Macdonald Campus news
Before that beautiful salmon filet lands on your plate, a lot of less appetizing stuff gets stripped away: By one estimate, the global seafood industry produces 64 million metric tons of waste each year. A new study suggests a potentially sweeter fate for all those heads and guts: They can be turned into a coal-like substance called hydrochar, which could be used as fuel or added to soil to improve fertility and sequester carbon (Energy Fuels 2015, DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.5b01671).
Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye has been selected as the 2016 Whisky of the Year by Jim Murray, author of Whisky Bible. Northern Harvest Rye's inventor turns out to be Joanna Zanin Scandella, a Macdonald graduate who has spent her whole career in blending and production planning at Diageo's lab (formerly Seagram's) in Lasalle, QC. Read article in Financial Post/watch videos
Christmas is just under two weeks away, so if you haven't picked out a tree yet, the clock is ticking. [CTV News Montreal] asked David Wees from the Plant Science Department of McGill University for some tips on what to look for. Read article/watch video
The University of Toronto, McGill University [BioFuelNet - Don Smith] and the International Air Transport Association are also part of the project as members of the BioFuelNet Aviation Task Force. Funding is coming from the Green Aviation Research and Development Network, which gets its support from the federal government and Canada’s aerospace sector. Read more in The Toronto Star
Chaque année, des millions de poussins mâles, jugés sans valeur par l'industrie des poules pondeuses, sont euthanasiés dès leur sortie de l'oeuf. Une pratique que l'Allemagne veut cesser d'ici 2017, et à laquelle une mystérieuse invention de l'Université McGill pourrait mettre fin....Au Québec, l'Université McGill planche aussi secrètement sur une technologie semblable.
“The ultimate objective is not to establish a degrowth economy—the goal is to establish an economic system which is in line with biological limits,” Dr. Nicolas Kosoy, a professor in Ecological Economics at McGill University, tells Quartz. “It would be achieved through small-scale practices on a community level.” Read article
| EDUARDO GANEM CUENCA It’s a tough job market out there, and students can no longer rely on getting a job right out of university. Students from McGill’s Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences longing to start business ventures of their own now have a new toolkit to help them reach their goals—the Entrepreneurship and Innovation program.
It was nearing eleven and the late September sun was beating down on the rolling cornfields surrounding the quiet town of Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue as I toured the MacDonald Student Run-Ecological Gardens (MSEG). On the two-acre plot of land situated on McGill University’s MacDonald Campus Farm, a small but passionate team of student farmers is growing over sixty different crop species. Read the article
| November 6 2015 Faculty, staff and students from McGill's Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences joined with their campus partners - John Abbott College and Macdonald High School - as well as with Veterans from the Veterans' Hosital in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and invited guests from the local community to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy the freedoms and privileges we have today. Dean Anja Geitman shared her personal experience:
| KATHY MACLEAN, October 27, 2015 Why do we wait for a crisis to hit before we take action? Has "prevention is better than a cure" lost all its meaning? Two important questions, Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, put to attendees at the Public Lecture launching the 8th McGill Conference on Global Food Security: Current and Future Challenges for Sustainable Food Security.
Dr. William C. Campbell, D.Sc.'07, is among the three scientists awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, announced October 5, 2015, by the Nobel Prize Committee. William Campbell received his Honorary Doctorate at the Macdonald Campus convocation in 2007.
City TV's morning show, Breakfast Television, spent an early morning on the Macdonald Campus Farm to hear about McGill's agriculture programs and try to learn some farm skills. Visits were made to the Dairy Barn, the Horticulture Centre, and the high tunnels; reporter Wilder Weir talked with Farm Director Paul Meldrum and Mike Bleho about the various programs offered at Macdonald and the "McGill Feeding McGill" program. Watch the broadcast
Bioresource Engineering professor Mark Lefsrud and PhD candidate Débora Parrine were featured on CBC's The National on Tuesday, September 22. Mark spoke about his work with Urban Barns, and how the new growth systems that he is developing are changing the face of agriculture.
Associate Dean (Student Affairs) Chris Buddle was interviewed on CBC's The Current about the use of laptops in the classroom. A new study suggests that taking notes on a laptop leads to poorer marks citing distraction. Buddle says that "laptops and technology can play a pretty powerful role in the classroom..." Listen to the entire program or to Professor Buddle's comments that begin at approximately 16:00 mins into the episode.