- In the Headlines
Op-ed by Jonathan Sterne, professor of communication studies. The Globe and Mail
Article covering research by Moshe Szyf, molecular biologist and Michael Meaney, neurobiologist, on epigenetic changes from the environment that are written into our DNA, and then passed down to the next generation. Big Think
Un regroupement de chercheurs internationaux semble avoir trouvé un médicament qui pourrait retarder de trois ou quatre ans le développement de la maladie d'Alzheimer chez les gens qui sont au stade léger. Catherine Perrin parle de cette percée médicale avec le spécialiste Serge Gauthier, de l'Institut Douglas. Radio-Canada
Chronique de Maïa Korotkina, École d'éducation permanente. Journal de Montréal
Starting this month, students from five faculties (arts, science, engineering, music, and agriculture and environmental sciences) can pursue minors in entrepreneurship, with finance, accounting, marketing and other business fundamentals taught by professors from the Desautels Faculty of Management. The Globe and Mail...
Karl Moore of McGill University in Montreal, who has asked over 200 CEOs about introversion on the radio show he hosts, says that introverts who make it to the top usually learn how to behave like extroverts for some of the time. The Economist
Article d’opinion par Robert Whitley, Professeur adjoint au département de psychiatrie. Huffington Post Québec
“It gives you the time to actually sit down in front of something that first attracted your eye so that you understand what was the detail that may you want to sit down and sketch.” Maureen DeCarbonniers, architecture student. CTV News
“Experimental clinical trials would provide the most definitive proof on any cause-and-effect relation between medical cannabis and reduced opioid use.” Mark Ware, director of clinical research at the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit. Scientific American
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.
The August 24 episode of "Babbage", a podcast from The Economist about science and technology news, reports on an worrisome new Russian web-site, FindFace.ru. This website allows you to input a picture of a face and do a search for that person, or someone who looks like that person, on VK.com, the Russian equivalent of Facebook. The website boasts of a 70% accuracy rate.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming more and more integrated in our daily lives: AI agents might decide if you get a bank loan, or if your job application will ever reach human eyes. Not everyone is comfortable with this trend, since we don't always know exactly how the AI comes to its decision. AI learns from existing data to predict future data, but its inner workings can be a mystery even to the AI's programmers. That's a problem if the AI is making life or death decisions, as it would in missile systems or unmanned drones.
Organized by the Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) office at McGill University, Community Engagement Day (CED) aims celebrate, expand on, and build new lasting relationships between McGill and the greater Montreal community, through offering projects and activities in support of and collaboration with community organizations. This year’s CED will be held on and around September 29th, 2016.
Register for a project now at http://www.cedmcgill.com/projects from August 15th to September 18th!
There is a dark corner of the Internet where hackers sell their software. The process unfolds in three steps.
What causes depression? Of course, life circumstances such as traumatic events, severe stress or grief play a role, but heredity studies have shown that a genetic predisposition to depression is equally important as environmental triggers . Until very recently, though, the genes that underpin such a predisposition have proven elusive.