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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

Temp workers more likely to be depressed: Study

Workers hired on short-term contracts show more depressive symptoms than do those who are employed on a permanent basis, according to research by medical sociologist Amélie Quesnel-Vallée.

Published: 11 Aug 2009

Research shows reversal of MS in mice

A team of Montreal doctors say they have found an experimental treatment for multiple sclerosis that reverses the disorder in mice and could do the same for humans.

Published: 11 Aug 2009

Alcohol consumption linked to increased cancer risk

Heavy drinkers of beer and spirits have significantly higher risks of developing multiple cancers, a Montreal study by a group of epidemiologists and cancer researchers shows.

Published: 4 Aug 2009

Breakfast lessons for MPs bridge science, political gap

Vicki Kaspi, a McGill astrophysicist spoke on Parliament Hill Thursday during part of a lecture series by the Partnership Group in Science and Engineering.

Published: 5 Jun 2009

Birth Control Pills Linked to Lupus Risk

Women taking birth control pills, especially those who have just started taking them, may face an increased risk of developing the autoimmune disease lupus, a new study suggests. Dr. Samy Suissa of the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology at Jewish General Hospital of McGill led the study and findings are published in the April issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

Published: 9 Apr 2009