Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences news
| KATHY MACLEAN. October 27, 2015 Why do we wait for a crisis to hit before we take action? Has "prevention is better than a cure" lost all its meaning? Two important questions, Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, put to attendees at the Public Lecture launching the 8th McGill Conference on Global Food Security: Current and Future Challenges for Sustainable Food Security.
Dr. William C. Campbell, D.Sc.'07, is among the three scientists awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, announced October 5, 2015, by the Nobel Prize Committee. William Campbell received his Honorary Doctorate at the Macdonald Campus convocation in 2007.
City TV's morning show, Breakfast Television, spent an early morning on the Macdonald Campus Farm to hear about McGill's agriculture programs and try to learn some farm skills. Visits were made to the Dairy Barn, the Horticulture Centre, and the high tunnels; reporter Wilder Weir talked with Farm Director Paul Meldrum and Mike Bleho about the various programs offered at Macdonald and the "McGill Feeding McGill" program. Watch the broadcast
Bioresource Engineering professor Mark Lefsrud and PhD candidate Débora Parrine were featured on CBC's The National on Tuesday, September 22. Mark spoke about his work with Urban Barns, and how the new growth systems that he is developing are changing the face of agriculture.
Associate Dean (Student Affairs) Chris Buddle was interviewed on CBC's The Current about the use of laptops in the classroom. A new study suggests that taking notes on a laptop leads to poorer marks citing distraction. Buddle says that "laptops and technology can play a pretty powerful role in the classroom..." Listen to the entire program or to Professor Buddle's comments that begin at approximately 16:00 mins into the episode.
Professor Lawrence Goodridge, Ian and Jayne Munro Chair in Food Safety and Food Science professor, was interviewed by Food Safety News about his $9.8 M Salmonella research project while attending recent International Association for Food Protection meetings in Portland, Oregon.
Gift from graduate William Ritchie forms centrepiece of $2.5-million plan to educate the public, open campus to more visitors A $1-million gift from Macdonald College of McGill University alumnus J. William Ritchie, BSc(Agr)'51, will provide major support for McGill’s Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in its efforts to open its Macdonald campus to more visitors and provide a unique, hands-on education into the critical role of agriculture in the food supply chain.
Take a look in your pantry: the miracle ingredient for fighting obesity may already be there. A simple potato extract may limit weight gain from a diet that is high in fat and refined carbohydrates, according to scientists at McGill University.
McGill University scientists, led by Ajjamada Kushalappa of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, have teamed up with researchers from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia to develop nutritious, high-yielding, and more disease-resistant potatoes for food-insecure indigenous communities in Colombia.
Whether it is for research into clean energy sources, the future of wireless communication or a better understanding of the processes involved in language learning, over 160 established McGill researchers and more than 80 graduate students will benefit from support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) over the next five years.
BioFuelNet Canada – made possible by federal NCE program – will bring together industry and academics to research and develop biofuels of the future
With the new year brings a new IT service - wireless connectivity is now available on inter-campus shuttle buses. See the service description in the IT Knowledge Base for full details: http://kb.mcgill.ca/it/wirelessbus
As of December 28th, McGill’s license of Virus Barrier X will expire. Replacing it is Trend Micro’s Smart Surfing for Mac. Its features include antivirus, antispyware and web threat protection; additionally, it has built in parental controls, a spam blocker and a two-way firewall.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) publishes the Red List of Threatened Species describing the conservation status of various species of plants and animals. Now, however, an international team of researchers led by McGill biologist Jonathan Davies suggests that the criteria for assessing risk of extinction in plants should be revisited.