McGill researchers and the science of the heart
A funny thing happened on our way to the special Love issue of the McGill Reporter we had planned for February 9, just prior to Valentine’s Day. We got preoccupied – or occupied, if you will – by last week’s shutdown of the James Administration Building by student protesters (see the front page for the full story). Without access to our offices, the issue had to be postponed by a week and, as a result, some of the love stories we had prepared got bumped to make room for coverage of last week’s events.
But love’s labour has not been totally lost. Instead of a whole issue dedicated to affairs of the heart, we decided to spread the love around:
In our Research and Discovery section, Pyschology professor John Lydon walks the Reporter’s Jim Hynes through the minefield of romantic relationships; Katherine Gombay interviews Psychology researcher Jennifer Bartz about the hormone Oxytocin in Love Potion #1?, and Chris Chipello explores how love inspires singers and songwriters.
In our Profile section, Neale McDevitt talks to professor Sharon Bond about the McGill Couple and Family Clinic, and Victoria Leenders-Cheng speaks about the heart in a very different way with a post-doctoral research fellow studying organ donation rates.
Finally, in our regular Entre Nous Q&A feature, Cynthia Lee grills the Faculty of Law’s Robert Leckey on Love, marriage and the law.