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Data visualization experts say search trend maps are mostly bunk

To Andrew Piper, a professor and director of the .txtLAB at McGill University in Montreal, that's another potential pitfall and danger of data visualizations like these: People read a lot into it. "Just picking the top [word] isn't a good way of representing what comes across as really important semantic implications," he said. "Are people googling 'pneumonia' because it's raining in BC? We have no idea."

Published: 9 Jun 2017

Quebec’s strategy on electric vehicles is too expensive, Ecofiscal says

Still, Ecofiscal chairman Chris Ragan – an economist at McGill University – said future governments should raise the levy significantly after 2022, and could offset the impact of a higher carbon levy by lowering other taxes. “It would be a very bad outcome if the price peaked out at $50 in 2022 and everything else is done by complementary policies,” he said in an interview.

Published: 8 Jun 2017

Breaking down the myths of health-care management

Health care is about serving people. Yet it is being managed badly, with serious consequences to patients, argues celebrated McGill University management professor Henry Mintzberg. He calls it an epidemic: Managing without soul, which is common in organizations throughout society, including health.

Published: 7 Jun 2017

Emotional convocation for McGill law grad who escaped Rwandan genocide

Moses Gashirabake is a confident, distinguished, sharply dressed 28-year-old who is normally completely composed. But after his convocation ceremony at McGill University, with degrees in both civil and common law in his hands, he spotted Rosemarie Schade making her way toward him for a hug and was simply overwhelmed with emotion....

Published: 6 Jun 2017

Opinion: McGill can help retail sector thrive amid change

Overall, there is a wealth of expertise in retailing at McGill to draw from, a vibrant history in Montreal to build upon, and definitely a very bright future to shape.

Op-ed by Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, dean of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University.

Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 5 Jun 2017

Bizarre black holes revealed by new space-time ripples

“The universe still contains mysteries,” says astrophysicist Daryl Haggardof McGill University. “We thought we were walking through the world knowing how black holes happened, and now we’re seeing that there’s some real discovery space here.”

Read more: National Geographic

Published: 2 Jun 2017

Montreal surgeon 1st in North America to use augmented reality technology on sinus patients

A surgeon at Montreal's McGill University Health Centre is breaking ground by using a new medical technology — augmented reality — for sinus operations. Read more: CBC News

Published: 1 Jun 2017

Pregnancy Blues

Most of us have heard about baby bluesand postpartum depression, but to be clear: these are not the topic of this discussion. This is about pregnancyblues, a common yet rarely talked about experience that affects up to 20 percent of moms during pregnancy, moms whose questions and concerns are too often going unanswered. If you or someone you know has been suffering in silence or without support, you are not alone and there are answers. ...

Published: 31 May 2017

Opinion: Protecting transgender people means protecting our pronouns

"Pronouns might seem like a small price to pay for greater consensus. They aren’t. The removal of pronoun protection will kneecap the Bill. Here’s why." Op-ed co-written by Florence Ashley, LL.M. Candidate and O’Brien Fellow in the Faculty of Law at McGill University

Read more: The Globe and Mail

Published: 30 May 2017

As tick season hits, Lyme disease patients say they need better care

"Doctors refuse to prescribe for more than two to four weeks because the available standard medical evidence suggests harm, and no benefit to extended treatment," said Dr. Michael Libman, infectious disease specialist and director of tropical medicine centre at the McGill University Health Centre. Read more: CBC News

Published: 30 May 2017

Cocaine more addictive than first thought, study finds

“The study provides evidence that some of the characteristic brain signals in people who have developed addictions are also present much earlier than most of us would have imagined,” said Prof Marco Leyton, an expert on the neurobiology of drug use and addictions at McGill university in Montreal, Canada.

Read more: The Guardian

Published: 26 May 2017

Are you an introvert, ambivert or extrovert?

Professor Karl Moore speaks with Shannon Cuciz about the difference between introverts, ambiverts and extroverts on Global News Morning. Find out more: Global News

Published: 25 May 2017

Dean’s Q&A: Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou Of McGill’s Desautels School

When joining a new organization of any sort, it’s a good idea to get to know the new people you’ll be working with and have a plan of action. Those were the first two items on Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou’s agenda when she took over as dean of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University in September of 2015. Read more: Poets & Quants

Published: 24 May 2017

How Montreal aims to become a world centre of artificial intelligence

U de M and McGill University are the academic bedrocks on which Montreal’s AI sector has been built. About 150 AI researchers toil at the two institutions, making the city one of the world’s largest basic deep learning centres. “We stuck to academia, which helped us build big labs with a lot of graduate students,” said Doina Precup, associate professor in computer sciences at McGill and recipient of a Google research award....

Published: 23 May 2017

Is Canada’s carbon-pricing policy striking the right balance?

The three of us agree that good climate policy needs to achieve all three objectives, and that doing so is certainly possible. But it requires political determination, attention to plenty of detail and creative policy thinking. Based on what Ottawa released Thursday, we believe that Canadian carbon-pricing policy is striking the right balance.

Published: 19 May 2017