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NASA and McGill collaborate to plumb Mars

Researchers from NASA and McGill test a specialized drill that, using only as much power as a light bulb, may help in the discovery of what lies beneath the surface of the moon and Mars.

Published: 23 May 2006

Biodiversity threatened

McGill professor Andrew Hendry's research on Darwin's finches on the Galapagos Islands is cited as an example of how human impacts can disrupt evolution.

Published: 23 May 2006

Aboriginal high-performance camp

McGill recently played host to its first high-performance camp for aboriginal teens who excel in sports. The three-day event, designed to interest youth in academics through sports, was organized by First Peoples' House at McGill.

Published: 22 May 2006

Another jailed Canadian in Iran

Payam Akhavan, associate professor of International Law at McGill, says in an op-ed about the arrest of former University of Toronto professor Ramin Jahanbegloo by Iranian authorities: "Jahanbegloo's crime is that he advocates democracy and social progress through non-violence and cultural dialogue."

Published: 21 May 2006

The 'father of stress'

Less than a century ago, a research assistant at McGill, Hans Selye, coined the word which today has come to be very familiar to us all. Interestingly, perhaps due to his lack of fluency in English, Selye later conceded that he had adopted the wrong term.

Published: 15 May 2006

The realities of motherhood

Dr. Jody Heymann interviewed hundreds of mothers in dozens of countries for her recent book Forgotten Families, a study of the impact of globalization on working families. This Mother's Day, the director of the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy writes in the Washington Post that America needs to do much more to meet the needs of its own mothers.

Published: 14 May 2006

Schulich School of Music

"The Schulich School of Music is certainly a handsome, tactile urban marker, even playful in its contrast of opacity with transparency. But it also succeeds admirably at telling a story about both process and a sense of place that is a leitmotif of Saucier and Perrotte's work." A very positive review of McGill's new music building on Sherbrooke Street in the April issue of Canadian Architect.

Published: 3 May 2006

When panic sets in

As part of National Mental Health Week, Michael Spevack, clinical psychologist at McGill, talks with the Gazette about panic attacks, the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorder in North America, often a precursor to agoraphobia.

Published: 1 May 2006

Vitamin D needs in pregnancy

Women who restrict their intake of milk during pregnancy may deliver smaller babies, primarily because they are not getting the vitamin D contained in the drink, a McGill study suggests. Kristine Koski, lead of the study and director of the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, says this is important, as increasing numbers of women avoid milk while pregnant for a number of reasons, including believing this will lead them to less weight gain and fewer allergies.

Published: 25 Apr 2006

Equal tuition for international students

Quebec universities are severely underfunded, and Heather Munroe-Blum is taking the lead in looking at ways to address the problem. In an interview with Le Devoir, she says Quebec should consider treating international students on an equal footing -- 38 percent currently pay Quebec tuition rates. If they paid what American and other international students pay in tuition, it would mean at least $41.7 million more a year for Quebec universities. She also proposed that international tuition fees for undergraduate students stay with the host university -- a move that would mean $4 million more a year for McGill.

Published: 24 Apr 2006

Where there's smoke, there's craving

Researchers at McGill and the Montreal Neurological Institute have found that external cues such as watching someone else smoke have an effect on the brains of "expectant" smokers. The study was led by Dr. Alain Dagher, a neurologist who specializes in functional brain imaging.

Published: 21 Apr 2006

Concerns about fertility drug unfounded

Concerns about the use of letrozole, an easy-to-use and inexpensive drug for the treatment of infertility, appear to be unfounded, according to a major study by Togas Tulandi, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at McGill.

Published: 20 Apr 2006


A study headed by McGill University epidemiology professor Samy Suissa and commissioned by the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) says the province's new approach to whiplash cases has markedly improved outcomes for patients.

Published: 5 Apr 2006

Suds study

A new study finds that beer drinkers are more at risk of developing lung cancer than their non-beer-drinking peers, while wine consumption has an opposite effect. The study was led by Andrea Benedetti, from the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill.

Published: 5 Apr 2006

Orchestrating emotion

Five Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians and about 50 audience members will be part of a novel scientific experiment measuring music's emotional effect. The experiment will be "conducted" by McGill's Daniel Levitin and Stephen McAdams.

Published: 5 Apr 2006