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.
Cliff Burgess, Physics & Astronomy, has won third place in the 2016 Bulchalter Cosmology Prize competition. Burgess won the prize for his paper EFT Beyond the Horizon: Stochastic Inflation and How Primordial Quantum Fluctuations Go Classical. The Buchalter Cosmology Prize was created to encourage and recognize ideas in cosmology that have the potential to fundamentally advance our understanding of physics.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Alexander Bain, Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology. A graduate of University of Toronto and UBC, he developed his career-long research interest in the theory of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy at the University of Cambridge, where completed his PhD. He was a respected colleague and supportive mentor to many aspiring students and junior faculty. He will be fondly remembered by his colleagues at the University and in the NMR community in Canada and beyond. An obituary and online book of condolence can be found here.
Congratulations to a group of McMaster Geography & Earth Sciences students who took five of nine top places in an international contest that tested competitors’ creative use of geographic information systems (GIS). Participants in the Esri Global Content Challenge had to take a list of authoritative data and, using their backgrounds and imaginations, develop compelling scientific stories using Esri’s Story Map Journal app. The competition drew more than 500 entries from nearly 60 countries in three categories: Land, Ocean and Population. Students in Patrick DeLuca’s course, Special Topics in GIS, took second and third place in Land, second and third in Ocean, and third in Population, dominating the competition, plus one honourable mention. A complete list of the McMaster winners and links to their project can be found here.