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Chevalier: Low muscle mass associated with cognitive decline in seniors

Stéphanie Chevalier, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the School of Human Nutrition, directed the team of researchers who have revealed an association between low muscle mass and accelerated cognitive decline in older adults.

Published: 20 Jul 2022

A new tool for understanding the relationship between land tenure security and sustainable development

Sustainable agricultural practices require considerable investments, and smallholder famers may not realize gains for years. Without secure land tenure, they lack incentive to invest in long-term benefits. Instead, many opt to use the land as intensively as possible each year since they have no guarantee for the future.

Published: 18 Jul 2022

Patrick Cortbaoui on securing food for the future

Food security is one of the fundamental challenges to sustainability of the 20th century, with approximately 11.7 percent of the global population experiencing extreme food insecurity, according to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2022 (SOFI).

Published: 18 Jul 2022

Meeting the climate crisis with resilience and collaborative action

McGill undergraduates have a unique opportunity to expand their climate science literacy and acquire tools for taking action to reduce the impacts of the unfolding climate crisis.

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Published: 14 Jul 2022

Sylvie Lapointe named Unsung Hero

Sylvie Lapointe, a constant advocate and a champion for Macdonald students, has been named an Unsung Hero as part of the #McGill200 Bicentennial Celebrations!

Published: 7 Jul 2022

Killer Whales invading the Arctic – unlocking secrets from their blubber

Killer whale populations are invading the Arctic, creating major disruptions to an ecosystem already severely impacted by climate change.

Published: 7 Jul 2022

A blueprint for life on MARS

Lost Hammer Spring, in Nunavut in Canada’s High Arctic, is one of the coldest and saltiest terrestrial springs discovered to date. The water which travels up through 600 metres of permafrost to the surface is extremely salty (~24% salinity), perennially at sub-zero temperatures (~−5 °C) and contains almost no oxygen (<1ppm dissolved oxygen). The very high salt concentrations keep the Lost Hammer spring from freezing, thus maintaining a liquid water habitat even at sub-zero temperatures.

Published: 7 Jul 2022

Anikka Swaby wins 2022 Let's Talk Science Volunteer Award

Anikka Swaby, BSc(NutrSc)'18, MSc (Human Nutrition)'22 is the recipient of the Let's Talk Science National Volunteer Award!

This award recognizes an exceptional volunteer who has shown outstanding innovation, communication and a commitment to STEM education and outreach.

Published: 7 Jul 2022

$12.7 Million for McGill Research from the Fonds de recherche du Québec

Tackling climate change and preserving biodiversity a key priority for McGill and Quebec

The Fonds de recherche du Québec announced its latest rounds of funding earlier this month in support of research, training, and initiatives to tackle major societal challenges—including climate change and biodiversity loss.

Published: 30 Jun 2022

Spring 2022 Convocation wraps up at Macdonald Campus

McGill’s Spring 2022 Convocation began on an overcast day on May 26th, with graduating Health Sciences students accepting their degrees under the Convocation Tent downtown. The 2022 festivities came to a close June 3rd, a glorious sunny day, at the Centennial Centre on Macdonald Campus with two ceremonies for students graduating from the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

These were McGill’s first in-person Spring Convocation ceremonies since 2019.

Published: 23 Jun 2022

For the love of family… and farming

On Friday, June 3rd, Joe Harrel accepted his Farm Management and Technology (FMT) diploma during Spring 2022 Convocation ceremonies for the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Unlike many members of the Class of 2022, however, Harrel will not be seeking employment upon graduation. Truth of the matter is, he is already gainfully employed.

Published: 23 Jun 2022

200 years of McGill’s Botanical history inspires Montreal artists

Two-hundred years ago, a young man frequented swamps, stream banks and thickets, collecting wild plants across what would become the urban core of the city of Montreal. He had recently returned home from Edinburgh, where he had gone to be receive medical training, learning there also techniques of drying and preserving plant specimens, botany and medicine then being sister-subjects.

Published: 23 Jun 2022

Changing of the guard at Mac Campus Hort Centre

Although it may seem obvious that teaching and learning are at the core of the McGill experience, it’s worth noting that these activities aren’t strictly happening in classrooms and labs, nor are they reserved for faculty and students. Rather, McGill staff can also be counted among this group of teachers and learners, many of whom have spent their careers acquiring knowledge, honing skills, and eventually imparting what they’ve learned on to those who will succeed them.

Published: 23 Jun 2022

The Keeler Family and Macdonald through Five Generations

Lachlan, FMT‘22, Ross, FMT’23 and Gavin McDonald, FMT’24, have a long family history with Macdonald. The brothers grew up on Kerrydale Farms established by their ancestor Donald McGillis, an immigrant from the Scottish Highlands, who arrived by canoe on the banks of the Raisin River in Williamstown, Ontario in 1784.

Published: 23 Jun 2022

Mac Campus welcomes new Director of Development

Celeste Longhurst joined the Macdonald University Advancement Team early in the new year. In this position, she leads the AES fundraising campaign and manages the Faculty’s University Advancement team whose activities also include alumni relations.  Celeste hails from Toronto and has worked in philanthropy throughout her career, with a focus on fundraising for environmental organizations.

Published: 23 Jun 2022

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