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Watching the hidden life of materials

Researchers at McGill University have succeeded in simultaneously observing the reorganizations of atomic positions and electron distribution during the transformation of the “smart material” vanadium dioxide (VO2) from a semiconductor into a metal – in a time frame a trillion times faster than the blink of an eye.

Published on : 27 Oct 2014

Bilingualism over the lifespan: Changing perspectives for an evolving field

<p>It’s a scene that plays out every day in Montreal. On the bus, in schools, in the office and at home, conversations weave seamlessly back and forth between French and English, or one of the many other languages represented on this multicultural island. It’s increasingly common to hear not two, but three different languages spoken in one short conversation.</p>

Published on : 24 Oct 2014

Experts discuss life in outer space

Spanning two days, the Annual Trottier Public Science Symposium “Are We Alone?” took the audience to the moon, Mars, and beyond. Focusing on the origin of life in our solar system, the series explored the where and how of alien life.

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Published on : 17 Oct 2014

Congratulations to alumnus John O'Keefe, our newest Nobel laureate!

The Faculty of Science extends congratulations to alumnus John O'Keefe who was named co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, for his contribution to the discovery of cells that constitute the brain’s ‘inner GPS,’ which makes it possible to orient ourselves in space. Dr. O’Keefe worked under the supervision of Professor Ron Melzack (Department of Psychology) and received his PhD from McGill in 1967. Read more: McGill grad John O’Keefe wins Nobel Prize in medicine (McGill news release) Nobel winner has very fond memories of McGill (McGill Reporter article)

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Published on : 06 Oct 2014

World-renowned green chemist joining McGill

Dr. Robin Rogers, one of the world’s most renowned green chemists, will become Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals at McGill University. Rogers comes to Canada from The University of Alabama, where he was Robert Ramsay Chair of Chemistry and director of the Center for Green Manufacturing.

Published on : 29 Sep 2014

Free Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus software for students

Starting today, August 19, McGill students have free access to the latest version of Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other Office apps. You may download and install it on up to five compatible personal devices, including PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Android smartphones and tablets. As long as you’re a student at McGill University, you’ll be able to continue to use Office 365 ProPlus at no charge, and will receive automatic software updates.

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Published on : 19 Aug 2014

Upcoming Fall 2014 Events

Amongst our many workshops and information sessions offered each term, here are some upcoming events scheduled for Fall 2014 that may peak your interest. Stay tuned to our website for more details.         September October November December Management Career Fair Technology Career Fair

Published on : 19 Aug 2014

Save the Date!

Don't forget to join us October 6 and 7 for the 2014 Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium "ARE WE ALONE?"

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Published on : 07 Aug 2014

Dr. Joe and The Food Babe

I spent quite some time talking with the reporter who wrote this story about the Food Babe. She did quote me correctly but as far as having lots of fans and "some" critics goes...well those "some" consist of members of the scientific community who know a lot more about food science than the "fans." Read More: Charlotte’s Food Babe has lots of fans – and some critics

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Published on : 18 Jul 2014

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

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