Marvin Corber, Robert B. Winsor to receive honorary degrees

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Two outstanding contributors to Montreal community organizations will be honoured at McGill’s fall convocation ceremonies on Oct. 29. Marvin Corber and Robert B. Winsor will both receive Doctor of Laws honorary degrees.

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.

Roderick A. Macdonald (1948-2014)

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Professor Roderick A. Macdonald, F.R. Scott Professor of Constitutional and Public Law, passed away Friday, June 13 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 65. Daniel Jutras, Dean of the Faculty of Law and Wainwright Professor of Civil Law remembers Macdonald as “one of the most important scholars and thinkers in McGill University’s history.”

Goodman Gala raises $2.5 million for Cancer Centre

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The 3rd Goodman Cancer Research Gala, held on Sunday, June 1 in support of McGill’s Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre, brought together 800 guests and raised $2.5 million to support the Centre and the groundbreaking efforts of its scientists to unravel the mysteries of cancer and translate discoveries into better patient care.

Mastering the art of diploma-cy

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Paperwork. Just the word makes some people feel like a modern-day Sisyphus, ridding their desk of a mountain of paper only to have it replaced by another. But for Enrolment Services’ Heidi Emami and Clara Spadafora, paperwork at this time of year – printing, processing and prepping thousands of diplomas for Convocation – is one of the most rewarding aspects of their respective jobs.

Polar obsession: National Geo photographer talks climate change, diving in sub-zero water and swimming with Antarctic predators

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Paul Nicklen is a world-renowned Canadian wildlife photographer best known for his 15 years of work for National Geographic magazine as a specialist in Arctic and Antarctic environments. He’s brought readers stories of face-to-face encounters with polar bears and leopard seals, all the while drawing attention to the dangers of climate change. Nicklen will be in Montreal this coming Wednesday, May 28, at the Centre Mont-Royal auditorium, to give a free public talk titled “Polar Obsessions” as part of the Genomes to Biomes conference.