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These are the melting glaciers that might someday drown your city, according to NASA

“The authors of this study have developed a tool to determine the sensitivity of sea level rise at specific coastal sites to melting from different sectors of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets,” said Natalya Gomez, a geoscientist at McGill University in Canada who studies sea level rise. “This tool will help to provide coastal planners with improved sea level projections as models and measurements of ice loss are refined.” ...

Published: 16 Nov 2017

The evolutionary reason why fish don't swim upside down

A group of African catfish have fully embraced upside-down life. Their behavior is the result of a bottom-dwelling fish adapting to take advantage of oxygen-rich water near the surface. A catfish’s mouth is on its underside, so it was likely easiest for the fish to simply turn upside down and treat the top of the water the same as it used to treat the bottom says Lauren Chapman, who studies fish respiration at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec....

Published: 14 Nov 2017

Quebecers take highest number of sick and personal days in Canada

For experts like McGill University professor Dr. Charles Sounan, who is a medical scientist and chief of the MUHC's research and wellness division, the findings are troubling and need to be addressed immediately. "It's like a wakeup call," said Sounan. "It tells us we don't do enough in terms of promoting wellness at work and promoting global health for our employees." ...

Published: 13 Nov 2017

End Canada's criminal ban on contentious CRISPR gene-editing research, major science group urges

The step would be a “game-changer,” said Bartha Knoppers, a health-policy expert at McGill University, in a presentation to the annual Till & McCulloch Meetings of stem-cell and regenerative-medicine researchers.

Read more: National Post

Published: 10 Nov 2017

English F-word acceptable for French broadcasts, regulator says

Chantal Bouchard, a sociolinguist with McGill University, said the English obscenity is fairly commonly used by French speakers in informal conversation. Unlike French swear words, which Bouchard said have their origins in religious references, the English terms have less power to shock a listener, she said. ...

Published: 9 Nov 2017

Good public policy doesn’t just happen. It takes hard work

Op-ed by Christopher Ragan, an economist and the inaugural director of McGill University's Max Bell School of Public Policy, which launches this week in Montreal. "Good public policy is a foundation of peace and prosperity. But it doesn't just happen; it takes real effort by dedicated people who recognize the public interest. Canada needs more of them." ...

Published: 8 Nov 2017

McGill University launching school of public policy

The university will launch the Max Bell School of Public Policy Tuesday at noon at Montreal’s Hotel Omni Mont-Royal. The launch will be followed by a panel discussion on Canada’s policy challenges. 

Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 7 Nov 2017

Montreal conference addresses problematic artificial intelligence issues

“If you have an algorithm that sees biased data, gender biased, racially biased, biased based on economic status and so on, the algorithm is going to ingest that and result in a biased model,” Doina Precup, a professor of computer science at McGill and the head of Google-affiliated DeepMind’s Montreal research lab, said in a session at the conference. ...

Published: 6 Nov 2017

Election issues: Who will improve public transit in Montreal?

Ahmed El-Geneidy, an associate professor at McGill’s School of Urban Planning, disagrees with his Concordia counterparts, saying both mayoral candidates are promising major transit projects and he believes both will be able to deliver.

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Published: 3 Nov 2017

Gaona: Here's why Catalonia’s 'independence' isn't viable

Op-ed by Jose Mauricio Gaona, O’Brien Fellow at the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Saul Hayes Fellow at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. 

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Published: 1 Nov 2017

2017 Greenest Campuses in Canada index

McGill is the second greenest campus in Canada according to the 2017 Corporate Knights Green Campus Ranking. Find out more: Corporate Knights

Published: 31 Oct 2017

Op-Ed: It's getting clearer — the diet-cancer connection points to sugar and carbs

This is not to say that all cancers are caused by too much insulin or that we should never eat sugar again. Michael Pollak, a metabolism researcher and director of cancer prevention at McGill University in Canada, says that the best approach to sugar is to think of it like a spice — something to occasionally sprinkle on foods, as opposed to an ingredient in nearly every meal and too many drinks. ...

Published: 30 Oct 2017

Watch the finals of McGill's 2017 Golden Violin Competition

On Sunday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. ET, watch the final round of McGill University's Golden Violin Competition live from Pollack Hall in Montreal. Performing will be some of Canada's most talented string students, all of whom were nominated by professors at McGill's Schulich School of Music for a chance to compete for the prestigious award....

Published: 27 Oct 2017

P.E.I. could be 1st carbon-neutral province, says professor

While it might take time, a professor from McGill University thinks P.E.I. could and should become a carbon-neutral province. Catherine Potvin issued the challenge a year ago while attending a conference, and said provincial government officials now want to hear more. Read more: CBC News

Published: 26 Oct 2017

Strong, resilient, tireless: Quebec awards celebrate engaged citizens

"Marshalling remarkable strength and resilience, Claudia Di Iorio has put her life back together and today she is a second-year law student at McGill University who has run two half-marathons since her rehabilitation and recovery." Read more: Montreal Gazette  

Published: 25 Oct 2017

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