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Turning skin cells into brain cells

Tue, 2017-05-16 10:09

Microglia, critical to Alzheimer’s research, can now be produced artificially

The quest for better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has a powerful new tool at its disposal — the ability to artificially generate brain cells that have been shown to play an important role in the disease function.

Source Site: /neuro

McGill announces 2017 honorary doctorate recipients

Tue, 2017-05-16 10:04

McGill University has released the names of the inspirational leaders who will be receiving honorary doctorates this year. The slate includes luminaries in fields ranging from music to sustainability. Nobel Prize winners Arthur McDonald and Paul Nurse will be honoured, as will former prime ministers Paul Martin and Brian Mulroney.

Source Site: /desautels
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Air Canada moves to a new loyalty program after 2020

Tue, 2017-05-16 10:02

After 2020, Air Canada plans to be running its own in-house loyalty program instead of sticking with Aeroplan. So, what does that mean?

For now, not much. Aeroplan members have plenty of time to use up their points. But once Air Canada shifts to its new plan, there are several possibilities.

Source Site: /desautels

Rima Qureshi leaves Ericsson North America after less than a year as boss

Tue, 2017-05-16 09:59

After less than a year at the job, Ericsson Senior VP and head of North American operations Rima Qureshi (BCom’87, MBA’96) has left the company. Chief Strategy Officer Niklas Hueveldop has stepped in on an interim basis, and the company has started the search for a permanent replacement. Ericsson is in the midst of a turnaround, streamlining operations and bumping up its investment in R&D.

Source Site: /desautels

WestJet pilots vote to unionize

Tue, 2017-05-16 09:54

The last time WestJet’s pilots voted on unionization, only 45 per cent were in favour — but times change.

Last Friday, 62 per cent voted to make the Air Line Pilots Association their bargaining agent, despite WestJet’s stance that being non-union represents a competitive advantage.

Professor Karl Moore calls the vote a likely result of the growth that WestJet has undergone since its early days, saying that the airline has “lost that kind of feisty upstart David and Goliath feeling.”

Source Site: /desautels

Global Ransomware Attack - WannaCry

Tue, 2017-05-16 09:37

An unprecedented cyber-attack, named WannaCry, began targeting Microsoft Windows users worldwide on Friday, May 12th, 2017. WannaCry is a type of malware called “ransomware”, which works by encrypting all files on a user’s computer and network drives, and holds information hostage in an attempt to extort money for its release.

Source Site: /it

The Milton Quartet wins the Gold Medal & Grand Prize at the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Mon, 2017-05-15 13:32

The Milton String Quartet, composed of Schulich School of Music students Roman Fraser, Maithéna Gireault, Evan Robinson and Joshua Morris, has won the Grand Prize and Senior String Division Gold Medal at the 44th Annual Fischoff Competition at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. 

Source Site: /music
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Prof. Brian Lewis (McGill University) Homecoming Lecture | Decidedly Queer: A Brief History of Gay Marriage and Brexit in the Disunited Kingdom

Sat, 2017-10-14 16:00 - 18:00
Leacock Building : 2nd Floor 232, 855 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC H3A 2T7 Canada, 855 rue Sherbrooke Ouest Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 2T7
Source Site: /history

Public pressure, executive chairman resignation come among wider troubles for Bombardier

Mon, 2017-05-15 14:13

Ballooning C Series costs, job losses and government cash all played into the recent investor revolt at Bombardier, but running underneath are other problems: The C Series is picking up steam after a slow start, but faces new hurdles in the form of complaints filed by Boeing.

On the rail side, the company’s Swedish office has been rocked by bribery charges, while flaws are hampering rail-car development in Australia — and the company has missed delivery deadlines for Toronto’s new street cars and light rail cars.

Source Site: /desautels

Public outcry prompts Pierre Beaudoin to give up Bombardier executive role

Mon, 2017-05-15 13:55

Public demonstrations and a shareholder revolt weren’t enough to keep Bombardier chairman Pierre Beaudoin from re-election, though he has stepped back from his former executive role.

Bombardier’s institutional investors by and large withheld support for Beaudoin and the executive pay raise, but Bombardier’s two-tiered share structure gives the founding family control; both measures passed easily.

Source Site: /desautels