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Trump win sparks flurry of American interest in Canadian universities

"We've faced elections, we've faced currency devaluations and earthquakes and wars. There's a lot of world events that can have an impact on the number of applications. But admissions requirements stay the same." Kim Bartlett, director of admissions.  Read more: CTV News

Published: 21 Nov 2016

Olfactory perception influenced by background and semantic information

When two people smell the same thing, they can have remarkably different reactions, depending on their cultural background. Researchers at the Neuro have found that even when two cultures share the same language and many traditions, their reactions to the same smells can be different.

Published: 21 Nov 2016

In the Trump era, Canada can be a beacon for innovators

Innovation is less about technology than it is about people and institutions. This is the good news for Canada in the wake of Donald Trump’s election. As the United States becomes less welcoming and tolerant, Canada can use the election outcome to escape the innovation morass into which it has fallen. History teaches us that building tolerant places where people and views collide and combine – backed by smart public policy – lies at the heart of innovation.

Published: 18 Nov 2016

International Human Epigenome Consortium studies mark major step forward for epigenetics research

One of the great mysteries in biology is how the many different cell types that make up our bodies are derived from a single cell and from one DNA sequence, or genome. We have learned a lot from studying the human genome, but have only partially unveiled the processes underlying cell determination. The identity of each cell type is largely defined by an instructive layer of molecular annotations on top of the genome – the epigenome – which acts as a blueprint unique to each cell type and developmental stage.

Published: 17 Nov 2016

Study yields surprising insights about people found not criminally responsible of crimes

“A lot of what the general public, decision- and policy-makers know about mentally ill persons in conflict with the law is through popular media portrayals. Whether it be the news, TV shows, or movies which are often sensationalistic. We know from research that individuals with mental illness are generally more likely to be victims of violence rather than perpetrators of violence.” Dr. Anne Crocker, associate professor at the Department of Psychiatry and researcher with the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. 

Published: 17 Nov 2016

‘Arrival’ raises profile of linguists, making them almost cool

“A lot of people don’t know what linguists do, or even that we exist, apart from some idea that we just translate lots of languages.” Jessica Coon, associate professor of linguistics who consulted on the film.  Read more: The Washington Post

 

Published: 16 Nov 2016

Canadians differ from Trump on view of public health care, poll shows

Antonia Maioni, a political-science professor at McGill University who has written extensively about health care, said Wednesday that she and her colleagues recently conducted their own poll about Canadian and American attitudes on health care. It found that there is much more polarization in the U.S. than in Canada around the issue of public funding. Read more: The Globe and Mail

Published: 15 Nov 2016

Leonard Cohen has died, but he hasn't gone anywhere

Op-Ed by Andrew Potter, director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 14 Nov 2016

How to restore your faith in democracy

In dark times, it’s tempting to give up on politics. The philosopher Charles Taylor explains why we shouldn’t. Read more: The New Yorker

Published: 14 Nov 2016

What President Donald Trump will mean for Canada

Catherine Potvin, a biology professor and climate change expert at McGill University, said her biggest worry is that Trump will reverse many of the green initiatives launched under President Barack Obama, and that it will have a direct impact on Canada. “Because the Congress is largely Republican, I think it’s pretty bad news for the climate,” she said. Read more: Global News

Published: 11 Nov 2016

The Example of Ronald Reagan

"So far, Mr. Trump, the political amateur and sputtering demagogue, has lacked Reagan’s magnanimity or his flexibility. Can the reality-show star turned president-elect mimic the actor turned president?" Op-ed by Gil Troy, professor of history at McGill University Read more: The New York Times

 

Published: 10 Nov 2016

McGill to host panel discussion on journalism and police surveillance

The issue of police surveillance of journalists will be debated Thursday night at the McGill Faculty Club by a panel of lawyers and editors. Read more: Montreal Gazette

 

Published: 9 Nov 2016

Meet the Canadian woman Hollywood calls when they need to talk to aliens

To get the science right, the producers of the highly anticipated upcoming movie Arrival hired Jessica Coon, a real life linguistics professor at McGill University. Read more: The Hamilton Spectator

Published: 8 Nov 2016

In Boomers’ Sunset, Election Reawakens an Old Divide

“There’s this tremendous idealism with the Clintons — actually living social change, embodying social change,” said Gil Troy, the author of “The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s” and a history professor at McGill University in Montreal. “But also, at the end of day, not just having this will to power, but also being so convinced of their own self-righteousness that they improvise a new set of morality and ethics.”  Read more: The New York Times

Published: 7 Nov 2016

How do you create a perennial winner? Ask McGill's baseball team

"We've been lucky to have a lot of really good ball players, really good kids come through the program." Head coach Jason StarrRead more: CBC News 

Published: 7 Nov 2016

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