Bass wins Cundill Prize for horrifying tale of Bangladesh genocide

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Gary Bass, author of The Blood Telegran: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide, captured this year’s $75,000 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature at McGill. Chancellor Michael A. Meighen and Dean of Arts Christopher Manfredi announced the winner Thursday night at a gala awards dinner in Toronto. Now in its seventh year, the Cundill Prize is the world’s most lucrative international award for a nonfiction book.

Neither crisis mode nor complacency

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On Nov. 12, Quebec’s universities and CEGEPs were hit with that new round of cuts, amounting to $31.6 million. McGill’s share is close to $5 million. Provost Anthony C. Masi talked to the McGill Reporter about this development, and the University’s ongoing underfunding situation.

Montrealers gather on lower field to remember Canada’s fallen heroes

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Addressing the hundreds of military personnel and veterans standing at attention before the cenotaph on lower campus and the throngs of spectators that ringed the field to watch yesterday’s Remembrance Day ceremonies, Chancellor Michael A. Meighen paid homage to two of Canada’s latest military casualties, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo – two soldiers killed here in Canada in two separate attacks days apart. “Our debt to them is enormous,” said Meighen.

Intergenerational Remembrance Day ceremony at Mac

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A veteran fights back tears while saluting fallen comrades; one veteran helps adjust the blanket keeping another warm; school children plant small Canadian flags around the War Memorial – the Remembrance Day ceremony held at Macdonald Campus on Nov. 6 was a study in subtle, poignant moments.

Meighen to the Class of 2014: Give back and serve your community

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In his first-ever address to graduating students in his new role as Chancellor, Michael Meighen stressed one quality above all; service – hardly surprising for the grandson of former Prime Minister Arthur Meighen and someone who sat for over 20 years in Senate.

McGill graduate John O’Keefe wins Nobel Prize in medicine

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McGill alumnus John O’Keefe was named co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in medicine, for his contribution to the discovery of cells that constitute the brain’s ‘inner GPS,’ which makes it possible to orient ourselves in space. O’Keefe, who received his doctorate in physiological psychology from McGill in 1967, is director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre in Neural Circuits and Behaviour at University College London.

McGill team making waves at RoboSub Competition

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A team of 25 McGill students is currently in San Diego taking part in a competition where ‘sinking to new lows’ is actually a good thing. After a solid run in Tuesday’s preliminary round, McGill Robotics has made it to the semifinals of the 17th International RoboSub Competition, thanks to the stellar performance of the team’s Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), Asimov.

McGill receives $25 million for discovery research projects

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McGill will receive over $25 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) for studies ranging from the genomics of adaptation to environmental change, to defusing volcanic eruptions, to studies on robotic teamwork and collaboration.

Certain stories motivate children to be honest

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A moral story that praises a character’s honesty is more effective in getting young children to tell the truth than a story that emphasizes the negative repercussions of lying, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The findings suggest that stories such as “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and “Pinocchio” may not be effective cautionary tales when it comes to inspiring honest behaviour in children.

International study yields important clues to the genetics of epilepsy

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An international team of researchers has discovered a significant genetic component of Idiopathic Generalized Epilepsy, the most common form of epilepsy. The new research, published in this week’s issue of EMBO Reports, implicates a mutation in the gene for a protein, known as cotransporter KCC2.