SPECIAL LECTURE: "Developmental Critical Periods and Alzheimer's Disease - Can Knowledge of One Help Cure the Other?"
Dr. Carla Shatz, Sapp Family Provostial Professor of Biology and Neurobiology and Director of Bio-X, Stanford's pioneering biosciences program will deliver a special lecture entitled "Developmental Critical Periods and Alzheimer's Disease - Can Knowledge of One Help Cure the Other?".
"Food for Thought" launches at exactly noon today! At 12:00 you can log on and watch the first lecture. The course is totally free but you have to register. We now have over 20,000 students registered in 150 countries.
What is it like to teach a class of more than 20,000 students? I don’t know, but I’m about to find out. Colleagues David Harpp and Ariel Fenster and I have been selected to offer McGill’s first “massive open online course,” known in the trade as a MOOC.
Many strains of E.coli are necessary for human digestion, but O157:H7 can be deadly.
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Students from Chemical Engineering using different devices to participate in class activities through a student response system. Read article
We are pleased to announce that we now have an “App” both for Apple and Android devices so that the McGill Office for Science and Society’s nifty and sometimes quirky science can always be at your fingertips. The Apps are free and can be downloaded here:
SKEPTICAL INQUIRER: Miracles are pretty rare events. Except on television’s Dr. Oz Show, where they appear with astonishing frequency. Oz of course doesn’t claim to raise the dead or part the Red Sea, but he does raise people’s hopes of parting with their flab. And he’s certainly not shy about flinging the word miracle about. But it seems miracles fade as quickly as they appear.
Physics World cites work by South Pole Telescope team
Scientists in McGill’s Astrophysics group have been honoured in Physics World magazine’s list of top 10 breakthroughs in physics for 2013.
Increasingly, students are listening to their course lectures on their laptops, far from campus. The emergence of MOOCs (massive open online courses) looks to be a game-changer. What does this all mean for the future of university teaching? Read article in McGill News.
Drilling in Japan Trench by international scientific team finds unusually thin, slippery geological fault
The devastating tsunami that struck Japan’s Tohoku region in March 2011 was touched off by a submarine earthquake far more massive than anything geologists had expected in that zone.