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A Luddite makes the leap, embraces technology and saves her aching back

Full disclosure: When it comes to technology, I’m what you might call a throwback. OK, a Luddite. Whatever. And when it comes to reading a well-written story, the feel of smooth, durable, acid-free, perfectly toned creamy white pages that balance just the right dose of ink into painstakingly designed fonts are soothing. I even like the smell of old, yellowing books.

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Published on : 12 Jan 2011

Cutting Edge Lecture: Environmental change in Canada’s Arctic

Arctic regions are experiencing high degrees of environmental change, including thinning of sea ice, increased deposition of airborne pollutants and evidence of a longer growing season. On Jan.

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Published on : 12 Jan 2011

Centraide campaign exceeds goals

When the organizing committee launched the University’s 2010 Centraide campaign back on Sept. 28, it set two goals – to raise $325,000, and to increase the number of participating employee donors. The campaign was a success on both fronts. It officially came to a close on Dec.

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Published on : 12 Jan 2011

Hockey teams pick up where they left off

Both McGill Hockey teams made successful returns to conference play this past weekend after the lengthy holiday break.

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Published on : 12 Jan 2011

McGill friends, colleagues remember Tony Proudfoot

Friends and former colleagues from McGill recalled Tony Proudfoot’s passion for both teaching and learning after the former Alouette passed away at age 61 on Dec. 30 following a courageous three-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

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Published on : 11 Jan 2011

Giving a voice to the marginalized

In just a few minutes the choir members will take their place in front of the audience and begin their four-song set. Some look a little nervous, holding their songbook to their chest and silently staring straight ahead. Others seem entirely at ease, chatting happily with friends and family.

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Published on : 17 Dec 2010

The science of singing: MUHC lab treats, educates voice professionals

Serious musicians go to great lengths to protect and maintain their instruments. But because it’s a part of their bodies, one they use for hours every day even when they’re not making music, singers sometimes neglect their only instrument – the voice and the vocal cords that produce it.

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Published on : 17 Dec 2010

The cool of law

According to the 2006 census, explains recent McGill Law graduate Keith Serry, the average Montreal artist makes about $29,600 per year. According to the Canadian Bar Association, he adds, the average hourly rate for a lawyer in Canada is $254. “It doesn’t take long to put those two numbers together and realize there’s a gap.”

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Published on : 17 Dec 2010

Foote upbeat about Canada’s groundbreaking jazz program

It’s the Year of Jazz at the Schulich School of Music – a year-long celebration of the improvisational musical genre that developed in North America a century ago. Fittingly enough, the school’s recently installed Interim Dean, Gordon Foote is the first person from the School’s Jazz program to lead the school.

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Published on : 16 Dec 2010

In search of Jaghmin

PhD candidate Sally P. Ragep's research centers on a scholar named Mahmud ibn Muhammad ibn `Umar al-Jaghmini, wrote one of the most important works of Islamic science, a ubiquitous elementary astronomical text called the Epitome of Astronomy. She went all the way to Turkmenistan to attend a conference and present a paper on him.

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Published on : 16 Dec 2010

Music as roadkill in the Internet sphere

Sandy Pearlman, the legendary rock-music producer credited with coining the term “heavy metal,” has been a visiting professor at the Schulich School of Music for the past five years. In an hour-long interview with the Reporter, Pearlman shared his views on how digitization and the Internet have turned music into essentially a free commodity. The following are excerpts from that conversation:

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Published on : 16 Dec 2010

Field hockey’s Fitzgerald a rare musical athlete

Megan Fitzgerald doesn’t put much stock in stereotypes, especially the one that says you can’t be athletic and “artsy” at the same time. Not that there’s any artsy pretension from Fitzgerald, who grew up on her family’s beef cattle farm in the tiny Ontario community of Maple Leaf.

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Published on : 16 Dec 2010

Songs in the key of life

As a music therapist for the past 26 years, Deborah Salmon understands better than most the important role music can play in people’s lives. But as the music therapist for the Montreal General Hospital’s palliative care service, she also understands the vital role music can play as people prepareto die.

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Published on : 16 Dec 2010

With Dan Levitin, Professor, Dept. of Psychology

ames McGill Professor of Psychology Dan Levitin, who is also the Director of the Laboratory for Music Perception, Cognition and Expertise, has written two hugely popular books on how music affects our brains – This is Your Brain on Music and The World in Six Songs – in addition to a just-published psychology textbook, among other work.

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Published on : 16 Dec 2010

Matt Haimovitz goes Bach to the future

Cellist Matt Haimovitz doesn’t rage against the machine, as much as he appropriates its sounds and rhythms and incorporates them into something larger and more powerful than the machine itself.

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Published on : 16 Dec 2010