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Policy initiatives for Health Information Technology: A qualitative study of U.S. expectations and Canada's experience

Objective: To investigate lessons learned from national policy initiatives in Canada and U.S. with respect to health information technical infrastructure, data standards, and interoperability; and to identify the implications of these lessons for other policy makers, as they guide the future of their own healthcare information technology initiatives.

Published on : 22 Aug 2012

Incorporating the threat of terrorist attacks in the design of public service facility networks

In this paper, we consider the design problem of a public service facility network with existing facilities when there is a threat of possible terrorist attacks. The aim of the system planner, who is responsible for the operation of the network, is to open new facilities, relocate existing ones if necessary, and protect some of the facilities.

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Published on : 17 Aug 2012

Global standards and local knowledge building: Upgrading small producers in developing countries

Local knowledge building is a crucial factor for upgrading small producers and improving their market competitiveness and livelihoods. The rise of global standards affecting food safety and environmental sustainability in agriculture sparks debates on the impact on smallholders in developing countries.

Published on : 17 Aug 2012

Paths of convergence for agriculture, health, and wealth

This special feature calls for forward thinking around paths of convergence for agriculture, health, and wealth. Such convergence aims for a richer integration of smallholder farmers into national and global agricultural and food systems, health systems, value chains, and markets.

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Published on : 17 Aug 2012

A knowledge-based architecture for integrating and interpreting population health data

In this paper, we describe our ongoing effort on the design and development of a knowledge-based system for monitoring and analyzing evidence-based population health indicators, with focus on indicators of chronic diseases related to obesity.

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Published on : 17 Aug 2012

Seasonal energy storage operations with limited flexibility: The price-adjusted rolling intrinsic policy

The value of seasonal energy storage depends on how the firm operates storage to capture seasonal price spreads. Energy storage operations typically face limited operational flexibility characterized by the speed of storing and releasing energy, which makes the optimal policy, in general, difficult to compute.

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Published on : 17 Aug 2012

McGill and Intellectual Ventures partner on new inventions

McGill University and Intellectual Ventures have announced a partnership that provides an additional avenue for McGill faculty to commercialize their inventions and discoveries.

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Published on : 07 Aug 2012

Mandatory IFRS Adoption and the Contractual Usefulness of Accounting Information in Executive Compensation

We examine how the mandatory adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in continental Europe affects the contractual usefulness of accounting information in executive compensation, as reflected in pay-performance sensitivity (PPS) and relative performance evaluation (RPE).

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Published on : 03 Aug 2012

Why Do Women Still Earn Less Than Men? Analyzing the Search for High-paying Jobs

Why do women continue to earn less money than men -- approximately 20% less, according to some estimates -- and what can be done about it? At least half the pay gap reflects the fact that women tend to work in different kinds of occupations and industries than men, a phenomenon known as "gender segregation."

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Published on : 01 Aug 2012

Donald Baxter (1926 - 2012)

Died on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at the Montreal General Hospital after a protracted illness.

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Published on : 26 Jul 2012

Decoding the secrets of balance

We’ve known for a while that the vestibular system in the inner ear is responsible for helping us keep our balance. And while researchers have already developed a basic understanding of how the brain constructs our perceptions of ourselves in motion, until now no one has understood the crucial step by which the neurons in the brain select the information needed to do so.

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Published on : 24 Jul 2012

Why do anti-hunger and anti-obesity initiatives always fall short?

With widespread hunger continuing to haunt developing nations, and obesity fast becoming a global epidemic, any number of efforts on the parts of governments, scientists, non-profit organizations and the business world have taken aim at these twin nutrition-related crises. But all of these efforts have failed to make a large dent in the problems...

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Published on : 23 Jul 2012

Do Women Choose Different Jobs from Men? Mechanisms of Application Segregation in the Market for Managerial Workers

This paper examines differences in the jobs for which men and women apply in order to better understand gender segregation in managerial jobs. We develop and test an integrative theory of why women might apply to different jobs than men.

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Published on : 03 Jul 2012

A Stakeholder Approach to the Ethicality of BRIC-firm Managers' Use of Favors

This article investigates the use of favors by managers of BRIC firms to accomplish business goals, the ethicality of which should be determined by the moral reasoning in these countries rather than from a developed country perspective.

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Published on : 03 Jul 2012

Lessons from the Canadian national health information technology plan for the United States: Opinions of key Canadian experts

Objective: To summarize the Canadian health information technology (HIT) policy experience and impart lessons learned to the US as it determines its policy in this area. Design: Qualitative analysis of interviews with identified key stakeholders followed by an electronic survey.

Published on : 03 Jul 2012