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McGill will confer honorary doctorates upon two remarkable women during the Fall 2017 convocation ceremonies. Heather Munroe-Blum and Heather Reisman will be awarded the University’s highest honour for their dedication to the advancement of education and literacy.

Classified as: honorary doctorates, Heather Monroe-Blum, Heather Reisman
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Published on: 6 Oct 2017

By Shawn Hayward

Whether it is dancing or just tapping one foot to the beat, we all experience how auditory signals like music can induce movement. Now new research suggests that motor signals in the brain actually sharpen sound perception, and this effect is increased when we move in rhythm with the sound.

Classified as: auditory response, Sound, Motor signals, Sound perception, MNI, Montreal Neurological Institute & Hospital, science, External, staff, students, faculty
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Published on: 6 Oct 2017
DeepMind, the AI company famous for its Go-playing AlphaGo program, is setting up an office in Montreal, making it the latest high-profile company to join the city’s artificial-intelligence research community. Doina Precup, an Associate Professor in McGill’s School of Computer Science, will lead DeepMind’s office here, while continuing to teach and do research at the University. We spoke with Prof. Precup about her new role at DeepMind, her ongoing work at McGill, and the rapidly evolving AI scene in Montreal.
 
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Published on: 6 Oct 2017

By Meaghan Thurston

Professor Claudia Mitchell was in an Ethiopian airport on her way to Russia when she received an email from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation asking her to give them a call. With no phone in sight, Mitchell waited anxiously until landing some hours later to learn that she had garnered a prestigious Fellowship. “They said, ‘you clearly walk the talk because you are traveling from one girl-led project to another’”.

Classified as: claudia mitchell, Trudeau fellowship, society and culture
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Published on: 19 Sep 2017
The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) announced today that Professor Michel Tremblay (Department of Biochemistry and the Director of the McGill Cancer Institute) has been awarded the McLaughlin Medal for important research of sustained excellence in medical science. Recognized for his leading-edge work on the role and function of particular enzymes in the development of cancer, Professor Tremblay is among the 12 Canadian researchers honoured with an RSC medal or award this year. Also among the RSC 2017 award winners is Dr.
Classified as: michel tremblay, royal society of canada, McLaughlin Medal, McGill Cancer Institute, Department of Biochemistry, Research and Innovation, society and culture
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Published on: 19 Sep 2017

Facebook is opening a new Artificial Intelligence Research Lab in Montreal — FAIR Montreal. This is the company’s first research and development investment in Canada, and only its fourth AI research lab in all. Prof. Joelle Pineau, from the School of Computer Science and co-director of McGill’s Reasoning & Learning Lab, will head the new Montreal AI lab while maintaining her academic position at the university.

Classified as: Facebook, Artificial intelligence, joelle pineau, School of Computer Science, science and technology
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Published on: 15 Sep 2017

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed a planet outside our solar system that looks as black as fresh asphalt because it eats light rather than reflecting it back into space. This light-eating prowess is due to the planet's unique capability to trap at least 94 percent of the visible starlight falling into its atmosphere.

Classified as: Taylor Bell, Wasp-12b, NASA, Hubble, science and technology
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Published on: 14 Sep 2017

Today, the Royal Society of Canada announced 70 new members to The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, including seven McGill scholars. With seven members, McGill has more new inductees this year than any other university in the country. The new members of the College will address issues of particular concern to Canadian society, including mental health and environmental management, taking advantage of the interdisciplinary approaches fostered by the College.

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Published on: 12 Sep 2017

The CIRM and the McGill’s Quebec Studies Program learned with great sorrow of the passing of McGill’s Chancellor Emerita Gretta Chambers. Dear friend of CIRM and the Quebec Studies Program, she is one of those who supported the creation of the first research group dedicated to Montreal studies, at McGill, in 2012. CHancellor Emerita Chambers also has always maintained that our university has an important role to play in the production and dissemination of knowledge about Montreal and the province of Quebec.

Classified as: Gretta Chambers, CIRM, Quebec Studies Program
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Published on: 11 Sep 2017

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our Chancellor Emerita, Gretta Chambers. On behalf of the McGill University community, I extend my condolences to her family and pay homage to the many ways she supported McGill throughout her life. She has made an immense contribution to our university and to the society in which she lived.

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Published on: 9 Sep 2017

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