Faculty of Science

<p>It’s a scene that plays out every day in Montreal. On the bus, in schools, in the office and at home, conversations weave seamlessly back and forth between French and English, or one of the many other languages represented on this multicultural island. It’s increasingly common to hear not two, but three different languages spoken in one short conversation.</p>

Classified as: psychology, Bilingualism, Linguistics, Neurocognition, Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics
Published on: 24 Oct 2014

Spanning two days, the Annual Trottier Public Science Symposium “Are We Alone?” took the audience to the moon, Mars, and beyond. Focusing on the origin of life in our solar system, the series explored the where and how of alien life.

Published on: 17 Oct 2014

The Faculty of Science extends congratulations to alumnus John O'Keefe who was named co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, for his contribution to the discovery of cells that constitute the brain’s ‘inner GPS,’ which makes it possible to orient ourselves in space. Dr. O’Keefe worked under the supervision of Professor Ron Melzack (Department of Psychology) and received his PhD from McGill in 1967. Read more:

Classified as: kudos
Published on: 6 Oct 2014

Dr. Robin Rogers, one of the world’s most renowned green chemists, will become Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals at McGill University. Rogers comes to Canada from The University of Alabama, where he was Robert Ramsay Chair of Chemistry and director of the Center for Green Manufacturing.

Classified as: Green Chemistry, chemistry, Faculty of Science, Canada Excellence Research Chair, Robin Rogers
Published on: 29 Sep 2014

Starting today, August 19, McGill students have free access to the latest version of Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other Office apps. You may download and install it on up to five compatible personal devices, including PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Android smartphones and tablets.

As long as you’re a student at McGill University, you’ll be able to continue to use Office 365 ProPlus at no charge, and will receive automatic software updates.

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Published on: 19 Aug 2014

Don't forget to join us October 6 and 7 for the 2014 Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium "ARE WE ALONE?"

Classified as: OSS, Lorne Trottier, trottier symposium
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Published on: 7 Aug 2014

I spent quite some time talking with the reporter who wrote this story about the Food Babe. She did quote me correctly but as far as having lots of fans and "some" critics goes...well those "some" consist of members of the scientific community who know a lot more about food science than the "fans."

Read More: Charlotte’s Food Babe has lots of fans – and some critics

Classified as: Joe Schwarcz, McGill University, OSS, Office for Science and Society, Food Babe
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Published on: 18 Jul 2014

All of McGill’s central IT systems have been evaluated for vulnerability to Heartbleed and updates were applied where needed. If you are a McGill staff member, you are required to change your password. For others, we strongly encourage you to change your McGill Password without delay. 

To reset your McGill Password:

  • Faculty, staff, & students: log into Minerva, and go to the Personal Menu > Password for McGill Username. 
  • Affiliates: go to Reggie and click on Change Account Information, then select McGill Password. 

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Published on: 14 May 2014

Dr. Joe Writes About Quackery

Posted by  on April 29, 2014 (49 Comments)

Classified as: Joe Schwarcz, OSS, book review, Is that a Fact?
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Published on: 8 May 2014

My guest next Sunday on my radio show is Dr. David Gorski, surgical oncologist and champion of science-based medicine. The topic? What else? Quack cancer remedies. But we will also discuss legitimate treatments. You can catch the action at 3 PM Eastern time on CJAD 800 in Montreal or on the web. Just go to the CJAD website and click on" listen live."

Classified as: Joe Schwarcz, Cancer, CJAD, Dr. David Gorski, Dr. Joe Show
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Published on: 1 May 2014

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In Bookstores: May 1st!

Book Launch:May 8, 7pm Atwater Public Library -- Everyone is invited!

Classified as: Joe Schwarcz, McGill University, OSS, Office for Science and Society, book launch, Is that a Fact?
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Published on: 29 Apr 2014

Joe Schwarcz: Making science palatable without trivializing it

Millions know him simply as “Dr. Joe,” the McGill University chemistry professor who has spent the last 30 years popularizing science, exposing frauds, charlatans and quacks of all stripes, and defending the scientific method with passion, wit and clarity. For the last 15 years, Schwarcz has conducted a lot of his work from the McGill Office of Science and Society in campus quarters lined with several thousand science books and dozens of rubber ducky “quacks” he’s collected.
Classified as: Joe Schwarcz, OSS, McGill University. Canadian Jewish News
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Published on: 29 Apr 2014

A Treatment for Chemophobia

"Hey, aren't you somebody?" the teenager queried as I got into the elevator.

Classified as: Joe Schwarcz, OSS, Huffington Post, Office for Science
Published on: 14 Apr 2014

Date: May 8, 2014

Time: 7-9pm

Location: Atwater Library  -- 1200 Atwater Ave, Westmount

RSVP: jenna [at] ecwpress.com

Classified as: Joe Schwarcz, McGill University, OSS, Office for Science and Society, book launch
Published on: 11 Apr 2014

Just received the first copies of my 14th book "Is That a Fact." Should be in the stores within a couple of weeks. Official launch is May 8 at 5 PM, Atwater Public Library in Montreal.

First advance review is in:
Is That a Fact?: Frauds, Quacks, and the Real Science of Everyday Life.
Schwarcz, Joe (Author)
May 2014. 280 p. ECW, paperback, $17.95. (9781770411906). 500.

Classified as: Joe Schwarcz, OSS, book review
Published on: 28 Mar 2014

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