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You (probably) don’t need to worry about the chemicals in your macaroni and cheese

“Those worried about the ridiculously low levels of ‘chemicals’ in this product should spend their energy encouraging people to eat more fruits and veggies.” Joe Schwarcz, a chemist at McGill University who heads the university’s Office for Science and Society, echoed this concern. “If you want to scare them about the mac ‘n’ cheese you can scare them about the amount of fat and salt it contains,” he said. “That’s much more meaningful than the phthalates.”

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Published: 19 Jul 2017

McGill entrepreneurship program gets $2-million donation

A McGill University program aimed at helpings students get businesses off the ground has received a $2-million donation from the foundation that helped launch the university’s first entrepreneurship program more than 20 years ago.

Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 18 Jul 2017

Charting literary greatness with Jane Austen

TxtLAB, at McGill University, had mapped her novels along with those of other female 19th-century novelists “on a sliding scale of sociability vs. interiority.” Read more: New York Times

Published: 17 Jul 2017

McGill grad Julie Payette to be named Canada's next Governor General

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will appoint former astronaut Julie Payette as Canada’s next governor-general, picking the prominent Quebecker for the high-profile position rather than a number of aboriginal leaders who were also seen to be in the running, sources say.

Read more: The Globe and Mail

Published: 13 Jul 2017

Are generational stereotypes ever true? Millennials and beyond

Are generational stereotypes ever true? A Millennial and a Baby Boomer discuss intergenerational prejudice and dialogue

Interview with Professor Karl Moore. 

Read more: Mind This Magazine

Published: 12 Jul 2017

What would Rorschach tell you about you?

“For me, what was really interesting is the way that these tests offer people a language of the self – a vocabulary or an idiom for talking about who they are and what they want, and what kinds of people they want to be.”Merve Emre, Assistant Professor of English, on WNPR radio. Her book on the Myers-Briggs test and the history of personality testing will be published in Spring 2018.  ...

Published: 11 Jul 2017

We’re ceding ground in the war against infant mortality

This would only hurt our efforts to reduce infant mortality. Jay Kaufman, a co-author of the JAMA study and a professor at McGill University, put it simply: “Wanted pregnancies are healthier than unwanted pregnancies.”

Read more: The Washington Post

Published: 10 Jul 2017

City working with Molson-Coors on relocation plan in Montreal, Coderre says

The current brewery “belongs to an era where even industrial architecture was beautifully built,” says Avi Friedman, an architecture professor at McGill University, who wants it to be preserved. 

Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 6 Jul 2017

Gray jay — not our national bird after all. Yet.

“We are not giving up,” McGill University ornithologist David Bird wrote in an email. “We plan to continue beseeching the government to undertake this act in any we can. Right now there is a petition on change.org circulating to get Canadians to sign and adopt the Canada Jay (not the Gray Jay) as our national bird. Read more: Ottawa Sun

Published: 5 Jul 2017

Canada 150: Its contributions to the world

"McGill University's Vicky Kaspi spends her time probing the mysteries of the universe. Kaspi has won a number of awards for her work, and was the first woman to win the Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for science and engineering." Read more: BBC News

Published: 4 Jul 2017

Painful memories could be erased, new study says

"Depending on how you remind the person, you might be able to erase different aspects of the memory," said Wayne Sossin of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University, whose lab collaborated with researchers at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York.

Read more: CBC News

Published: 4 Jul 2017

An emphasis on indigenous law could help shape a future that’s brighter than our past

The joint degree will be taught by comparing and contrasting indigenous peoples’ legal traditions with those of common law. The four-year program will include classroom and community-based components, and will follow the lead of McGill Law School’s transsystemic approach to common law and civil law legal education, by giving students the opportunity to tackle legal problems from multiple perspectives. ...

Published: 28 Jun 2017

For Millennials, thinking and emotions are equals -- more or less

"Given their postmodern worldview, the millennial generation believes that organizations can grow and prosper through greater emotional openness. They also perceive negative emotions as having the ability to destroy a company. In her seminal work The Managed Heart, Arlie Hochschild studies the effects of emotional labor and the negative impacts of repressed emotions. Hochschild identifies emotional labor as the act of managing one’s own emotions in the workplace....

Published: 27 Jun 2017

About, pasta, drama: Canuck actors on the words that bring out their accent

According to Charles Boberg, an associate professor of linguistics at McGill University, there are two main differences in Canadian English pronunciation of vowels. "One of them is called 'Canadian rising,' and this is the stereotype that most Americans have of Canadian English and it involves the 'OU' vowel and the 'I' vowel. It's referring to raising the pronunciation of the vowel in the mouth," says Boberg, author of "The English Language in Canada."  ...

Published: 27 Jun 2017

Canada is placing bets on 'open science' to drive innovation

The “Neuro”, as the institute is known, hopes its six-month-old open-science experiment will attract more private venture capital, create jobs and lure companies back to the city’s shrunken medical-research sector. The institute is in the midst of drawing up “measurable indicators” to track whether its groundbreaking approach to research and development is delivering on the promise, said Richard Gold, a professor of law and human genetics at McGill, who is leading the evaluation. ...

Published: 27 Jun 2017

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