In the Headlines

Imagine a household that produces as much if not more electricity than it consumes. Now imagine that home in Montreal — harsh winters and all. That’s what a group of students and staff from Concordia and McGill universities is working toward. Students from undergraduate to PhD levels are teaming up to build what is called a “net zero energy” home. Then next year, the residence will be transported to China, where it will go up against other solar-powered housing models from around the world in a competition called a solar decathlon.

Classified as: team montreal, architecture, solar decathlon, Montreal, Concordia, housing
Published on: 30 Aug 2017

Montreal's world-famous brain research centre is in the middle of conducting an experiment on what could be its most ambitious subject: itself. Since 2016, McGill University's Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital has been transforming into what is touted as the first research centre of its kind in the world dedicated to the principles of open science.
Read more: CTV

Classified as: The Neuro, open science
Published on: 30 Aug 2017

Researchers began to wonder if pesticides in the farmland that surrounds the Sebitoli area were a culprit. “That was one possibility,” says Colin Chapman, an author of the study and a professor in the Department of Anthropology at McGill University, “And it was a possibility we could look into.”

Read more: The Verge

Published on: 28 Aug 2017

Op-ed by Rob Whitley, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at McGill University and a research scientist at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre

Published on: 28 Aug 2017

Article by Merve Emre, Professor in the Department of English

"More than a fad and more than a form, we might think of the personal essay as a contract between reader and writer."

Read more: Boston Review

Published on: 25 Aug 2017

Jacob Levy, a political philosopher, argues that BLM is “one of the most significant political mobilisations in defence of freedom” in decades. Its supporters oppose police brutality, mass incarceration, America’s drug war, police militarisation and civil-forfeiture abuses.

Read more: The Economist

Published on: 24 Aug 2017

No one will ever be able to conduct a large enough study to link such low levels of chemicals with health problems, said Joe Schwarcz, a professor of chemistry at McGill University in Montreal. “It’s not figure-outable,” he said.

Read more: The New York Times

Classified as: NY Times, Joe Schwarcz
Published on: 23 Aug 2017

Laura Madokoro, a history professor at McGill University, noted that Vancouver saw widespread anti-immigrant sentiment during the 1907 riots, which may make the city more vigilant of rising tensions, and more proactive in speaking out. “There has been a great awareness in Vancouver about the city’s past,” she said, noting since then, community groups have worked to raise awareness against discrimination.

Read more: Global News

Classified as: global news
Published on: 22 Aug 2017

McGill University astronomer Kelly Lepo has a trick for seeing the eclipse with the help of nature. Place yourself underneath a leafy tree, she says, and watch the ground. The holes in the leaves acts as pinholes, projecting mini solar eclipses on the ground for you to see without crafting one out of a box.

Published on: 21 Aug 2017

Confused by NAFTA? You're not alone. McGill poli-sci professor Krzysztof Pelc joins host Rebecca Ugolini to take your questions and demystify the agreement, which is under renegotiation.

Find out more: CBC News

Classified as: cbc news, NAFTA, Krzysztof Pelc
Published on: 17 Aug 2017

This column originally appeared on STAT on August 16, 2017.

Someone high up in Eli Lilly and Company must be a “South Park” fan. When the company failed to ensure that the patents it filed on two blockbuster drugs, Zyprexa and Strattera, complied with Canadian law, it decided to “Blame Canada” rather than take responsibility for its error.

Published on: 16 Aug 2017

Jennifer Fishman, associate professor in the biomedical ethics unit of the social studies of medicine department at McGill University, said the ethical problems that arise from making women wait for an abortion are enormous.

"The idea that there is differential access to abortions across the provinces, given that abortion is funded and legal and a medical procedure covered under the Canada Health Act, which operates under principles of universality and accessibility, is incredibly problematic," Fishman said.

Classified as: cbc news
Published on: 15 Aug 2017

In an hour-long panel discussion with McGill University professor Gabriella Coleman, Jimmy Wales said Wikipedia's reputation has soared as people seek out neutral sources in an era of fake news and intense partisanship.

Read more: CTV News

Published on: 14 Aug 2017

Anja Geitmann is dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at McGill University, Jan Adamowski is a professor and director of McGill’s Integrated Water Resources Management Program and Julien Malard is a PhD student in Bioresource Engineering at McGill. 

Classified as: montreal gazette, clean water, First Nation's health, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Published on: 10 Aug 2017

The study by Canadian researchers Dr. Véronique Bohbot of Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal and Dr. Greg West, an associate professor at the French-language Université de Montréal, demonstrates that the way first-person shooter video game players use their brains to navigate within the game changes the impact various games have on their nervous system.

Read more: Radio-Canada International

Classified as: video games, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Veronique Bohbot, nervous system, Radio-Canada International
Published on: 9 Aug 2017