Life in Hong Kong

By Edmund Lam

Edmund Lam at a temple in Hong Kong

One of the primary reasons for choosing Hong Kong as an exchange locale was because most of my extended family lives in Hong Kong. In addition, my parents, who usually live in Montreal, are here in Hong Kong for a few months. As such, I have had, in the last month here in Hong Kong, more family dinners and functions than the first 20 years of my life!
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Mini-Science Q & A – Creationism, evolution, and God

Mini-Science logo At the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter, who answers as many as possible on the spot. Three of the unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from Dr. Brian Alters’ lecture “Creationism, evolution, and God” (May 5, 2010 ).
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Chile Travels

By Alex Timofeev

Alex Timofeev

Alex Timofeev

One of the most exciting parts of my first year as a McGill undergraduate was a unique trip held every year by the Earth & Planetary Sciences department at McGill, the Willy Trip. We choose a country each year to visit in order to appreciate its geology, along with its culture and natural beauty. This year the country chosen was Chile, and what a trip it proved to be! (more…)

Mini-Science Q & A – Vaccines: panaceas or poisons?

Mini-Science logo At the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter, who answers as many as possible on the spot. Three of the unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from Dr. Brian Ward’s lecture “Vaccines: panaceas or poisons?” (April 28, 2010).
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Trees of McGill, and Carrie Derick

By Ingrid Birker

Carrie Derick

Carrie Derick: Canada’s first woman professor, suffragette, social reformer, and founder of McGill’s Genetics Department. Source: Smithsonian Institution/Wikimedia Commons

“I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree”: US poet Joyce Kilmer’s words have become somewhat of a cliché, but this is only because they are true. Few things are more beautiful than the urban forest of McGill in springtime when the buds and blossoms burst forth. If a tree is a poem, then it should be no surprise that the “Trees of McGill” have inspired more than one author to pen a book by that name.

About 90 years ago Canada’s first woman professor, a botanist, gardener, suffragette, social reformer, and founder of McGill’s Genetics Department, wrote the first “Trees of McGill”, a booklet documenting the history and landscaping of the downtown campus. (more…)

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