Wearing a uniform may change the way the brain processes information

New research from a team of cognitive neuroscientists suggests that simply putting on a uniform, similar to one that the police might wear, automatically affects how we perceive others, creating a bias towards those considered to be of a low social status. Sukhvinder Obhi, Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, and post doc Ciro Civile conducted the research which was recently published in Frontiers in Psychology. The results raise important questions about stereotypes and profiling, and explore how the symbolic power and authority associated with police uniforms might affect these tendencies.

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Chem & Chem Bio professor recognized for his contribution to silicone science

Michael Brook, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, and School of Interdisciplinary Science, Faculty of Science, is the winner of this year’s Chemical Institute of Canada’s Macromolecular Science and Engineering Award. The award is presented to a researcher who has made a distinguished contribution to macromolecular science or engineering. Brook is recognized for his contribution to silicone polymer chemistry, with his nomination describing him as Canada’s most renowned silicone polymer expert.

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Radiation Sciences graduate program launches new website

McMaster’s graduate programs in Radiation Sciences now have a new website, www.science.mcmaster.ca/radgrad. Coming together under the umbrella of the new Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Radiation Sciences last year, the revitalized programs are welcoming applications for their next cohort of students. The new academic unit offers graduate programs in Radiation Biology, Medical Physics, and Health Physics.

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Faculty of Science’s new Dean announced

The Senate and Board of Governors of the University have approved the appointment of Maureen MacDonald, currently the Director, School of Interdisciplinary Science, and associate member of Kinesiology, as the new Dean of Science. Provost David Wilkinson cited MacDonald’s vision for the Faculty of Science, her leadership skills and her many years’ commitment and service to McMaster among the reasons for her appointment. She assumes the role of Dean on May 1.

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