DNA signature found in ice storm babies

Research and Discovery

The number of days an expectant mother was deprived of electricity during Quebec’s Ice Storm (1998) predicts the epigenetic profile of her child, a new study finds. Scientists from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill have detected a distinctive ‘signature’ in the DNA of children born in the aftermath of the massive Quebec ice storm.

Goodwin revels in rout over Ravens as lacrosse team win streak at eight


Connor Goodwin netted a hat-trick and added four assists as the McGill men’s lacrosse team routed second-place Carleton 18-3 at Molson Stadium, Saturday, extending their perfect record to 8-0 in regular season play.

Shortlist announced for 2014 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature


The six books vying for the 2014 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature were announced on Sept. 19, by Professor Christopher Manfredi, Dean of the Faculty of Arts. The books, which have as their respective themes, repercussions of war, genocide and slavery, are competing for the US$75,000 grand prize.

Microplastic pollution discovered in St. Lawrence River sediments

Research and Discovery

Previously undocumented in North American rivers, concentrations of microplastic particles found in the St. Lawrence have proven to be as high as in the world’s most contaminated ocean sediments.

No such thing as UFOs, says Trottier Symposium speaker

Four Burning Questions

In advance of the Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium, “Are We Alone? Searching for life out there,” on Oct. 6-7, Joe Nickell, Senior Research Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, discusses the possibility (or lack thereof) that aliens have visited our planet; and that UFOs are really extraterrestrials.

Principal Fortier ushers in new academic year with block party


Yesterday afternoon, Principal Suzanne Fortier stood in the square in front of the James Administration Building and surveyed a scene that made her smile. Hundreds of people – students, staff and faculty of McGill, and probably a few passersby – crowded the square, eating free sandwiches and bopping happily to Tonal Ecstasy’s a capella rendition of Some Kind of Wonderful. “This is our Piazza del Campo,” she said to the person standing beside her, referencing the famed public square in Sienna, Italy. “What a wonderful place we have here.”

McGill had prepared for more Quebec budget cuts, Fortier tells Senate


Because McGill had already anticipated another round of funding cuts from the Quebec government, the University is well placed to weather this next round of spending reductions, Principal Suzanne Fortier told Senate Wednesday afternoon.

Construction project launched at Schulich Library


Construction begins in earnest today at the Macdonald-Stewart Library Building on the downtown campus, home of the Schulich Library of Science and Engineering. Scaffolding will be erected around the building as stonemasons examine the 120-year-old, late-Victorian gem from inside and out to determine the degree to which its old stone has deteriorated.

Allan Downey: Using lacrosse to teach, inspire and heal


People often say sports can forge character. But for Allan Downey of the Nak’azdli First Nation and a newly hired academic associate in Indigenous Studies at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, it goes even deeper than that. “Lacrosse was my gateway,” he says. “It was my bridge to an education. It’s unbelievable to me the places I’ve been, the people I’ve met and the communities I’ve been welcomed to all because of this game, because of this stick.”

Reducing water scarcity possible by 2050

Research and Discovery

Increased water-recycling and improved irrigation techniques are among six strategies identified as key to successfully reducing global water scarcity.