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Experts: US 2016 Presidential Elections

These McGill University experts are available to comment on the race for the White House: Harold Waller, Dept. of Political Science, McGill University He can speak about all aspects of the conventions and the election campaign. Particular themes involve electoral strategy, the significance of the vice-presidential choices, the characters of the two presidential candidates, and comparisons to previous presidential contests.

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Published on : 21 Jul 2016

Great Migration and African-American genomic diversity

McGill Newsroom Study examines genetic data to analyze regional differences in ancestry A new study of genomic diversity in the U.S. clarifies the role of pre-Civil War admixture and early 20th century transit routes in shaping the migration history and genomic diversity among African-American communities. The research by McGill University professor Simon Gravel and colleagues, was published May 27 in PLOS Genetics.

Published on : 27 May 2016

2016 US Presidential Race

"On Monday, Iowa will kick off the 2016 race for the White House, a contest in which two fiery, fringe candidates from the left and right have hijacked the national imagination and undercut the political establishment." (Source: The Globe and Mail)

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Published on : 01 Feb 2016

US Interest Rates

The U.S. central bank began raising interest rates Dec. 16 from record lows, as it hiked its benchmark rate by a quarter of a percentage point. (Source: CBC) Chris Ragan, Department of Economics “Increases in the policy interest rate in the United States will reflect the data showing that the U.S. Economy is really strengthening, after years of a sluggish recovery.

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Published on : 16 Dec 2015

Feeling hot, hot, hot

We’re not used to thinking of ourselves as animals. But as Jason Samson sees it, climate is as important in shaping the distribution and movement of humans as it is in other animals. The McGill-trained ecologist and fellow researchers have been using modeling techniques similar to those used to define the ecological niche for plant and animal species to explore the correlation between climate patterns and population growth in the contiguous United States between 1900-2000. And what they discovered was a pronounced population shift away from areas within the U.S. with cool and seasonal climates, towards those areas that are warmer and drier year-round, and they found that this was the case even when it meant moving further away from agricultural lands. 

Published on : 25 Oct 2012