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.

Collaboration the key to streamlining the exam deferral note process

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The deferral note process, the process for submitting the necessary note from students to defer a final exam for health reasons, was presenting a challenge. Everyone working with the process knew there was a glitch somewhere, but nobody knew where that might be. Here’s how two employees found – and fixed – the problem.

The evolution of the Quartier de l’innovation’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

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In light of the 2008 financial crisis, fostering entrepreneurship has increasingly moved toward the forefront of economic development and city planning. Beyond acting as an important driver of innovation, employment, and productivity growth, entrepreneurship has also been hailed by some as filling the void between wages and living standards. But when we turn to examples of spontaneous entrepreneurial successes in Silicon Valley, is there a specific set of conditions under which these start-ups thrive and attract venture capital? What exactly is it about the environment that predestines such ventures to success?

Pow Wow marks colourful end to successful Indigenous Awareness Week

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McGill’s fourth annual Indigenous Awareness Week came to a lively, colourful close on Friday, Sept. 19, with dancers dressed in traditional costumes performing an inter-tribal dance during the Pow Wow on the lower campus field in front of dozens of smiling spectators. Even as the sounds of the drums faded and the dust settled on the dance floor, the weeklong event was being touted as a rousing success.