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SALON | U.S. gun violence is a symptom of a long historical problem

(Op-ed by J.M. Opal, Associate Professor of History, McGill University) “There is no reason to think that America’s leaders will respond any differently to the latest mass shooting.”Salon | The Conversation

Published: 26 Feb 2018

CTV | The search for life on Mars begins at McGill's Macdonald Campus

“There are some indications that Mars, many billions of years ago, was much warmer – and much wetter,” explained Lyle White, a McGill professor. “Where it would have been an environment that we can envision it would have hosted life as we know on Earth.”CTV News

Published: 26 Feb 2018

Daoust named MVP

The IIHF announced its 2018 Olympic media all-star team, as well as its Most Valuable Player (MVP) and tournament directorate awards.

Canada's Melodie Daoust [BEd'17] was voted tournament MVP. The 26-year-old forward led Canada with three goals and four assists.

Source: INTERNATIONAL ICE HOCKEY FEDERATION

Published: 22 Feb 2018

ATLAS OBSCURA | Why drones are counting thousands of decoy ducks

Conducting a bird census by foot can also be disruptive, David Bird, an emeritus professor of wildlife biology at McGill University, told Popular Science. “While you’re doing that, you’re disturbing the hell out of the birds,” Bird said.Atlas Obscura

Published: 21 Feb 2018

ALS NEWS TODAY | Patient advocacy groups worldwide plan events to mark Rare Disease Day, Feb. 28

Outside the U.S., McGill University in Montreal, Canada, will host its Rare Disease Day 2018 event, at which half a dozen speakers from the rare disease community will give talks on research, treatment, and political advocacy. The five-hour conference is sponsored by the university’s Rare Disease Interest Group (rareDIG).ALS News Today

Published: 21 Feb 2018

STAT | New study raises questions about early-stage cancer therapies for children

At this early stage, the potential for harm is real while the benefits are only surrogate measures, said Kimmelman, an associate professor of biomedical ethics at McGill University. One such measure at Phase 1 might be tumor shrinkage, which does not necessarily translate into what people really care about: survival.Stat News

Published: 21 Feb 2018

ATLANTIC | Donald Trump's language is reshaping American politics

Republicans—and some liberals—downplay the significance of the president’s outbursts. But his words are quietly radicalizing both the left and right, with untold consequences for the future of policy. [...] But Trump’s words are his substance. “Politics is persuasion as well as coercion,” the political scientist Jacob Levy wrote last week, rightly arguing that Trump has “changed what being a Republican means.”...

Published: 20 Feb 2018

LA PRESSE + | Ces étudiants qui créent des entreprises

L’entrepreneuriat sur les campus est en effervescence aux États-Unis comme au Canada. Montréal n’échappe pas à la frénésie. Notre journaliste André Dubuc a fait la tournée des universités. Voici ce qu’il a vu et entendu.La Presse +

Published: 20 Feb 2018

CTV | Neuroscience funding to provide common platform for Canadian researchers

Ottawa has announced a new fund to connect all Canadian brain scientists. Fifteen universities across the country doing research into the hundreds of different types of brain diseases and disorders will join the $10 million platform. The Brain Canada Foundation said the federal funding will allow the creation of the Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform, which will be based at Montreal's Neurological Hospital. [...] Dr....

Published: 20 Feb 2018

CBC | Reclaiming the Indigenous roots of lacrosse

Allan Downey, an assistant professor of history at McGill University, says lacrosse touches all aspects of life in many Indigenous cultures and helps explain everything from how the world came to be to self-identity.Tapestry (CBC)

Published: 19 Feb 2018

POLICY OPTIONS | The real “justice” denied to Boushie

The public conversation overlooks how the entirety of Colten’s life, as an Indigenous person, was lived without justice. By Veldon Coburn, a PhD candidate at Queen’s University’s political science department, studying Indigenous identity, policy and politics, and teaches Indigenous issues at McGill University. Policy Options

Published: 19 Feb 2018

MONTREAL GAZETTE | Outdoor hockey: one of Canada's great pleasures. Enjoy it while you can

Two Montreal professors —Damon Matthews from Concordia and Lawrence Mysak from McGill — have studied the impact of climate change on outdoor hockey in Canada. Their 2012 research, which looked at weather data from 1951 to 2006, concluded that if the skating season continues to shrink, outdoor shinny in southern Canada may disappear within a few decades.

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Published: 19 Feb 2018

SCIENCE | Artificial intelligence faces reproducibility crisis

At the AAAI meeting, Peter Henderson, a computer scientist at McGill University in Montreal, showed that the performance of AIs designed to learn by trial and error is highly sensitive not only to the exact code used, but also to the random numbers generated to kick off training, and to “hyperparameters”—settings that are not core to the algorithm but that affect how quickly it learns.Science

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Published: 19 Feb 2018

The Neuro joins neuroscience data sharing partnership

Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform will make disseminating and publishing data easier

Modern neuroscience research can produce massive amounts of data, which researchers can use to find patterns revealing anything from the first physiological signs of Alzheimer’s disease to a new drug target that could stop neurodegeneration. However, this data must be stored, processed, and distributed effectively.

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Published: 19 Feb 2018

HINDU | ‘Holistic policy needed to promote small millets’

Vijaya Raghavan, Professor, McGill University, which is one of the collaborators of the project, said that promoting the consumption of small millets was not only key for addressing malnutrition related issues, but also to address climate change.The Hindu

Published: 16 Feb 2018

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