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McGill team making waves at RoboSub Competition

Wed, 2014-07-30 13:08

Team qualifies for Friday’s semifinals

By Neale McDevitt

A team of 25 McGill students is currently in San Diego taking part in a competition where ‘sinking to new lows’ is actually a good thing. After a solid run in Tuesday’s preliminary round, McGill Robotics has made it to the semifinals of the 17th International RoboSub Competition, thanks to the stellar performance of the team’s Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), Asimov.

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Novel treatment for a form of childhood blindness unveiled

Mon, 2014-07-28 14:17

An international research project, led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), reports that a new oral medication is showing significant progress in restoring vision to patients with Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). Until now, this inherited retinal disease that causes visual impairment ranging from reduced vision to complete blindness, has remained untreatable. The study was published recently in the scientific journal The Lancet.

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Radio-burst discovery deepens astrophysics mystery

Brief pulse detected by Arecibo telescope appears to come from far beyond our galaxy 

By Chris Chipello

The discovery of a split-second burst of radio waves by scientists using the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico provides important new evidence of mysterious pulses that appear to come from deep in outer space.

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McGill receives $25 million for discovery research projects

By Meaghan Thurston

McGill will receive over $25 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) for studies ranging from the genomics of adaptation to environmental change, to defusing volcanic eruptions, to studies on robotic teamwork and collaboration.

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Certain stories motivate children to be honest

By Katherine Gombay

A moral story that praises a character’s honesty is more effective in getting young children to tell the truth than a story that emphasizes the negative repercussions of lying, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

The findings suggest that stories such as “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and “Pinocchio” may not be effective cautionary tales when it comes to inspiring honest behaviour in children.

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Tony Blair adds tribute to Ellen Aitken

By Doug Sweet

The Tony Blair Faith Foundation has added its own tribute to the late Ellen Aitken, McGill’s Dean of the Faculty of Religious Studies, who died early Saturday morning following a short battle with what turned out to be a very aggressive form of cancer.

Her death had come as a shock, given that only about a month ago she had confided to colleagues, in a brave and optimistic note, that she would have to take some leave because of her illness.

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International study yields important clues to the genetics of epilepsy

Mon, 2014-06-16 12:59

By Anita Kar

An international team of researchers has discovered a significant genetic component of Idiopathic Generalized Epilepsy (IGE), the most common form of epilepsy. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by sudden, uncontrolled electrical discharges in the brain expressed as a seizure. The new research, published in this week’s issue of EMBO Reports, implicates a mutation in the gene for a protein, known as cotransporter KCC2.

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Roderick A. Macdonald (1948-2014)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A teacher, first and foremost, Roderick A. Macdonald will be remembered as one of the most important scholars and thinkers in McGill University’s history. He was a mentor and inspiration to generations of students and law professors, and a transformative force at the Faculty of Law, the University, in Canadian society, and in the broader world.

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Goodman Gala raises $2.5 million for Cancer Centre

Wed, 2014-06-04 12:59

Fundraising event raises awareness and vital support for pioneering research at the Goodman Cancer Research Centre

The 3rd Goodman Cancer Research Gala, held on Sunday, June 1 in support of McGill’s Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre, brought together 800 guests and raised $2.5 million to support the Centre and the groundbreaking efforts of its scientists to unravel the mysteries of cancer and translate discoveries into better patient care.

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Mastering the art of diploma-cy

Tue, 2014-06-03 12:29

By Neale McDevitt

Paperwork. Just the word makes some people feel like a modern-day Sisyphus, ridding their desk of a mountain of paper only to have it replaced by another.

But for Enrolment Services’ Heidi Emami and Clara Spadafora, paperwork at this time of year – printing, processing and prepping thousands of diplomas for Convocation – is one of the most rewarding aspects of their respective jobs.

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