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Heartbleed: reset your McGill Password

All of McGill’s central IT systems have been evaluated for vulnerability to Heartbleed and updates were applied where needed. If you are a McGill staff member, you are required to change your password. For others, we strongly encourage you to change your McGill Password without delay.  To reset your McGill Password: Faculty, staff, & students: log into Minerva, and go to the Personal Menu > Password for McGill Username.  Affiliates: go to Reggie and click on Change Account Information, then select McGill Password.  Notes: 

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Published on : 14 May 2014

One of the first reviews of "Is That a Fact?"

Dr. Joe Writes About Quackery Posted by Harriet Hall on April 29, 2014 (49 Comments)

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Published on : 08 May 2014

Don't miss the Dr. Joe Show!

My guest next Sunday on my radio show is Dr. David Gorski, surgical oncologist and champion of science-based medicine. The topic? What else? Quack cancer remedies. But we will also discuss legitimate treatments. You can catch the action at 3 PM Eastern time on CJAD 800 in Montreal or on the web. Just go to the CJAD website and click on" listen live."

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Published on : 01 May 2014

Is that a Fact? Promo

Click to see video:      In Bookstores: May 1st! Book Launch:May 8, 7pm Atwater Public Library -- Everyone is invited!

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Published on : 29 Apr 2014

Dr. Joe on CJN

Joe Schwarcz: Making science palatable without trivializing it Millions know him simply as “Dr. Joe,” the McGill University chemistry professor who has spent the last 30 years popularizing science, exposing frauds, charlatans and quacks of all stripes, and defending the scientific method with passion, wit and clarity.

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Published on : 29 Apr 2014

CaPS Summer Business Hours May - August 2014

CaPS office hours are Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.  During the summer, May – August CaPS will be closed from 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm. The Brown Student Services Bldg. is open on all Summer Fridays.  Please contact the Brown Bldg. Reception Desk at 398-8238 for assistance with your questions.

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Published on : 28 Apr 2014

Made it onto Huffington Post. For better or for worse...

A Treatment for Chemophobia "Hey, aren't you somebody?" the teenager queried as I got into the elevator.

Published on : 14 Apr 2014

Book Launch: Is That a Fact?

Date: May 8, 2014 Time: 7-9pm Location: Atwater Library  -- 1200 Atwater Ave, Westmount RSVP: jenna@ecwpress.com

Published on : 11 Apr 2014

If you happen to be in Washington on April 24....

Spotlight on X-STEM Speaker Dr. Joe Schwarcz! Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about the science of the paranormal from X-STEM Speaker Dr. Joe Schwarcz at the X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium on April 24 !

Published on : 05 Apr 2014

Is That a Fact? -- Book Review

Just received the first copies of my 14th book "Is That a Fact." Should be in the stores within a couple of weeks. Official launch is May 8 at 5 PM, Atwater Public Library in Montreal.First advance review is in:Is That a Fact?: Frauds, Quacks, and the Real Science of Everyday Life.Schwarcz, Joe (Author)May 2014. 280 p. ECW, paperback, $17.95. (9781770411906). 500.

Published on : 28 Mar 2014

Prof. Matt Dobbs, inaugural Dunlap Award from the Canadian Astronomical Society

Congratulations to Prof. Matt Dobbs in the Department of Physics for winning the inaugural Dunlap Award from the Canadian Astronomical Society. He received this award in recognition of his international leadership on the design and implementation of systems using Superconducting Transition-Edge Sensor bolometers. The prize citation states in part:

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Published on : 25 Mar 2014

Grinding chemistry, greening chemistry

What if you could re-engineer chemical processes so that instead of using toxic solvents or expensive catalysts, you could incite molecules to bind simply by grinding them together? McGill Chemistry Professor Tomislav Friscic is a leader in the field of mechanochemistry. Read more about his work in "Grinding chemistry" from the Chemical Institute of Canada.

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Published on : 21 Mar 2014

Is Your Makeup Killing You? Decoding Cosmetic Scare Stories

You’ve seen the stories: There’s Lead in Your Lipstick! Pthalates in Your Shampoo! Parabens in Everything!   Our cosmetics are awash in toxic chemicals, or so it seems. Are we in imminent danger? Should we throw them all out and go au naturelle? Or slather away in a fool’s paradise, only to develop cancer – or worse, pass on our toxic habits to our children as birth defects? Why are there toxins in our products at all? And if these toxins are so dangerous, why isn’t anything being done?   A Scientific Opinion

Published on : 18 Mar 2014

Prof. Bruce A. Reed, Humboldt Research Award

Congratulations to Prof. Bruce A. Reed, FRSC, Canada Research Chair in Graph Theory in the School of Computer Science for receiving a prestigious Humboldt Research Award. This award recognizes researchers at the peak of their careers whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline, and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.

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Published on : 20 Feb 2014

Dr. Joe in Grenada!

Had the pleasure tonight of meeting with McGill graduates who are now studying medicine at St. Georges University in Grenada. Was really, really proud of them! St. Georges students were invited to field questions from a group of advisors and profs from about 17 universities in Canada and the US. More McGill grads showed up than from any other school and they answered all questions with great aplomb. Everyone was greatly impressed. These students are energetic, bright and dedicated.

Published on : 20 Feb 2014