Faculty of Science news
When communities are broken apart by migration towards towns and cities, rural life suffers. But now, researchers have revealed that biodiversity can also be affected when humans move away. Aerin Jacob, a biologist at McGill University, and her team discovered that as people leave an area, one dominant habitat comes to take over from the diverse mosaic of human-maintained landscapes.
McGill marks landmark Darwin year: Events and experts for 150th anniversary of "On the Origin of Species" and 200th birthday of Charles Darwin
Events and experts for 150th anniversary of "On the Origin of Species" and 200th birthday of Charles Darwin
Books and Beakers highlights current scholarship and research in Arts and Science. Topics include ultrafast laser spectroscopy, transatlantic modernism, how human land-use affects global ecosystems and climate... and more. Then, the discovery continues during informal discussion with the professors over light snacks.
Do you have questions about choosing your departmental program? Are you entering U1 in the 2009-2010 academic year? The Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science are hosting an information session for freshman students - read more here.
McGill University's Freaky Fridays program, a series of science lectures followed by film screenings, is here to demystify science, dispel some of its more pervasive myths, and keep us terrified of an approaching scientific apocalypse. Started in 2006, the now-monthly series is organized by Ingrid Birker, McGill's science outreach co-ordinator.
Sara is a Triceratopsian dinosaur that lived in Eastend, southern Saskatchewan, just over 65 million years ago. She was probably a teenager when she died but if she had lived to adulthood she would have weighed 10 tonnes. Excavated by the McGill vertebrate paleontology field course led by Dr. Hans Larsson, and then reconstructed in the Redpath Museum, Sara's skull measures close to 5 metres.
An opinion piece by Peter G. Brown of McGill and Geoffrey Garver: "Sticking with the economic model that is driving us toward ecological catastrophe will eventually kill us."
Holiday music is inescapable. McGill professor Daniel J. Levitin in the Wall St. Journal explains the ancient drive to listen to familiar songs, the psychological effects of music and why 'Little Drummer Boy' is so annoying.
C. elegans, has always been a favourite of scientists. One of its fascinating tricks is that if times are tough, it can wait them out by entering a life-extending state called dauer. Dr Richard Roy, a professor of biology at McGill thinks it could have interesting implications for all sorts of issues in humans, including why we don't lose weight when we diet.
In The Gazette, McGill research fellow James D. Ford and Assistant Prof. Lea Berrang-Ford, write (along with U of Guelph's Tristan Pierce): "The climate crisis has not gone away and even as the global economy slows down, emissions of greenhouse gases continue to rise fast. So fast that many scientists have identified the next few years as critical if we are to prevent dangerous climate change."