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.
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.
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.
Important and complex systems, from the global financial market to groups of friends, may be more controllable than they appear.
Two McGill alumni were been promoted in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Cabinet Wednesday. Joe Oliver (BA’61; BCL’64) replaced longtime Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, who announced his retirement from politics on Tuesday. And Greg Rickford (BCL’05; LLB’05), formerly Minister of State for Science, moves into Oliver’s chair as Minister of Natural Resources.
A recent study by Prof. Caroline Palmer of the Department of Psychology sheds new light on how humans perceive and produce sounds, and may pave the way for investigations into whether motor learning could improve or protect memory or reduce cognitive impairment in aging populations. The research is published in the journal Cerebral Cortex.
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.
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.
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.
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.