Ecological Improvement of Dairy Cow Pastures Project wins 2020 Sustainability in Operations Catalyst Award
The Ecological Improvement of Dairy Cow Pastures project has created a sustainable pasture system at the Macdonald Campus Farm which features a rotational grazing system for cattle, the addition of approximately 700 trees and shrubs, the installation of water lines for access to fresh water, and the purchase of a mobile shade umbrella to protect cattle from the sun.
As Coordinator of the Horticulture Research Centre at the Macdonald Campus Farm, Michael [Bleho] has demonstrated his commitment to sustainability through his daily interactions with students and his work making the agricultural process more eco-friendly throughout his 30 years at the Centre. Michael was a driving force in establishing ‘McGill Feeding McGill’, an initiative which directly provides Macdonald Campus produce to campus dining halls.
Congrats to these exceptional Macdonald students who achieved the highest aggregate standing in the first or second year of their respective programs! The Macdonald Medals (BSc(AgEnvSc), BEng(Bioresource) and BSc(FSc) programs) and Stewart Medals (BSc(NutrSc) progam) were presented at the recent Scholastic Awards Ceremony.
“La plantation d’arbres sur le campus Macdonald, on en fait depuis des décennies. Mais on s’est engagé à en faire beaucoup plus au cours des prochaines cinq années dans un objectif de développement durable. On veut, entre autres, essayer de diminuer les gaz à effet de serre (GES)”, indique le directeur associé du programme de gestion et de technologies agricoles, David Wees [FMT/PlantScience/Sustainability Workgroup].
"I am constantly inspired and motivated by the outstanding enthusiasm we have had from within the working group and from the larger community of students and staff,” says Cynthia Kallenbach, who also serves as the [Sustainability of Campus Operations] Workgroup’s Chair. “As for the survey results, we saw common themes emerge, including banning single-use items, diversifying the green space, and ‘greening’ the campus infrastructure.
Arctic Researcher wins prestigious 2020 L’Oréal Canada For Women in Science Research Excellence Fellowship
Emily Choy [Post Doctoral Fellow, NRS. Advisor : Kyle Elliott] became hooked on the Arctic when, as a Master’s student, she jumped on a research opportunity to study the effects of manmade contaminants on High Arctic food webs on Devon Island, Nunavut. “When I experienced how out of the world it was and observed the wildlife that are so highly adapted to the Arctic environment, I just fell in love,” says Choy.
[Natural Resource Sciences professor Kyle Elliott, Canada Research Chair in Arctic Ecology, and grad students Allison Patterson and Don-Jean Leandri-Breton are co-authors on this study]
[Co-author Joshua Sterlin is a PhD student in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University.]
An increase in cutting in Quebec’s public forests would be a mistake for the forests, the industry, the climate and the regions.
A recent opinion article in the Montreal Gazette (“Shortfall in forest harvest is costly to economy” Oct. 29) called on governments and logging companies to work together to increase cutting in Quebec.
John R. Ogilvie, BScAgr’54, PhD, FCSBE, FASABE, P.Eng., P.Ag (Dist), 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, a leader in agricultural and bioresource engineering, died on March 20, 2020 at the age of 90, in Guelph, Ontario.
This year’s Homecoming was different from what we all know and love about a Mac Reunion. While we were not able to reconnect in person, there were many virtual opportunities for alumni to participate in, such as favourite events like the Beatty Lecture and Leacock Luncheon.
Macdonald Dietetics students Alyshia Guan, Asmaa Housni, Danielle Kasis Akal and Kristina Madjuga were recent Forces AVENIR award winners (health category) for their work as part of the Collaboration Interprofessionelle Montréalaise Étudiante (CIME).
Although Homecoming 2020 took on a different shape this year, the new virtual delivery of Masterclasses and other celebratory events gave alumni a unique opportunity to tune in to fascinating discussions on a variety of different topics, at their convenience, from the comfort of their homes.
A resident of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, McGill Reporter editor Neale McDevitt frequently visits Macdonald Campus. Recently, over the course of a few weeks, he took pictures of the grounds as they underwent their annual fall transformation.
Enjoy Neale's photos here...
Scientists grappling with complex and seemingly unresolvable issues often refer to them as “wicked problems”. Arguably, some of the nastiest are those related to the deteriorating health of our environment.