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A Globe and Mail article looks at how Big Data might help university students graduate

Last Friday's edition of The Globe and Mail newspaper included a story on how predictive analytics might help decrease university drop-out rates. Several Data Science companies, including  IBM’s Watson Analytics and Microsoft, are offering universities their expertise on identifying students at risk of dropping out. Of course, having low marks is a good predictor, but it is not the only one. Women, for example, are less likely than men to leave university before finishing their studies, but when they do, their marks are usually quite good. So why are they dropping out?

Published: 21Sep2016

Team led by MNI researcher receive $6.1 million to study MS

A project led by an MNI researcher has been awarded $6.1 million to study progressive multiple sclerosis.

The International Progressive MS Alliance has awarded three $6.1 million Collaborative Network Award grants for a total investment of $18.4 million toward accelerating the pace of progressive MS research. More than 2.3 million people worldwide live with MS and more than one million of those living with the disease have progressive MS.

Published: 20Sep2016

Is there such a thing as “rape culture” on campuses in Canada?

Who are the key players and actors on the issue of sexual violence on university campuses across Canada and internationally?

Shaheen Shariff, Associate Professor with the Faculty of Education, Director of Define the Line Projects at McGill University has been awarded a $2.5 million Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Grant to address sexual violence on university campuses across Canada and internationally.

Published: 21Oct2016

Commentary: The ghost of Richard Nixon

“Nixon reintroduced himself in 1968 as older, wiser, even-tempered. He was well-known in politics and hated, but he was able to reinvent himself and reassure people on the trust issue just enough.” Gil Troy, professor of history. Portland Press Herald

Published: 19Sep2016

Traditional native dance at McGill annual pow wow

Indigenous people of America participate in traditional native dances during the annual McGill pow wow held on the McGill university grounds on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. Montreal Gazette

Published: 19Sep2016

McGill launches Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Education

McGill University launches its Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education, mandated by Provost and Vice Principal Academic, Christopher Manfredi, with a public event to be held on September 22 at the new site of the Hochelaga Rock. The Task Force will propose initiatives aimed at integrating indigenous perspectives into the academic curriculum and research, as well as the retention and recruitment of Indigenous students and faculty members.

Published: 19Sep2016

Are American voters Trumped both ways?

Op-ed by Henry Mintzberg, Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies. Huffington Post

Published: 16Sep2016

Uber cars seized in Quebec, drivers fined and licences confiscated

Barry Eidlin, professor of sociology, explained the government is perfectly within its rights to confiscate Uber driver’s cars. “I think it’s a message from the government that they need to be taken seriously,” he said. Global News

Published: 15Sep2016

Can computer analysis tell us anything new about literature?

“There is a major flaw to all methodologies in the humanities. Traditional methods are not able to generalise in legitimate and transparent ways – though we have tried.” Andrew Piper, director of digital humanities laboratory, txt.LAB. The Guardian

Published: 15Sep2016