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Social equity in urban transportation planning

Survey of North American cities suggests ways to spread infrastructure benefits across society
Wed, 2015-01-07 11:41

During the 20th century, urban transportation planning in North America was mainly concerned with easing traffic congestion, improving safety and saving time for motorists. These days, most cities’ transportation plans evoke a more complex blend of environmental, economic, and social-equity goals – all aimed at promoting “sustainability.” Yet, many fail to include meaningful measurements of social-equity objectives, such as helping disadvantaged neighborhoods access essential services, according to researchers at McGill University.

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Better dam planning strategies

New global dam and river data leads to advanced assessment of impacts of dams from 1930-2030
Tue, 2015-01-06 12:14

When dams are built they have an impact not only on the flow of water in the river, but also on the people who live downstream and on the surrounding ecosystems. By placing data from close to 6,500 existing large dams on a highly precise map of the world’s rivers, an international team led by McGill University researchers has created a new method to estimate the global impacts of dams on river flow and fragmentation.

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Music cuts across cultures

Wed, 2015-01-07 15:10

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Tracking down the origins of the Ebola outbreak

In April, shortly after the World Health Organization announced that the Zaire Ebolavirus was responsible for a number of deaths in southern Guinea, an international team began the search for the animal origins of the epidemic. The team wanted to know whether there was a larger Ebolavirus outbreak happening in wildlife in the region and how the index case, a two-year-old boy in Meliandou, Guinea might have gotten infected and sparked the epidemic that has since spread into other areas of Guinea and then Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, the U.S, Spain and Mali, representing the largest ever recorded outbreak.
Tue, 2014-12-30 09:25

To address these questions, Dr. Fabian Leendertz of the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin assembled a large international interdisciplinary team consisting of virologists, veterinarians, ecologists, epidemiologists and an anthropologist. One member was Jan Gogarten, a doctoral student in Biology and Vanier graduate scholar at McGill. 

We spoke with Gogarten about the resulting study, published this week in the journal EMBO Molecular Medicine, and his role in it.

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McGillians named to Order of Canada

Governor General David Johnson named a number of leading McGillians to the Order of Canada on Friday, Dec. 26.
Sat, 2014-12-27 13:07

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Prominent McGillians named to Order of Canada

Sat, 2014-12-27 13:07

By McGill Reporter Staff

Governor General David Johnston named a number of leading McGillians to the Order of Canada on Friday, Dec. 26.

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What the “fecal prints” of microbes can tell us about E

Making the most of a shitty situation
Tue, 2014-12-23 10:29

The distinctive “fecal prints” of microbes potentially provide a record of how Earth and life have co-evolved over the past 3.5 billion years as the planet’s temperature, oxygen levels, and greenhouse gases have changed. But, despite more than 60 years of study, it has proved difficult, until now, to “read” much of the information contained in this record. Research from McGill University and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), sheds light on the mysterious digestive processes of microbes, opening the way towards a better understanding of how life and the planet have changed over time.

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Condolences to family of Michelle Tisseyre

McGill University offers condolences to the family and friends of Michelle Tisseyre, a remarkable journalist who passed away Sunday at the age of 96.
Mon, 2014-12-22 16:23

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You can maintain a healthy weight and still eat, drink and be merry during the holidays

Mon, 2014-12-22 13:07

By The Jewish General Hospital Public Affairs

The holiday season is a great time for getting together with friends and indulging in bigger and more elaborate meals. But overdoing it isn’t wise, either; there’s no sense in ending up with Santa’s waistline.

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Modern Greek Studies receives new gift of $1.2-million

New gift of $1.2-million from community leaders will endow Chair in perpetuity while supporting vital research and scholarship
Fri, 2014-12-12 10:36

A $1.2-million gift to McGill University from leaders of Canada’s Greek community will strengthen Modern Greek research and scholarship at McGill and endow the University’s Phrixos B. Papachristidis Chair in Modern Greek and Greek-Canadian Studies in perpetuity.

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