Greetings from the Dean

MG new cropped2Welcome to Alumni Corner! You’ve reached a space designed especially for Faculty of Science alumni like you.

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The tragedy of war commemorated in stained glass

stained glass front page fpOne hundred years ago, a McGill professor and physician wrote the poem that helped define World War One. The poem was In Flanders Fields, and its author, Dr. John McCrae, taught at McGill, and practiced at the Montreal General Hospital and Royal Victoria Hospital.

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Alumnus strikes gold!

Palmer npThere’s gold in them thar hills – and McGill alumnus David Palmer recently found a mother lode.

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Interview: Dr. Donald Taylor

TG Taylor crop 2 Donald M. Taylor is Professor of Psychology with the Faculty of Science. His research interests include laboratory and field research in the area of intergroup relations.

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Try this at home: Make your own “bubbling cauldron”

kid's corner cauldronFor young (and young-at-heart) scientists, here is a simple science experiment developed by McGill science students as part of the WOW Lab project.

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Then and now – the Otto Maass Chemistry Building

OM bldgStudents and visitors to McGill’s downtown campus in the early 1960s will remember a massive building site at the corner of Sherbrooke and University Avenue – the new Otto Maass Chemisty Building was under construction.

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Did you know…?

Here are a few trivia questions to test your wits. The answers can be found in this newsletter. Take a moment to respond, and then check the answers page to see how you did.
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1) What is the name of the McGill Bird Mascot shown here?

2) Where does the “nano” in nanoscience come from?

3) The atmosphere is vitally important to climate. What is the other major factor?

4) Males process pain differently than females – true or false?

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Biochemistry degree + open mind = totally unexpected, cool career

lauren rathmell 4She didn’t study biochemistry to become a farmer or an entrepreneur – but that’s how it turned out. After graduating from McGill in 2010 with a degree in biochemistry, Lauren Rathmell helped found Lufa Farms, a hugely innovative venture that grows food year-round in urban rooftop greenhouses. Today, she serves as Lufa Farms’ greenhouse director, overseeing operations, managing cultivation, crop planting, research and development.

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Green chemistry promises better, safer, more affordable products

fBetter living through (green) chemistry! It’s a slogan whose time may have come. Although chemistry has provided countless benefits over the years, its public image has suffered in recent decades because of perceived links to environmental problems. Now, with the advent of green chemistry, the tide is turning.

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Studying the structures of living things

iStock_000024159220 smallOne of the University’s oldest departments, with almost 15 percent of the Faculty of Science’s undergraduate enrolment, McGill’s Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology (ACB) is constantly evolving to keep pace with the relentless advance of biology and medicine.

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Lasting tributes to two sisters

Sue and Celia (1)Memorial gifts to McGill are a special and lasting way to commemorate loved ones and celebrate their connections to the University. In the case of the Hendler family, two awards have been created at McGill to honor the memory of alumna Celia Hendler, BA’80 and her sister Sue.

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My experience as a student researcher

chloe nevitt 2“I’ve always thrived in an environment where I’m left to my own devices. In these situations, I learn from making mistakes, talking to experts and searching for information. ..”

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Tools to investigate the tiny – nanoscience comes of age

IMG_0049sEvery science needs the right tools to move it forward. For astronomy, the crucial tool was the telescope, for biology, the microscope. Now, nanoscience — the science of the very, very small – is coming of age, thanks in part to tools developed at the McGill Nanotools Microfabrication Lab (MNM).

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