Faculty of Science news
Following an intense study of agricultural ecosystems near Montreal, a new tool that enables the simultaneous analysis and management of a wide range of ecological services has been developed by Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne of McGill University’s Department of Geography, Elena Bennett of the McGill School of Environment, and Garry Peterson of the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University.
McGill University Astrophysicist Matt Dobbs has been awarded a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship. Dobbs, a Canada Research Chair in Astro-particle Physics, investigates a big subject: the origins and evolution of the universe.
By William Raillant-Clark Although “mastering the universe” doesn’t actually appear anywhere on Matt Dobbs’s CV, his ongoing quest to do just that has earned him a much-coveted 2010 Sloan Research Fellowship worth $50,000. “My research aims to improve our understanding of the fundamental constituents of the universe – including its origin, history and fate” said Dobbs, Canada [...]
All creatures great and small By Cynthia Lee With the United Nations declaring 2010 International Year of Biodiversity, the Feb. 15 launch of the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science (QCBS) couldn’t have been timed better. Hosted by McGill’s Department of Biology, the virtual centre brings together more than 60 scientists from eight academic institutions (McGill, Bishop’s, [...]
A new nanotech catalyst developed by McGill University Chemists Chao-Jun Li, Audrey Moores and their colleagues offers industry an opportunity to reduce the use of expensive and toxic heavy metals.
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 [...]