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Era of government cuts ends
The news wasn't great, but it was good — and that's a clear departure from years of Quebec budgets that took money away from universities. The latest budget actually gives some back. It also introduces a new funding formula for universities.
Genome Quebec launched
The Ministry of Research, Science and Technology has pledged $10 million to the start-up of a new Quebec genome centre. McGill's Thomas Hudson played a leading role in preparing the groundwork. He is the betting favourite to be the centre's first director.
Anybody out there?
A recent panel discussion featuring NASA and McGill scientists pondered the possibility of life on other planets. Mars is the most likely suspect, they believe. Speaking of which, the University's Hojatollah Vali continues to unlock the secrets of the world's most famous meteorite.
Impish chimp changed science
Psychology professor Laura Ann Petitto looks back on the life of Nim Chimpsky and remembers how she and the chimp she came to love redefined our understanding of language.
McGill is committing itself to a process of academic renewal — Vice-Principal (Academic) Luc Vinet is hoping to hire dozens of professors each year for the next 10 years. The University is off to an impressive start — some of the most recent additions to McGill's professoriate are already making waves.
The lives of saints
English professor Dorothy Bray chronicles the motifs that crop up in tales about Irish saints, the medieval equivalent of comic book heroes.
Slice of life: Do you know where your cheaters are?
One in four university students cheat. McGill has developed some effective strategies for stopping many in their tracks.
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