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Comparing to a role model may help reduce burnout among teachers. 
 
With as many as four in 10 Canadian teachers leaving the field within their first five years, what can be done to keep more of them in the classroom?
 
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Published on: 31 Jan 2018
With as many as four in 10 Canadian teachers leaving the field within their first five years, what can be done to keep more of them in the classroom?
 
Classified as: teachers, education, psychology, sonia rahimi, nathan hall, health and lifestyle
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Published on: 31 Jan 2018

Team leader Marta Cerruti, using the tools of the Canadian Light Source, has examined the mineralized arteries of genetically modified laboratory mice and found that the pathway in the body that leads to what laypeople call “hardening of the arteries” is not what medical experts previously assumed.

Classified as: Marta Cerruti, calcium, arteries, bio-synthetic interfaces, Kidney disease, diabetes, Monzur Mushed, collagen, bio-synthetic surfaces, Canadian Light Source, Canada Foundation for Innovation, McGill University, Materials Engineering, science and technology
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Published on: 31 Jan 2018

Rare hereditary recessive diseases were thought to be expressed in offspring only when both parents carry a mutation in the causal gene, but a new study is changing this paradigm. An international research team led by scientists at the University of Lorraine in France along with McGill University and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Canada discovered a new cause of a rare condition known as cblC, that they named “epi-cblC”. They reported it in patients from Europe and the United States.

Classified as: rosenblatt, epigenetics, muhc, inserm, RI-MUHC, Vitamin B12, science and technology
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Published on: 30 Jan 2018
A new report from McGill Urban Planning professor David Wachsmuth and his team provides an analysis of Airbnb activity in New York City and the surrounding region in the last three years (September 2014 - August 2017). Relying on new methodologies to analyze big data, here are some of the findings:
 
Classified as: Airbnb, David Wachsmuth, urban planning, new york city, society and culture
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Published on: 30 Jan 2018

How healthy is your almond milk really? It may taste good and may not cause you any of the unpleasant reactions caused by cow’s milk. But though plant-based milk beverages of this kind have been on the market for a couple of decades and are advertised as being healthy and wholesome for those who are lactose-intolerant, little research has been done to compare the benefits and drawbacks of the various kinds of plant-based milk.

Classified as: soy milk, nutrition, food and sustainability
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Published on: 29 Jan 2018

McGill's Desautels MBA program is ranked #1 in Canada and 78th in the world by the 2018 Financial Times Global MBA Ranking—one of only three Canadian schools which made the list, released January 29, 2018.
Every year, the FT ranks the world’s best 100 MBA programs using multiple criteria. Read more about the methodology here. The MBA Class of 2014 was surveyed for this ranking.
 

Classified as: Desautels, MBA, Global ranking, rankings, on campus
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Published on: 29 Jan 2018

Researchers at McGill University have discovered a new, more environmentally friendly way to make ketones, an important chemical ingredient in pharmaceuticals.  While ketones are found in a wide range of useful chemicals, they are commonly prepared through energy-intensive, multi-step technologies that create significant chemical waste.  In an article published online last month in Nature Chemistry, the McGill scientists demonstrate how carbon monoxide, a widely available by-product of combustion, can instead be used to form high-energy chemicals that react directly with benzene to

Classified as: Green Chemistry, ketones, science and technology, Bruce Arndtsen, chemicals, environment
Published on: 26 Jan 2018

More than 400,000 Canadians aged 65 and over live with diagnosed dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, which accounts for approximately 70 percent of cases. The cause of this degenerative brain disease is largely unknown and no effective treatment exists. The disease has a devastating effect on individuals and their families.

Classified as: CIHR, Nahum Sonenberg, science and technology
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Published on: 23 Jan 2018

Our genome contains all the information necessary to form a complete human being. This information, encoded in our DNA, stretches over one to two metres long but still manages to squeeze into a cell about 100 times smaller than a green pea. To do so, the genome has to be compacted.

Classified as: Pax7, pituitary cells, pioneer factor, Jacques Drouin, Montreal Clinical Research Institute
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Published on: 23 Jan 2018

The hottest point on a gaseous planet near a distant star isn’t where astrophysicists expected it to be – a discovery that challenges scientists’ understanding of the many planets of this type found in solar systems outside our own.

Unlike our familiar planet Jupiter, so-called hot Jupiters circle astonishingly close to their host star -- so close that it typically takes fewer than three days to complete an orbit.  And one hemisphere of these planets always faces its host star, while the other faces permanently out into the dark.

Classified as: hot Jupiter, Dang, Cowan, exoplanet, CoRoT-2b, hot spot, hotspot, Spitzer, NASA, Nature Astronomy, science and technology
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Published on: 22 Jan 2018
By Meaghan Thurston
 
New labs and equipment through the CFI’s Innovation Fund will help six transformative McGill research projects to collaborate, innovate and train the next generation of scientists for the jobs of tomorrow.
 
Classified as: CFI, funding, Government of Quebec, infrastructure
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Published on: 19 Jan 2018

Researchers demonstrate for the first time the potential of existing technology to directly detect and characterize life on Mars and other planets. The study, published in Frontiers in Microbiology, used miniaturized scientific instruments and  new microbiology techniques to identify and examine microorganisms in the Canadian high Arctic — one of the closest analogs to Mars on Earth.

Classified as: science, Mars, Dept. of Natural Resource Sciences, Canadian Space Agency, Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada, science and technology
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Published on: 19 Jan 2018

The afterglow from the distant neutron-star merger detected last August has continued to brighten – much to the surprise of astrophysicists studying the aftermath of the massive collision that took place about 138 million light years away and sent gravitational waves rippling through the universe.

Classified as: neutron star, merger, gravitational waves, Chandra X-ray Observatory, astrophysics, astronomy, Haggard, Ruan, Nynka, LIGO, Virgo, science and technology, McGill Space Institute
Published on: 18 Jan 2018

An over-reliance on self-report screening questionnaires, wherein patients essentially define their own condition, in place of diagnostic interviews conducted by a health care professional, has resulted in over-estimation of the prevalence of people with depression in many research studies – often by a factor of two to three times. This is according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The study found that over 75% of recent research on depression prevalence has been based exclusively on patient completed questionnaires.

Classified as: McGill University, Brett Thombs, jewish general hospital, Lady Davis Institute, depression, health, mental health
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Published on: 18 Jan 2018

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