In the Headlines

Op-ed by Noam Schimmel, associate fellow at the Center for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, McGill Faculty of Law

"Even greater efforts than the already significant ones undertaken by the German government are required to combat anti-Jewish attitudes and other forms of racism, prejudice, bigotry and discrimination that undermine German democracy and its commitment to freedom, equality and justice for all citizens."

Read more: The New York Times

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Published on: 29 Sep 2017

Op-ed by Charles Taylor, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at McGill University and one of the world's most celebrated living philosophers. 

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Published on: 28 Sep 2017

A prominent Chinese architect who studied at McGill University 27 years ago is donating $12 million to the School of Architecture, a landmark gift the university says will transform teaching and research and build stronger ties with China.

Read more: Montreal Gazette

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Published on: 27 Sep 2017

We’re still a long way from understanding the causes of autism, but new research has shown some brain developmental issues even as early as 6-12 months in a baby, can be related to autism symptoms later in life.

The study involved looking at brain “efficiency”, the interconnectedness of various regions of the brain. Lewis says while the six to 12 month old babies could exhibit no signs of autism,  those showing interconnectedness deficiencies went on toedevelop autism later in the long-term study.

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Published on: 26 Sep 2017

"Human rights are a thousand humble stories."

So writes the Iranian-Canadian human-rights lawyer and McGill professor Payam Akhavan in his contribution to the long-running Massey Lecture series, In Search of a Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey.

Read more: The Globe and Mail

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Published on: 25 Sep 2017

Op-ed by Suzanne Fortier, principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University; Meric Gertler, president of University of Toronto; Santa Ono, president and vice-chancellor of University of British Columbia.

"Investing in research is essential for achieving Canada's goal to build an innovative, thriving society. The country's Fundamental Science Review gave us a roadmap that will put us on the right track. We have an opportunity, and the moment to act is now."

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Published on: 22 Sep 2017

There have been a few attempts, and a few failures, when it comes to low-budget airlines in Canada. But it might be time for a success. That’s because Canadians are more used to the model now, says Karl Moore, associate professor at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. 

Read more: Global News

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Published on: 21 Sep 2017

“This is a hot new frontier in both science and bioethics. And it seems likely to remain contested for the coming years,” says Jonathan Kimmelman, a member of the bioethics unit at McGill University, in Montreal, and a leader of an international organization of stem-cell scientists.

Read more: Technology Review

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Published on: 20 Sep 2017

"It's definitely not something we'd thought of initially," Taylor Bell, a master's student in astronomy at McGill, and co-author of the paper, told CBC News.

Read more: CBC News


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Published on: 19 Sep 2017

"On Friday, the social networking giant officially announced the opening of an artificial intelligence research lab in the city. The lab is headed by Joëlle Pineau, a McGill University professor who specializes in a field of artificial intelligence called reinforcement learning."

Read more: Montreal Gazette

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Published on: 18 Sep 2017

Two of Canada's top artificial intelligence experts are joining Facebook Inc., the latest in a string of renowned Canadian academics in the hot technology field to go to work for Silicon Valley giants. Joelle Pineau, associate professor of computer science at McGill University and co-director of its Reasoning and Learning Lab, will lead a new Montreal-based AI lab for the Internet giant, which employs 105 researchers at similar labs in Paris, New York and Silicon Valley.

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Published on: 15 Sep 2017

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so you have to say something that’s worthwhile rather than just recycling the usual liberal clichés,” he said. “As for that first sentence, I chose it deliberately. This whole experience has been deeply humbling. I see it as a gift of acceptance, part of the work in progress of becoming a Canadian.” - Payam Akhavan

Read more: Montreal Gazette

 


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Published on: 14 Sep 2017

Op-ed by Sébastien Jodoin, assistant professor in the Faculty of Law and Hamish van der Ven, assistant professor in the School of Environment and the Department of Political Science at McGill University. 

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Published on: 14 Sep 2017

Karl Moore on Bombardier-Boeing dispute. 

Watch the video: CTV News

 

 

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Published on: 13 Sep 2017

Because of its large collecting area, wide observational bandwidth and cylindrical design, CHIME can see some thousand times more sky at any given moment, Victoria Kaspi, an astrophysicist and director of McGill University’s Space Institute in Montreal, told me. “Once CHIME is fully operational, it can do this 24/7, whereas other telescopes have many different observing programs,” said Kaspi.

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Published on: 12 Sep 2017

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