Don’t get burned by your fun in the sun

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After a long, cold winter and a dreary, wet spring, Montrealers have been out in full force during this recent heat wave to enjoy a little fun in the sun. But people should remember that precautions are needed to ensure that today’s fun doesn’t result in tomorrow’s serious health issues.

The sky’s the limit for savings when you book with McGill Travel Management Company

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As members of a truly international university, McGill faculty, staff and students travel to every corner of the globe to attend conferences, carry out fieldwork and conduct research. Each year, a significant sum of money is spent on air travel, accommodations, food, ground transportation and other travel-related expenses. But McGill Travel Services can help you – and the University – save money when you hit the road and, more specifically, take to the air.

Death by prescription painkiller

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The number of deaths involving commonly prescribed painkillers is higher than the number of deaths by overdose from heroin and cocaine combined, according to researchers at McGill. In a first-of-its-kind review of existing research, the McGill team has put the spotlight on a major public health problem: the dramatic increase in deaths due to prescribed painkillers, which were involved in more than 16,000 deaths in 2010 in the U.S. alone.

Beat the summer heat with ice cream that can be stored at room temperature

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The coolest innovation of the summer may just be a frozen dessert that you can store at room temperature until you want to eat it. The brainchild of a 16-person team from McGill’s Food Science program, McGill’s shelf-stable frozen dessert is a unique, sorbet-like dessert that is a finalist in the prestigious Food Product Development Competition in New Orleans.

Seeding is believing: McGill launches crowdfunding platform

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Keenly aware of the changing nature of philanthropy, the office of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) has launched McGill’s first crowdfunding platform, Seeds of Change – the next big thing when it comes to online fundraising.

The menu is changing in Food Services

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What do food trucks, Première Moisson and MIT have in common? They all have something to do with the big changes coming to the provision of food on campus over the coming year.

Senate applauds plan to repurpose Royal Vic

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Something unusual happened at Senate Wednesday after Michael Di Grappa presented McGill’s vision for a revamped and repurposed Royal Victoria Hospital. Senators burst into spontaneous applause. “The important word you used is ‘vision,’ ” said a passionate Senator and Governor Emeritus Alex Kalil. “Without vision, this country wouldn’t be one of the best in the world! Without vision our universities wouldn’t be what they are today.”

You can go home again

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The poster hanging in Room 252 of Ecole secondaire publique De la Salle reads: “Success in Music. Success in Life. It’s not a Coincidence.” Beneath it is an image of noted leaders from diverse fields such as politics, medicine, engineering and law, each posing with the instruments they played in their youth. You won’t find Dantes Rameau, BMus ’05, among the luminaries in that photo, but for the dozens of current De La Salle students in Ottawa who had the chance to meet and hear from one of their high school’s most accomplished alumni on May 7, he could very well serve as the ultimate poster child for how to translate an early passion for music into a burgeoning career whose reach extends far beyond North America’s radio stations and concert halls.

Don’t worry, be happy

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The way Dr. Camillo Zacchia sees it, when discussing issues of mental health, people shouldn’t focus solely on the bad. “We usually talk about anxiety, depression and so on. It’s one thing to talk about what’s going wrong but it’s important to understand what goes right as well,” he says. “We need to look closely at what makes people function well.” Which is why, in his May 7 seminar, the clinical psychologist and a senior advisor in the Mental Health Education Office of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute will explore ways in which people can improve and maintain their mental wellbeing.

Fourteen individuals to receive honorary degree from McGill

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McGill will bestow its highest honour on 14 outstanding individuals by awarding them an honorary doctorate at its Spring Convocation ceremonies, to be held May 27 to June 4. The honorees include ethnographer Wade Davis, jurist Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, choral conductor Wayne Riddell, engineer and former U.S. Under Secretary of Energy Kristina M. Johnson, architect Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, scientists Carol L. Prives, Randall S. Prather, Gurdev S. Khush and Fabiola Gianotti, business leaders and philanthropists John McCall MacBain and Rubin Gruber, Room to Read founder John Wood, writer Denise Chong and commentator on religion Karen Armstrong.