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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

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

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