Research in the park

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Catching some rays and expanding your mind don’t have to be mutually exclusive activities. As part of the city’s 375th anniversary celebrations, an offbeat noontime lecture series is getting local researchers out of their labs and into public spaces throughout the Montreal core. Six McGill researchers are participating in Les midis Ville-Marie, discussing topics that range from designing a sweeter-sounding city to cracking the universe’s deepest secret.

Construction of the house of the future kicks off at Loyola

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As of June 12, the test assembly of the net-zero energy Deep Performance Dwelling began on Concordia University’s Loyola Campus. Designed and realized by TeamMTL, the house is Canada’s sole entry to the 2018 Solar Decathlon China, an international competition that challenges student teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses.

We’re on the brink of mass extinction — but there’s still time to pull back

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Both ominous and hopeful, a new report paints a picture of the value of biodiversity, the threats it faces and the window of opportunity we have to save species before it’s too late

$75,000 Cundill History Prize relaunched

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McGill is relaunching the Cundill History Prize to highlight history writing as a way to illuminate the truth at a time in world affairs when informed, factual debate is increasingly losing out to populism and retrenchment is on the rise.

$25 million gift to fund unique new retail school

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Thanks to the support of Aldo Bensadoun, BCom’64, LLD’12, and his family foundation, a proposed new school will examine the world of retail with a focus that makes it unique in the world.

Engineering Dean Jim Nicell elected vice chair of NCDEAS

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In a recent meeting of the National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science, Jim Nicell, Dean of Engineering at McGill, was elected Vice Chair.

Decision on RVH coming next year 

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A final decision on whether McGill should acquire the former Royal Victoria Hospital will be made in the coming year, the April session of Senate was told, as Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Christopher Manfredi and Vice Principal (Administration and Finance) Yves Beauchamp presented the RVH-Academic Vision and Development Plan to Senate. 

Using Artificial Intelligence to combat sexism in the literary world

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Do women only write about family? Do men only write about war? Just Review is a new advocacy project that uses Artificial Intelligence to uncover and combat sexism in the literary world.

Feds pledge $50K for student-designed net-zero energy housing

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Minister of Environment Catherine McKenna visited the downtown campus in support of TeamMTL, the only Canadian team competing in the 2018 Solar Decathalon. The event challenges collegiate teams from around the world to design, build and operate a high-performance, sustainable home. The competition will be held in Dezhou, China.

Beethoven course and concert series explores the man, music and myth

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McGill’s School of Continuing Studies’ PRIZMA program is offering a unique six-lecture, six-concert program exploring the genius of Beethoven, beginning on April 18 (in English) and April 19 (in French).