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Alum recipient of Canada’s Volunteer Awards’ Emerging Leader Award (Quebec Region)

Congratulations to alum Valérie Toupin-Dubé, BSc (AgEnvSci)’16, recipient of the Canada’s Volunteer Awards’ Emerging Leader Award for the Quebec region!

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Published: 14 Dec 2017

Professor Jeff Xia named CRC Chair (Tier 2)

Congratulations to Professor Jianguo (Jeff) Xia, Department of Animal Science and Institute of Parasitology, who has been named a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2)  in Bioinformatics and Big Data Analytics.

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Published: 12 Dec 2017

Professors inducted into Royal Society of Canada

Congratulations to Jan Adamowski (Bioresource Engineering) and Elena Bennett (Natural Resource Sciences) on their induction into the Royal Society of Canada. The announcement was made in September, and the induction ceremony was held in late November.

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Published: 11 Dec 2017

Plant trees to control climate change

Scientists at an international conference said on [November 30] that climate change was a global phenomenon that could only be controlled by planting more and more trees. This was stated in the concluding session of the first international conference on Conventional and Modern Approaches in Plant Sciences (CMAPS 17), organised by the Punjab University Department of Botany at Faisal Auditorium....

Published: 1 Dec 2017

Mercury decline in seabirds due to diet, not emission controls

For 47 years, biologists have plucked eggs from seabird nests along the British Columbia coast. Many of the eggs were collected from remote rocky islands surrounded by some of the world’s roughest seas.

In all, they collected 537 eggs from six species, including ancient murrelets, rhinoceros auklets and double-crested cormorants. Now these eggs are revealing new information about the way mercury finds its way into the ecosystem.

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Published: 24 Nov 2017

Master blender behind world famous Northern Harvest rye

Some might see it as a quirky career path, to be sure, that leads one to an occupation in which their job — essentially — is to sip on whisky.

Joanna Zanin Scandella’s job title is an enviable one.

The McGill University-educated Zanin Scandella is, officially, a master blender, an elite standing in the nomenclature of the alcohol industry. One does not just seek the wanted ads for a job as a master blender — they aspire to it.

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Published: 20 Nov 2017

Health experts raise concerns over cannabis drinks and lack of details from Ottawa

Unlike alcohol, which kills bacteria and toxins, Lawrence Goodridge argues, integrating cannabis in the place of alcohol may require a very different production process. “Because cannabis is a plant, there are certain concerns -- like the possibility of pesticides used in production, or the type of fertilizer used, or the potential presence of heavy metals that could be toxic to humans,” the McGill University food safety expert explained to BNN in a telephone interview.

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Published: 7 Nov 2017

La pollution est une tueuse en série

Un décès sur six lui est attribuable chaque année […] « C’est la première fois que l’on conclut que la pollution environnementale est une cause si importante de décès », souligne le professeur Niladri Basu, chercheur à l’Université McGill, qui a participé à l’étude publiée hier par la revue Lancet en partenariat avec l’Organisation des Nations Unies (ONU).

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Published: 23 Oct 2017

The taste of the wines of California will be affected by the fire

Although it does not destroy the vineyards, the smoke may well make the grapes unusable, warns David Wees, professor at the faculty of Agriculture of McGill University. “The biggest problem, it is the fine particles that settle on the fruits and stick on the skin,” he says.

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Published: 18 Oct 2017

Le goût des vins de Californie sera affecté par les incendies

Après plus d’une semaine de brasiers, les flammes continuent de dévorer les vallées de Napa et Sonoma, sur la côte nord de la Californie, d’où sont issus les meilleurs crus américains. Plusieurs exploitations, parfois centenaires, ont été totalement ou partiellement détruites. D’autres sont toujours couvertes d’un épais nuage de fumée....

Published: 17 Oct 2017

Mac Community comes together to bake pies

by Kathy MacLean

Over the summer a group of Mac staff members got together to kick around ideas for an activity that would bring the Macdonald community together at the start of the school year and would tie to Macdonald’s motto “Mastery for Service.” Once the seed was planted, it didn’t take long for the theme to emerge - #MacShares. The first #MacShares event – Apple Pies – was held on Monday, September 25th....

Published: 27 Sep 2017

Eating protein at all three meals could help seniors stave off muscle decline

New research from Canada suggests that over-60s should eat protein at all three daily meals to help stave off age-related muscle decline, which can contribute to loss of independence and falls.

Researchers at McGill University in Canada studied the effects of protein consumption on muscle strength in seniors.

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Published: 6 Sep 2017

Eating protein three times a day could make our seniors stronger

Quebec researchers link protein distribution to greater mass and muscle strength in the elderly.

Loss of muscle is an inevitable consequence of aging that can lead to frailty, falls or mobility problems. Eating enough protein is one way to remedy it, but it would seem that spreading protein equally among the three daily meals could be linked to greater mass and muscle strength in the elderly.

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Published: 6 Sep 2017

Brain food: Kindergarteners get head start with nutrition education at EMSB

Heartening to see the good work Macdonald grads Sylvie Beaudry (FdSci'88), Giuliana Di Quinzio (Nutr'00) and Pamela Yiptong (Nutr'09) are undertaking at EMSB to help children develop healthy eating habits.

...During her 29 years in the public school system, dietitian Sylvie Beaudry [(FdSci'88)] has played a role in encouraging thousands of students to develop healthy eating habits.

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Published: 31 Aug 2017

Tree removal near the John Abbott College Memorial Field

Some of you may have noticed trees being felled near the John Abbott College Memorial Field.  While we never want to cut trees down, nature sometimes leaves us no choice.  Four of the trees being taken down this week are rotten oak trees, which pose a safety hazard, and another four are ash trees infected with the emerald ash borer that has been wreaking havoc on Montreal Island in recent years.  All the trees being removed are being replaced.  Other trees will get a significant pruning....

Published: 17 Aug 2017

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