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We still have a chance to save polar bears

(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.

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Published on : 02 Nov 2009

Brenda Milner to receive award in New York

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,

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Published on : 30 Oct 2009

Presenting TEDxMcGill - Talks for Tomorrow

Independently organized TED event hosted and organized by McGill students on Nov. 5

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Published on : 29 Oct 2009

Beacon from the cosmic dark ages: Researchers discover most distant stellar object known

13-billion year-old supernova exploded early in universe's life

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Published on : 29 Oct 2009

Bright star researcher gets Prix du Québec nod

Kaspi awarded Quebec's highest accolade with Prix Marie-Victorin for natural science and engineering

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Published on : 26 Oct 2009

World losing mixture of plants, animal species at accelerated rate

(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.

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Published on : 13 Oct 2009

McGill University’s Brian Alters honored by Royal Society of Canada

World-famous work on the promotion of education about evolution garners McNeil Medal

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Published on : 09 Oct 2009

Brian Alters Wins McNeil Medal

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.

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Published on : 09 Oct 2009

Nobel prize in Physics goes to Science alumnus Willard Boyle

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.

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Published on : 06 Oct 2009

McGill congratulates its second Nobel-winning alumnus of 2009

Father of digital photography Willard Boyle shares Physics prize for co-invention of CCD sensor

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Published on : 06 Oct 2009

CTV: McGill grad named as Nobel Prize winner for Physics

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.

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Published on : 06 Oct 2009

McGill grad nabs Nobel in medicine

Brilliant student showed promise at a young age By Doug Sweet He got into McGill in 1968 at the age of 15. Four years, two scholarships and a botany prize later, Jack Szostak had graduated with a BSc in biology. This week, he capped a remarkable academic career with a Nobel Prize in medicine, shared with two other [...]

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Published on : 05 Oct 2009

McGill congratulates Nobel-winning alumnus

Jack Szostak shares medicine prize for chromosome research

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Published on : 05 Oct 2009

Science alumnus Jack Szostak wins Nobel Prize

The Faculty of Science is proud to congratulate McGill Science alumnus JACK SZOSTAK (BSc'72) on winning the 2009 Nobel Prize for Medicine. Szostak, who is sharing the prize with fellow US scientists, Elizabeth Blackburn and Carol Greider, won the Nobel for discovering how the body protects chromosomes housing vital genetic code.

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Published on : 05 Oct 2009

The Gazette: McGill grad wins Nobel for Medicine

A former McGill University undergrad is among three U.S.-based scientists who were awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine Monday. Jack W. Szostak, now of Harvard Medical School, shares the $1.4-million award with Elizabeth Blackburn of the University of California, San Francisco, and Carol W. Greider of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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Published on : 05 Oct 2009