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The Gazette: Boredom begins at school

Is there a place where boring people is deliberate? That would be our schools, says The Boring Institute's Alan Caruba, where we train young people to be bored and to bore others… McGill University professor of education Jon Bradley puts the blame squarely on political oversight of the education system.

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Published on : 25 Apr 2010

Globe and Mail editorial: Time to let tuition rise at McGill

At McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, the tuition for an MBA degree is just $1,672 a year for two years, plus another $2,000 or so in annual administrative and other fees. Even the president of the MBA student association calls the price “too good to be true.” It is paradise, and no wonder the Quebec government doesn’t want to let the university raise its tuition to $29,500 a yea

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Published on : 24 Apr 2010

The Gazette (Op-ed): Quebec should keep its nose out of McGill's MBA program

(Op-ed by Lucien Bouchard, Stuart Cobbett, Jacques Lamarre and Paul Tellier): More than once this year, the Quebec government has reiterated that it sees the development of a vigorous knowledge economy, and the improvement of our education system, as a key route to progress and growth... Bravo. But at the same time the ministry of education is working to block attempts by McGill University's Desau

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Published on : 24 Apr 2010

La Presse : Les ratés de Copenhague

Selon Gail Chmura, directrice du Centre de l'environnement global et des changements climatiques de l'Université McGill, l'étude allemande a le mérite de relancer le débat sur les crédits liés à la gestion des terres et des forêts. "En théorie, seuls les crédits garantis par un gouvernement sont admissibles, dit Mme Chmura. Mais un changement politique peut modifier la donne..."

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Published on : 23 Apr 2010

La Presse : Mme Courchesne contre M Charest

(Editorial): A l'ouverture de la rencontre économique de Lévis, en janvier dernier, le premier ministre Charest avait exprimé le souhait qu'un jour, des jeunes de partout sur la planète viennent étudier au Québec. Il semble que sa ministre de l'Éducation n'ait pas compris le message, car voici qu'elle traite l'université québécoise la plus tournée vers le monde avec la même désinvolture que s'il s

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Published on : 23 Apr 2010

Reuters Health: Complete recovery from personality disorder tough

For people suffering from borderline personality disorder, securing friends and a job may be harder than getting relief from symptoms, states a new study…

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Published on : 22 Apr 2010

La Presse: A la merci des volcans

Opinion de John Stix, volcanologue de réputation internationale, professeur à l'université McGill: "Le volcan Eyjafjallajökull est entré en éruption le 20 mars quand il a commencé à émettre de la lave par des fissures. Cette première activité s'est produite dans une zone du volcan qui n'est pas recouverte de glace. A partir du 14 avril, de nouvelles fissures sont apparues quelques kilomètres plus

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Published on : 21 Apr 2010

Smithsonian Magazine: How our brains make memories

Surprising new research about the act of remembering may help people with post-traumatic stress disorder. Science writer Greg Miller has an in depth look at the work of McGill psychology professor Karim Nader. He also looks at the work being done by Alain Brunet on memory reconsolidation at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.

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Published on : 20 Apr 2010

The Gazette: Late-life dynamo

When 91-year old Olga Kotelko walked through the crowd of young men at the McGill gym and started pumping iron, she caused quite a stir. By the time she was on her sixth rep of perfectly executed bench presses, most of the testosterone set had racked their weights and were staring in awe...

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Published on : 20 Apr 2010

St. Lake Tribune: Myriad Elicits a Genetics Tempest

Patents » That may be the reason Utah company was at center of lawsuit that rocked biotech industry… From the very beginning, there was "a degree of hostility toward Myriad due to the way the scientific race had proceeded," an associate professor of law at McGill University in Montreal wrote in a 2008 study of Myriad…

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Published on : 19 Apr 2010

St. Lake Tribune: Myriad Elicits a Genetics Tempest

Patents » That may be the reason Utah company was at center of lawsuit that rocked biotech industry. From the very beginning, there was "a degree of hostility toward Myriad due to the way the scientific race had proceeded," an associate professor of law at McGill University in Montreal wrote in a 2008 study of Myriad.

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Published on : 19 Apr 2010

The Gazette: Festival Shows Books Have Future

McGill professor Andrew Piper participates in the panel Reading the World: The Future of the Book as part of the five-day Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival.

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Published on : 19 Apr 2010

Fox News: North American dinosaurs were one big happy family

Dinosaurs may have roamed and mingled more freely in the western interior of North America than previously thought, according to a new study. PhD student Matthew Vavrek and Professor Hans Larsson of McGill University now report that dinosaur ranges were more extensive than previous estimates suggested.

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Published on : 19 Apr 2010

LA Times Blogs: Metformin: New 'wonder drug' may help prevent lung cancer in smokers

Metformin, a safe and inexpensive drug widely used to lower blood glucose in Type 2 diabetics, may have a variety of other uses, researchers are finding. The newest, reported Monday at a Washington meeting of the American Assn. for Cancer Research, is to prevent lung cancer in smokers…

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Published on : 19 Apr 2010

Does Growing Soy Destroy Amazon Rainforest?

In the first seven years of this century, around 19 million hectares of rainforest in the Legal Amazon region of Brazil were cut down. But the jury's out on the chief culprit behind this deforestation… Now a team from McGill University in Canada and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia has discovered evidence that soy production is indirectly causing deforestation.

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Published on : 19 Apr 2010