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TB cattle vaccine takes 'small step forward'

Scientists have announced a small but important step in the development of an effective cattle vaccine to prevent bovine tuberculosis. They have identified a "biomarker" using sophisticated molecular technology that allows them to predict vaccine efficacy. David Williams, chairman of the Badger Trust, which strongly supports vaccination of both cattle and badgers, said: "We welcome this refinement in laboratory technique, part of the progress towards the long-awaited goal of an effective cattle vaccine.

Published: 8 Jan 2013

China the subtle superpower

Tom Velk and Olivia Gong say while China shows all the usual traits of a conventional great power, the West needs to accept that the way it wields its influence is also very different. [Tom Velk is a professor of economics and director of the North American Studies program at McGill University. Olivia Gong is a finance student and research assistant at McGill].

Read more at the South China Morning Post

Published: 26 Nov 2012

Women at business school - Nancy Adler

The artist and professor advises women to look for ways in which being female is an advantage in their industry.

Read more at Financial Times

Published: 26 Nov 2012

Bloodsuckers: The storied medical history of leeches

(Chemistry professor Joe Schwarcz): What did the jockey who never lost a race whisper into the horse's ear? Roses are red violets are blue Horses that lose are made into glue! OK, so it's a groaner. But until the advent of polyvinyl acetate (PVA) and other synthetic glues in the 20th century, the destiny of aging horses was indeed the glue factory. The collagen extracted from their hides, connective tissues and hoofs made for an ideal wood adhesive. Our word "collagen," for the group of proteins found in these tissues, actually derives from the Greek "kolla" for "glue."

Published: 26 Nov 2012

Vitamin D linked to cancer prevention

A growing body of evidence suggests that the sunshine vitamin can do more than increase bone strength, leading many researchers to pop mega doses of vitamin D in an attempt to ward off a host of conditions, including various cancers, diabetes, heart and autoimmune disease. The more of the nutrient that is in the bloodstream, the better the health outcomes, surveys have found, although not everyone is convinced of the health benefits of higher-dose vitamin D supplements.

Published: 26 Nov 2012

McGill receiver wins CIS rookie of the year

McGill wide receiver Shaquille Johnson received the Peter Gorman Trophy, emblematic of the rookie-of-the-year award in CIS football, during the CFL Player Awards ceremony in Toronto Thursday night. Johnson, a 19-year-old management freshman from Brampton, Ont., is only the second McGill player to win the award. Michael Soles was the Peter Gorman Trophy winner in 1986; he went on to a long CFL career.  "As a person, Shaq is quiet, modest, and humble," McGill head coach Clint Uttley said. "As a football player, he has a natural feel for the game.

Published: 26 Nov 2012

Change and Continuity: Mintzberg and Kotter agree

(Desautels' Karl Moore): “It seems every Business School professor starts by saying how much the world has changed” – that was Henry Mintzberg’s opening to a session on change, not unsurprisingly Henry takes a different tack.  He points out that  continuity is as important as change.  We are co-teaching strategy to a group of Chinese executives today, and I had to sheepishly admit I had done just that earlier in the day!

Read more at Forbes

Published: 26 Nov 2012

Rock of Ageism

When longevity is a plus in the arenas of jazz, blues and country, do aging rockers face scorn? When Dave Brubeck last made one of his semi-regular appearances at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2011, he was 90. No one jokingly wondered aloud how they let him out of the nursing home. B.B. King, 87, played two nights at Salle Wilfrid Pelletier in May. No cartoons were published of his fans making their way to the shows with walkers. With rock ’n’ roll, it’s a whole different ball game. Why the double standard?

Published: 26 Nov 2012

Bringing the "Voice of God" to TV audio

The addition of speaker channels above the familiar 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound array can recreate an exceptionally lifelike ambient soundfield, and enables much more accurate localization of aerial objects, such as helicopters. Although surround sound has taken an evolutionary step over the past decade by adding a “height” component to the traditional horizontal configuration of loudspeakers, more recent advances in 3D video have led to the emergence of a variety of 3D sound schemes.

Published: 21 Nov 2012

Talking management: The CEO isn't the only leader

Karl Moore of the Desautels Faculty of Management, Talking Management for The Globe and Mail, speaks with MIT’s Deborah Ancona. "…Distributive leadership is a term that we have recently developed that really refers to three particular components to leadership. The first is that it is decentralized so no longer can we rely on that CEO at the top of the organization to do everything. So decentralized leadership means that there are leaders throughout the organization. The idea is how do you mobilize all of those leaders?

Published: 21 Nov 2012

A facial scrub with that MRI?

The term “medical tourism” may conjure images of clinics in far-flung countries that offer a tempting proposition: world travel and cut-rate surgery. Yet a Quebec clinic hopes that Canadians will instead think of a warm bed, perhaps an invigorating facial scrub at a renowned Quebec City spa and the chance to skip the clogged lines that are the reality in much of the Canadian public medical system. […] That Quebec is at the forefront of private medical care is the result of history and judicial precedent.

Published: 21 Nov 2012

Q&A with university leaders

Heather Munroe-Blum - Appointed in 2003 at McGill University. What is the biggest challenge your successor faces? No matter what the challenges are, the job is an exhilarating one, the people remarkable, the mission simply the best. But a primary issue facing today’s university leaders is that of making the case for effective public policy in a focused, evidence-based, yet politically and publicly compelling manner.

Published: 21 Nov 2012

Do books matter? And if so,why?

(Review) The poor book. The poor book publisher. Is there any other industry that labours under such a poignant threat of obsolescence? Or produces such large quantities of unsaleable items? Now avant-garde artists, in their cold-hearted rites, are violently dramatizing the death of the book.

Published: 19 Nov 2012

Twitter is safer in America

Two men this week confronted unproven sexual accusations that may ruin their reputations.  The incidents, which took place on different sides of the Atlantic, raise questions about how the law should respond when social media wrongly labels someone a paedophile. They also showed why free speech laws are better in America.

Published: 19 Nov 2012

Vinegar health claims leave a bitter taste

(Joe Schwarcz): In 218 BC, the Carthaginian general Hannibal crossed the Alps with his elephants to settle a score with Rome. The perilous journey almost came to an end at what looked like an impenetrable rockfall. But Hannibal, an ingenious leader, had a trick up his sleeve. Or at least some vinegar in his pot. As the Roman historian Livy recounts, Hannibal had his men heat up the vinegar and pour it over the rocks, causing them to crumble. And here the story crumbles.

Published: 19 Nov 2012