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For McGill alumnus, seaweed is green gold

Jean-Paul Deveau sells seaweed — or rather, products derived from it. His company, Acadian Seaplants Limited, is the world’s biggest producer of seaweed-based fertilizers and products for human and animal consumption. The company manufactures in five locations, including New Brunswick, Maine and Ireland; and exports to over 80 countries. One of those countries is Japan, where Deveau’s products are ubiquitous.

Published on : 15 Feb 2017

DISE's Lisa Trimble teams up with RCMP to teach educators dangers of teen prostitution, sex trafficking

"Some Montreal high schools are experiencing what appears to be a new problem," wrote The Gazette's Paul Cherry today, "where female students are being recruited to perform sexual ac

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Published on : 14 Feb 2017

A Statement on Mutual Respect

Dear Members of the Desautels Community: I am writing regarding a recent event that is receiving wide media coverage and that I believe merits a statement. Last Monday, a member of the Board of Directors of the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) took to Twitter to incite violence against individuals who espouse Zionist views.

Published on : 14 Feb 2017

Security warning: Spam messages with offensive subject lines

Several spam emails containing offensive subject lines and no content in the actual email body have been reported.

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Published on : 13 Feb 2017

Nominations for teaching awards in the Faculty of Education

McGill's Faculty of Education is currently accepting nominations for the following three award opportunities for academics in the Faculty of Education. 

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Published on : 13 Feb 2017

Negotiation Update: AMURE (Postdocs)

On February 7, Quebec’s Ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale accepted AMURE’s request that an arbitrator be appointed to oversee negotiations. If AMURE and McGill cannot agree upon a choice of arbitrator by February 17, the Ministry will appoint one. An arbitrator is a neutral participant with a mandate to help both parties reach common ground. If an arbitrator determines that common ground cannot be achieved, she/he is also empowered to impose legally binding decisions on any outstanding points of contention.

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Published on : 13 Feb 2017

Prof. Edward Klorman a 2017 PROSE Award Recipient

Professor Edward Klorman has received the 2017 PROSE Award in the category of Music and the Performing Arts for his book Mozart’s Music of Friends: Social Interplay in the Chamber Works, published by Cambridge University Press.  The annual PROSE Awards recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content in 53 categories.

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Published on : 13 Feb 2017

A look at William Shatner’s net worth

Though he’s best-known as Captain Kirk, William Shatner has had a long career on screen and stage. After graduating from McGill University’s  Faculty of Management in 1952, he took a job as business manager of a Montreal-area theatre, where he discovered a love of acting. From his earliest gigs in Shakespeare festivals to his later work on Boston Legal, he has maintained a love of his craft, a rigorous work ethic and his discipline. And it’s paid off well: According to Spear’s Magazine, Shatner’s net worth is £380 million (or about $475 Million US dollars).

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Published on : 13 Feb 2017

The Bombardier loan is good business

Though Ottawa’s $372.5 million loan to Bombardier is causing a commotion in some quarters, Desautels Associate Professor Karl Moore says that a plane like the CSeries is a rare thing in Canadian business in that it’s a truly global, export-oriented product. Though there need to be limits, Professor Moore calls the loan “table stakes” for an aerospace industry that wants to compete in the big leagues with the likes of Embraer, Airbus and Boeing.

Published on : 13 Feb 2017

Materials Engineering Alumnus 2011 - Alexandra Plante

Alexandra Plante ’11 studied Materials Engineering at McGill. She participated in the Materials Engineering co-op program during university and accumulated a wide range of work experiences prior to graduation at companies including BlackBerry and Pratt & Whitney. Immediately after graduating, she took a role as a post-graduate placement intern in materials for Adidas in Germany for eight months, and then as project manager at an engineering consulting firm for a year where she had previously completed an internship after her U0 year.

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Published on : 13 Feb 2017

Social value and content value in social media: Two paths to psychological well-being

Authors: Jiao, Y., Jo, M.S., Sarigollu, E. Publication: Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce  Abstract: 

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Published on : 10 Feb 2017

Special Section Introduction—Online Community as Space for Knowledge Flows

Authors: Faraj, S., Krogh, G., Monteiro, E., Lakhani, K.R. Publication: Information Systems Research  Abstract: 

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Published on : 10 Feb 2017

When statistics lie: politics and the US education system

For 2014-15, the graduation rate from US high schools hit a record 83%. As far as statistics go, that’s one that anyone would love, but there’s more going on than you’d think — and, according to Professor Reuven Brenner, politicians and bureaucracies can make a statistic say nearly anything.

Published on : 10 Feb 2017

AMUSE Floor Fellows: Negotiation Update

On February 9, following the filing of a request for an injunction by AMUSE / Floor Fellows, McGill and the Union appeared in Quebec Superior Court. The injunction, as requested by AMUSE / Floor Fellows, would have required McGill to immediately begin paying an hourly wage to Floor Fellows in addition to the free room and board which they currently receive. This request was denied by the Court. Another hearing date has been scheduled on May 5, 2017 to weigh the merits of the case more fully.

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Published on : 10 Feb 2017

Graduate student makes a video for the 2017 NSERC Science, Action! competition

Graduate student Bryan Lee from Dr. Ariya  group has submitted a video for the 2017 NSERC Science, Action! competition. His video is titled “Mercury on the Move”, which briefly speaks on the impact of mercury pollution in the environment to the public. His video is live on YouTube now, which can be found here.

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Published on : 09 Feb 2017