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More Oz Folly

Dr. Oz has absolutely gone haywire. In pushing the "alkaline" diet he takes a piece of kidney and pours acid on it to show how it disintegrates and infers this is happening in the body. This is insane. The pH of the blood is maintained at about 7.35 no matter what the diet. Oz has lost all perspective and is falling deeper and deeper into the abyss of quackery.

Published on : 27 Jan 2014

Dr. Joe comments on Dr. Oz

The wizardry of Dr. Oz The surgeon and TV celebrity has succeeded in winning fans and influencing public health debates - which troubles some experts. Mehmet Oz's followers believe he is a trustworthy, serious-minded (and hot) physician. His equally fervent flock of critics say he is a fad-foisting, ratings-grubbing (and smart) TV celebrity. In the 10 years since Oprah dubbed him "America's Doctor," the 53-year-old Oz has shown he is comfortable in both roles.

Published on : 26 Jan 2014

The Dr. Joe Show today…Traditional Chinese Medicine

Listen live at 3pm Eastern time www.CJAD.com

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Published on : 26 Jan 2014

"Food for Thought" Launches Today!

"Food for Thought" launches at exactly noon today! At 12:00 you can log on and watch the first lecture. The course is totally free but you have to register. We now have over 20,000 students registered in 150 countries. https://www.edx.org/course/mcgillx/mcgillx-chem181x-food-thought-1213

Published on : 22 Jan 2014

Online course offers Food for Thought on ever-changing information

What is it like to teach a class of more than 20,000 students? I don’t know, but I’m about to find out. Colleagues David Harpp and Ariel Fenster and I have been selected to offer McGill’s first “massive open online course,” known in the trade as a MOOC.

Published on : 17 Jan 2014

CTV Montreal: Dr. Joe Schwarcz on the dangers of E.coli

Many strains of E.coli are necessary for human digestion, but O157:H7 can be deadly.   To view the video, click here 

Published on : 16 Jan 2014

New Year's News!!!

We are pleased to announce that we now have an “App” both for Apple and Android devices so that the McGill Office for Science and Society’s nifty and sometimes quirky science can always be at your fingertips. The Apps are free and can be downloaded here:   For Apple devices, download the app at:  https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/office-for-science-society/id779488353?mt=8   

Published on : 06 Jan 2014

CSI: Dr. Oz’s Questionable Wizardry

SKEPTICAL INQUIRER: Miracles are pretty rare events. Except on television’s Dr. Oz Show, where they appear with astonishing frequency. Oz of course doesn’t claim to raise the dead or part the Red Sea, but he does raise people’s hopes of parting with their flab. And he’s certainly not shy about flinging the word miracle about. But it seems miracles fade as quickly as they appear.

Published on : 29 Dec 2013

McGill astronomers earn spot on list of 2013 Top 10 breakthroughs

Physics World cites work by South Pole Telescope team Scientists in McGill’s Astrophysics group have been honoured in Physics World magazine’s list of top 10 breakthroughs in physics for 2013.

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Published on : 18 Dec 2013

Deep-sea study reveals cause of 2011 tsunami

Drilling in Japan Trench by international scientific team finds unusually thin, slippery geological fault The devastating tsunami that struck Japan’s Tohoku region in March 2011 was touched off by a submarine earthquake far more massive than anything geologists had expected in that zone.

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Published on : 06 Dec 2013

Prof. Niky Kamran, 2014 CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize

Congratulations to Prof. Niky Kamran (Department of Mathematics and Statistics) for receiving the 2014 CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize, Canada's premier prize in mathematics. Professor Kamran's achievements lie in the areas of analysis and differential geometry. The prize citation highlights both his work on the topic of exterior differential systems and his contributions to the mathematical analysis of the Einstein equations of general relativity.

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Published on : 04 Dec 2013

Profs. Ariel Fenster and Kenneth Ragan, Principal’s Prizes for Excellence in Teaching

Congratulations to the Faculty of Science's two most recent winners of the Principal’s Prizes for Excellence in Teaching! At Fall Convocation on November 25, 2013, Prof. Ariel Fenster, Department of Chemistry, received this prize in the Faculty Lecturer category, as did Prof. Kenneth J. Ragan, William C. Macdonald Chair in Physics, in the Full Professor Category.

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Published on : 27 Nov 2013

New Canada Research Chairs in the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science congratulates the following four new Canada Research Chairs:

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Published on : 19 Nov 2013

Prof. Peter Russell, 2014 Fellow of the American Mathematical Society

Congratulations to K. Peter Russell, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics! He was recently named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society "for contributions to algebraic geometry, for mentoring the next generation of mathematicians, and for professional leadership at the highest levels."

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Published on : 05 Nov 2013

Profs. Catherine Potvin and Suzanne Fortier, Women Pioneers

Congratulations to Professor Catherine Potvin (Department of Biology) and to our Principal, Dr. Suzanne Fortier! They were recently named as Women Pioneers by Status of Women Canada on the occasion of Women's History Month. Visit their website for profiles on Professor Potvin, Dr. Fortier, and 27 other distinguished Canadian women.

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Published on : 31 Oct 2013