Researchers land $3.5-million DFAT grant to improve health and agriculture in Ghana

Research and Discovery

A team led by Prof. Grace Marquis, of McGill University’s School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, will receive a grant of close to $3.5 million for an innovative project aimed at improving the health and household food security of infants and children in southeastern Ghana’s Upper Manya Krobo district. The funding was announced today by Senator Larry Smith, on behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, at an event held at McGill’s Macdonald Campus, in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue.

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.

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.

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.”

City to undertake major project on McTavish St. this summer


The City of Montreal plans to start work next week on preparations for a major construction project on McTavish St. that will continue throughout the summer. Sewer and water lines, some more than 100 years old, will be replaced. At McGill’s request, the City will install additional storm sewer drains to help deal with water in the event of a flood similar to that of a little more than a year ago.

Baker Paul De Resendes’ maple tarts

What's Cookin'

Warm and flavourful maple tarts are the perfect treat to satisfy your sweet craving. With McGill Student Housing and Hospitality Services’ Cabane-à-sucre themed Local Food Days just around the corner, it’s only fitting that we pay tribute to the Quebec tradition and send you home with a scrumptious dessert recipe.

Is there life on Mars? McGill researcher on team to find out

Research and Discovery

Unlike many winter-weary Montrealers, microbiologist Lyle Whyte isn’t one to complain about frigid climes, having conducted the bulk of his research up at McGill’s High Arctic Station for the past 14 years. In fact, his wealth of experience working in extreme cold temperatures recently helped him land a spot on an elite team of scientists handpicked by the European Space Agency (ESA) to work on the ambitious ExoMars 2018 project, specifically as a member of the Landing Site Selection Working Group. The mission? To find life on Mars.