The Marquesas: My South Pacific home away from home

Notes from the field

Emily Donaldson, a doctoral student in anthropology, writes about her most recent excursion to the Marquesas, a remote group of volcanic islands located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where, while finalizing her thesis, she shared a four-room dwelling with a family of 11, lived on wild boar and fresh-from-the-ocean sashimi-style raw tuna, celebrated Bastille Day and dodged the occasional free-falling coconut dislodged by gusty winds.

MISC to celebrate 20th year with busy fall schedule

Four Burning Questions

On September 23, the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a public symposium, Canada Remix. MISC Director Will Straw has recently returned from a sabbatical leave. The Reporter caught up with Dr. Straw to talk about this and other upcoming events at the MISC.

Important lessons learned during semester in East Africa

Notes from the field

“McGill’s Canadian Field Studies in Africa program added an incredible depth, value and meaning to my academic journey,” writes Arts undergrad Siobhan Lazenby of her recent semester in East Africa. “The experiences shifted what matters to me now, shaped my values and taught me more about privilege than I ever could have learned in a lecture hall”

Speedier diagnosis of diseases such as cancer likely thanks to new DNA analysis technique

Research and Discovery

Researchers from McGill and the Génome Québec Innovation Centre have achieved a technical breakthrough that should result in speedier diagnosis of cancer and various pre-natal conditions. The key discovery lies in a new tool that allows researchers to load long strands of DNA into a tunable nanoscale imaging chamber in ways that maintain their structural identity and under conditions that are similar to those found in the human body.

Future Earth coming to Montreal


Montreal will soon become one of five global hubs for Future Earth, a 10-year international research program stemming from the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro. The creation of the Montreal hub, and McGill’s role in it, could open significant new opportunities for the many researchers across the University working on sustainability issues.

McGill’s Foster helps Canada win gold at FISU rugby sevens world championship


Deanna Foster of the McGill women’s rugby team, has won gold with Team Canada at the rugby sevens world championship, sanctioned by the Fédération internationale du sport universitaire, in the Sao Paulo region of Brazil.

McGill hoops coach DeAveiro takes Canada to U-17 tourney title in Troyes


David DeAveiro, head coach of the McGill men’s basketball team, has guided the Canadian national cadet team to a four-game sweep at a tournament in Troyes, France. Canada cruised to an 89-62 decision over Argentina, Saturday in their final preparation game before heading to the FIBA under-17 world championships in Dubai, Aug. 8-16.

Life expectancy gap between blacks and whites in the U.S. varies considerably across states

Research and Discovery

Racial differences in life expectancy have declined nationally but still vary substantially across U.S. states, according to a new study by McGill researchers. The findings suggest that state policies could play a key role in further reducing racial differences in mortality. The researchers calculated annual state-specific life expectancies for blacks and whites from 1990 to 2009 and found that progress was uneven across states during the past two decades.

Adam B. Coape-Arnold: Artisantrepreneur


Adam B. Coape-Arnold has come a long way from his days studying philosophy and working in the record industry to being one of the founders of Cult Yogourt, a buisness that makes gourmet artisanal Greek yogourt using heirloom cultures imported from Greece, Bulgaria, Sweden and the Caspian Sea. He credits the School of Continuing Studies for helping him make the transition.

Forests, culture and development in indigenous Panama

Notes from the field

Master’s biology student Divya Sharma recently spent a semester living in the community of Piriatí-Emberá in eastern Panama, among the Emberá, one of the country’s main indigenous groups. In her own words, Sharma writes about being witness to a community as it tries to plot a course for its future.