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New Killam Fellow to study how stars form

Christine Wilson, Physics & Astronomy, has been awarded a prestigious Killam Fellowship, one of six scholars to receive the award this year. The Fellowship supports full teaching and administrative release to allow researchers to pursue independent research. Wilson will be studying dense gas and starformation in galaxies to answer important questions about how stars develop. Deborah Cook, Faculty of Health Sciences, also received a Killam Fellowship this year. Both researchers are also Tier 1 Canada Research Chairs and Distinguished University Professors.

 

Maureen MacDonald begins term as Dean of Science

The Faculty welcomes Maureen J. MacDonald, Kinesiology, as the Dean of Science. Dr. MacDonald begins her term as of May 1, 2017. An accomplished professor and respected researcher, she most recently served as the inaugural Director of the Faculty’s School of Interdisciplinary Science. More information on her appointment can be found here.

Faculty congratulates latest CFI JELF award holder

Mic Farqharson, School of Interdisciplinary Science, was recently awarded $113,553 from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). His project will develop detectors that can be used in operating rooms to allow surgeons to determine the margins of cancer spread during surgery. Farqharson’s research applies x-ray techniques to answer questions and solve problems related to human health.

Programming in the Arts & Science Faculties Committee report available

The Programming in the Arts & Science Faculties (PASF) Committee has released its report. The Committee was struck in the summer of 2016 by the Joint Arts and Science Council (JASC) to continue the work of the Warner Report. The report can be found here.

Is one minute of exercise really enough?

Marty Gibala, Kinesiology, has been studying the benefits of high intensity interval training (HIIT) for years. Now he has written a book, The One-Minute Workout, with Christopher Shulgan, that explores whether short bursts of exercise really do help to keep you fit. Gibala discussed his research and the book on Quirks & Quarks, the award-winning radio science program of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). You can listen here.

Science alumni give advice on exploring career pathways

Some Science alumni recently returned to campus to help current graduate students find out more about careers in industry and other non-academic sectors. Hosted by the Scientist Association at McMaster (SAM), the event was attended by over 50 students, faculty and alumni from across the Faculty. Students and faculty had the opportunity to ask the alumni about their experiences in diverse sectors including finance, health care, science education, the arts and data analysis. Attendees also received advice about the types of professional skills students need to prepare for potential roles outside academia. With the event’s success, there are plans to hold more such events in the future.

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McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

Office of the Dean of Science
McMaster University
Burke Science Building (BSB), Room 102
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Business Hours:
8:30AM - 12:00PM + 1:00PM - 4:30PM
Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.22616
Fax:
(905) 546-9995
Student Inquiries:
science@mcmaster.ca