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McGill Expert: Stratospheric balloon telescope launched to unravel secrets of Big Bang

On June 11, the EBEX stratospheric balloon telescope was launched from Ft. Sumner, New Mexico by NASA's Columbia Balloon facility.

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Published on : 12 Jun 2009

Media Expert Alert: Canada getting out of medical isotope production

Canada is getting out of medical isotope production, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Wednesday as the world struggles with the shutdown of an aging Canadian reactor that makes a big chunk of the global supply.

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Published on : 11 Jun 2009

McGill nets three of 20 inaugural NSERC CREATE grants

$4.94 million to support training next generation of researchers for careers in industry, government or academia

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Published on : 09 Jun 2009

Emma Sheard – 2009 Boldy Award

Kudos to Emma Sheard! Ms. Sheard, a Master of Science student in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, is the winner of the 2009 Julian Boldy award presented annually by the Mineral Deposits Division of the Geological Association of Canada.

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Published on : 08 Jun 2009

Three prominent McGillians appointed to the Order of Quebec

Principal Munroe-Blum; distinguished neuropsychologist and surgeon among new inductees

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Published on : 08 Jun 2009

Breakfast lessons for MPs bridge science, political gap

Vicki Kaspi, a McGill astrophysicist spoke on Parliament Hill Thursday during part of a lecture series by the Partnership Group in Science and Engineering.

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Published on : 05 Jun 2009

Reinhard Hesse - Michael J. Keen Medal

Reinhard Hesse, a retired professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, has been awarded the Michael J. Keen Medal for outstanding contributions to marine or lacustrine geoscience. The Keen Medal is awarded by the Marine Geosciences Division of the Geological Association of Canada (GAC).

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Published on : 05 Jun 2009

Review: From Star Trek to Dark Trek

Astrophysicist Vicky Kaspi reviews the new Star Trek film Professor Vicky Kaspi, McGill’s Lorne Trottier Chair in Astrophysics and Cosmology and Canada Research Chair in Observational Astrophysics, is an internationally respected expert on neutron stars. Her list of accomplishments include, most recently, being the first to witness the cosmic act of recycling, involving a dying pulsar [...]

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Published on : 04 Jun 2009

A Worthy World of Wonders

By Michael Woloschuk Some are in wheelchairs, while others sit in specialized seats. They are disabled in a variety of ways, but the most evident thing the eight children in the library at lécole secondaire Joseph-Charbonneau share on this particular day is the look of astonished wonder in their eyes. At the head of a long table, [...]

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Published on : 02 Jun 2009

Synthesizing our future

It goes without saying that man-made substances and materials created through synthetic chemistry have had a tremendous impact on our lives. Though chemical synthesis has now reached an extraordinary level of sophistication, where do chemists go from here? Is there room for improvement? What challenges lay ahead? On June 11, The McGill Chemical Society is [...]

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Published on : 02 Jun 2009

Don Baker - 2009 Career Achievement Award

Congratulations to Prof. Don Baker of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences! Professor Baker was presented with the Career Achievement Award of the Volcanology and Igneous Petrology Division of the Geological Association of Canada (GAC) in recognition of his lifetime scientific contributions in the field of volcanology and/or igneous petrology.

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Published on : 29 May 2009

Braving the genetic no-man’s land

The new agriculture starts by taking the “junk” out of “junk DNA” By Mark Shainblum To say that Dr . Thomas Bureau has “a lab” would give you the wrong impression. Yes, there’s a classic, rather small lab in the Stewart Biology Building, full of test tubes and hi-tech microscopes and brightly coloured chemicals. There’s even an [...]

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Published on : 28 May 2009

From photons to fundraising

Of physics and photons On May 5, Mark Sutton, Rutherford Professor of Physics, was one of the recipients of the 2009 Arthur H. Compton Award along with Simon Mochrie (Yale University) and Gerhard Grübel (HASYLAB). The Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory feted the trio “for their pioneering efforts in x-ray photon correlation spectroscopy [...]

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Published on : 28 May 2009

Biodiversity, Climate and Evolution

McGill University hosts interactive public discussion

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Published on : 28 May 2009

The cosmos is green: Researchers catch nature in the act of “recycling” a star

Ordinary “slow” pulsar transforms into fast-spinning millisecond pulsar

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Published on : 21 May 2009