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Critical information missing in fight to save wildlife

With global temperatures continuing to rise at an alarming rate, predictions for the impact of climate change on plants and wildlife must improve to give scientists a clearer picture of which species are most at risk of extinction.

Published: 8Sep2016

Dr. Guy Rouleau elected to Royal Society of Canada

The Neuro’s director, Dr. Guy Rouleau, has received yet another honour in recognition of his sterling scientific career. The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) announced on Sept. 7 that its members had elected Dr. Rouleau as one of its new Fellows. He joins a currently active membership of more than 2,000 highly distinguished scientists, scholars and artists who nominate and elect up to 75 new members each year.

Published: 8Sep2016

Mammals, spiny plants and the savanna story

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The evolution and distribution of spiny plants holds clue to spread of African savanna

Published: 7Sep2016

A new book reveals the hidden biases that can creep into Data Science models

Yesterday (September 6, 2016) saw the launch of a new book by Cathy O'Neil with the provactive title Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. O'Neil holds a Ph.D. from Harvard in Math and was a tenure-track math professor until 2007, when she quit academia to join Wall Street. That fledging second career came to an end just a year later with the Financial Crisis, after which O'Neil again changed careers and became a data scientist.

Published: 7Sep2016

Medication against schizophrenia inhibits pancreatic cancer

A receptor for the dopamine neurotransmitter promotes growth and spread of pancreatic cancer -- and schizophrenia drugs, which block the function of this receptor, slowed tumor growth and metastatic spread in mice, according to researchers at McGill University and the German Cancer Research Center.

Published: 7Sep2016

Aerosol emissions in East Asia driven by consumption in developed countries

Much of the influence on climate from air pollution in East Asia is driven by consumption in the developed countries of Western Europe and North America, according to research co-led by McGill University atmospheric scientist Yi Huang.

In a paper published online this week in Nature Geoscience, Huang and colleagues from China, the U.S. and U.K. report that international trade shifts the climate impacts of aerosols -- solid or liquid particles suspended in air -- from net consuming countries to net producing countries.

Published: 6Sep2016

McGill maintains its position as top Canadian university in QS rankings

McGill remains Canada’s top university according to the QS World University Rankings 2016/17, which were released yesterday.

McGill University is ranked 30th globally, among the almost 1,000 universities surveyed for the annual report. McGill has been ranked as the top Canadian university for eleven of the thirteen years that the QS/THE rankings have been published, apart from in 2013 and 2014.

Published: 6Sep2016

McGill University moving forward with Faculty of Medicine satellite medical campus in Outaouais

The funding, announced by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, who was joined by Minister of Health and Social Services Gaétan Barrette, Minister of Higher Education Hélène David and Minister of Justice and Minister responsible for the Outaouais region Stéphanie Vallée, is earmarked to develop the operational plan for the McGill satellite medical campus and to break ground on construction of the required infrastructure.

Published: 6Sep2016

Seeing Evolution in Fast Motion

A new outdoor laboratory will serve as a facility for studying the effects on our lakes of climate change and chemicals commonly used in Quebec. It features a series of 96 experimental ponds containing 1,000 litres of water from Lac Hertel on McGill University’s Gault Nature Reserve in Mont St. Hilaire. This network of ponds, named LEAP (Large Experimental Array of Ponds), was opened on September 2, 2016.

Published: 2Sep2016

Ferring Canada Donates $2 Million to McGill University

TORONTO – September 1, 2016 – Ferring Canada, a subsidiary of Ferring Pharmaceuticals, is proud to announce a $2 million donation to McGill University in Montreal, Canada that will be used to create fellowships in health and health leadership, and to finance environmental research in the Canadian Arctic.

Published: 1Sep2016