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British historian Daniel Beer was awarded the international Cundill History Prize at a gala in Montreal on Thursday for his book on Siberian penal colonies, The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars. 

Read more: Montreal Gazette

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Published on: 17 Nov 2017

“The authors of this study have developed a tool to determine the sensitivity of sea level rise at specific coastal sites to melting from different sectors of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets,” said Natalya Gomez, a geoscientist at McGill University in Canada who studies sea level rise. “This tool will help to provide coastal planners with improved sea level projections as models and measurements of ice loss are refined.”

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Published on: 16 Nov 2017

A group of African catfish have fully embraced upside-down life. Their behavior is the result of a bottom-dwelling fish adapting to take advantage of oxygen-rich water near the surface. A catfish’s mouth is on its underside, so it was likely easiest for the fish to simply turn upside down and treat the top of the water the same as it used to treat the bottom says Lauren Chapman, who studies fish respiration at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. “To an inverted catfish, the water’s surface is just another substrate,” she says.

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Published on: 14 Nov 2017

For experts like McGill University professor Dr. Charles Sounan, who is a medical scientist and chief of the MUHC's research and wellness division, the findings are troubling and need to be addressed immediately. "It's like a wakeup call," said Sounan. "It tells us we don't do enough in terms of promoting wellness at work and promoting global health for our employees."

Read more: CBC News

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Published on: 13 Nov 2017

The step would be a “game-changer,” said Bartha Knoppers, a health-policy expert at McGill University, in a presentation to the annual Till & McCulloch Meetings of stem-cell and regenerative-medicine researchers.

Read more: National Post

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Published on: 10 Nov 2017

Chantal Bouchard, a sociolinguist with McGill University, said the English obscenity is fairly commonly used by French speakers in informal conversation. Unlike French swear words, which Bouchard said have their origins in religious references, the English terms have less power to shock a listener, she said.

Read more: National Post

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Published on: 9 Nov 2017

Op-ed by Christopher Ragan, an economist and the inaugural director of McGill University's Max Bell School of Public Policy, which launches this week in Montreal.

"Good public policy is a foundation of peace and prosperity. But it doesn't just happen; it takes real effort by dedicated people who recognize the public interest. Canada needs more of them."

Read more: The Globe and Mail

 

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Published on: 8 Nov 2017

The university will launch the Max Bell School of Public Policy Tuesday at noon at Montreal’s Hotel Omni Mont-Royal. The launch will be followed by a panel discussion on Canada’s policy challenges. 

Read more: Montreal Gazette

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Published on: 7 Nov 2017

“If you have an algorithm that sees biased data, gender biased, racially biased, biased based on economic status and so on, the algorithm is going to ingest that and result in a biased model,” Doina Precup, a professor of computer science at McGill and the head of Google-affiliated DeepMind’s Montreal research lab, said in a session at the conference.

Read more: Montreal Gazette


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Published on: 6 Nov 2017

Ahmed El-Geneidy, an associate professor at McGill’s School of Urban Planning, disagrees with his Concordia counterparts, saying both mayoral candidates are promising major transit projects and he believes both will be able to deliver.

“At the end of the day, if either wins, Montreal is the winner at the end,”  El-Geneidy said. “Each will help the region in a certain way.”

Read more: Montreal Gazette

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Published on: 3 Nov 2017

Op-ed by Jose Mauricio Gaona, O’Brien Fellow at the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Saul Hayes Fellow at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. 

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Published on: 1 Nov 2017

McGill is the second greenest campus in Canada according to the 2017 Corporate Knights Green Campus Ranking.

Find out more: Corporate Knights

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Published on: 31 Oct 2017

This is not to say that all cancers are caused by too much insulin or that we should never eat sugar again. Michael Pollak, a metabolism researcher and director of cancer prevention at McGill University in Canada, says that the best approach to sugar is to think of it like a spice — something to occasionally sprinkle on foods, as opposed to an ingredient in nearly every meal and too many drinks.

Read more: Los Angeles Times

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Published on: 30 Oct 2017

On Sunday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. ET, watch the final round of McGill University's Golden Violin Competition live from Pollack Hall in Montreal. Performing will be some of Canada's most talented string students, all of whom were nominated by professors at McGill's Schulich School of Music for a chance to compete for the prestigious award. Competition is fierce and the standards are high — previous Golden Violin winners include Emmanuel Vukovitch (2006), Ewald Cheung (2011), Isaac Chalk (2012) and Joshua Morris (2017).

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Published on: 27 Oct 2017

While it might take time, a professor from McGill University thinks P.E.I. could and should become a carbon-neutral province. Catherine Potvin issued the challenge a year ago while attending a conference, and said provincial government officials now want to hear more.

Read more: CBC News


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Published on: 26 Oct 2017

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