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As tick season hits, Lyme disease patients say they need better care

"Doctors refuse to prescribe for more than two to four weeks because the available standard medical evidence suggests harm, and no benefit to extended treatment," said Dr. Michael Libman, infectious disease specialist and director of tropical medicine centre at the McGill University Health Centre. Read more: CBC News

Published: 30 May 2017

Cocaine more addictive than first thought, study finds

“The study provides evidence that some of the characteristic brain signals in people who have developed addictions are also present much earlier than most of us would have imagined,” said Prof Marco Leyton, an expert on the neurobiology of drug use and addictions at McGill university in Montreal, Canada.

Read more: The Guardian

Published: 26 May 2017

Are you an introvert, ambivert or extrovert?

Professor Karl Moore speaks with Shannon Cuciz about the difference between introverts, ambiverts and extroverts on Global News Morning. Find out more: Global News

Published: 25 May 2017

Dean’s Q&A: Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou Of McGill’s Desautels School

When joining a new organization of any sort, it’s a good idea to get to know the new people you’ll be working with and have a plan of action. Those were the first two items on Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou’s agenda when she took over as dean of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University in September of 2015. Read more: Poets & Quants

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Published: 24 May 2017

How Montreal aims to become a world centre of artificial intelligence

U de M and McGill University are the academic bedrocks on which Montreal’s AI sector has been built. About 150 AI researchers toil at the two institutions, making the city one of the world’s largest basic deep learning centres. “We stuck to academia, which helped us build big labs with a lot of graduate students,” said Doina Precup, associate professor in computer sciences at McGill and recipient of a Google research award....

Published: 23 May 2017

Is Canada’s carbon-pricing policy striking the right balance?

The three of us agree that good climate policy needs to achieve all three objectives, and that doing so is certainly possible. But it requires political determination, attention to plenty of detail and creative policy thinking. Based on what Ottawa released Thursday, we believe that Canadian carbon-pricing policy is striking the right balance.

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Published: 19 May 2017

Materials and engineering: Rebuilding the world

When Mahoutian started his PhD in civil engineering at McGill University in Montreal in 2011, his goal was to find a material that would sequester carbon, trapping it before it could get into the atmosphere. Instead, he came up with a new recipe for making concrete. “We totally get rid of cement,” he says. “Instead we use slag, the waste material of steel-producing plants.” The slag is calcium silicate....

Published: 18 May 2017

Surviving genocide: Storytelling and ritual help communities heal

Four years after the attack, Shingali and his family have escaped grave bodily harm. But like thousands of other exiled Yezidis, they are still dealing with the psychological aftermath of a forced migration that tore families apart. When political or religious violence drives people from their homes, “there’s confusion, loss, a rupturing of all sorts of bonds,” says cultural psychiatrist Laurence Kirmayer of McGill University in Montreal, Canada. ...

Published: 17 May 2017

Brenda Milner, eminent brain scientist, is ‘still nosy’ at 98

Dr. Milner, a professor of psychology in the department of neurology and neurosurgery at McGill University in Montreal, is best known for discovering the seat of memory in the brain, the foundational finding of cognitive neuroscience. But she also has a knack for picking up on subtle quirks of human behavior and linking them to brain function — in the same way she had her own, during the driving test. ...

Published: 16 May 2017

Meet McGill University Honorary Doctorates 2017

Each year McGill University proudly confers honorary degrees to highly talented and engaged individuals who serve as an inspiration for the community of students, professors, researchers and staff. This year, McGill will honour two Nobel prizes winners, Arthur McDonald and Paul Nurse, and two former prime ministers of Canada, the Right Honourable Paul Martin and the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney....

Published: 15 May 2017

Aldo shoe empire founder donates $25-million to McGill

In receiving one of its largest donations, McGill University announced plans Friday for a new retail management school with global ambitions through a $25-million gift from the family foundation of a Moroccan-born immigrant who came to Montreal in the 1960s and built an international footwear empire. ...

Published: 12 May 2017

How to get experts to work together effectively

This research suggests that when managers are staffing, organizing, and managing knowledge projects, they should embrace flexible organization of expertise — based on the needs of the project phase — in order to maximize team performance.

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Published: 11 May 2017

Part of Earth's crust fell from the sky, new research suggests

Scientists at Montreal's McGill University have added to the common theory about how the Earth's crust was created. Don Baker and Kassandra Sofonio looked into a theory that not all of the Earth's crust was formed from the inside out, but that some of the crust fell to Earth from the atmosphere, Baker told CBC News in an interview. He described it as "raining marbles," or silicate rain, formed by the high temperatures on the Earth's surface. ...

Published: 10 May 2017

Saskatoon synchrotron shines light on drug-resistant superbugs

According to Albert Berghuis, the best way to design new treatments to combat drug-resistant bacteria is to think small. Chair of the department of biochemistry at McGill University's College of Medicine, Berghuis has been studying drug-resistant superbugs with the help of the Canadian Light Source synchrotron in Saskatoon. Read more: CBC News

Published: 9 May 2017

The innovative university: Open, connected and purposeful

(Op-ed by Professor Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-chancellor of McGill University) “One of the indelible elements of the Silicon Valley origin story is the role Stanford University played in both generating entrepreneurial renegades and providing the academic infrastructure to feed a permanent culture of innovation. That model of the university as a supercluster anchor now pertains from Cambridge to Waterloo....

Published: 8 May 2017

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