Clement-Heydra among CIS athlete of the year nominees for BLG Award


Katia Clement-Heydra, a forward on the McGill Martlets hockey team, is among eight finalists announced by Canadian Interuniversity Sport and the national law firm of Borden Ladner Gervais for the 22nd annual BLG Awards, which were established in 1993 to recognize the top female and male athletes from universities affiliated with CIS.

Two McGill researchers receive $500,000 grants to find innovative uses for carbon


The Alberta-based Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) announced on April 15, that two McGill researchers are among the 24 winners of $500,000 grants to transform carbon dioxide into useful products. Engineering professors Zetian Mi and Yixin Shao received the grants as part of the CCEMC Grand Challenges program. In addition to the funding, they will receive access to a support team who will help them to develop their idea.

Odds that global warming is due to natural factors: slim to none

Research and Discovery

An analysis of temperature data since 1500 all but rules out the possibility that global warming in the industrial era is just a natural fluctuation in the earth’s climate, according to a new study by McGill physics professor Shaun Lovejoy.

McGill to hold 50th Vanier Cup game as Molson Stadium celebrates 99th year


The CIS announced Wednesday a partnership with the Montreal Alouettes to hold the historic 50th Vanier Cup game at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, on the campus of McGill University in Montreal, marking the first-ever staging of the Canadian university football championship in the Quebec metropolis.

Put on a happy (and healthy) face


Although eight in ten Canadians report brushing and flossing their teeth on a regular basis, 96 per cent of adult Canadians have had cavities and one fifth have experienced moderate to severe gum disease. Oral Health Month kicked off on April 1 and Dr. Melvin Schwartz, Chief of the Jewish General Hospital’s Department of Dentistry, thinks it is a good time to remind the public of the importance of good dental health.

Should whole-genome sequencing become part of newborn screening?

Research and Discovery

Whole-genome sequencing programs for newborbs – which involve drawing a few drops of blood from a newborn’s heel – have been in place since the late 1960s, and are credited with having saved thousands of lives by identifying certain disorders that can be treated effectively when caught early enough. As the technology is becoming increasingly affordable and reliable, researchers at McGill say making whole-genome sequencing part of routine screening programs for newborns raises ethical, legal and social issues that should be weighed carefully.

Plugged in but powered down

Research and Discovery

Young men who have suffered from depression early in life are more vulnerable than women to spending many hours in front of a screen later on in life.

McGill athletes of the year announced at annual sports awards gala


Football lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif of St. Hilaire, Que., and hockey forward Katia Clement-Heydra of St. Bruno de Montarville, Que., were named male and female athletes of the year, respectively, at the 37th annual McGill varsity sports awards gala, held at the Holiday Inn Midtown, Wednesday evening.

Moe Touizrar: Finding beauty in the midst of conflict


On April 8, at the concert commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the 100th anniversary of the First World War, there will be lots of butterflies among the more than 100 musicians who will take part. Chances are no one will be more stoked than Moe Touizrar, the doctoral student in Music Composition who was commissioned by Alain Cazes, Director of the McGill Wind Symphony to write a special piece just for this event. “It is my first commissioned piece,” says Touizrar. “It’s pretty exciting.”

Hot Cities 2014: From camping on the Gobi Desert to touring the Gangnam financial district

Notes from the field

“If a year ago someone told me I’d be spending my spring break camping in the Gobi desert, 30 degrees below zero, I probably wouldn’t believe them,” writes U3 International Management BComm student Sabrina Ostrowski. “Yet ‘expect the unexpected’ seems to be the tagline for the week we experienced during the sixth edition of the Hot Cities of the World Tour, led by Professor Karl Moore.”