Beyond McGill news
On Thursday, McGill will host the third annual Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium: Origin of Life: What Was the Spark of Life? Four of the world's foremost experts on the chemical and biological origins of human existence will debate a question that man has asked for centuries. In Saturday's Gazette Professor Joe Schwarcz discusses some of these historical beliefs.
A PhD candidate in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences, Marianne Marcoux braves polar bears and sun-filled nights to study the mysterious narwhal.
Queen Rania of Jordan recently conducted a tour of schools in Amman, Jordan, which included a visit to the Community Development Centre (CDC), a social agency affiliated with the University of Jordan (UJ) and primarily funded by CIDA. The centre is currently running 12 community development programs, which directly affect between 15,000-20,000 underprivileged residents of the area annually. Five of the centre's core professional staff, including the director, are graduates of McGill with master's degrees in social work through the McGill Middle East Program (MMEP). "The fellowship program is a clear example of how professional social workers can work with members of the community to improve conditions and advance civil society," MMEP manager David Leduc told the Jordan Times. Canadian ambassador Margaret Huber met with Queen Rania and expressed the Canadian government's wish to see "more social centres like the CDC in Jordan." The Queen suggested stronger collaboration between McGill and UJ, in order to serv
McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management and HEC Montréal launch Québec's first joint EMBA
McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management and HEC Montréal are combining their strengths in leadership development, international experience and award-winning research to create a new joint executive MBA (EMBA) program designed for business managers: the McGill – HEC Montréal Executive MBA.
A Smithsonian scientist and his colleague from McGill report that a potentially harmful invasive crab species that has spread to several countries is now established and reproducing in Panama. Mark Torchin, a staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, and Dominique Roche, a McGill pre-doctoral student, report their research in the September issue of Aquatic Invasions.
The impact of diet change is the focus of the Inuit Health Survey, headed by McGill epidemiologist Grace Egeland. On board the Amundsen icebreaker since Aug. 17, Egeland is leading this comprehensive look at the health and welfare of Inuit in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Labrador's Nunatsiavut communities.
Psychologists from McGill, the University of Toronto, Harvard and the University of Hawaii have developed new computerized measures of "executive intelligence" to predict whether job candidates will excel in managerial roles. The research findings, published in the August issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, demonstrate that those who do exceptionally well at tasks assessing the cognitive functions of the prefrontal cortex -- often labelled the "executive" of the brain -- obtain high ratings of managerial competence from supervisors. Robert Pihl was the researcher involved from McGill.
Angela Pacey, a Master's student in the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition and the Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment, gives a first-person account of her time conducting a health survey of the people of Sanikiluaq, Nunavut.
McGill undergrad architecture and engineering students help make up Team Montreal, an inter-university team ready to take on the big boys of the solar house world at the upcoming Solar Decathlon in Washington, DC.