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New tool makes measuring faculty performance easier

Within academia, a researcher’s citations record can sway faculty hiring decisions, grant awards, and departmental performance reviews. As a result, correctly computing these citation records is important. Often a simple search for an individual’s name on Google scholar is used in place of a more careful assessment. The result can be a very inaccurate citation […]

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Our research in under 3 minutes

Three minutes flies by pretty quickly – particularly when you’re trying to capture the essence of your research in that amount of time. This is exactly the format used by Soup and Science, an event here at McGill where professors have exactly three minutes to give an overview of their research to a group of […]

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How networks shape an economy

When businesses interact – whether through mergers, partnerships, acquisitions, or law suits – they change the competitive landscape within a market, alter how goods and services are provided, and redistribute economic and financial power and risk. As a result, when businesses interact, they change the economy. As financial booms and busts have demonstrated, changes in […]

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Models from semi-quantitative data

Transcriptional networks – webs of interactions among genes and gene products in an organism’s genome – regulate a wide array of cellular behaviors including cell growth, death, and movement. For this reason, biologists seek a better understanding of them in the hope of being able to repair transcriptional networks (TNs) involved in disease, characterize the […]

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Predicting how cancer cells respond to drugs

Conducting experiments on cancer cells to see how they respond to various drugs is expensive and time-consuming.  The drugs used in experiments can cost hundreds of dollars per gram, and getting just the right experimental setup in which your cell culture doesn’t die outright can be a long process.  For these and other reasons, being […]

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The military needs zombies

A botnet is a geographically distributed group of computers, individually called zombies, that mindlessly perform instructions provided by a single computer called the command-control. In the past, botnets have been leveraged with great success by spammers: the command-control instructs thousands of zombies to send hundreds of emails to random email addresses, resulting in a deluge […]

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