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McGill performance taps the music of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. may be best known for his message, but it's his music that helped make a disciple of McGill University professor and Grammy-nominated musician John Hollenbeck. Hollenbeck, who teaches drums, composition and improvisation with McGill's jazz department, says the baptist preacher and civil rights leader was "a great musician" in the way he used cadence, tone and melody when he spoke....

Published: 16 Jan 2017

Making Canada's economy great again won’t be easy under Trump

“You can’t plug Donald Trump into your forecasts, but you can plug in a bunch of things as risks,” said Chris Ragan, associate economics professor at McGill University in Montreal and former adviser to the Bank of Canada and the finance department. “What happens if he puts tariffs in imported goods? What happens if he cuts corporate taxes? Another one is what happens if he massively spends on infrastructure.” ...

Published: 13 Jan 2017

Report spurs call to study marijuana’s potential in opioid-crisis fight

Mark Ware, a McGill pain researcher and vice-chair of Canada’s recent federal panel on marijuana legalization, said one of the biggest takeaways from the new report, which he reviewed before publication, is that new research must now be funded to see whether cannabis can pare down the use of some opioids, a class of legal and illicit painkillers that has led to an ongoing crisis that has killed hundreds of Canadians over the past year.

Published: 13 Jan 2017

Designing life: The brave new world of gene editing

A distinguished panel of experts gathered at Montreal's McGill University this past spring to discuss this development in gene editing.

There are big hopes for this technology, as well as serious concerns about its potential uses, and how to control or regulate it. The panel at McGill University addressed these questions. On this episode we have some of their answers. The panel is called Designing Life: The Brave New World of Gene Editing.

Published: 11 Jan 2017

Kushner crowned as Washington’s most powerful political millennial

“It will be interesting to see where they get accepted and where they get rejected,” said Gil Troy, an American presidential historian and professor at McGill University. “They’re the ones more likely to be seen around town, to rub elbows here and there." Read more: Financial Times 

Published: 11 Jan 2017

Hospital puts its seniors' art on display

"Painting is a vector to humanize care, for the person to be aware of abilities he has, and to help with rehabilitation." Dr. Olivier Beauchet, director of McGill's Centre of Excellence on Aging and Chronic Disease, based at the Jewish General. Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 10 Jan 2017

How much does it hurt?: The methods used by doctors to measure pain

When investigating pain, the basic procedure for clinics everywhere is to give a patient the McGill Pain Questionnaire. This was developed in the 1970s by two scientists, Dr Ronald Melzack and Dr Warren Torgerson, both of McGill University in Montreal, and is still the main tool for measuring pain in clinics worldwide. ...

Published: 10 Jan 2017

The Right Chemistry: The intoxicating science of winemaking

Column by Joe Schwarcz, director of McGill University’s Office for Science & Society. Read more: Montreal Gazette 

Published: 9 Jan 2017

Secret negotiations at the World Trade Organization create a big problem

Being aware of potential pushback should encourage negotiators to reach deals that will satisfy a majority of their domestic constituents. In this light, the current controversy around trade agreements is thus not entirely a sign of failure. Rather, it’s a necessary counterpart to the privacy required to reach an agreement in the first place. ...

Published: 9 Jan 2017

Changing the agriculture and environment conversation

The land sharing/sparing debate has stagnated. Finding a way forward requires that we ask new questions and, crucially, focus on human well-being and ecosystem services.

Op-ed by Elena M. Bennett, McGill School of Environment and the Department of Natural Resource Sciences Read more:


Published: 6 Jan 2017

Opinion: Teaching McGill law students about indigenous legal traditions

Speaking more broadly, addressing the Canadian legacy of colonialism regarding indigenous peoples doesn’t allow anyone to stay in his or her comfort zone. Law faculties and universities have a long way to go on this issue — and it’s crucial to talk about the experiments and tentative steps forward.

Published: 6 Jan 2017

Design to benefit the world: This solar-powered backpack improves health and education

After moving to Montreal to attend McGill University, Salima Visram designed the Soular Backpack to help tackle one of the "multitude of problems related to education of children in Kenya." Many children in Kenya live in homes without electricity and must use harmful kerosene lamps to study at night. The Soular Backpack has a solar panel on it which charges a portable LED lamp inside of it, eliminating the need for kerosene....

Published: 4 Jan 2017

Canada well on its way to a renewable-energy future

They say if you want to know what the future will be like, you should look at what investments are being made today. Judging by the accelerating rate of private-sector wind and solar investment here and elsewhere, it seems for Canada this trend is unlikely to stop until all our energy needs are met by clean electricity.

Op-ed by Christopher Barrington-Leigh, assistant professor in the School of Environment.

Published: 4 Jan 2017

We face a resurrection of the white death

“India really needs to wake up to the enormity of the epidemic in the country." Madhukar Pai, director of global-health programs at McGill University Read more: The Globe and Mail

Published: 4 Jan 2017

Lakes database

A McGill geographer plumbs the depths of the world's million-plus lakes — and produces a computer model that will help us monitor everything from algae blooms to climate change.  Find out more: CBC Radio: As It Happens

Published: 16 Dec 2016