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Former staff member Pierre G. Langlois named Unsung Hero

Congratulations to Pierre G. Langlois, B.Sc. (Agr)'78, CBIS (MIS)'90, the first of several members of the Macdonald community to be named an Unsung Hero as part of the University’s Bicentennial Celebrations!

Pierre lives the Macdonald motto “Mastery for Service.” Over the years, he has dedicated much of his time and energy to representing the interests of others and bettering the units and communities he serves. 

Published: 18 Jun 2021

The changing face of the Farm Management and Technology Program

Women make up more than 50 per cent of the graduating cohort for first time in program history.

Convocation is a special time and an important milestone in the lives of graduating students. Today’s virtual Convocation ceremony for the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences enjoyed a milestone of a more collective fashion, however.

Published: 15 Jun 2021

Conversations with valedictorians: Sreedurga Cherukumalli, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

“It becomes so easy to do your part when everyone around you is doing their part to live sustainably.”

Hailing from around the world, McGill’s valedictorians are a diverse, multitalented group. When they came to the University, they brought with them their unique backgrounds, passions and ambitions.

Published: 15 Jun 2021

Sustainable Sparks: Klara Winkler on planting the seeds of a good Anthropocene

Follow the journey of environmental scientist and McGill researcher Klara Winkler on the search for bright spots of sustainability at McGill By Maya Willard-Stepan, Communications Intern, McGill Office of Sustainability

Amidst the doom and gloom of the climate crisis, it can be difficult to envision a sustainable future – or even see positive change.

Published: 15 Jun 2021

Mountain fires burning higher at unprecedented rates

Forest fires have crept higher up mountains over the past few decades, scorching areas previously too wet to burn, according to researchers from McGill University. As wildfires advance uphill, a staggering 11% of all Western U.S. forests are now at risk.

Published: 15 Jun 2021

Associate Professor Stéphane Bayen receives 2021 Agilent Thought Leader Award

Setting the standard in the fight against food fraud

Published: 15 Jun 2021

The digestive system of cows influences human’s vitamin B12 intake

Milk is the main source of vitamin B12 consumption for Canadians. A glass of cow’s milk contains about 46% of the daily-recommended dietary intake of vitamin B12 for adults. But what factors influences the concentration of B12 in a glass of milk? Turns out, what cows eat and how they digest it can impact human’s B12 intake.

Published: 8 Jun 2021

Bioresource engineer Michael Ngadi receives CAAIN grant

MatrixSpex Solutions, founded by Bioresource Engineer and James McGill Professor Michael Ngadi, is the first funding recipient of The Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network (CAAIN) for its project: Optimizing Hyper-Eye: An Integrated Solution for Assessment of Fertility and Gender of Pre-Incubated Eggs.

Published: 1 Jun 2021

The secret lives of Canada lynx

Using a Fitbit and a spy mic, scientists have discovered new insight into the behaviour of the elusive Canada lynx. A new study by researchers from McGill University, University of Alberta, and Trent University provides a first look at how miniaturized technology can open the door to remote wildlife monitoring.

Published: 31 May 2021

Combattre le racisme en nutrition

La nutrition ne peut plus être que l’affaire de femmes blanches, minces et souriantes qui mangent des pommes – le cliché de la nutritionniste vue par Google Images. Un groupe de travail sur le racisme en nutrition « a été mis sur pied il y a quelques mois, dans la foulée de la mort de George Floyd et des questions qui en ont découlé », indique Mélanie Champagne, directrice des communications de l’Ordre des diététistes-nutritionnistes du Québec. Portrait de la situation, en sept bouchées.

Published: 31 May 2021

GoodLeaf souhaite bâtir une ferme verticale à Longueuil

L’entreprise ontarienne GoodLeaf, dont le principal actionnaire est le géant de l’alimentation McCain, espère acheter des terrains qui appartiennent à la Ville de Longueuil dans les prochaines semaines pour y bâtir une ferme verticale qui permettrait de produire de petites laitues et des pousses dès 2022, a appris Le Devoir.

Published: 21 May 2021

Canada geese: What you may not know about the pesky national symbol

Many Canadians are familiar with the honking and hissing that marks the beginning of the spring season, some might be more intimately familiar with the feeling of large wings batting about the sides of their head, but one thing is for certain: most Canadians have a Canada goose story.

Published: 12 May 2021

PCB contamination in Icelandic orcas: a matter of diet

Image caption: These killer whales may appear healthy, but a new study has found extremely high levels of PCB contamination in some of the whales. There was a 300-fold difference between the levels of PCBs among the most contaminated orcas compared to the least contaminated ones. The variation was mainly due to their eating habits. CREDIT: Filipa Samarra - Icelandic Orca Project

Published: 6 May 2021

With planet’s future on the line, scientists seek a full accounting of nature’s assets

'Eco-accounting' project aims to produce a comprehensive tally of our natural landscapes, to better aid decision-making around land management

The bean counters have arrived and Elena Bennett [Natural Resource Sciences] could not be happier.

Published: 26 Apr 2021

Water: Preserving a precious commodity

To mark World Water Day (March 22), Bioresource Engineering Professor Chandra Madramootoo a member of the steering committee of the Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture – expands on the theme of this year’s World Water Day: Valuing Water, and describes the goals of the federal government’s Canada Water Agency, which is in the process of being created. He is contributing to this effort. 

Published: 31 Mar 2021

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