The presentation of the Kennedy Smith Lecture by Professor Douglas Farrow at McGill on Jan. 22 celebrated two events: the sixtieth anniversary of the purchase, by a group of lay Catholics, of the building at 3484 Peel Street that houses the Newman Centre, and the inauguration of Farrow’s tenure as McGill’s Kennedy Smith Chair in Catholic Studies, a position endowed by Lee and Mary Podles in 2000.
A new study by McGill researchers shows climate change has put a freshwater lid on the Antarctic ocean, trapping warm water in the deepest regions of the ocean. The new work may help explain a scientific mystery: the recent discovery that Antarctic Bottom Water, which fills the deepest layer of the world ocean, has been shrinking over the last few decades.
While mapping agricultural land uses in Eastern Panama as part of Catherine Potvin’s lab a pair of McGill undergraduates got to live with local people. The experience, the duo say, gave them unique insight into people’s everyday lives and, more importantly, into their kitchens.
As the 2014 fiscal year draws to a close in April, the University’s financial planning for next year, as well as its forecast to 2019, is taking concrete shape, Provost Anthony C. Masi told Senate last Wednesday in the second of three updates on McGill’s budget.
Is biodiverse agriculture an anachronism? Or is it a vital part of a food-secure future? Given the need to feed an estimated 2.4 billion more people by the year 2050, the drive toward large-scale, single-crop farming around the world may seem inexorable.
Simon Gravel, an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Genetics, was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship on Feb. 18, in recognition of his potential to make substantial contributions to the field of human genetics. Gravel is breaking the research mold, and refining our understanding of modern human origins by learning from history, biology, and technology.
On Feb. 8, McGill hosted the first-ever inter-university Iron Chef competition, where teams of one staff and three students from UMASS, the University of Toronto, the University of Ottawa and McGill cooked their hearts out to impress celebrity judges Jonathan Garnier of La Guilde culinaire, Juliette Brun of Juliette & Chocolat and Dr.Joe Schwarcz of McGill. When the flour settled, the top two teams were separated by the slimmest of margins.
A new study by McGill will examine whether vaccinating only one partner in a couple against the human papillomavirus (HPV) can help prevent transmission of HPV to the unvaccinated partner. The study aims to determine the efficacy of an HPV vaccine in reducing transmission of genital, anal, and oral HPV infection in unvaccinated sexual partners of vaccinated individuals.
McGill’s Newman Centre, in collaboration with other partners, is hosting a major symposium on the Legacy of Claude Ryan (Feb. 13-14). This initiative commemorating the 10th anniversary of Ryan’s passing will bring together an array of major political figures, public intellectuals and academics, including Thomas Mulcair, Brian Mulroney and Jean Charest.
The groundwater footprint. If you haven’t heard that term yet, read on, because it soon could become as familiar as “carbon footprint.”