Our home and creative land

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Two McGill alums spent their summer crossing the country as part of a collaborative art project exploring Canadian identity. “Our goal is to find out who we are and what defines us through authentic stories and expressions from the diverse body of people that live in this country,” says Aquil Virani, who is collecting stories and sketches for the project with partner Rebecca Jones.

What’s in McGill’s giant brownie?

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What measures 30×15 feet, tops the scale at a gut-busting 3,500 pounds and is chock full of Fair Trade goodness? Student Housing and Hospitality Services gigantic brownie, that’s what. What to sample the behemoth brownie? Bring your sweet tooth to lower campus on Aug. 26.

The School of Information Studies joins the Faculty of Arts

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The Faculty of Arts and the School of Information Studies (SIS) are pleased to announce their new administrative alignment. SIS, which has been offering programs for library and information professionals at McGill for over 100 years, offers graduate-level degrees in Information Studies, and conducts interdisciplinary research in Human-Computer Interaction, Information Behaviour and Services, and Information and Knowledge Management.

Judges sweet on McGill’s unique dessert

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A sorbet-like dessert developed by a team of 16 Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry students, has finished third in the prestigious Institute of Food Technologist Students’ Association, annual Food Product Development Competition sponsored by MARS.

June 9 – 19: Jazz at the JGH

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Back by popular demand, the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) hosts its 15th annual jazz festival. Running June 9 through June 19, the festival will feature 18 free outdoor concerts showcasing the musical talents of JGH staff members and local musicians who will provide the pleasant summer entertainment for the public and an emotional and spiritual lift for patients and staff.

Outstanding emerging researchers get new Principal’s Prize

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Two of McGill’s up-and-coming researchers, Brett Thombs and Jonathan Davies, will be awarded the newly established Principal’s Prize for Outstanding Emerging Researchers, a prize created in 2013 to honour McGill’s researchers in the early stages of their careers. Thombs will receive his award from Principal Fortier on May 29, during the Health Sciences convocation ceremony. Davies will be honoured at the fall convocation ceremony.

McGill researchers receive $3.3 million in Government of Canada funding

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Two McGill researchers will benefit from the latest round of funding from the Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). They are among the recipients of over $14.8 million in funding announced today by the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State for Science and Technology, at an event held at McGill.

Harvesting water out of thin air

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The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that some 780 million people in the world today do not have access to clean drinking water. But what can be done – especially in poor, arid regions where people must contend with the dual challenges of poverty and drought? To paraphrase Bob Dylan, the answer may be blowing in the wind.

Search begins for a new Provost

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With Provost Anthony C. Masi’s second term coming to an end in June 2015, the search has begun for his successor. McGill’s Board of Governors this week approved the choice of Board members to serve on the committee that will advise Principal Suzanne Fortier on a suitable candidate. The Board itself will appoint the next Provost, based on the Principal’s recommendation.

Paying closer attention to attention

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McGill researchers suggest that attention problems may be over-reported in children with fetal alcohol syndrome disorder.