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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!

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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

New cause for concern over weedkiller glyphosate

New research from McGill University reveals an overlooked impact that the widely used herbicide glyphosate may be having on the environment.

Published: 14 Mar 2019

Two chemists recognized at the Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement through Media

The Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement through Media was created to recognize those who go beyond their studies and research to engage with the media or the public. The department of chemistry was doubly recognized this year, as two of its members received awards.

Published: 12 Mar 2019

Roddy Rogers, Professor Emeritus in AOS department, has passed away

It is with great sadness that I convey the news that Roddy Rogers, Professor Emeritus in our department, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, has passed away on February 20.

Roddy, a giant in our field, was a world-renowned scientist, particularly in the areas of cloud physics and radar meteorology. His text, co-authored with Professor Yau, entitled “A short course in Cloud Physics” has been used by students and faculty throughout the globe.

Published: 5 Mar 2019

STEMM and diversity @ McGill gets special recognition

This year the Principal's Prize for Public Engagement through Media  acknowledged special recognition to the STEMM Diversity @ McGill, a project spearheaded by Museum graduate students Charles Cong and Jessica Ford.  The jury was impressed that "Although the group is just one year old, it has already been identified as a model for other universities in Quebec, an indication of their success.

Published: 4 Mar 2019

Christopher McCray crunches Environment Canada numbers to show winters are getting more turbulent

Our very own Christopher McCray (PhD Student, McGill AOS) crunches Environment Canada numbers on rain, snow, temperature and freezing rain ' to quantify the weather whiplash Montrealers have been experiencing this winter'.

Published: 28 Feb 2019

Maria Gheta, McGill artistic swim team wins the national title

Congratulations to our very own undergraduate student Maria Gheta on leading the Martlets to a national championship in the Canadian University Artistic Swimming League.


Published: 25 Feb 2019

SCIENCE MAG | Ultraviolet light could provide a powerful new source of green fuel

Methanol—a colourless liquid that can be made from agricultural waste—has long been touted as a green alternative to fossil fuels. But it’s toxic and only has half the energy as the same volume of gasoline. Now, Chao-Jun Li and colleagues report they’ve created a potentially cheap way to use sunlight to convert methanol to ethanol, a more popular alternative fuel that’s less harmful and carries more energy.

Published: 21 Feb 2019

Professor Theo van de Ven received the John S. Bates Memorial Gold Medal

The John S. Bates Memorial Gold Medal is the highest distinction awarded to a Member of PAPTAC (the Pulp And Paper Technical Association of Canada). The Gold Medal is in recognition of long term scientific and technological contributions to the pulp and paper industry. The last time this medal was awarded to a Member of the Chemistry Department was in 1994, when David Goring received this award. Prof.

Published: 18 Feb 2019