Hot Button Issues forum sparks weighty debate

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McGill’s first Hot Button Issues forum provided a variety of ethical case studies for discussion at various tables. Topics ranged from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to the use of big data; dual-use research, where results could be used for good or evil purposes; the ethics of programming driver-less cars that need to make decisions autonomously in the case of an impending accident; bio security; and military robots.

JGH sports medicine doctor launches on-line physical activity course

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In an effort to make physical inactivity as socially unacceptable as smoking in public buildings or driving under the influence of alcohol, Dr. Ian Shrier has embarked on an ambitious “massive open online course” (MOOC) on sports and exercise. The ten-module course, called The Body Matters, launches on Wednesday, February 25. Already 21,000 people from 176 different countries who are interested in learning about, and improving their participation in, physical activity are registered.

Building ties across the globe

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Five McGill Law students spent their fall exchange semester in Asia and all five say they return to Canada with new understandings of what it means to study and practice law.

100 undergrads join the fight against superbugs

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Some experts say that superbugs, antibiotic-resistant bacteria that make infections increasingly difficult to treat, pose one of the greatest threats to human health worldwide. But with big pharma producing fewer new antibiotics, who is going to jump into the fray? A global network of determined undergraduates, that’s who.

Children who get their ZZZs have better chance at getting A’s

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Making sure school-aged kids get to sleep at a regular hour is often a struggle for parents. But a study by researchers at McGill and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute suggests it’s well worth the effort: the researchers found that a good night’s sleep is linked to better performance in math and languages – subjects that are powerful predictors of later learning and academic success.

Punishing kids for lying just doesn’t work as deterrent

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If you want your child to tell the truth, it’s best not to threaten to punish them if they lie. That’s what researchers discovered through a simple experiment involving 372 children between the ages of 4 and 8.

McGill imagines the libraries of the future

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Learning is changing. Where we learn, how we learn, our sources of information are all changing rapidly thanks to the mind-boggling amount of information available to us through a keyboard, a computer screen and a mouse. McGill’s Library and Archives has embarked upon an ambitious project to imagine the libraries of the future at the University. Two architectural firms are currently learning about the McGill situation and soliciting feedback from every element of the community – students, faculty, administrative staff – to chart a course ahead.

Restored Book of Remembrance to be on display this week

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On Nov. 11. the McGill University Library and Archives will display the illuminated Book of Remembrance, which contains nearly 700 names of McGill students, staff and faculty who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars. The Book. The book has undergone extensive restoration in recent months as well as having been digitized.

Human touch key to success, Marvin Corber tells graduating students

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Marvin Corber has carried a secret with him for some 60 years and on Oct. 29, he decided to tell all during the Convocation in which he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from McGill.

Robert Winsor: “Chase your dreams, build your team, protect your reputation and learn from your mistakes”

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When Bob Winsor was a two-way player on the 1960s national champion McGill Redmen football team, he learned the importance of discipline, dedication and having a game plan. On Oct. 29, the business leader, engineer and innovator laid out his game plan for success for the graduating Class of 2014 during his Convocation address, after he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.