Year in review

Research

001// Seeking to answer questions about how birds got their wings, HANS LARSSON (Redpath Museum) and former graduate student ALEXANDER DECECCHI performed regression analyses on two datasets of fossil measurement. They found that the ratio of limb length to body size underwent a dramatic change when dinosaurs transitioned into birds 150 million years ago. These findings […]

Connecting the Dots

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Turning scientific discoveries into real-world applications has been a longstanding practice. Two offices at McGill aim to make the process more effective by capitalizing very specifically on their partners’ strengths and areas of expertise. // By Victoria Leenders-Cheng In November 2013, McGill biomedical engineering professor Jay Nadeau took part in the scientific equivalent of an […]

Ready for Take-Off

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… right in my backyard. Students and professors at McGill are exploring different forms of research and community collaboration, with some unusual results.// By Lucas Wisenthal A neighborhood with a rich artistic, cultural and industrial heritage, now in transition. Two major academic institutions’ desire to try something new. Combine and stir and what you get […]

Instrumental Experiment // Harmonizing Art and Technology

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A THREE-YEAR RESEARCH-CREATION PROJECT AT MCGILL CALLED “LES GESTES” HAS YIELDED A FUTURISTIC-LOOKING WAY OF THINKING ABOUT MUSIC. PhD students Ian Hattwick, Joseph Malloch and Marlon Schumacher are members of the Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory. Under the direction of Dean of the Schulich School of Music, Sean Ferguson, McGill professor Marcelo Wanderley and Isabelle Van Grimde of Van Grimde Corps Secrets, […]

Open Door Policy

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Do citizens today have a real say in policy decisions affecting how and where they live? Two interdisciplinary SSHRC grants awarded to professors at McGill examine citizen engagement: where it comes from, where it went and how to get it back. // By Mark Witten It had all the hallmarks of an urban consultation event put on […]

Turning research into INNOV4TION

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To celebrate the first four years of the Fessenden Professorships and Prizes in Science Innovation, Headway looks at four of the many ways the program has helped McGill researchers translate their ideas into products — because there’s more to getting the world to notice your innovative ideas than just building the proverbial better mousetrap. // […]

What I researched on my summer vacation

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Summer research internships aren’t just a great way for McGill undergraduates to put their book learning to work and gain invaluable real-world experience — they’re an important part of forging the university-industry collaborations necessary for moving innovations out of academic silos and into the marketplace, where they can change lives. As students gear up for […]

From brush to bit: digitizing Chinese literary collections

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The Ming Qing Women’s Writings (MQWW) project is an online digital archive of women’s writing in China during the Ming and Qing dynasties, from 1368–1911. These collections of writings provide a trove of information about literature, history, politics and gender in premodern China. Their digital versions also provide access to primary source material that is […]

The latest exercise trend: brain training

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In the same way that spring training is intended to whip baseball players into shape for the upcoming season, so can you put your brain through the paces and fend off dementia in old age with a new cognitive training project offered by the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.

Robots to the rescue

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Imagine descending to the bottom of a pitch black mine, or crashing through a wintry ocean to an iceberg to take measurements of a particular environment. Not too pleasant for the most hardy of creatures, not even robots. An announcement by Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) will bring $5 million to support […]