The time is right: will Canada be a leader in ‘open government’?

Op-ed by Aruna Roy, Professor of Practice in Global Governance at ISID, McGill University.
Read more: The Hill Times


Published: 7Dec2016

Academic Freedom in a Volatile World

The Scholars at Risk Network organizes two sessions on December 8 in Ottawa to discuss threats to academic freedom.

Around the world today, scholars are attacked because of their words, their ideas and their place in society.

Published: 7Dec2016

Sea ice extent in Arctic and Antarctic reached record lows in November

“Both the Arctic and Antarctic experienced record lows in sea ice extent in November, with scientists astonished to see Arctic ice actually retreating at a time when the region enters the cold darkness of winter.” (The Guardian) (National Snow & Ice Data Center)

Published: 7Dec2016

McGill announces Dr. Thomas Robinson as the 2016 winner of the Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health

McGill University, in association with Lawrence and Frances Bloomberg and Manulife, is pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas Robinson, a Stanford University professor of Pediatric Medicine and pioneer in using novel motivational techniques to combat childhood obesity, is the winner of the 2016 Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health.

Published: 7Dec2016

Bill Gates: My Favorite Books of 2016

Honorable mention: The Grid, by Gretchen Bakke [assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at McGill University]. This book, about our aging electrical grid, fits in one of my favorite genres: “Books About Mundane Stuff That Are Actually Fascinating.” Part of the reason I find this topic fascinating is because my first job, in high school, was writing software for the entity that controls the power grid in the Northwest. 
Read more: Gates Notes (the blog of Bill Gates)


Published: 6Dec2016

The Right Chemistry: Toothbrushes, 'natural' and otherwise

Column by Joe Schwarcz, director of McGill University’s Office for Science & Society. 
Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 5Dec2016

Fast evolution affects everyone, everywhere

The iconic Darwin’s Finches on the Galapagos Islands are a classic example of adaptive radiation. As the number of permanent residents and tourists on the Galapagos increases, the finches are interacting with humans more and more, affecting their evolution.

Rapid evolution of other species happens all around us all the time – and many of the most extreme examples are associated with human influences.

Published: 5Dec2016

Opinion: Student mobility is essential to Canada's global future

Canada’s prosperity has long been dependent on an educated population. Today, that’s not quite enough. To be globally competitive, Canada needs its newest graduates to arrive in the workforce equipped with international skills and experiences.
Op-ed co-signed by Suzanne Fortier, principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University
Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 2Dec2016

How HIV affects the brain

Study tracks patients to better understand effects and possible treatments

December 1 is World AIDS Day, a time to raise awareness about a disease that has afflicted 70 million people worldwide, 35 million of whom have died as a result.

Published: 1Dec2016

We cannot end the HIV epidemic without tackling TB

Today is World AIDS Day. We cannot end the HIV epidemic without adequately addressing the burden of tuberculosis.
Op-ed by Madhukar PaiDirector, McGill Global Health Programs
Read more: Nature Microbiology

Published: 1Dec2016