Queen Victoria reigns supreme, off to finals of Canada’s Smartest Person


Victoria Leenders-Cheng, a Communications Officer in the Faculty of Law, made a huge comeback in the final event in her episode of CBC’s Canada’s Smartest Person show to qualify for the finals, which will be aired on Nov. 23.

“I map, therefore I am.” The importance of location to modern Society

Four Burning Questions

D. R. Fraser Taylor, recipient of the 2014 Killam Prize, introduced the world to the power of cybercartography, an enhanced form of multimedia mapping. On October 28 at 5:30 Prof. Fraser will participate in a moderated discussion exploring the impact of cybercartography on trade and economic patterns, international development and the risk of homelessness.

Why your brain makes you reach for junk food

Research and Discovery

Will that be a pizza for you or will you go for a salad? Choosing what you eat is not simply a matter of taste, conclude scientists in a new study at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre. As you glance over a menu or peruse the shelves in a supermarket, your brain is making decisions based more on a food’s caloric content.

$2.9M in funding to boost child and adolescent mental health research


Thanks to a significant gift of $2.9M from the Irving Ludmer Family Foundation, hope is on the horizon through the expansion of a major collaboration to understand why some children are vulnerable to conditions like autism, attention deficit disorder and social anxiety, and what can be done to prevent these disorders before they take hold.

Helping save the Mi’gmaq language in Listuguj

Notes from the field

Douglas Gordon, an undergraduate linguistics major, spent his past summer in Listuguj, QC aiding the ongoing effort to revitalize the native Mi’gmaq language. He writes about the importance of such efforts and his enlightening experience in Listuguj.

Nobel winner has very fond memories of McGill


Earlier this week, fifty years after completing his Master’s at McGill and beginning his PhD in physiological psychology here, John O’Keefe was named co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in medicine. In an exclusive interview with the Reporter, O’Keefe remembers his time at McGill as “an incredibly exciting time.”

Leenders-Cheng vying to be crowned Canada’s Smartest Person


Victoria Leenders-Cheng is one of those people. You know the kind; incredibly accomplished, well rounded and, yes, impossibly nice too. And, for the purposes of this article, it’s important to note that she’s smart. Really smart. So smart, in fact, that she’s vying for the title of Canada’s Smartest Person as one of the contestants on the new CBC program of the same name.

The boys in the band need your votes!


McGill’s very own ‘Busty and the Bass’ has made it into the Top 100 of CBC’s ‘Rock Your Campus’ competition, the search for Canada’s top university band. The boys need your votes to help them win the grand prize: a huge concert put on by CBC on McGill campus.

McGill’s financial situation – October 2014, Q&A


An update on McGill’s financial situation.

Two McGill athletes among CIS Top 8 Academic All-Canadians


Two student-athletes from McGill are among the CIS Top Eight Academic All-Canadians for the 2013-14 season announced Tuesday by Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Representing the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec conference are McGill standouts Mariam Sylla, a basketball player and pharmacology student, as well as Cédric McNicoll, a hockey player and accounting major.