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Canadians relieved, says Trudeau, after professor released from Iran

“At a time when the regime is inviting the world to invest in Iran and trying to attract diaspora Iranians, these arrests aren’t going to make anyone feel secure about doing business in Iran,” said Payam Akhavan, an associate professor of international law at McGill University. The Toronto Star

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Published on : 27 Sep 2016

Corporate culture: how a company handles a crisis can affect everyone

Op-ed by Howard P. Gibbs, instructor in issues management at McGill University School of Continuing Studies. The Chronicle Herald

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Published on : 26 Sep 2016

Which feathered friend would you choose as our national bird?

"If you look at all the countries around the world, many of them have national birds, including the United States, which reveres its bald eagle. All of our provinces and territories and all of the states have an official bird and I think it's high time Canada has one too." Dr. David Bird, emeritus professor of wildlife biology. CJAD News

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Published on : 26 Sep 2016

Where does Canada's accent come from?

According to Charles Boberg, an associate professor of linguistics at McGill University and the author of The English Language in Canada, the Canadian accent is stubbornly persistent: “Canadian linguistic identity is here to stay on the long term.” BBC

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Published on : 26 Sep 2016

Looking to local researchers for a cure to Alzheimer's

Among those researchers is Jacob Vogel of McGill University’s integrative program in neuroscience. He works in Dr. Alan Evan’s lab, which specializes in brain imaging, or the mapping and rendering of how the brain works. “We take massive amounts of information, data, biological data, integrate it and try to understand things like disease and development,” said Vogel. “We try to understand the brain better.” CTV News Montreal

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Published on : 23 Sep 2016

McGill to take 'leadership role' in recruiting aboriginal students

“It’s time for McGill University to take a leadership role on this. There are not a lot of universities in the eastern half of the country leading the way in this area.” Christopher Manfredi, McGill provost. Montreal Gazette

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Published on : 23 Sep 2016

A Globe and Mail article looks at how Big Data might help university students graduate

Last Friday's edition of The Globe and Mail newspaper included a story on how predictive analytics might help decrease university drop-out rates. Several Data Science companies, including  IBM’s Watson Analytics and Microsoft, are offering universities their expertise on identifying students at risk of dropping out. Of course, having low marks is a good predictor, but it is not the only one. Women, for example, are less likely than men to leave university before finishing their studies, but when they do, their marks are usually quite good. So why are they dropping out?

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Published on : 21 Sep 2016

Commentary: The ghost of Richard Nixon

“Nixon reintroduced himself in 1968 as older, wiser, even-tempered. He was well-known in politics and hated, but he was able to reinvent himself and reassure people on the trust issue just enough.” Gil Troy, professor of history. Portland Press Herald

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Published on : 19 Sep 2016

Traditional native dance at McGill annual pow wow

Indigenous people of America participate in traditional native dances during the annual McGill pow wow held on the McGill university grounds on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. Montreal Gazette

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Published on : 19 Sep 2016

Are American voters Trumped both ways?

Op-ed by Henry Mintzberg, Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies. Huffington Post

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Published on : 16 Sep 2016

Uber cars seized in Quebec, drivers fined and licences confiscated

Barry Eidlin, professor of sociology, explained the government is perfectly within its rights to confiscate Uber driver’s cars. “I think it’s a message from the government that they need to be taken seriously,” he said. Global News

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Published on : 15 Sep 2016

Can computer analysis tell us anything new about literature?

“There is a major flaw to all methodologies in the humanities. Traditional methods are not able to generalise in legitimate and transparent ways – though we have tried.” Andrew Piper, director of digital humanities laboratory, txt.LAB. The Guardian

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Published on : 15 Sep 2016

Watson: Clinton's pneumonia and the New Donald Trump

Column by William Watson, professor of economics. The Ottawa Citizen

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Published on : 13 Sep 2016

Bruno Tremblay se souvient du 11-Septembre

Le 11 septembre rappelle de douloureux souvenirs au Saguenéen Bruno Tremblay. Il y a exactement 15 ans, le professeur-chercheur en sciences atmosphériques et océanographiques vivait la terrible attaque terroriste de l'intérieur. La Presse  

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Published on : 12 Sep 2016

Your new iPhone will soon be trash, and that's the point

Op-ed by Jonathan Sterne, professor of communication studies. The Globe and Mail

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Published on : 09 Sep 2016