The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced their 2024 fellows, which includes one faculty member from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Professor Henri Darmon.

Professor Darmon is among 188 scholars to receive fellowships, from a pool of almost 3,000 applicants — “a distinguished and diverse group of culture-creators working across 52 disciplines,” according to the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation press statement.

Published on: 15 Apr 2024

Leveraging gamers and video game technology can dramatically boost scientific research according to a new study published today in Nature Biotechnology.

Classified as: citizen science, biomendical research, School of Computer Science, Borderlands Science, McGill University; School of Computer Science; Research; Jerome Waldispuhl; Health; Microbes
Published on: 15 Apr 2024

On Monday April 8th, thousands of people flocked to McGill's downtown and MacDonald campuses, as well as Gault Nature Reserve, to witness a once-in-a-lifetime event: the total solar eclipse. The three spectacular events not only included a viewing party with free glasses, but also educational activities to inform the public on this astronomical phenomenon. Read the Reporter article on the eclipse festivities to learn more.

Classified as: STEM Outreach, Redpath Museum, Gault Nature Reserve, Trottier Space Institute, Let's Talk Science, Department of physics, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Macdonald Campus
Published on: 11 Apr 2024

McGill researchers have discovered a safer and more efficient technique for testing new drugs while they are in development.

Classified as: drug, chemistry, drug testing
Published on: 9 Apr 2024

Imagine being middle aged and starting to feel that you are off balance a lot and that you are having a hard time coordinating your movements. Those are among the symptoms of Spinocerebellar ataxia type 6, known as SCA6, a rare neurodegenerative disease which typically appears in adulthood and worsens over time. Over time, other problems such as slurred speech and difficulty seeing or seeing double, may also appear. It is estimated that fewer than 5,000 people in the US have the condition, which is the result of genetic mutations in the cerebellum.

Classified as: disease, cell biology, ataxia, Alanna Watt, Biology Department
Published on: 5 Apr 2024
by Phuong Hoang, Faculty of Science Communications Assistant 

True to its name, Montréal’s Nuit blanche is an annual celebration of the vibrant culture of the city, with thematic itineraries and extended business hours that ensure festival-goers a night of endless excitement. From flower printing workshops to ghost story roundtables, Nuit blanche invited Montrealers to share and express their creativity through a diverse range of activities at different locations across Montréal.  

Published on: 3 Apr 2024

On a cloudy afternoon this past December, a group of McGill students gathered in a downtown Montréal boardroom to give a data science presentation to Citera, a sustainability analytics company. This presentation wasn’t for an internship or any other extracurricular activity – it was part of one of McGill’s newest and most innovative courses: MATH 527, Statistical Data Science Practicum.

Published on: 3 Apr 2024

Recently, McGill undergraduate students had the opportunity to savor an enriching blend of knowledge and soup at the 37th edition of Soup & Science. This week-long event, occurring once a semester, highlights research taking place on campus. This semester’s showcase included topics across disciplines, ranging from quantum meta-photonics to optogenetic stimulation in roundworms, and students were able to learn and engage with these topics in an intimate setting.

Published on: 3 Apr 2024

What maintains stability within an ecosystem and prevents a single best competitor from displacing other species from a community? Does ecosystem stability depend upon the presence of a wide variety of species, as early ecologists believed, or does diversity do the exact opposite, and lead to instability, as modern theory predicts?

Classified as: biodiversity, Sustainability
Published on: 21 Mar 2024

When Jade Raymond, BSc’98, studied at McGill’s School of Computer Science, she was one of few women in the program and “I think the only woman I knew in my year who went and got a job as a programmer in computer science after graduating.”

Raymond became a trailblazer in the video game industry, helping create the huge hit Assassin’s Creed, and building studios from the ground up for Ubisoft and Electronic Arts. 

Published on: 18 Mar 2024

On March 13th at the Université de Montréal, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Transport, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced the results of the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Innovation Fund (IF) 2023 competition.

Published on: 14 Mar 2024

Seventeen outstanding McGill researchers were appointed on March 13th as new and renewed Canada Research Chairs (CRC), one of Canada’s most prestigious academic honours. The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Transport and Quebec Lieutenant, made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health,  at the Université de Montréal.

Published on: 14 Mar 2024


Asha Basu and Antoine Labelle were ranked in the top 100 receiving the accolade of Honorable Mention in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, a preeminent mathematics competition for undergraduate students in the United States and Canada.

Published on: 29 Feb 2024

It is a great pleasure to announce that our colleague Courtney Paquette has been named a 2024 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Computer Science.

Machine learning relies heavily on probabilistic optimization algorithms.

While machine learning papers are written at a staggering rate, there is much less foundational mathematical work that addresses the success of machine learning.

Since her PhD, Courtney has been at the forefront of this foundational work.

Published on: 27 Feb 2024


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