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Schulich Library now closed temporarily: Collection, services & staff relocation information

Background: The Macdonald-Stewart Library Building that houses the Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering will undergo significant structural repairs and major internal upgrades over the next two years, beginning May 15, 2019. As a result, Schulich Library is now closed temporarily. Collections, services and staff will be relocated to the Humanities and Social Sciences Library for the duration of the renovation.

Published: 15 May 2019

A Governor General’s Innovation Award for AI Pioneer Joelle Pineau 

By Meaghan Thurston 

Published: 13 May 2019

The Canadian Society for Chemistry and Chemical Institute of Canada are highlighting our department for excellence

This year, the department was recognized by 4 prizes and awards from the Canadian Society for Chemistry and Chemical Institute of Canada to highlight the excellent of our researchers. Congratulation to profs. Lumb, Ariya, Barrett and Friscic for your remarkable successes:

1) JP Lumb – Keith Fagnou Award in organic chemistry (link:

Published: 30 Apr 2019

Matt Dobbs awarded 2019 Killam Research Fellowship in Natural Sciences

McGill University astrophysicist Matt Dobbs is the recipient of the 2019 Killam Research Fellowship in Natural Sciences.

The announcement was made today by the Canada Council for the Arts, which revealed this year's winners of the prestigious Killam Program, composed of the Killam Prizes and the Killam Research Fellowships. 

Published: 25 Apr 2019

Global warming hits sea creatures hardest 

The greater vulnerability of sea creatures may significantly impact human communities that rely on fish and shellfish for food and economic activity, according to the study published in the journal Nature. 

Published: 24 Apr 2019

New PhD program in Quantitative Life Sciences approved

By Gillian Woodford

An innovative interdisciplinary PhD program will bridge the gap between the quantitative and biological domains to improve life sciences research.

Published: 18 Apr 2019

Proud to be part of the Rallye Expos Vues d’Afrique!

The Redpath Museum is honored to be part of the Rallye Expos organized by the Festival Vues d’Afrique. From May 1st to June 30th, come visit our Ancient Egypt Exhibition in the World Cultures Gallery and get your passport stamped at the welcome desk!

To know more about the Rallye Expos and Vues d’Afrique visit :

Published: 5 Apr 2019

ComSciConCAN 2019 Communicating Science Workshop

ComSciConCAN is Canada’s first national science communication workshop for current or recently-graduated graduate students. This unique professional development program aims to help the next generation of leaders in STEM fields develop the skills needed to communicate their research and ideas to their peers, experts in other fields, policy makers, and the general public.

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Published: 1 Apr 2019

The bigger the evolutionary jump, the more lethal cross-species diseases could be

Some diseases which are fatal in one species can cause only mild discomfort in another—but it’s hard for scientists to predict how lethal a disease will be if it leaps across species.

However, a new paper published this week in PNAS indicates that the evolutionary relationship between infected hosts can predict the impact of diseases.

Published: 28 Mar 2019

Bengio co-recipient of A.M. Turing Award

by Daniel McCabe

Congratulations to McGill graduate Yoshua Bengio, BEng’86, MSc’88, PhD’91, on being named a co-recipient of the 2018 A.M. Turing Award. Frequently referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Computing,” the Turing Award, presented by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), recognizes individuals for major contributions of lasting importance to computing. 

Published: 27 Mar 2019

SFU announces 2019 Honorary Degree recipients - Dr. Joe Schwarcz

Canada’s first female general surgeon of First Nations descent, a cultural visionary, and a co-founder of Vancouver’s Amnesty International chapter are among 10 distinguished individuals to receive honorary degrees in 2019 from Simon Fraser University.

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Published: 19 Mar 2019

Rising global shipping traffic could lead to surge in invasive species

Rising global maritime traffic could lead to sharp increases in invasive species around the world over the next 30 years, according to a new study by McGill University researchers.

The findings, published in the journal Nature Sustainability, suggest that shipping growth will far outweigh climate change in the spread of non-indigenous pests to new environments in coming decades.

Published: 18 Mar 2019