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Insurance News: Study data from McGill University update understanding of health insurance

The proportion of large employers offering retiree health insurance in the US has declined by half in the past 20 years. This [research by Erin Strumpf and colleagues at McGill] examines the potential implications of this change by estimating the effects of a retiree health insurance (RHI) offer on a comprehensive set of labor, health and health care use outcomes in the near-elderly population.

Published: 29 Apr 2010

The Gazette: It's back to school for baby boomers

There are a host of options open to baby boomers who share her love of learning, with university continuing-education departments offering classes, as well as many others offered at community and senior centres ... according to Carolynn Rafman, coordinator for McGill University's Institute for Learning in Retirement (MILR).

Published: 29 Apr 2010

Straight: Debate sheds light on students in sex work

…To Ada Sinacore, an associate professor of counselling psychology at McGill University, the issue is much more complex than students wanting to make money. Over the past two years, she’s been doing research on students who pay for their education through sex work. According to her, engaging in this line of work is a last resort.

Published: 29 Apr 2010

Technology Review: Augmented Reality: haptic flooring

Researchers at McGill University have developed floor tiles that can simulate the look, sound and feel of snow, grass or pebbles underfoot. Such a tool could perhaps be used for augmented reality applications, tele-presence, training, rehabilitation or even as virtual foot controllers.

Published: 28 Apr 2010

La Presse : McGill : Un exemple à suivre

Louis Jacques Filion, professeur et titulaire de la chaire d'entrepreneuriat Rogers-J.-A.-Bombardier à HEC Montréal: "La liberté engendre la diversité d'expression et c'est de là qu'émerge l'innovation. Lorsqu'on regarde les sociétés qui se développent, elles sont la résultante de nombreuses initiatives souvent vues dans un premier temps comme étant hors norme. A l'inverse, les sociétés qui impose

Published: 27 Apr 2010

The Gazette: McGill takes a tough stance

McGill University and the Quebec government appear to be on a collision course over the university's plan to self-fund the MBA program at its Desautels Faculty of Management by hiking fees by more than $25,000 next fall. McGill has no plans to back down and neither does Education Minister Michelle Courchesne.

Published: 27 Apr 2010

New York Times: Insect may make moves to survive the harvest

One thing about evolution — you never know what’s going to influence it. Take the European corn borer, for instance. Researchers have just made a strong case that a certain aspect of its behavior has evolved because of human harvesting of corn. The corn borer, Ostrinia nubilalis, is a pest caterpillar that spends spring and summer feeding on its host corn stalk before spinning a cocoon for the win

Published: 27 Apr 2010

New Scientist: Putting the touch into touch screens

As neuroscientists decode how we process signals from nerves that sense touch, engineers are beginning to use their discoveries to dupe us into feeling something that isn't there. Given the right kind of manipulation, a smooth surface can be made to mimic the feel of a range of materials, and a solid slab can be made to feel like shifting sand… It is not just the sense of touch in our fingers that

Published: 27 Apr 2010

Vancouver Sun: Greek bailout is the best of bad alternatives

At first blush, it's a little hard to understand why financial markets in Europe and North America are paying so much attention to a debt problem in a little country like Greece. … With a Greek debt default, for instance, these weaker economies would be "hammered" by skyrocketing interest rates on their government lending, predicts Mo Chaudhury, a finance specialist at McGill University's Desautel

Published: 27 Apr 2010

Le Devoir: McGill in Quebec (Cahier spécial)

Le Devoir highlights various McGill initiatives that contribute to improving Quebecers’ lives, in a special supplement published in Saturday's edition. From neuroscience to heart disease, from cancer research to the training of family doctors, find out more about the many ways McGill and its affiliated hospitals are redefining health and wellness.

Published: 26 Apr 2010

Marketing Magazine: Don't write off books just yet, publishers say

Lost in much of the hype surrounding new reading technologies is just how firmly entrenched the book has become as a cultural touchstone. In North America alone, the book industry is estimated to be worth more than $25 billion annually. “When something is that present it doesn’t just wither and die instantly,” said Andrew Piper, a professor in the English department at McGill University.

Published: 26 Apr 2010

La Presse: Tout le monde pareil!

Alain Dubuc, La Presse: "Depuis des mois, on assiste à un bras de fer entre McGill et la ministre de l'Éducation, Michelle Courchesne, parce que l'université veut transformer son programme de MBA en programme privé, qui fonctionnerait sans la subvention de quelque 10 000$ du Ministère et qui serait plutôt financé par des droits de scolarité de 29 500$..."

Published: 26 Apr 2010

Winnipeg Free Press: Hockey player Verreault-Paul overcomes language barrier to excel at McGill

On his first day of classes, Francis Verreault-Paul wasn’t sure he was going to survive at McGill University. The hockey player from the small Innu community of Mashteuiatsh, Que., didn’t understand much of what professors were saying to him in English. Verreault-Paul needed to understand because he had to keep his grades up to play for the Redmen.

Published: 25 Apr 2010

CTV: Problems persist in the epic battle against malaria

As the world marks World Malaria Day to commemorate the global effort to control the disease, experts note that with more than 250 million new malaria infections each year, there is still much work to be done… Dr. Timothy Geary, the director of McGill University's Institute of Parasitology, says the international community still has a long way to go in cutting the disease down to size.

Published: 25 Apr 2010

The Gazette: Boredom begins at school

Is there a place where boring people is deliberate? That would be our schools, says The Boring Institute's Alan Caruba, where we train young people to be bored and to bore others… McGill University professor of education Jon Bradley puts the blame squarely on political oversight of the education system.

Published: 25 Apr 2010