Faculty of Science

Congratulations to Professor Brigitte Vachon in the Department of Physics, who was awarded a Woman of Distinction Award yesterday from the YWCA of Montreal, in the Science and Technology Category. The Women of Distinction Awards highlight the accomplishments, commitment, determination and leadership of thirteen women who have helped generate positive and lasting change in their community.

Published on: 30 Sep 2015

Prof. Bruce Lennox, Dean of Science, congratulates Professors Mathieu Blanchette (School of Computer Science), Matt Dobbs (Department of Physics), and Hans Larsson (Redpath Museum) from the Faculty of Science. They are three of forty-eight new members of The Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Published on: 22 Sep 2015

Dr. Bruce Lennox, Dean of Science, extends congratulations to Professors Robert Brandenberger (Physics), Christian Genest (Mathematics and Statistics), and Catherine Potvin (Biology) on being named Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada. Election to fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) is the highest distinction for scientists, artists, and scholars in Canada.

Published on: 15 Sep 2015

The Faculty of Science B.Sc. Global Designation recognizes Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) students who have gone beyond a typical B.Sc. experience and broadened their horizons by

  • participating in language classes,
  • performing independent research, and
  • including the "real-world" in their program: field studies, a science internship, exchange or independent study away, or global coursework.

Classified as: sousa
Published on: 2 Sep 2015

The atmosphere is so unstable that a butterfly flapping its wings can, famously, change the course of weather patterns. The celebrated “butterfly effect” also means that the reliability of weather forecasts drops sharply beyond 10 days.

Classified as: climate change, climate, weather, Shaun Lovejoy, Weather forecast, climate & global modelling, climate change pause
Published on: 18 Aug 2015


The 2014 Balles Prize in Critical Thinking, an award for excellence in the promotion of science and reason, was given this year to the creators, producers, and writers of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, and to Dr. Joe Schwarcz for his book Is That a Fact? The Balles Prize is given annually by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), publisher of the magazine Skeptical Inquirer.

Classified as: Joe Schwarcz, McGill University, OSS
Published on: 9 Jul 2015

As scientists continue to hunt for a material that will make it possible to pack more transistors on a chip, new research from McGill University and Université de Montréal adds to evidence that black phosphorus could emerge as a strong candidate.

Classified as: Nanotechnology, Research, science, nanoelectronics, NSERC, transistor, Guillaume Gervais, McGill News, black phosphorus, semiconductor, electronics, Szkopek, CIFAR, FRQ
Published on: 7 Jul 2015

On behalf of the Faculty of Science and on the occasion of Science Convocation ceremonies (June 2, 2015), Dean of Science Martin Grant offer congratulations to all graduating students, from bachelor's to doctoral, and also to the following prizewinners.

Classified as: kudos
Published on: 2 Jun 2015

Congratulations to Professor Bruce Lennox who will become the new Dean of the Faculty of Science, effective July 1, 2015. He is currently Tomlinson Professor of Chemistry, a former chair of the Department of Chemistry, and a leading nanoscientist. He will succeed Professor Martin Grant, who is finishing his second term as Dean of Science. More information.

Published on: 22 May 2015

Imagine taking strands of DNA – the material in our cells that determines how we look and function – and using it to build tiny structures that can deliver drugs to targets within the body or take electronic miniaturization to a whole new level.

Classified as: Nanotechnology, Research, DNA, chemistry, McGill News, Hanadi Sleiman, Graham Hamblin, Janane Rahbani
Published on: 6 May 2015

Congratulations to Professor Victoria Kaspi in the Department of Physics, who was awarded the Killam Prize today. Valued at $100,000, this is one of Canada’s most prestigious awards for academic-career achievement. Vicky Kaspi is a world-renowned astrophysicist known for her cutting-edge work on neutron stars and pulsars.

Classified as: kudos
Published on: 14 Apr 2015

McGill professor Vicky Kaspi, a world-renowned astrophysicist known for her cutting-edge work on neutron stars and pulsars, was awarded the Killam Prize today, one of the country’s most prestigious awards for academic-career achievement. The $100,000 prize was granted for outstanding scholarship in the natural sciences. Five awards – one each in the categories of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and engineering -- are distributed every year by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Classified as: cosmology, astrophysics, Kaspi, Killam, McGill News, Canada Council for the Arts, magnetars, neutron stars, pulsars
Published on: 14 Apr 2015

A tiny bit of silver, combined with water and air, can convert aldehydes into acids efficiently -- instead of the classical methods using stoichiometric amounts of expensive or toxic metal oxidants, according to a new study by McGill University researchers.

Classified as: Research, Green Chemistry, catalyst, Chao-Jun Li, McGill News, oxidant, silver, solvent
Published on: 27 Mar 2015

The research group of Prof. Tomislav Friščić in McGill’s Department of Chemistry has made a name for itself in the little-known, but growing field of “mechanochemistry,” in which chemical transformations are produced by milling, grinding or shearing solid-state ingredients – brute force, in other words, rather than fancy liquid agents. “Your coffee maker grinds things,” and grinding molecules in the lab involves much the same principle, Friščić notes. Using mechanical force also has the significant advantage of avoiding the use of environmentally harmful bulk solvents.

Classified as: Research, chemistry, McGill News, Katsenis, katsenite, mechanochemistry, Tomislav Friščić
Published on: 23 Mar 2015