Alumna and breast-cancer survivor Monica Ruffo takes aim at the supplements market

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While looking into supplements as part of her treatment for breast cancer, Monica Ruffo (BCom’86) soon realized something was amiss. “I couldn’t actually understand what was written on the labels,” Ruffo says. Further research uncovered a lack of legal framework surrounding the use of the word “natural” in Canada and the U.S., and that most supplements labelled so are hardly natural at all. Even worse, the companies aren’t obligated to say where their ingredients are sourced. Ruffo knew something had to be done.

Desautels Faculty of Management signs onto UN’s PRME initiative

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The Desautels Faculty of Management has become a member of the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative. The faculty joins leading business and management schools from across the globe in working towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Joëlle Pineau to head new Facebook AI (FAIR) lab in Montreal

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Professor Joëlle Pineau of Computer Science is taking charge of the first Facebook Artificial Intelligence (AI) lab in Canada, the second Facebook AI lab outside of the U.S. Pineau is a leading AI researcher at McGill where she co-directs the Reasoning and Learning Lab, and will stay on staff at McGill.

New Canadian telescope will map largest volume of space ever surveyed

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A Canadian effort to build one of the most innovative radio telescopes in the world will open the universe to a new dimension of scientific study. The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment, is a collaboration of 50 Canadian scientists from McGill, UBC, U of T, and the National Research Council of Canada.

NSERC awards over $35M to McGill scientists and engineers

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Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan, announced the 2017 results of the NSERC Discovery Grants Program today in Victoria, British Columbia — a total investment of $515 million in support for fundamental research, over $35 million of which will go to McGill’s researchers in the full range of science and engineering disciplines, from biology and chemistry to advanced materials engineering and astrophysics.

Medicine welcomes new Global Health fellows

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In September, the Steinberg Global Health Postdoctoral Fellowship program will welcome its 2017 cohort. Shaun Cleaver and Wenhua Wang will be tackling, respectively, the impact of social policy on disabled individuals in Zambia and primary health care evaluation in China.

Engaging students in Quebec language and culture

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The Quebec Studies Program aims to enhance McGill students’ academic experience by giving them the opportunity to immerse themselves in Quebec’s language, history and culture.

Masonry restoration at Macdonald Engineering Building presents unique challenges

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The Macdonald Engineering Building, rebuilt in 1907 after the original structure burned down, has been undergoing a major facelift. Although the building remains safe, both the exterior stones and the brick backing walls underneath are damaged and need to be fixed or replaced. Additionally, the roof on two of the building’s wings will be replaced.

Bard in our yard

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All the world’s a stage – including the lower field on McGill’s downtown campus, where Repercussion Theatre will stage William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on Tuesday, August 1. The free outdoor performance is a presentation of the Dept. of English’s Early Modern Conversions project.

McGill grad Julie Payette named as Canada’s Governor General

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Former astronaut and McGill grad Julie Payette (BEng86) is to be Canada’s next Governor General. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (BA94) is expected to make the announcement Thursday morning.