Faculty of Science news
(CBC) Canadian researchers using a robotic device have determined that learning to talk changes the way people hear speech. Sazzad Nasir and David Ostry of the department of psychology at McGill University in Montreal used a device that puts pressure on a person's jaw to try to isolate the movements of talking from the sounds of language itself.
(New Scientist) Managing the polar bear's habitat could help save them. Opinion piece in New Scientist from McGill's Bruno Tremblay & colleague Stephanie Pfirman of Columbia.
Dr. Brenda Milner, an active researcher at the age of 91 at the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, is widely recognized as the founder of cognitive neuroscience–the field that brings together brain and behavior and helps explain key aspects of mental illness. Today, Dr. Milner is being awarded the Goldman-Rakic Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Cognitive Neuroscience by NARSAD,
(CP) Andrew Hendry, a biologist at McGill University, said while there are hopeful signs some countries might be altering the way they manage species and protect habitats, the overall picture remains grim. "Biodiversity is continuing and, in some places, it's worsening," Hendry said.
Brian Alters, director of McGill’s Tomlinson Project in University-Level Science Education, has been awarded the 2009 McNeil Medal for the Public Awareness of Science by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). The medal was presented to Alters for his world-famous work on the promotion of education about evolution.
For the second time this week, the Faculty of Science is proud to congratulate a McGill Science alumnus on winning a Nobel Prize. This time, it’s WILLARD BOYLE, BSc’47, MSc’48, PhD’50, who is sharing the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics for his part in the invention of the charge-coupled device, a light detector that initiated the digital camera revolution.
A Nova Scotia-born physicist who invented the Charge-coupled device 40 years ago has been awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in physics along with two American scientists. Willard S. Boyle, along with Charles K. Kao and George E. Smith, won the US $1.4 million prize on Tuesday.