Faculty of Science news
The United Nations declared 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity, a celebration of life on Earth and of the value of biodiversity for all. McGill University is proud to launch the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science, bringing together eight academic institutions, in collaboration with the Montreal Botanical Garden and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
Every two years, the Junior Nanotech Network brings together PhD students from McGill and Munich’s Ludwig-Maximilians- Universität. Nanoscience may be measured in billionths of metres, but innovation means reaching out around the planet.
McGill’s long history of neuroscience innovation began a new chapter of collaboration with the inception of a partnership with the University of Oxford. The two universities are building a framework for neuroscience research, teaching, joint grant bids, student exchanges and faculty crossappointments.
"Dr. Joe Schwarcz is well known for being able to bring science down to the understandable level, and in his latest book he asks and answers the question posed by my friend. Along the way, he exposes many misconceptions, urban myths and outright fallacies that have been spun about chemistry in recent years..."
Land, at the very heart of security and survival, looms behind most of the African conflicts we've all heard of and dozens of others we have not. … "In Africa, most of the population has no documents. They believe they own the land as a group because they have been there for millennia," says John Unruh, a land tenure expert at McGill University in Montreal.
In a new study published in the Global Environmental Change journal, James Ford and colleagues have concluded that Inuit must adapt to coming environmental changes that are inevitable and unavoidable. Climate change, they report, is threatening many aspects of Inuit life, including access to food, the integrity of local infrastructure and the ability to maintain their traditional lifestyles.
Redpaths unseen collection a treasure-trove of the weird and wonderful By Neale McDevitt As you enter the basement, a crocodile bares its fangs menacingly from atop a locker. On either side of him, a row of black-eyed creatures, from badgers to razor-toothed fish, grimace and scowl. Nearby, a python squeezes the life out of a hapless [...]
Montreal Gazette: Robert Wares is giving back to his industry, his alma mater and, indirectly, to his academic mentor Williams-Jones, who is McGill's lone economic geology professor in the department of earth and planetary sciences.
Globe and Mail: Margaret Wente writes that this year's crop of Rhodes scholars shows this country is indeed a meritocracy. Focusing on two students including McGill PhD student Nithum Swain: "The Rhodes Scholarship isn't only about intellectual excellence. It's about leadership and public service. And what strikes you most about this generation of gifted twentysomethings is their desire to make th
McGill University is delighted to announce a new donation of $4.1 million in support of outstanding students and junior faculty members in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences in the Faculty of Science. The generous gift builds on the success of Campaign McGill, which recently surpassed the $500-million mark on the way to its $750-million goal.