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Scientists capture the first image of memories being made

The ability to learn and to establish new memories is essential to our daily existence and identity; enabling us to navigate through the world. A new study by researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro), McGill University and University of California, Los Angeles has captured an image for the first time of a mechanism, specifically protein translation, which...

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Published on : 18 Jun 2009

Planned power outages at Burnside Hall: June 18 and June 19

Please note that there will be 2 maintenance periods, during which electricity will be shut down in Burnside Hall: Thursday, June 18, 7 am - 8 am Friday, June 19, from 3 am - 8 am There will be no power in the building, except for emergency lights and emergency elevators. IT systems will be running on backup power; however there is a risk that essential IT services may be interrupted.

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Published on : 17 Jun 2009

Another McGill/JGH breakthrough opens door to early Alzheimer's diagnosis

New technique detects possible Alzheimer's biomarker in blood

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Published on : 16 Jun 2009

George Styan – named an Honorary Member in the Statistical Society of Canada

Congratulations to Professor George P.H. Styan, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, who has been named an Honorary Member in the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC). Honorary Membership of the SSC is awarded to a statistical scientist of outstanding distinction who has contributed to the development of the statistical sciences in Canada.

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Published on : 12 Jun 2009

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

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

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

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