Antibiotics improve growth in children in developing countries

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Antibiotics improve growth in children at risk of undernourishment in low and middle income countries, according to researchers at McGill who have just conducted a research literature review on the subject. Their results suggest that the youngest children from the most vulnerable populations benefit most and show significant improvements toward expected growth for their age and sex, particularly for weight.

Bird brains teach us about trial-and-error learning

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When you throw a wild pitch or sing a flat note, it could be that your basal ganglia made you do it. This area in the middle of the brain is involved in motor control and learning. And one reason for that errant toss or off-key note may be that your brain prompted you to vary your behaviour to help you learn, from trial-and-error, to perform better. But how does the brain do this, how does it cause you to vary your behaviour? Researcher Sarah Woolley says the songbirds may hold the answer.

Remembering Rwanda: McGill community honours the vanished during candlelight vigil

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This month marks the twentieth anniversary of the beginning of the Rwandan genocide, during which upwards of one million people were systematically murdered in 100 days. Three McGill students who lived through the horror organized a candlelight vigil in the New Chancellor Day Hall on Tuesday, April 8.

Fortier to Montreal: let’s work together

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Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier confirmed Friday McGill’s interest in developing the soon-to-be-vacant Royal Victoria Hospital campus as an urban project that would benefit not only McGill but Montreal. In her first major speech to an external community since becoming Principal last fall, Prof. Fortier told about 500 people at a Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal (Chambre de Commerce) luncheon that McGill wants to be a better partner with the community and its various elements.

“Open, connected and purposeful”

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This afternoon, Principal Suzanne Fortier gave a major address to the McGill community. Drawing upon six months of discussions with people across the University, she outlined five priority areas “on which we can mobilize our energy, effort and resources and continue to build an open, connected and purposeful McGill.”

Principal to McGill community: “Openness to change will determine our future success”

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Principal Suzanne Fortier addressed the McGill community at noon on Friday, March 28. Fortier outlined the vision and priorities for McGill in the coming years. Here she shares her thoughts on those priorities, which have been developed following discussions with people and leadership groups from across the University.

Fortier outlines vision to Senate

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As a prelude to her major address to the McGill community coming this Friday, Principal Suzanne Fortier outlined to Senate last week where she feels the University should be headed, based on the six months she has spent talking with people in all corners of McGill.

Davidson deadly as McGill maims Moncton, advances to gold medal game

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High-scoring sniper Gabrielle Davidson continued her assault on goaltenders, scoring twice and adding a couple of helpers as the fifth-seeded McGill women’s hockey team manhandled No.3 Moncton 8-2 at the Grant Harvey Centre in Fredericton, Saturday, punching their ticket to a berth in the Scotiabank CIS national championship game.

McGill gathers to support its own on gold-medal hockey team

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Nail-biter. Heart-stopper. Amazing. Unbelievable. Story book. The adjectives flew thick and fast Thursday afternoon as a nation in the throes of gold medal fever watched the Canadian women’s hockey team battle back from a two-goal deficit in the third period to win it all in overtime. Three McGillians – Mélodie Daoust, Catherine Ward and Charline Labonté – are members of the Canadian squad, which won this country’s fourth straight Olympic gold medal in women’s hockey.

Providing a safe haven for scholars at risk

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Dr. Semaghan Gashu Abebe, a law professor from Ethiopia, is an O’Brien Fellow in Residence at the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (CHRLP) at the Faculty of Law for the 2013-14 academic year. He is also McGill’s first visitor from the Scholars at Risk Network (SAR).