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Climate change costly for Inuit

A new study recommends the Federal Government should help Inuit pay for the increasing costs of climate change. It says Arctic climate change is already costing Canada’s Inuit more money, noting the costs of adapting are falling on Inuit families least able to shoulder them.

Published: 17 Dec 2009

McGill Named one of Canada's Top 25 Family-Friendly Employers

The December issue of Today's Parent profiles the 2010 winners of Canada's top 25 family-friendly employers, which include George Brown College, McGill University, and Simon Fraser University. … McGill was selected for its on-site daycare and alternative work options such as telecommuting.

Published: 17 Dec 2009

McGill Paleontologist Discovers Pygmy Sea Cow

An ancient pygmy sea cow isn't the kind of thing you find every day. More like every 45 million years. So when Karen Samonds, curator at McGill University's Redpath Museum and a paleontologist, discovered fossilized teeth and bits of skull embedded in sandstone and limestone rocks in the island nation off the east coast of

Published: 17 Dec 2009

Study says betting is as serious as drugs or unsafe sex

Youth gambling isn't as big a concern to Canadian parents as other activities like unsafe sex and drug use, according to a new study. Now, researchers are hoping to change that. The "Parents As Partners" study, released yesterday, is the first of its kind in the world to examine parental awareness of youth gambling, researchers said.

Published: 17 Dec 2009

McGill climate change researchers say different focus needed to reduce emissions

Isabel Galiana, PhD student and Christopher Green, professor in the Department of Economics at McGill University: "With the Copenhagen Conference under way, Canada's position on climate policy remains unclear.

Published: 17 Dec 2009

McGill Ph.D Student Wins Composer Wins Chamber Music Prize

Quebec classical guitarist and composer Jimmie LeBlanc has won the $7,500 Jules Léger Prize for new chamber music awarded annually by the Canadian Council for the Arts and CBC. He won the award for L'Espace intérieur du monde, a chamber work for 15 musicians and electronic elements.

Published: 17 Dec 2009

Students Dissect Brain of McGill's Most Famous Amnesiac Patient Live on Internet

At the Brain Observatory at the University of California, San Diego, researchers began slicing the brain of the world's most famous amnesiac patient, Henry Molaison (H.M.) Wednesday afternoon and streaming the procedure live to the world on their Web site.

Published: 17 Dec 2009

Two McGill Projects Win Digging Into Data Challenge

Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced yesterday the winners of a new international competition, the Digging into Data Challenge. The eight winning teams include two separate projects with McGill researchers, Ichiro Fujinaga and Michael Wagner.

Published: 17 Dec 2009

Ronald Melzack Wins Grawemeyer Award

McGill's Ronald Melzack, a scientist who helps explain pain, has won the University of Louisville's Grawemeyer Award for Psychology. Melzack said he was “absolutely astonished” to learn he had won the award, which comes with a $200,000 prize and will be given at U of L in April.

Published: 17 Dec 2009

Laurie Hendren Named ACM Fellow

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)has recognized 47 of its members for their contributions to computing and computer science that have contributed fundamental knowledge to the field and generated a broad range of innovations in industry, commerce, entertainment, and education.

Published: 17 Dec 2009

Canadian Researchers Say Tailor-Made HIV/AIDS Treatment is Possible

Canadian scientists say they've developed a new treatment for the human immunodeficiency virus that has successfully passed its first clinical trial.

Published: 17 Dec 2009

Jody Heymann's New Study on Global Work-Family Policies Has Huge Implications

Jody Heymann, founding director of the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University, and Alison Earle, a research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health, published a groundbreaking book on global work-family policies.

Published: 17 Dec 2009

Learning to talk changes the way we hear speech

(CBC) Canadian researchers using a robotic device have determined that learning to talk changes the way people hear speech. Sazzad Nasir and David Ostry of the department of psychology at McGill University in Montreal used a device that puts pressure on a person's jaw to try to isolate the movements of talking from the sounds of language itself.

Published: 4 Nov 2009

We still have a chance to save polar bears

(New Scientist) Managing the polar bear's habitat could help save them. Opinion piece in New Scientist from McGill's Bruno Tremblay & colleague Stephanie Pfirman of Columbia.

Published: 2 Nov 2009

McGill's Cundill prize awarded to Lisa Jardine

(The Gazette, CBC) Lisa Jardine, author of Going Dutch: How England Plundered Holland’s Glory, has been awarded the Cundill International Prize in History, described as the world’s largest historical literature award for non-fiction.

Published: 2 Nov 2009