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Winnipeg Free Press: Hockey player Verreault-Paul overcomes language barrier to excel at McGill

On his first day of classes, Francis Verreault-Paul wasn’t sure he was going to survive at McGill University. The hockey player from the small Innu community of Mashteuiatsh, Que., didn’t understand much of what professors were saying to him in English. Verreault-Paul needed to understand because he had to keep his grades up to play for the Redmen.

Published: 25 Apr 2010

CTV: Problems persist in the epic battle against malaria

As the world marks World Malaria Day to commemorate the global effort to control the disease, experts note that with more than 250 million new malaria infections each year, there is still much work to be done… Dr. Timothy Geary, the director of McGill University's Institute of Parasitology, says the international community still has a long way to go in cutting the disease down to size.

Published: 25 Apr 2010

The Gazette: Boredom begins at school

Is there a place where boring people is deliberate? That would be our schools, says The Boring Institute's Alan Caruba, where we train young people to be bored and to bore others… McGill University professor of education Jon Bradley puts the blame squarely on political oversight of the education system.

Published: 25 Apr 2010

Globe and Mail editorial: Time to let tuition rise at McGill

At McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, the tuition for an MBA degree is just $1,672 a year for two years, plus another $2,000 or so in annual administrative and other fees. Even the president of the MBA student association calls the price “too good to be true.” It is paradise, and no wonder the Quebec government doesn’t want to let the university raise its tuition to $29,500 a yea

Published: 24 Apr 2010

The Gazette (Op-ed): Quebec should keep its nose out of McGill's MBA program

(Op-ed by Lucien Bouchard, Stuart Cobbett, Jacques Lamarre and Paul Tellier): More than once this year, the Quebec government has reiterated that it sees the development of a vigorous knowledge economy, and the improvement of our education system, as a key route to progress and growth... Bravo. But at the same time the ministry of education is working to block attempts by McGill University's Desau

Published: 24 Apr 2010

La Presse : Les ratés de Copenhague

Selon Gail Chmura, directrice du Centre de l'environnement global et des changements climatiques de l'Université McGill, l'étude allemande a le mérite de relancer le débat sur les crédits liés à la gestion des terres et des forêts. "En théorie, seuls les crédits garantis par un gouvernement sont admissibles, dit Mme Chmura. Mais un changement politique peut modifier la donne..."

Published: 23 Apr 2010

La Presse : Mme Courchesne contre M Charest

(Editorial): A l'ouverture de la rencontre économique de Lévis, en janvier dernier, le premier ministre Charest avait exprimé le souhait qu'un jour, des jeunes de partout sur la planète viennent étudier au Québec. Il semble que sa ministre de l'Éducation n'ait pas compris le message, car voici qu'elle traite l'université québécoise la plus tournée vers le monde avec la même désinvolture que s'il s

Published: 23 Apr 2010

Reuters Health: Complete recovery from personality disorder tough

For people suffering from borderline personality disorder, securing friends and a job may be harder than getting relief from symptoms, states a new study…

Published: 22 Apr 2010

La Presse: A la merci des volcans

Opinion de John Stix, volcanologue de réputation internationale, professeur à l'université McGill: "Le volcan Eyjafjallajökull est entré en éruption le 20 mars quand il a commencé à émettre de la lave par des fissures. Cette première activité s'est produite dans une zone du volcan qui n'est pas recouverte de glace. A partir du 14 avril, de nouvelles fissures sont apparues quelques kilomètres plus

Published: 21 Apr 2010

Smithsonian Magazine: How our brains make memories

Surprising new research about the act of remembering may help people with post-traumatic stress disorder. Science writer Greg Miller has an in depth look at the work of McGill psychology professor Karim Nader. He also looks at the work being done by Alain Brunet on memory reconsolidation at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.

Published: 20 Apr 2010

The Gazette: Late-life dynamo

When 91-year old Olga Kotelko walked through the crowd of young men at the McGill gym and started pumping iron, she caused quite a stir. By the time she was on her sixth rep of perfectly executed bench presses, most of the testosterone set had racked their weights and were staring in awe...

Published: 20 Apr 2010

Does Growing Soy Destroy Amazon Rainforest?

In the first seven years of this century, around 19 million hectares of rainforest in the Legal Amazon region of Brazil were cut down. But the jury's out on the chief culprit behind this deforestation… Now a team from McGill University in Canada and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia has discovered evidence that soy production is indirectly causing deforestation.

Published: 19 Apr 2010

Montreal Gazette: Urban Agriculture Taking Root in Montreal Yards and Rooftops

Bean stalks wending their way up a concrete wall at McGill University's downtown campus, tomato plants growing next to a community centre in Notre Dame de Grâce, basil and chard in the back yard of a St. Laurent duplex. They're all part of a wave of urban agriculture sweeping the island of Montreal.

Published: 19 Apr 2010

Nature: Molecular Switch Helps Cell Instantly Recognise Sex Partner [in Yeast]

A molecular switch, triggered by a signal, helps an organism instantly recognise a healthy and potential sex mate. "This mating decision is controlled by a simple chemical switch that converts an incoming pheromone signal into a cellular response," says study author Stephen Michnick, University of Montreal biochemistry professor.

Published: 19 Apr 2010

New Scientist: New Tech Sees Dead People

A spooky-sounding technology is finding old, unmarked graves. Using hyperspectral imaging, scientists from McGill University have found unmarked animal graves with special cameras that measure changes in the light coming from soil and plants.

Published: 19 Apr 2010