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World losing mixture of plants, animal species at accelerated rate

(CP) Andrew Hendry, a biologist at McGill University, said while there are hopeful signs some countries might be altering the way they manage species and protect habitats, the overall picture remains grim. "Biodiversity is continuing and, in some places, it's worsening," Hendry said.

Published: 13 Oct 2009

CTV: McGill grad named as Nobel Prize winner for Physics

A Nova Scotia-born physicist who invented the Charge-coupled device 40 years ago has been awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in physics along with two American scientists. Willard S. Boyle, along with Charles K. Kao and George E. Smith, won the US $1.4 million prize on Tuesday.

Published: 6 Oct 2009

The Gazette: McGill grad wins Nobel for Medicine

A former McGill University undergrad is among three U.S.-based scientists who were awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine Monday. Jack W. Szostak, now of Harvard Medical School, shares the $1.4-million award with Elizabeth Blackburn of the University of California, San Francisco, and Carol W. Greider of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Published: 5 Oct 2009

National Post: Teaching the big picture at McGill

FP Executive interview is with Peter Todd, dean of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. National Post

Published: 22 Sep 2009

Impact Campus: Geo-engineering is a risky plan B

The planetary meteorological system is still too unknown for us to contemplate modifying its parameters, according to Jacques Derome, professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. He warns that premature application of geo-engineering is dangerous and could lead to unforeseen impacts. - Impact Campus

Published: 22 Sep 2009

La Presse: Grant to McGill won't bring anything sexy but it'll make a great school better

Researchers say the grants, announced yesterday as part of the $2-billion Knowledge Infrastructure Program, will allow the university to attract great students and hang on to brilliant faculty, refurbish outmoded laboratories and acquire brain scanners that will provide psychiatrists the latest tools in the fight against mental illness. The Gazette, La Presse

Published: 15 Sep 2009

Chronicle of Higher Education: Research universities reach the public directly with news

Thirty-five research institutions, [including McGill] all members of the prestigious Association of American Universities, are posting university-produced news articles about their activities on a new Web site, Futurity.org. Items include news about science, society, and health.

Published: 15 Sep 2009

CBC: McGill neuroscientist wins $1M research prize

Prof. Brenda Milner has won the International Balzan Prize for 2009. The prize is one million Swiss francs, or about $1 million Cdn, for her groundbreaking research into cognitive neuroscience and how we remember. CBC, The Gazette

Published: 8 Sep 2009

Wired: Human size consistency baffles scientists

Evolutionary biologist Andrew Hendry of McGill University. Hendry and Queens University biologist Ann McKellar combed through the scientific literature on body size and length in more than 200 species, from insects to fish to birds and, of course, humans. The results were published Tuesday in Public Library of Science ONE and picked up by Wired News.

Published: 2 Sep 2009

Le Devoir: Pollution: in my neighbourhood and in yours

A McGill study shows that air quality on the Island of Montreal is better in Montréal-Nord than in Westmount or on the Plateau Mont-Royal.

Published: 20 Aug 2009

Maclean's: The quest to build a dinosaur

Scientists are working to bring dinosaurs back to life and they think they’re getting close. Paleontologist and scientific advisor to Jurassic Park Jack Horner has the vision, and McGill University paleontologist Hans Larsson is working to make it happen.

Published: 20 Aug 2009

Wall Street Journal: What managers really do

Managers, to Henry Mintzberg's way of thinking, don't get enough respect. When they aren't dealing with interruptions, says Henry Mintzberg, they have three basic ways to exert their influence.

Published: 17 Aug 2009

PLoS Genetics: Walking on water?

McGill and University of Toronto scientists discover the gene that makes water striders glide across the water.

Published: 15 Aug 2009

Globe & Mail: 'We aren't stardust, we aren't golden'

Associate professor in the Faculty of Education, Shirley Steinberg, searching for vibes during a Woodstockian revisit.

Published: 14 Aug 2009

Do redheads really feel more pain? The jury's still out

On the heels of recent research suggesting that redheads do feel more pain, Time magazine interviews McGill's Jeffrey Mogil to discuss the somewhat contradictory results of Mogil's research, showing that the redhead group has HIGHER pain tolerance, reacting less strongly to pain. Those scientists also found a heightened sensitivity to painkillers among the redheads.

Published: 12 Aug 2009