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Our students are taught by some of the leading scientific researchers in their fields and receive fantastic opportunities to participate in ground-breaking research. Our numerous graduate programs are respected around the world. Together we investigate worlds from the nano scale to the theoretical, and everything in between. We explore areas as diverse as the best ways to teach and learn, activities to stay healthy, and new methods to model and view the universe, among many others.
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Why male song birds have colourful plumage is turning out to be a more complicated story than first thought. Cody Dey, a PhD candidate in Biology at McMaster at the time of the research, was part of a team that looked at nearly 6,000 species for the study published in the international journal Nature. Using advances in computing power and new methods to compare colouration in different species, the research group studied every species of passerine, the perching songbirds that make up about 60 per cent of the world’s 10,000 species of birds.
The Faculty of Science and the Dean of Science welcome Dr. Maureen MacDonald, Department of Kinesiology, as the inaugural Director of the School of Interdisciplinary Science. The School of Interdisciplinary Science was formally approved by the Board of Governors on October 22, 2015, and will open officially on January 1, 2016. The School aims to be a national and international centre for interdisciplinary science education. It will foster exploration and discovery while emphasizing experiential, collaborative and student-centred learning.