Faculty of Science

High-tech entrepreneur’s gift will create two institutes and funds a symposium...



MONTREAL — Philanthropist Lorne Trottier wants people to have a greater appreciation of science and engineering so he is donating $15 million to McGill University to help strengthen research and support outreach and public policy in those areas. The high-tech entrepreneur and alumnus will also help fund a public symposium on sustainable engineering in society in collaboration with the Université de Montréal’s École Polytechnique.

Classified as: Joe Schwarcz, OSS, Lorne Trottier
Published on: 7 Nov 2012

The Faculty of Science offers congratulations to Professors Laurie Hendren (Computer Science), Bruce Lennox (Chemistry), Chao-Jun Li (Chemistry), and Timothy Moore (Geography), on being named Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada!

Kudos also to the following Professors who are RSC Medal recipients: The Flavelle Medal, Siegfried Hekimi (Biology); the Rutherford Memorial Medal in Physics, Guy Moore (Physics); and the Miroslaw Romanowski Medal, Catherine Potvin (Biology).

Published on: 6 Sep 2012

Master's physics student Tim Blais' a capella "Rolling in the Higgs" video picked up steam over the weekend, racking up over 60,000 hits (at last count) on YouTube and picking up some major international press.

Published on: 30 Aug 2012

A new study, published in Nature on August 30, suggests that increasing deforestation could be avoided provided farmers made better use of water and nutrients on land currently under cultivation around the globe.

Published on: 30 Aug 2012

McGill University is taking an interest in Prince Edward Island's environment. A professor and some students are looking to develop an "ecosystem management model" based on Island research. Students were on P.E.I. during the summer, collecting data.

Published on: 26 Aug 2012

When one of the residents of the National Zoo in Washington recently revealed her love of music to zookeepers there, some ears perked up. Shanthi, a 36-year-old Asian elephant loves playing (with) her harmonica.

Published on: 26 Aug 2012

(Chemistry prof Joe Schwarcz): "Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn, and cauldron bubble!" But how do you make that cauldron bubble on stage? That's what the stage manager of a local production of Macbeth wanted to know. Wasn't too hard to answer that one. It just takes a little chemical witchcraft in the form of dry ice!

Published on: 26 Aug 2012

South Pole Telescope makes new maps of microwave sky which lead to amazing discovery

Published on: 16 Aug 2012

McGill researchers uncover crucial link between hippocampus and prefrontal cortex

Published on: 14 Aug 2012

Research suggests infants may be able to perceive that speech can communicate unobservable objects that are essential for social interactions.

Published on: 23 Jul 2012
Published on: 9 Jul 2012

(Chemistry Professor Joe Schwarcz): Diving suits, gaskets, hoses, life rafts, iPad covers and giant balloons destined for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. What do they have in common? All are made of neoprene! Not only does this synthetic rubber have myriad uses, it holds a place of honour in history for ushering in the age of modern plastics.

Published on: 6 Jul 2012

Fourteen of the 156 new 2012 Vanier Scholars will be attending McGill University, coming from countries as diverse as Australia, Belgium, Peru and the United States, as well as from Canada.

Published on: 3 Jul 2012

Two projects led by McGill professors are among the 17 that will receive a total of $28 million over six years to help science and engineering graduates add job skills to their academic achievements, thanks to the.Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) CREATE program. The two projects are the CREATE program in green chemistry led by Prof. Chao-Jun Li, and the CREATE

Published on: 26 Jun 2012