Mike Babcock stuck with tradition and opted to wear his lucky McGill tie as Canada completed their golden Olympic odyssey, blanking Sweden 3-0 Sunday, to capture the admiration of a nation after winning the men’s hockey tournament before a world-wide audience.
Created in February 2013, the McGill QI Student Working Group, currently composed of 15 students, was started to support McGill’s participation in the Quartier de l’innovation, by providing a platform for the larger McGill student body to discuss and work on concrete initiatives of innovation. The group meets every month to discuss the evolution of the project and address opportunities for funding, participation in QI projects and creative ways to involve students interested in entrepreneurship and innovation in Montreal.
Helmets are perhaps the most important accessory among most athletes at the Sochi Winter Olympics. In recent days, a lot of focus has turned to the artistry on display on the helmets of the skeleton athletes, who – like today’s hockey goalies – adorn their headgear with a wide range of images, from stylized flags and patriotic images, to animal prints and, of course, a fair number of skulls. But all this attention on what goes on a helmet takes away from its most important function; protecting what goes in it, says biomechanics researcher David Pearsall.
Salvatore Iaconesi is an artist, interaction designer and hacker. In 2012, Iaconesi was diagnosed with brain cancer. He decided to hack and then publish his own medical data online and thus crowdsource his cancer, engaging people from all over the world to find a cure and to discover what it could mean to be cured in the information age. Through the website La Cura (The Cure), to this day he has received close to 900,000 messages from about 200,000 people.
Eighteen McGillians – including a half-dozen athletes, two coaches and 10 administrators – are among various official delegations in Sochi for the Winter Olympic Games, Feb. 7-23. Also there are two graduates attending as members of the media.
For working parents of school-age children, the beginning of February means only one thing – time to start worrying about what to do with the kids for March break. Well, if your child is between the age of 8-16 and likes basketball, you should consider the McGill March Break Basketball Camp. In its second year, the Camp runs from March 3-7.
The Statistics Canada numbers don’t lie; more and more Canadian kids are fat – and getting fatter. Using World Health Organization standards of measurement, 31.5 per cent of five- to 17-year-olds — an estimated 1.6 million Canadians — were classified as overweight (19.8 per cent) or obese (11.7 per cent) from 2009 to 2011. How do we you the tide and help your kids rediscover the joy of sports? Sounds like a job for the McGill Sports Camp.
A professor at the McGill School of Environment and the Department of Natural Resource Sciences, Elena Bennett, spends much of her research time looking at the ways ecosystems interact and provide multiple services for people. In that regard, she seems perfectly suited to spearhead the fledgling McGill Net Positive initiative, which is looking at ways to gather together many of the University’s diverse sustainability efforts under one roof in order to benefit from the synergy created by being part of the same, well, ecosystem.
Michael Meighen, a co-chair of Campaign McGill, will succeed H. Arnold Steinberg as McGill’s 19th Chancellor on July 1, the Board of Governors decided Thursday. Meighen has been appointed for a three-year term.
For much of his professional life, Tony Loffreda has been devoted to raising awareness and funding for philanthropic causes close to his heart, supporting and encouraging local organizations focused on education, healthcare and research. Now, for the first time, the financial services veteran is joining forces with McGill by chairing the upcoming Goodman Cancer Research Gala, which will take place on Sunday, June 1.