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WILL THE NEXT INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION BE GREEN?

“The next industrial revolution has to be green,” says Audrey Moores, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry. “And chemistry has to be a part of it.” Green chemistry, to be specific.

WILL THE WORLD RUN OUT OF FOOD?

Mark Lefsrud is a William Dawson Scholar and Associate Professor of Bioresource Engineering in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences whose research includes projects ranging from the effects of LED lighting on plant growth to new environments for growing food.

ENSURING SAFE FOODS

Each year, more than 4 million people in Canada experience food poisoning caused by harmful bacteria and micro-organisms. Lawrence Goodridge is working on bringing safer foods to Canadians and people around the world.

GREEN CORRIDORS AND SUSTAINABLE CITIES

Uninterrupted stretches of wilderness are essential to the preservation of biodiversity in areas where human activity intrudes on natural life. Montreal’s green corridors project is a globally relevant example of a metropolitan community taking steps to ensure sustainability and biodiversity.

SEARCH AND RESCUE IN THE ARCTIC

Search and rescue operations in Nunavut have more than doubled over the past decade, and climate change may be one factor making hunting riskier in the spring and fall. “The effects of climate change threaten this way of life for the Inuit.”

HOW CAN WE GET AHEAD OF GLOBAL HEALTH THREATS?

Madhukar Pai is Director of McGill Global Health Programs, Associate Director of the McGill International Tuberculosis Centre, and a Canada Research Chair in Translational Epidemiology & Global Health. Dr. Pai spoke with us about infectious diseases, systems of healthcare delivery, and how Canada and McGill are helping to tackle three major global health challenges.

IS CANNABIS THE KEY TO PAIN MANAGEMENT?

Mark Ware is the Director of Clinical Research at the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). In addition to his associate professor roles in the Departments of Family Medicine and Anesthesia at McGill, he serves as vice-chair on the federal Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation.

CONVERTING CELLS TO BURN FAT, NOT STORE IT

Researchers have uncovered a new molecular pathway for stimulating the body to burn fat – a discovery that could help fight obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

PAIN CENTRE PRODUCES GAINS

McGill is recognized as an international hub for pain research, and the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain is leading the way in exploring conditions that affect one in five Canadians and ultimately cost the health care system more than cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined.

PUTTING PATIENTS FIRST

The goal is to make the Rossy Cancer Network a world-class comprehensive cancer care centre. Network members are collaborating on everything from research into enhancing recovery programs, to pilot programs that reduce waiting times, and life-after-cancer treatment and education.

HOW WILL THE AI REVOLUTION CHANGE OUR LIVES?

Joelle Pineau is a William Dawson Scholar and Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science.

COMPETITION BRINGS OUT THE BEST IDEAS

Since its creation in 1988, the Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship has been steadily benefiting the innovation economy in Quebec and Canada.

BUILDING LIVING, BREATHING SUPERCOMPUTERS

Bioengineering researchers at McGill have created a model bio supercomputer that is a whole lot smaller than current supercomputers, uses much less energy, and uses proteins present in all living cells to function. What was once the stuff of science fiction, is now just science.

HELPING GREAT IDEAS GROW

The Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program is helping to launch student ventures and careers and recently initiated an academic minor in agribusiness entrepreneurship partnering with the Desautels Faculty.

WHAT DOES ART HISTORY REVEAL ABOUT RACISM TODAY?

Charmaine Nelson is Professor of Art History in the Department of Art History & Communication Studies. Her research and teaching interests include postcolonial and black feminist scholarship, Transatlantic Slavery Studies and Black Diaspora Studies in Canadian, American, European and Caribbean art and visual culture.

WHAT MUST BE DONE TO BETTER THE LIVES OF FIRST NATIONS CHILDREN?

Cindy Blackstock is the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, and Professor in the School of Social Work. Dr. Blackstock focusses on revealing structural inequalities affecting First Nations children, youth and families and taking action to correct them.

IS HACKING THE FUTURE OF POLITICS?

Gabriella Coleman holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy in the Department of Arts and Communication Studies at McGill, with a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology.

WHAT CAN BIG DATA TELL US ABOUT OURSELVES?

Andrew Piper is Professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill. His research is focused on applying tools and techniques of data science to the study of literature and culture.

TAKING THE GLOBAL VIEW

The Yan P. Lin Centre for the Study of Freedom and Global Orders in the Ancient and Modern Worlds bridges cultures and disciplines to explore how we are governed. It’s an ambitious interdisciplinary initiative in the study of global orders, globalization and global justice.

READY TO TACKLE THE COSMOS

The McGill Space Institute is a new interdisciplinary venture that brings together scientists from different disciplines and universities to study the cosmos, from exoplanets to killer asteroids to M stars.

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