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Big Plans for Big Classes

McGill University was one of 12 recipients of a mini-grant awarded today by the American Association of Universities (AAU) to support reform in undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. 

McGill was the only Canadian institution to receive an award and, in addition to being one of only two Canadian members of the AAU Network, will now join the AAU’s STEM Education Network along with such peer American universities as Yale University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the California Institute of Technology, and Cornell University.

Published: 14 Feb 2017

A call for respect

Dear members of the McGill community,   The community received a message last week from Provost Christopher Manfredi regarding a disturbing communication on social media that was sent by one of our students. I was shocked to read that Twitter post and want to make it clear that the University condemns all expressions of hatred and attempts to incite violence, including any that have been made in reaction to the post.  

Published: 13 Feb 2017

Late Application Allowance for Citizens Affected by the US Executive Order

For undergraduate programs, March 15 is the extended deadline.  To receive instructions on how to apply late, send an email to admissions [at] mcgill [dot] ca with subject “UNDERGRADUATE LATE APP ALLOWANCE”, including your full name, citizenship and chosen program.   

Published: 13 Feb 2017

McGill steadfast in support for respectful discourse

McGill recently became aware of a disturbing communication on social media by a student. The University strongly condemns expressions of hatred or incitement to violence against any individual or group. Such statements do not represent the views or the values of the University and we believe they violate a number of our policies, including the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures.

Published: 9 Feb 2017

Sex, drugs, and rock & roll chemistry in the brain

The same brain-chemical system that mediates feelings of pleasure from sex, recreational drugs, and food is also critical to experiencing musical pleasure, according to a study by McGill University researchers published today in the Nature journal Scientific Reports.

Published: 8 Feb 2017

Response to U.S. Executive Order restricting travel to the U.S. by citizens of seven countries

McGill is responding to U.S. President Donald Trump’s Executive Order restricting travel to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Christopher Manfredi said Tuesday, Feb. 7.

More: http://mcgill.ca/provost/mcgill-university-response-us-executive-order

 

Published: 7 Feb 2017

Tomislav Friščić awarded NSERC’s Steacie Memorial Fellowship

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has awarded an E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowship to Prof. Tomislav Friščić, to support his work in an innovative branch of chemistry that aims to develop environmentally friendly alternatives to solvent-based chemical processes.  

NSERC awards up to six of these two-year, $250,000 fellowships annually to enhance the career development of outstanding and highly promising scientists and engineers.

Published: 7 Feb 2017

The making of Antarctica

One of the big mysteries in the scientific world is how the ice sheets of Antarctica formed so rapidly about 34 million years ago, at the boundary between the Eocene and Oligocene epochs.

There are 2 competing theories:

The first explanation is based on global climate change: Scientists have shown that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels declined steadily since the beginning of the Cenozoic Era, 66 million years ago. Once CO2 dropped below a critical threshold, cooler global temperatures allowed the ice sheets of Antarctica to form.

Published: 31 Jan 2017

Why the bar needs to be raised for human clinical trials

Standards for authorizing first-time trials of drugs in humans are lax, and should be strengthened in several ways, McGill University researchers argue in a paper published today in Nature.

Published: 30 Jan 2017

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