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Two New Food Security Projects Announced

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Global Affairs Canada have announced six new projects to be supported under the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF). The projects will develop, test and apply ways to scale up innovations in food security and nutrition. These projects will scale up effective, pilot-tested innovations so that they reach poor rural populations, particularly women and small-holder farmers. Two projects have been awarded to Macdonald professors.

Published on : 08 Mar 2016

Pour contrer le gaspillage alimentaire

  On estime que la moitié de ce que l'on produit comme aliments dans les pays industrialisés serait gaspillée. Au Canada, on jetterait, selon Statistique Canada, 183 kilogrammes de nourriture par an, par personne. À qui la faute? À l'industrie alimentaire, ou au consommateur? Pour en discuter, nous recevons Pascal Thériault, agroéconomiste et professeur à l'Université McGill. Il enseigne aussi le marketing alimentaire.   

Published on : 24 Feb 2016

The lack of women in science: 'A wicked problem,' McGill's Elena Bennett says

  "The discussion started at my book club, but it might as well have started with Adam and Eve. We read The Awakening, a 1899 novel by Kate Chopin that describes the fight by a young woman, Edna Pontellier, for independence against the conventions of the time. We are all married working mothers. No matter how far society has come from Edna’s, most of us find the bulk of child care and the more banal duties of running a household fall to us. We felt for Edna.

Published on : 17 Feb 2016

Hot off the press! Macdonald Professor Recipient of Prestigious Steacie Fellowship

Professor Elena Bennett, of the Department of Natural Resource Sciences and the McGill School of Environment, is the recipient of a E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship! The Fellowships are awarded by NSERC to enhance the career development of outstanding and highly promising university faculty who are earning a strong international reputation for original research.

Published on : 16 Feb 2016

Dr. Sarah Kimmins recipient of 2016 SSR Young Investigator Award

  McGill Centre for Research in Reproduction  and Development (CRRD) Associate Director Dr. Sarah Kimmins (Animal Science Department) is recipient of the 2016 SSR Young Investigator Award. This award recognizes an active Regular Member of the Society for outstanding research completed and published within 12 years after receiving the Ph.D. or other equivalent professional degree.

Published on : 16 Feb 2016


  « Le système a permis d’assurer une stabilité dans les prix. Les producteurs savent combien ils vont recevoir pour leur sirop », estime Pascal Thériault, professeur à la faculté des sciences de l’agriculture et de l’environnement de l’Université McGill. Il y a actuellement 62 millions de livres de sirop dans le principal entrepôt, situé à Laurierville. « La réserve stratégique mondiale permettrait de couvrir une mauvaise saison », précise l’économiste Pascal Thériault.

Published on : 16 Feb 2016

Mosquitoes: What Works, What is Used.

  Worried about Zika? CTV Montreal talked to the Morgan Arboretum's Christopher Cloutier, mosquito expert from McGill University. CTV News video  

Published on : 16 Feb 2016

Rolling whole grains into chewy business success

Businesses start in many ways, and Andrea Courey didn’t know that she was going to have a business of her own. In 1997, Andrea lost her job and was raising three children as a single mother. In the face of this adversity Andrea asked herself how she was going to provide for her family – what was she “good at and what did she know how to do?”

Published on : 03 Feb 2016

Mac women chop down the competition at the 56th annual Macdonald College Woodsmen Competition

  The sun was out, the saws were out and our Woodsmen teams performed fabulously over the weekend. Thanks to all on campus and the many alumni who helped make the 56th annual Woodsmen Competition a success.

Published on : 26 Jan 2016

Antarctic permafrost may not be habitable for microbes – So is Mars?

  "It doesn't mean there's no life on Mars, but what it does mean is it's going to be harder to find," said Jacqueline Goordial, the McGill University researcher who led the study, in an interview with Rachelle Solomon on CBC's Breakaway.

Published on : 25 Jan 2016

Nearing the limits of life on Earth

Failure to find active microbes in coldest Antarctic soils has implications for search for life on Mars Natural Resource Sciences professor Lyle Whyte and postdoctoral fellow Jackie Goordial talk about their research which suggests that it is unlikely that it is unlikely that there is any microbial life to be found on Mars.

Published on : 19 Jan 2016

A New Geological Epoch, The Anthropocene

  Scientists say it's time to declare a new geological epoch, one defined by human activity and the permanent mark it has left on the earth. McGill Professor Peter Brown, director of Economics for the Anthropocene, is featured on CBC Radio News. LISTEN Related article    

Published on : 11 Jan 2016

Droughts hit cereal crops harder since 1980s

Drought and extreme heat events slashed cereal harvests in recent decades by 9% to 10% on average in affected countries – and the impact of these weather disasters was greatest in the developed nations of North America, Europe and Australasia, according to a new study led by researchers from McGill University and the University of British Columbia.

Published on : 06 Jan 2016

Refining the Search for Life on Mars

  The results of a recent experiment at the Canadian Light Source (CLS) synchrotron in Saskatoon could be a key piece in the quest to discover if there was ever life on Mars. Lyle Whyte, an environmental microbiologist at McGill University who is originally from Saskatchewan, specializes in organisms that can survive in extreme cold. Read article in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix  

Published on : 21 Dec 2015