGill’s phishing expedition

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Research

Plan vert

Plan vert

En cartographiant la perte de biodiversité dans la région de la Montérégie, des chercheurs de l’Université McGill aident les planificateurs municipaux à éviter de perturber davantage les écosystèmes de la ceinture verte de Montréal.

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Green plan

Customizing relief

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Profile

Let your voice be heard  – and keep being heard

Let your voice be heard – and keep being heard

A professor in the Faculty of Medicine’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Nicole Li has dedicated her research to help protect people’s voices and better heal them when problems arise. “Most people use their voice as their primary method of communication – and many people need it to earn their living,” she says. “But, surprisingly, we hear very little about good vocal hygiene and how to keep your voice healthy.”

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Antoine Jolicoeur Desroches: In it for the long haul

From Miss Edgar’s and Miss Cramp’s to the chronicles of Kahnawake

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Entre Nous

Acting on climate change: Solutions from Canadian scholars

Acting on climate change: Solutions from Canadian scholars

Catherine Potvin, a Canada Research Chair Climate Change Mitigation and Tropical Forests, has convened colleagues from 30 Canadian universities to join her in a collective initiative called Sustainable Canada Dialogues. The resulting group, that mobilizes over 60 researchers from every province, has built a consensus around a plan of sustainability solutions to help Canada successfully achieve transition to a low-carbon society. Potvin spoke with the Reporter about what government officials and ordinary citizens can do to mitigate climate change.

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In conversation with Laurence Parent, disability rights advocate

In conversation with Arseli Dokumaci, FQRSC postdoctoral researcher

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