State-of-the-art facility will improve Dentistry’s synergy, outreach programs

News

On Sept. 2, McGill’s Faculty of Dentistry inaugurates its brand new facility located at 2001 McGill College Ave., across from the Roddick Gates. For the first time in the Faculty’s history, pre-clinical and clinical training, community-based research and administrative operations will be brought together in one location.

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.

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

News

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.

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.

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.

Global warming ‘pause’ since 1998 reflects natural fluctuation

Research and Discovery

Statistical analysis of average global temperatures between 1998 and 2013 shows that the slowdown in global warming during this period is consistent with natural variations in temperature, according to research by McGill physics professor Shaun Lovejoy.

Radio-burst discovery deepens astrophysics mystery

Research and Discovery

The discovery of a split-second burst of radio waves by scientists using the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico provides important new evidence of mysterious pulses that appear to come from deep in outer space. The finding by an international team of astronomers that includes McGill’s Vicky Kaspi marks the first time that a so-called “fast radio burst” has been detected using an instrument other than the Parkes radio telescope in Australia.

Trocmé to head School of Social Work

News

McGill’s School of Social Work has announced the appointment of Dr. Nico Trocmé as its new Director, effective July 1, replacing the previous Director, Dr. Wendy Thomson who is moving to England to take up a senior post in municipal government.