On shawarmas, soiled diapers and Inuktitut folk songs

Notes from the field

With wit and eloquence, Harry Kim, an undergraduate student in Microbiology and Immunology, writes about his four-week research project to Iqaluit and Kuujjuaq where he was investigating enteric infections among young children in the Arctic.

Patch Adams pulls no punches in pre-Trottier Symposium Q&A

Entre Nous

Patch Adams is one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Trottier Public Science Symposium “Mind Matters: The Body-Mind Connection” (Oct. 23 – 24). In advance of his Oct. 24 lecture, the outspoken Adams takes aim at a wide array of subjects, including medical schools, hospitals and capitalism, in an interview with the Reporter.

Trottier Symposium speaker Dr. Amir Raz on hypnosis, magic and placebos in medicine

Four Burning Questions

In advance of his Oct. 23 lecture, The Placebo Effect, as part of the 2017 Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium, Dr. Amir Raz spoke spoke to the Reporter about everything from hypnosis in medicine, the connection between magic and science and the ethics of physicians prescribing placebo

McGill signs MOU with leading Japanese research institute


On Sept. 26, McGill entered into a formal partnership with Japan’s National Institutes of Physiological Sciences (NIPS) with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The signing, which took place at the Faculty Club, marked McGill’s first such agreement with an Asian partner and the first MOU signed by NIPS with a North American institute.

Baseball Redmen set record with first-ever perfect season


Jack Pantalena tossed a complete game two-hitter and every player in the McGill lineup had at least one hit as the Redmen cruised to a 12-2 conquest over Concordia on Oct. 1, to close out the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association season with a perfect 16-0 record.

Twitter challenge brings Law student to the PMO


After tweeting a challenge to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, second-year Law student Breanne Lavallée-Heckert will spend an upcoming day shadowing the PM. It’s part of an initiative by Plan International Canada called #GirlsBelongHere to put girls and young women in the seats of executive boardrooms, press rooms, senates, corner offices and courtrooms, in hopes that they will become the decision-makers of tomorrow.

How can immigrant scientists give back to their homelands?

Point of View

McGill Director of Global Health Dr. Madhukar Pai made the move from India to Canada to pursue his education and career. Here is his advice for practical ways that scientists from developing nations can give back — and enrich — their home countries.

Dr. Marla Shapiro C.M. to speak at Trottier Public Science Symposium – “Mind Matters: The Body-Mind Connection”

Four Burning Questions

Dr. Marla Shapiro is a Canadian medical doctor, best known as a health journalist for CTV News Channel. She is also one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Trottier Public Science Symposium (Oct. 23 – 24). In advance of her Oct. 23 lecture, Dr. Shapiro spoke about the state of medical education in Canada, alternative medicine practitioners vs physicians, and her own battle with breast cancer.

A new blueprint for architecture at McGill


On Sept. 26, Peter Fu, DipMinHous’91, returned to his alma mater to announce a landmark $12-million gift to the School of Architecture. It is a gift that will transform the lives of many architecture students, much like his own path was changed upon his arrival at McGill as a graduate student in 1990. It was Fu’s first time out of China, he didn’t know the language, and he was travelling to a city where he knew no one. “I was very nervous and I kept thinking, if no one picks me up, what will I do?” recalls Fu.

George Colpitts examines fur trader stories in upcoming Eakin Lecture

Entre Nous

Prior to his Fall Eakin Lecture on Oct. 5, George Colpitts, an environmental historian from the University of Calgary, spoke with the Reporter about the historical importance of fur trade journals.