New method could improve atmospheric forecasts over months, decades, and could explain “pause” in global warming.
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? New research on the brain’s capacity to learn suggests there’s more to it than the adage that “practise makes perfect.” A music-training study by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro, at McGill University and colleagues in Germany found evidence to distinguish the parts of the brain that account for individual talent from the parts that are activated through training.
A Canadian research team has made a significant discovery on how HIV escapes the body’s antiviral responses. The team uncovered how an HIV viral protein known as Vpu tricks the immune system by using its own regulatory process to evade the host’s first line of defense.
In a bid to boost Montreal’s reputation as a major centre devoted to knowledge and creativity, the City of Montreal announced Sunday it will provide $600,000 over the next three years to the Société du Quartier de l’innovation de Montréal, while the Quebec government is kicking in an additional $200,000 in 2015-16.
Professor Hans Larsson has been appointed Director of the Redpath Museum for a five-year term that began on June 1. Larsson took over for Professor David M. Green, who has been at the helm of the Museum for the past decade.
As this academic year comes to a close, so, too, do the preliminary stages of a massive feasibility study that will point the way to the libraries of the future that should serve the University’s academic mission for the next 50 years or more.The study has narrowed down some options as to how the University can bring its libraries up to current standards – and beyond.
NSERC has announced the renewal of Dr. M.K. Peter Yau’s Hydro-Quebec Industrial Research Chair, at a value of over $2 million with contributions from NSERC, Hydro Quebec, McGill and Environment Canada. Under Phase II of the research program, Dr. Yau will continue his work in short-term forecasting of precipitation.
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.
No one can deny that cloud services offer the most affordable solution for file storage. But what about when it comes to Institutional data? The security of data in the cloud depends on the terms of service offered by the provider, and not all cloud services are equal. Because McGill has a responsibility to protect institutional data, the Cloud Data Storage Directive was born.
Montreal, like other cities, needs to consider “congestion pricing” – putting a price on traffic congestion the way provinces should be putting a price on carbon, says Economics Professor Christopher Ragan, Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, a McGill-based think-tank developing practical policies to improve economic performance and the environment.