May 15, 2013
Greg Slater co-authors research in World's oldest flowing water found deep in Timmins mine. CBC News, Hamilton Spectator
May 13, 2013
Allison Williams CIHR funded research on employee-caregiver relationships was
highlighted in Saturday's Spectator
April 30, 2013
Congratulations to Matt Adams on winning a URISA-Ontario (Association for GIS
April 29, 2013
Congratulations to Huyen Dam on passing her PhD comprehensives.
Congratulations to Corinne Schuster-Wallace (SGES Adjunct) on receiving a
Grand Challenges Canada Stars in Global Health Grants for her project "From Waste to Health". The CBC also features her project.
Congratulations to Mike Waddington and his colleagues on receiving a grant from Syncrude.
April 26, 2013
Congratulations to Jessica Slomka on receiving the Walter Gibbins Memorial Travel Bursary.
April 24, 2013
Congratulations to Allison Williams who was awarded a new CIHR research chair to investigate gender, workplaces and caregiver-employee policy. Daily News
April 15, 2013
Congratulations to Mike Mercier, Luc Bernier, Maureen Padden and Walt Peace for receiving funding from the
FWI fund for their proposal "Community-Based, Modular Learning Portfolio"
Congratulations to Sally Radisic on passing her PhD comprehensives.
April 10, 2013
Congratulations to MITL researchers, including Pavlos Kanaroglou and Mark
Ferguson on receiving a SSHRC Insight Grant.
McMaster celebrates its Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada. The School of Geography & Earth Sciences is represented by John Eyles, Derek Ford, Richard Harris, Leslie King, Gerald Middleton, Henry Schwarcz and Roger Walker. Daily News Article.
Congratulations to Greg Zilberbrant on passing his PhD. comprehensives.
April 02, 2013
The School of Geography & Earth Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Janok Bhattacharya.
Congratulation to Paulin Coulibaly on receipt of a NSERC RTI.
April 01, 2013
Congratulations to Bill Morris, Mike Waddington, and Lesley Warren on the receipt of NSERC Awards.
March 21, 2013
Congratulations to Matthew Adams on winning the 2013 ESRI Development Centre (EDC) Student of the Year Award for McMaster University
March 11, 2013
Congratulation to Jess Slomka and Walt Peace on being nominated for a MSU teaching Awards.
March 05, 2013
Congratulations to Jess Slomka on receiving a SGS Grant in Aid of Travel Research and
Field Study for her summer field research.
March 01, 2013
Congratulations to Bobbie Hendricks on passing his PhD comprehensives.
February 19, 2013
Allison Williams' research on the acculturation of immigrants has been
featured in the Hamilton Spectator
February 14, 2013
Congratulations to Chris Higgins on the successful defense of his PhD comprehensives.
February 13, 2013
Congratulations to Nancy La Monica on receiving a Yates Scholarship.
Jack Rink's research on early human fossil dating and its implications, is
featured on the Daily News website
February 06, 2013
Former SGES PhD student Simon Donato together with current McMaster facility
services employee Paul Trebilcock spent the last half of 2012 traveling to and
racing in some of the toughest endurance races on the planet. The TV show that
follows their progress, Boundless, debuts on Feb. 17, 9 p.m. on the Travel and
The show follows up on a documentary the two did of the Canadian Death Race in
2011. Simon is a modern day explorer! Good on him. Check out the TV show trailer here
February 05, 2013
Congratulations to Amy Elliott on winning best poster at the 27th Annual
Gananoque Environmental Science and Engineering Conference.
February 01, 2013
Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Clark on the successful defence of his PhD.
Congratulations to Allison Williams on receiving a CIHR Career Award and Chair
in Gender, Work and Health
January 31, 2013
Walt Peace's upcoming presentation "Here be Dragons" is featured on CBC and in the McMaster Daily News.
January 29, 2013
Congratulations to Jeanette Eby on the successful defense of her MA. thesis.
Congratulations to Victoria Coates, a student in Level IV Hons. BA (Geography & Political Science) on receiving the Dr. Mary Keyes award for outstanding
academic achievement and athletic excellence. Victoria is currently working
with Dr. Richard Harris and was a USRA winner this past summer.
January 23, 2013
Ed Reinhardt's underwater research is featured in the Daily News
January 15, 2013
Mike Waddington's research into the effects of wildfires at the
Wainfleet Bog was highlighted recently on the CBC and the Welland Tribune.
January 07, 2013
Congratulations to Scott Bennet for winning the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology.
CBC news article Nikolaos Yiannakoulias on Kids in low-income areas at higher risk of being hit by commuters.
Congratulations to Chris Higgins for winning the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology, the Transportation association of Canada TAC Foundation Scholarship, and the Canadian Transportation Research forum CN Scholarship.
Congratulations to Richard Harris on being elected as a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
Congratulations to Rob Thorne on passing his PhD comprehensive exams.
December 21, 2012
Congratulations to Talitha Santini who was awarded an Endeavour Research
Fellowship by the Australian Government, Department of Industry, Innovation,
Science, Research, and Tertiary Education.
December 18, 2012
Congratulations to Randy Bui who recently passed his PhD. comprehensive examination.
Congratulations to Clare Atkins on the successful defense of her MA. thesis.
Congratulations to Nwanneoma Ngonadi on the successful defense of her M.Sc. thesis.
December 13, 2012
Congratulations to Dr. Kate Mulligan on the successful defence of her PhD.
SGES welcomes Alex Poulin. Alex will be filling the
role of computer technician, and will be starting in late January, 2013. Many
of you may have already met Alex, as he has provided computer assistance to
SGES over the past months in his previous role with UTS.
December 12, 2012
Congratulations to Dr. Madeline Lee on the successful defence of her PhD.
Congratulations to Jessica Slomka on passing her PhD Comprehensive examinations.
December 03, 2012
Congratulations to Matt Adams who recently passed his PhD. comprehensive examination.
November 21, 2012
Congratulations to Walt Peace who has been nominated for a MSU Teaching award.
Congratulations to Kurt Kornelsen who successfully completed his comprehensive
Congratulations to both Jess Slomka and Riley Mulligan for their nominations
for a MSU Teaching Award.
November 15, 2012
Congratulations to Alex Fitzgerald on the successful defense of his M.Sc. thesis.
November 14, 2012
Congratulations to the following students on receipt of scholarship awards:
Nagissa Mahmoud, awarded the Dr. Denis Shaw Memorial Award.
Chris Higgins, awarded the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport
Md Moniruzzaman, awarded The E.B. Ryan Scholarship
November 12, 2012
Bruce Newbold was awarded the David E. Boyce award in recognition of service
to the field of Regional Science at the Ottawa meetings of the North American
Regional Science Association.
November 08, 2012
Congratulations to Maureen Padden on winning an Environmental Award from the Hamilton Conservation Authority for Envirothon (an environmental competition for high school students)
October 20, 2012
Mark Ferguson and Christopher Higgins in the Hamilton Spectator Illuminates issue of LRT for the City of Hamilton and the The Bill Kelly Show, CHML Radio
October 18, 2012
MITL, Pavlos Kanaroglou, and Charles Burke are mentioned in the Spectator Article regarding the recent TransLog conference.
October 12, 2012
Sweater Sale! GESS is selling sweaters during most of this month, and have sample sizes and
colours in their office (BSB 346). Stop by and check them out!
October 05 ,2012
It is with profound sadness that the School of Geography & Earth Sciences announces the death of Dr. Susan Vajoczki early Satuday morning at the Stedman Hospice in Brantford. McMaster Daily News Article
Congratulations to Victoria Coates, a 4th Year BA student, on being named Macs
Athlete of the Week. Victoria runs for Mac's cross-country team, which won a
recent international meet in Chicago.
Congratulations to Dr. Lily DeMiglio on the successful defense of her PhD
October 04, 2012
Congratulations to Bill Morris on his award from NRCan for the project "Modeling and Interpretation of geophysical data to document geophysical
properties and test spatial associations of circular and other magnetic
anomalies for operation geo-mapping for energy and minerals (GEM), Nunavut and
September 26, 2012
Congratulations to Richard Harris on receiving aSSHRC Connections Grant.
September 25, 2012
Congratulations to Shawn Collins who recently passed his PhD. comprehensive examination.
Congratulations to Tom Lavery on the successful defense of his MA. thesis.
September 19, 2012
Congratulations to Michelle Reid (working with Lesley Warren) who has been
awarded an OGS.
September 17, 2012
Congratulations to Benjamin Garden on the successful defense of his MA. thesis.
September 13, 2012
Congratulations to Steven Baisley on the successful defense of his M.Sc. thesis.
September 10, 2012
Congratulations to Rebecca Moumblow on the succesful completion of her comprehensive exams.
September 06, 2012
Congratulations to Dr. Aman Gill on the successful defense of his PHD thesis.
Congratulations to Kristina Cimaroli and Jenny Cho on the successful defense of their MA. thesis.
Susan Vajoczki, Director of the Centre for Leadership in Learning Introduces Teaching Assistants to Teaching and Learning at McMaster. Daily news
September 05, 2012
Richard Harris's book, Building a Market. The Rise of the Home Improvement Industry, 1914-1960, has just been published by the University of Chicago Press.
August 31, 2012
Mike Waddington was featured in the St Catharines Standard "Professor keen to study bog fire"
August 27, 2012
Congratulations to Jennifer Hoesen (Level 4 Honours Environmental Science) is the inaugural recipient
of the Walker/Middleton Fieldwork Fund. The award funds will be used to assist with the costs
associated for Envir Sc 3ME3 – Environmental Studies Field Camp.
Congratulations to Sue Vajoczki on her successful SSHRC Connection Grant
proposal which will support ISSOTL's 2012 Annual Conference being hosted by
CLL and McMaster University
August 23, 2012
Congratulations to Dr. Iris Lenauer on the successful defense of her PHD thesis.
Dr. Walt Peace is quoted in today's Hamilton Spectator:"A+ idea to buy Hamilton schools"
August 21, 2012
Congratulations to Michelle Molon and Martin Clark on the successful defence of their MSc. thesis.
August 15, 2012
Congratulations to Chris Drudge who was selected as a winner in the student
presentations for the Goldschmidt Geochemistry Meetings in Montreal in June.
August 08, 2012
Congratulations to Kathy Fisher on the successful defence of her PhD. thesis.
August 07. 2012
Graduating students Chrissie Fandrich and Vlad Melnic have won the Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 award from The Starfish.
July 25, 2012
Mike Waddington and Danielle Simkus, and their respective research interests, are featured on the front page of the Hamilton Spectator. See Daily News
Congratulations to Kate Stephenson on the successful defence of her M.Sc. thesis.
July 24, 2012
Ceinwen Giles is an alumnus of SGES (she did her HONS. BA in Geography and an
MA in Geography with Richard Harris in the late ‘90s), and is a cancer survivor and
was an Olympic torch-bearer in suburban London. CBC News
July 23, 2012
Congratulations to Adrian Klisz on the successful defence of his MA. thesis.
July 18, 2012
Congratulations to Rebecca Moumblow as a winner of the Jérôme Remick III
Poster Awards, as judged at the GAC®-MAC conference for her paper "Nd isotope
mapping of crustal sutures between accreted terranes of different ages within
the deeply exhumed core of the Grenville orogen in Labrador"
July 17, 2012
Congratulations to our incoming students who have received undergrad wards:
The Leone Betty Blackwell Memorial Book Prize – Shawn Kovacs
The Lloyd Reeds Prizes – Melissa Gallina and Monica Perski,
The E.S. Moore Prize – Michelle Reid
July 16, 2012
Geography at McMaster is ranked within the top 100 geographhy programs
according to the QS Rankingsas well Earth and Marine Sciences is ranked in the top 200.. McMaster Daily News
June 29, 2012
Congratulations to Kim Devotta who has defended successfully her MA thesis.
June 28, 2012
As Pavlos Kanaroglou steps down from his role as Director, we would like to take this
opportunity to thank him for his service and commitment to the School over
these past 5 years. The School has grown and benefited from his leadership.
The new Director Bruce Newbold is looking forward to working with you all over the coming years as we continue to
grow SGES and its reputation.
Congratulations to Monica Perski who has received a 2012 Harry Lyman Sr. Hooker Fellowship.
June 25, 2012
Dr. Heather Dorries has accepted our offer for a one year
contractually limited appointment (CLA) position in Human Geography. Heather completed her
doctoral studies in planning at the University of Toronto in January 2012.
Jne 21, 2012
Congratulations to Dr. Sara Edge on the successful defense of her doctoral thesis.
June 14, 2012
Congratulations to Jarin Esita who has defended successfully her MA thesis.
June o8, 2012
Congratulation to Bruce Newbold who will become the new Director of the School of Geography and Earth Sciences effective July 1,
June 07, 2012
The Middleton Medal was awarded for the first time at the GAC meeting, on
May 28, 2012
Congratulations to Monir Monirruzzaman who was selected to receive the 2013 WCTRS Prestige Grant.
May 18, 2012
Green Mining Science Camp commences May 20th to 25th. Teachers and students from mining communities from across the country will participate in a week long hands on science camp that demonstratesthe issues with acid mine drainage. The event has been sponsored by the RBC Blue Water Foundation Endowment.
May 17, 2012
Classroom on the side of a mountain, Earth/Envr Sc 4FF3 Field Camp in the McMaster Daily News
May 16, 2012
Congratulations to Sandra Micucci who defended successfully her doctoral dissertation.
Congratulations to Rachel Humphrey for winning the 2012 CMOS Undergraduate Scholarship from the Canadian
Meteorological and Oceanography Society
May 15, 2012
Congratulations to Lily DeMiglio who won the Award for Best Oral Paper at the Hospice Palliative Care Ontario 2012 Conference, April 29 - May 2nd, held in Richmond Hill.
May 10, 2012
McMaster University is proud to announce the launch of two new awards honouring Gerard Middleton and Roger Walker. The Middleton/Walker Tribute Fund
Congratulations to Keri Cameron on passing her doctoral comprehensive examination.
Congratulations to Jeanette Eby who was honored by YWCA as a young woman of disctinction.
May 08, 2012
Allison Williams is interviewed on Hamilton Vital Signs, Gwetting started and Belonging in Hamilton. Video
April 04, 2012
Congratulations to Sarah Dickin who was awarded a H. Vincent Elliott Memorial Travel Bursary from the School of Graduate Studies.
March 29, 2012
Congratulations to Mike Mercier who was one of the finalists this year for the MSU teaching award.
Congratulations to Nicole Fallon on the successful defense of her of her Masters thesis.
March 26, 2012
Congratulations to Allison Williams for receiving funding from SSHRC for her Metropolis proposal.
March 22, 2012
Congratulations to Dr. Dan Thompson on the successful defense of his doctoral dissertation
March 21, 2012
The McMaster team of SGES grad students – Jess Slomka, Riley Mulligan, Peter Tschirhart and Michael Cooley (Economics) competed in the AAPG Imperial Barrel Award (Canada Region) in Calgary on Friday
and placed 4th. The IBA is an annual oil and gas basin evaluation competition for geoscience graduate
students from universities around the world. This is the first year McMaster has been invited to the
competition and the 4th place finish is one to be very proud of. Congratulations to our hard working team!
March 19, 2012
Darren Scott and Antonio Páez are quoted in the Canada.com article on Grey Gridlock:Car advances should ease commute for aging workforce
February 29, 2012
Allison Williams was on Global National News speaking about compassionate care. Global TV's website to stream the video: Part 2
February 15, 2012
Congratulations to Lesley Warren on a CSIRO Distinguished Visiting Scientist Award for her upcoming sabbatical leave in Australia. Also, with the University of Western Australia she was awarded a grant to look at bioremediation of bauxite
Congratulations to Lisa Sonnenburg who has been awarded a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship.
February 10, 2012
Congratulations to Sue Vajoczki on becoming a 2012 3M National Teaching Fellow.
Congratulations to Sarah Dykeman won the Jacques May Thesis Prize for the Masters category. The formal
announcement will be at the upcoming AAG meetings.
Congratulations to Alexandra Milanetti who has won the ESRI Canada GIS Scholarship for this year.
Feburary 06, 2012
Congratulations to Monir Moniruzzaman who won the award for the best Masters thesis in the Transportation
Specialty Group Competition of the Association of American Geographers.
January 30, 2012
Congratulations to Bruce Newbold who was awarded a grant from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Congratulations to Allison Williams on the publication of her book 'Health in Rural Canada' by UBC Press.
December 13, 2011
Congratulations to James Sherwood who defended successfully his MSc. thesis.
Congratulations to Scott Bennet for passing his doctoral comprehensive examination.
December 06, 2011
Congratulations to Nay Kaneda who defended successfully his MA thesis.
December 05, 2011
Congratulations to Dr. Bin Chen on the successful defense of his doctoral dissertation.
November 29, 2011
Congratulations to Dr.Jennifer Asanin Dean who defended successfully her doctoral dissertation.
November 22, 2011
McLean’s Magazine article featuring quotations from our doctoral student Kate Whalen
Congratulations to Nagissa Mahmoudi for receiving the L'Oreal Women in Science award.
Congratulations to Andrew Brennan who received the Jerome H. Remick Poster Award for
his presentation at the 2011 GAC meeting in Ottawa
November 21, 2011
Pat Deluca in the Hamilton Spectator Code Red: Born
November 16, 2011
Congratulation to Ewe Kielasinka on her successful Masters defense.
Congratulations to Yui Hashimoto for an award from the GSA Travel Assistance Fund.
October 31, 2011
Congratulations to Shakeel Ahmad on his successful Masters defense.
Congratulations to Samira Salimi on her successful Masters defense.
Congratulations to Dan Thompson who has just been hired as a Wildfire Research
Scientist with the
Canadian Forest Service in Edmonton, Alberta.
October 25, 2010
Congratulations to Sarah Dickin on passing her doctoral comprehensive examination.
October 12, 2011
Congratulations to Dr. Nick Kettridge (PDF in the Ecohydrology Lab) on accepting a position as Lecturer in the Dept.
of Geography at the University of Birmingham in the UK
October 11, 2011
Congratulations to Kath Philp and Deane Maynard who recognized on October 5th for completing 35 and 30 years of
service, respectively, by President Deane.
October 06, 2011
Congratulations to Paulin Coulibaly who was awarded a NSERC Strategic Grant.
September 30, 2011
Congratulations to Heidi Daxberger who passed her doctoral comprehensive examination.
September 29, 2011
Congratulations to Peter Tschirhart who was awarded a scholarship from the Canadian Exploration Geophysicists
September 26, 2011
Congratulation to Suo Huang who passed her doctoral comprehensive examination.
September 23, 2011
Congratulation to both Peter Dao and Tufayel Chowdhury on theirs successful defense of their Master's thesis.
Semptember 22, 2011
Congratulation to Andrew Brennan for the successful defense of his M.Sc. thesis
Congratulations to Kelsey Norland on defending successfully her doctoral dissertation and to Monir Moniruzzaman who defended successfully his MA. thesis.
september 20, 2011
Congratulations to Kate Whalen on the successful defense of her Masters thesis.
Congratulations Rob Wilton! The Board of Governors has approved the recommendation of the Senate to promote Rob Wilton to Professor.
September 15, 2011
Congratulations to Dr. John MacLachlan on his successful PhD. defense.
September 12, 2011
Congratulations to Jia Yang who defended successfully his MA. thesis
Congratulations to Xudong Liu who defended successfully his MA. thesis
September 09, 2011
Congratulation to Jessica Slomka for the successful defense of her M.Sc. thesis
Congratulation to Emily Nicholas for the successful defense of her M.Sc. thesis
September 01, 2011
Congratulation to Steven Holland for the successful defense of his M.Sc. thesis
August 30, 2011
Congratulations to Natalie Spina for the successful defense of her M.Sc. thesis.
August 23. 2011
Congratulations to Stacey Puckering for the succesful defense of her M.Sc. thesis.
Congratulations to Bonnie Chow for the succesful defense of her MA thesis.
Congratulations to Francesca Cardwell for the succesful defense of her MA thesis.
August 12, 2011
Congratulations to Dr. Dan Harrington on his successful PhD. defense.
August 09, 2011
Congratulations to Nagissa Mahmoudi who is awarded a Canada Graduate Scholarship-Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS).
August 03, 2011
Congratualtion to Sarah Dickin on receiving the McMaster 2011 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. McMaster Daily News
July 21, 2011
We're Having a Heat Wave....Dr. Altaf Arain, Director of McMaster's Centre for Climate Change answers questions. McMaster Daily News
July 13, 2011
Congratulations to Jessica Slomka who received the Walter Gibbins Memorial Travel Bursary.
July 11, 2011
Madeline Lee is in the daily news "Researcher uses geophysics to bring water to African students"
Congratulations to Michele Vine who received a travel grant from the GSA travel assistance fund.
June 24, 2001
Patrick DeLuca's Code Red collaboration earns accolades, Daily News
June 20, 2011
Michelle Reid NSERC USRA on the daily news
June 14, 2011
MITL in the Hamilton Spectator, Think ‘gateway,’ think ‘hub,’ think cargo
June 13, 2011
Greg Slater in the Hamilton Spectator "Did meteorite help form life on Earth?"
June 10. 2011
Lisa Sonnenburg finds 'needle in a haystack' as lakebed yields microscopic clues about submerged archeological sites, McMaster Daily News, CBC's Quirks & Quarks
June 09, 2011
Congratulations to Kathryn Fisher who recieved a travel grant from the Yates fund.
June 07 ,2011
Congratulations to Sarah Underhay on her successful defense of her M.Sc. thesis.
June 01, 2011
Congratulations to Sarah Beatty on passing her comprehensive examination.
May 30, 2011
Congratulations to Max Lukenbach (incoming graduate student) who won a SGS International
May 20, 2011
Congratulations to Dan Harrington who was awarded a travel grant from the Yates Fund.
May 18, 2011
Congratulations to Kelsey Norlund who won the first annual Tom Peters Memorial Student Award from the Ontario
Chapter of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA).
May 16, 2011
The Spectator’s Code Red series wins two major accolades, Congratulations to Patrick DeLuca and the Centre for Spatial Analysis
Congratulations to Tasca Santimano for winning the Jack Henderson Best M.Sc. Thesis Award of the Structural
Geology & Tectonics Division of the Geological Association of Canada.
May 11, 2011
Congratulations to Jennifer Asanin Dean who was awarded a travel grant from the Yates Fund.
Congratulations to Sarah Dykeman on her successful MA. defense.
May 02, 2011
Congratulations to Dr.Jessica Pilarczyk on her successful PhD. defense.
April 29, 2011
Congratulations to Vickie Tschirhart for passing her comprehensive examination.
April 26, 2011
We will be moving to an e-thesis model for final submission of Ph.D. and Masters level theses as of May 1, 2011. Students defending from that point onward will be expected to file their final thesis via Digital Commons on the library website.
April 25, 2011
The Code Red series, which Pat DeLuca has created all of the maps for, has been nominated for the Michener Award, which is one of the most prestigious awards for jounalism in Canada.
The Michener Award, founded in 1970 by the late Roland Michener, then Governor-General, goes to a news organizations of all sizes for articles, features and reports that make a significant impact on the public good and achieve identifiable results.
Nicole Forbes, a second-year student studying geography and environmental sciences, will travel to Kosovo and Macedonia as part of the Global Youth Network McMaster Daily News
April 21, 2011
Congratulations to Jeff Axisa who defended his MA thesis successfully.
April 19, 2011
Congratulations to Sarah Beatty on receiving the R. Edward Munn Ontario Graduate Scholarship.
Congratulations to Chris Drudge on receiving the Jan W. deGrijs Ontario Graduate Scholarship.
April 18, 2011
Congratualtion to Bruce Newbold as Acting Associate Director.
April 12, 2011
Congratulations to Chris Drudge for passing his comprehensive examination.
April 04, 2011
Congratulations to Jessica Pilarczyk for a travel award from the Yates fund.
March 31, 2011
Congratulations to Kelsey Norlund and Steve Holland for receiving travel grants from the Mineralogical Association of Canada to attend this year's GAC/MAC conference.
Congratulations to Dan Harrington and Jennifer Asanin-Dean for receiving travel grants from the Canadian Association of Geographers to attend this year's CAG conference
March 30, 2011
Congratulations to Aman Gill and Ron Dalumpines for being successful with a GSA travel award.
March 29, 2011
Congratulations to Nagissa Mahmoudi, Kurt Kornelson and Victoria Tschirhart for being awarded NSERC scholarships.
March 25, 2011
Congratulations to Carolyn Eyles, Antonio Páez, Pauline Couilbaly and Henry Schwarcz on their success with the Discovery Awards program. The School's rate of success was 100%. University wide 65 of 101 applications were funded. The overall NSERC rate of success for this year is not yet known.
March 14, 2011
Congratulations to Lesley Warren
and Greg Slater
on a significant NSERC CRD Award, in combination with funding from Syncrude.
February 22, 2011
Kate Mulligan speaks at prestigious science conference, Hamilton Spectator
February 14, 2011
Congratulations to Athena Tordjman-Goodfellow for passing her comprehensive examination.
February 02 ,2011
The SGES Photo Contest has come to a close. The winners are:
1) Yellowstone National Park- Suo Huang
2) Cinqueterre, Italy - Michael Mercier
3) 12 Apostles, Australia- Jeff Axisa
View the Winners Photo Gallery
January 26, 2011
Congratulations to Tessa Wilson who recently graduated from SGES, who will be receiving The Junior League of Hamilton-Burlington's Community Award as well as The Hamilton Transportation Club scholarship.
January 25, 2011
Dr. Sean Carey has signed the letter of appointment and he is going to be our new colleague starting July 1, 2011. My special thanks to the committee for the excellent job they did and thanks to everyone in the School that participated in the hiring process.
January 18, 2011
Congratulations to Altaf Arain on being awarded a grant from CIHR.
January 13, 2011
Congratulations to Amy Elliott on passing her comprehensive examinatiion.
December 22, 2010
Congratulations to Xudong Liu and Ron Dalumpines on passing their comprehensive examinatiions.
December 15, 2010
Congratulations to Michelle Vine and Iris Lenauer on passing their Ph.D comprenhensive examination on December 13, 2010.
December 06, 2010
Congratulations to Tasca Santimano on her successful MSc. defense.
November 16, 2010
Ed Reinhardt and Mike Waddington on CHCH TV News concerning the Mexican underground methane explosion.
November 15, 2010
Congratulations to Lisa Sonnenburg who defended successfully her doctoral dissertation.
October 28, 2010
Congratulations to Nagissa Mahmoudi on passing her doctoral comprehensive examination.
October 22, 2010
Congratulations to Sang-Tae Kim for an ACS-PRF award from the American Chemical Society.
Congratulations to Roberto Melfi who defended successfully his MA thesis.
October 21, 2010
Alumna's $1-million gift will create a new research chair in geology within McMaster's School of Geography & Earth Sciences.
October 06, 2010
Congratulations to Irene Albi who was recognized today at a luncheon for completing 20 years of service with McMaster University.
September 29, 2010
Congratulations to Altaf Arain on being awarded a Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) grant
September 24, 2010
Congratulation to Jamie Spinney who defended successfully his doctoral dissertation.
September 16, 2010
Congratulations to Richard Harris who was named Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Daily News Article
September 14, 2010
Congratulations to Morgan Levison (MA) and Rebecca Hewitson(M.Sc.) on the successful defense of their Master thesis.
Congratulations to Kevin Burdette on the successful defense of his doctoral thesis.
September 01, 2010
Congratulations to Lana Wilhem and Samantha Mackay on the successful defense of their M.Sc. thesis.
August 30, 2010
Congratulations to Lisa Leoni on the successful defense of her M.Sc. thesis.
Congratulations to Andrew Clark who has won the SSHRCCC Sport Participation Research Initiative Award.
Congratulations to Sarah Ahmad on the successful defense of her M.A. thesis.
August 11, 2010
Congratulations to Bill Morris for being successful with a MITACS Accelerate award.
Congratulations to Jamie Stuckless who defended successfully her MA theses.
July 28, 2010
Congratulations to Kelsey MacCormack who defended successfully her doctoral dissertation.
July 26, 2010
Congratulations to Peter Saberton and Adam Drackley who defended successfully their MA theses.
July 20, 2010
Congratulations to Bill Morris for a research award from Votorantim Metals.
July 16, 2010
Congratulations to Anneliese Poetz who defended successfully her doctoral dissertation.
July 12, 2010
International study calculates Earth's 'breathing' rate
Congratulations to Tim Duval who defended successfully his doctoral dissertation.
June 23, 2010
Congratulations to Heather McLeod on passing her doctoral comprehensive examination.
Congratulations to Maureen Padden
and her husband Michael on the birth of their son Ryan, and to Greg Slater
and his wife Bridgette on the birth of their son Joseph
June 14, 2010
Congratulations to Lesley Warren for being successful with a grant from Syncrude Canada Ltd.
June 09, 2010
Congratulations to Gloria Lopez who was awarded a post doctoral fellowship from the Azrieli Foundation International Fellows Program, Israel.
Congratulations to Steven Farber defending successfully his doctoral dissertation.
June 07, 2010
Imperial Oil donates to SGES to help spark interest in geology, mining.
June 02, 2010
Congratulations to William Spicer on the successful defense of his Masters thesis.
May 31, 2010
Congratulations to Dominik Papinski defending successfully his doctoral dissertation
Congratulations to Sarah Dykeman, Bonnie Chow and Franceca Cardwell who have received scholarships from SSHRC for their Masters studies
May 26, 2010
Congratulations to Dominik Papinski defending successfully his doctoral dissertation
Congratulations to Sarah Dykeman, Bonnie Chow and Franceca Cardwell who have received scholarships from SSHRC for their Masters studies
May 10, 2010
Congratulations to Sarah Beatty who won an Outstanding Student Paper Award for her presentation at the 2009 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meetings in San Francisco, Ca.
May 07, 2010
Congratulations to all the OGS scholarships competition winners. This speaks volumes to the quality of our students, congratulations to all of them
Congratulations to Andrew Clark who was awarded a SSHRC doctoral scholarship.
May 06, 2010
Congratulations to Craig Maunder for the successful defense of his M.Sc thesis.
April 29, 2010
Congratulations to Henry Schwarcz who will be awarded a Honorary Doctor of Science degree in the June 2010 convocation.
Congratulations to Jaclyn Rhodes for the successful defense of he MA thesis.
April 27, 2010
Congratulations to Richard Harris who has been elected a member of the McMaster Senate. John Eyles is already a member of the Senate, so we have now two members from the School.
April 26, 2010
Bruce Newbold on Impact of Downsizing Boomers in the Hamilton Spectator
April 22, 2010
Congratulations to Lisa Sonnenburg who was selected to receive the R. E. Taylor Poster Award at the SAA 75th Anniversary Meeting in St Louis, MO
Congratulations to Eden Hynes on the successful defense of her M.Sc thesis.
April 21, 2010
Congratulations to Janina Plach for passing her doctoral comprehensive examination.
April 20, 2010
Congratulations to Lily DeMiglio on receiving a three year CIHR doctoral research award.
April 12, 2010
Congratulations to Heidi Daxberger who was awarded a dissertation scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Congratulations to Darren Scott for a grant from Geomatics for Informed Decisions.
CODERED, Where you live Affects your Health
April 05, 2010
Congratulations to Rob Wilton and Antonio Páez that were both successful with their applications for SSHRC grants.
April 01, 2010
Congratulations to Amy Elliott, Steven Holland and Stacey Puckering for being successful with their NSERC scholarship application.
Congratulations to Tasca Santimano
who received a grant from the Mineralogical Association of Canada in support of her field research.
March 31, 2010
Altaf Arain, Mike Waddington and Lesley Warren help Mac's new climate change centre is reaching out
Congratulations to Altaf Arian who was successful with an NSERC Research Tools and Instruments award
McMaster opens Centre for Climate Change
March 29, 2010
Congratulations to Rob Wilton who has been appointed as Book Review Editor of the journal Social and Cultural Geography for a 5 year term.
Congratulations to Altaf Arain
and Sang-Tae Kim
for being successful for NSERC Discovery awards.
Congratulations to Jennifer Asanin Dean for an award from the GSA Travel Assistance Fund for her participation in the upcoming AAG meetings.
Congratulations to Antonio Páez and the team he led that won the Burrill award to be received at the April Association of American Geographers meetings.
March 08, 2010
Congratulations to Lisa Leoni for winning 1st place in the Poster
Presentation at the 4th Annual International Women's Day Conference held at McMaster March 5,6, 2010
Ottawa re-invests in Canada Research Chairs at McMaster, congratulations to Greg Slater and Pavlos Kanaroglou
Congratulations to Lily DeMiglio and Paul Moore for passing their doctoral comprehensive examinations.
February 26, 2010
Congratulations to Paulin Coulibaly who received a research grant from the Hamilton Region Conservation Authority.
February 16, 2010
Congratulations to Kate Mulligan for being awarded a Canada Graduate Scholarship - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement.
Congratulations to Dan Harrington for winning first prize in the student paper competition at the AllerGen Research Conference in Quebec City for this presentation: Canadian perceptions of food allergy risk.
February 09, 2010
Mike Waddington and Mark Tarnopolsky aim to get kids off the sofa and on the trail
January 28, 2010
Congratulations to Ashley McDonald who successfully defended her MA thesis.
January 26, 2010
The work of Kelsey Norlund and Lesley Warren highlighted in the Canadian Light Source.
January 25, 2010
Sean Fletcher Moving mountains to teach students geology
January 04, 2010
Congratulations to Andrew Clark, Kathryn Fisher and Kate Mulligan for passing their doctoral comprehensive examinations.
News & Events
December 23, 2009
News about a study involving McMaster researchers that related air pollution to pneumonia, here it is:
Binod Neupane, Michael Jerrett, Richard T. Burnett, Thomas Marrie, Altaf Arain, Mark Loeb. Long-Term Exposure to Ambient Air Pollution and Risk of Hospitalization with Community-acquired Pneumonia in Older Adults. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine Vol 181. pp. 47-53, (2010).
December 17, 2009
Congratulations to Jeremy Gabriel on the successful defense of his M.Sc thesis.
December 16, 2009
Congratulations to Darryl Pierce on the successful defense of his MA thesis.
December 11, 2009
Congratulations to Joshua Evans who defended successfully his doctoral thesis. Joshua has accepted a tenure tract appointment in Geography at Athabasca University.
ecember 04, 2009
Congratulations to Allyson Brady on the successful defense of her doctoral thesis.
December 01, 2009
Congratulations to Suo Huang who defended successfully his M.Sc thesis
November 30, 2009
Kelsey Norlund's PhD research is featured on the cover of December 1st issue of Environmental Science and Technology. Congratulations to Kelsey.
November 25, 2009 Congratulations to Mike Doughty for passing his comprehensive examination.
Congratulations to Antonio Páez who has been appointed to the editorial board of the major journal Environment and Planning A.
November 13, 2009
Antonio Páez, Bruce Newbold and Nancy Heddle research featured in Le Telejournal on blood donor research.
November 5, 2009
As CUPE has now agreed to hold a ratification vote on the University's best offer to Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants (in lieu), it is important that we ensure people are fully aware of the details of the University's offer, and that we encourage all TAs and RAs to vote. We ask you to provide any flexibility that may be required to give TAs and RAs the time to get the union's off-site offices to cast
Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants represented by CUPE Local 3906, Unit 1 are on strike. McMaster remains open and classes are continuing. McMaster’s top priority remains providing the best quality education to our students.
Students should continue to check their mcmaster.ca email account for updates. Other information is available at:
The Daily News, Student web pages, and McMaster’s Twitter feed
November 4 2009
Ed Reinhardt's research in the New York Times "In the Mediterranean, Killer Tsunamis From an Ancient Eruption"
November 2, 2009
Congratulations to Sara Edge for passing her comprehensive examination.
On Thursday, October 29th, Dr. Walt Peace presented his annual Halloween Lecture in Geog 1HA3. This was the inaugural lecture of the "Open Classrooms" project put on by McMaster's Centre for Leadersips and Learning. The lecture was entitled "Cultural Geographies of Life, Myth and Death".
October 23, 2009
Congratulations to Mark Zelek for successfully defending his M.Sc thesis
October 15, 2009
Congratulations to Maricris Marinas for winning the Outstanding Student Papers Award at the AGU Joint Assembly in Toronto.
October 14, 2009
Water Research in the School of Geography & Earth Sciences recieves funding from RBC. Congratulation Altaf Arain, Mike Waddington and Lesley Warren.
October 1, 2009
SGES and Highland Secondary School in Dundas appear in the Toronto star article Environmental film fest sparks change
Congratulations to Mike Waddington for a sub grant from Laval University
September 22, 2009
Congratulations to Huyen Dam for defending successfully her MA thesis
Congratulations to Jason Lewis for defending successfully his M.Sc thesis
September 21, 2009
Congratulations to Genham Chen, Ivy Dam and Yifei Wang for defending successfully their M.Sc thesis
September 15, 2009
Congratulations to Sarah Beatty for successfully defending her M.Sc thesis
September 14, 2009
Congratulations to Esther Moore for defending successfully her M.Sc thesis
Congratulations to Maricris Marinas for defending successfully her M.Sc thesis
September 11. 2009
Congratulations to Jason Brodeur who will be receiving the Dean's Award for Excellence in Commmunicating Graduate Research.
Congratulations to Karen Wiley for successfully defending her MA thesis.
Congratulations to Stephanie Thomson for successfully defending her MSc. thesis.
September 08, 2009
Congratulations to Dora Pouliou for her successful PhD defense, Congratulations Dr. Pouliou!
September 04, 2009
Congratulations to Susan Elliott for being successful with a SSHRC International Opportunities Fund (IOF) Development Grant.
Congratulations to Mirjana Vuksan for successfully defending her MA thesis.
September 02, 2009
Congratulations to Antoine Repussard for the successful defense of his Masters thesis.
Congratulations to Meagan Leach for successfully defending her Master's thesis.
Congratulations to Matthias Peichl on his successful PhD defense, Congratulations Dr. Peichl.
Greg Slater is Exploring space in Pavilion Lake
Contratulations to Samantha MacKay, Sarah Dickin and Emily Nicholas on being awarded 'The David and Grace Prosser Scholarship' (OGSST) for the academic year of 2009-2010.
Sean Fletcher, Mac geologist hits the motherlode
Derek Ford's long term goal achieved as the Minister of the Environment announced a large expansion (30,000 square km added) for South Nahanni National Park in the Northwest Territories
Congratulations to Ulrich Riller for an award from Wallbridge Mining Inc. sponsored by MITACS.
Jim Smith in the news at Soil Science Society of America
June 15, 2009
Congratulations to Manolis Koronios on the successful defense of his M.A. thesis
June 10, 2009
Carolyn Eyles Graduates seek groundwater for Georgetown see Daily News Article
May 19, 2009
Congratulations to Kate Mulligan on winning both SSHRC/Vaniere Canada Graduate Scholarship and Alice E. Wilson award.
May 14, 2009
Congratulations to Jennifer Asanin Dean who was successful with Doctoral SSHRC awards. Also, congratulations to Kathy Fisher who was placed in the reversion list with good chance of being awarded a scholarship.
Congratulations to Duncan Findlay for the successful defense of his doctoral dissertation.
May 05, 2009
Congratulations to Sue Vajoczki on her appointment as acting director of the Centre for Leadership and Learning (CLL). See Daily News Article
April 29, 2009
Congratulations to Chris McGuire who was selected as student of the year for the ESRI Education Development Centre. As reminder, the School is the first established ESRI EDU in Canada.
Congratulations to Myroslava Khomik for the successful defense of her doctoral thesis.
April 28, 2009
MITL Research Project on Hamilton as a Transportation Gateway in the Hamilton Spectator and the Daily News
April 23, 2009
Congratulations to Altaf Arain for being successful in obtaining a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Energy.
April 21, 2009
A few of our students were successful in securing Ontario Graduate Student scholarships for 2009-10. Congratulations to all of them!
April 16, 2009
Congratulations to Jessica Pilarczyk for winning the Denis Shaw memorial award.
The School's Graduate Student Research Day was a major success. The student award winners are as follows:
- Social Sciences
- Social Sciences
- Earth Sciences
- Earth Sciences
Best PhD: Jennifer Asanin Dean
Best MA: Jamie Stuckless
Best PhD: David Neligan
Best MA: Ashley McDonald
Best PhD: Dan Thompson
Best MSc: Nagissa Mahmoudi
Best PhD: Kelsey Norlund
Best MSc: Sarah Beatty
April 14, 2009
Congratulations to Carolyn Eyles who was nominated by the MSU and was awarded the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) Teaching Award.
Congratulations to Walt Peace who has won the President's Award for Teaching Excellence for 2009.
Congratulation to all SGES Photo Contest Winners
April 08, 2009
Congratulations to Esther Moore and Kevin Burdette for being awarded travel grants for travel bursary for the 2008 - 09 academic year.
Dominik Papinski has also been awarded a travel grant for travel to the AAG.
We are pleased to anounce that The R. Edward Munn Ontario Graduate Scholarship for the 2008 - 09 academic year has been awarded to Nagissa Mahmoudi and Maricris Marinas.
April 02, 2009
NSERC graduate scholarships:Congratulations to the following students for their success:
March 31, 2009
Jim Smith's PhD Student Kevin Mumford in the Daily News
Congratulations to Linda Reade for passing her Ph.D comprehensive examination.
March 26, 2009
Congratulations to Jim Smith for his promotion to Professor
March 19, 2009
Ulrich Riller, Mike Mercier, Jim Smith and Walt Peace have been nominated for MSU teaching awards.
Congratulations to Ting Huang for passing his comprehensive examination.
March 10, 2009
Hydrometeorology and Climatology Lab in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences unveils new weather station
March 5, 2009
Bin Chen passes his comprehensive examination and to Andrew Benson successfully defends his M.Sc thesis.
February 25, 2009
Ottawa renews funding for McMaster geographers Pavlos Kanaroglou and Greg Slater . Daily News article.
February 24, 2009
Congratulations to Dan Thompson for passing his comprehensive examination with distinction!
February 10, 2009
Congratulations to Maria Lucchese on the successful defense of her M.Sc thesis
February 09, 2009
Congratulations to Paulin Coulibaly for receiving the John C. Holland Award (in the Professional Achievement Category) on Saturday Feb. 7. See the Hamilton Spectator.
Congratulations to John Eyles for a grant from Partnerships for Health System Improvement (PHSI).
Congratulations to Kelsey Norlund for passing her comprehensive examination.
Congratulations to Darren Scott for a sub-award from the University of Vermont.
Carolyn Eyles is one of the selected 3M National Teaching Fellows for this year. Congratulations to Carolyn.See also the Daily News article.
February 04, 2009
Congratulations to Rhonda Donovan for completing successfully her comprehensive examination.
January 23, 2009
Congratulations to Jennifer Asanin Dean
for completing successfully her doctoral comprehensive examination.
January 21, 2009
Congratulations to Daniel Harrington for completing successfully his doctoral comprehensive examination.
Congratulations to Bill Morris for being awarded a research contract from OCE Research Collaboration projects with Paterson, Grant & Watson Ltd., Geological Survey of Canada, and OCE-Centre for Excellence for Earth & Environmental Technologies.
Beverly Goodman, Ph.D, 2006 from SGES (Ed Reinhardt's student), was selected by National Geographic as an emerging explorer.
January 19, 2009
Congratulations to Greg Slater on his successful application for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor. His new appointment will be effective July 1st, 2009.
Congratulations to Ulrich Riller for being awarded a research contract from Vale Inco Technical Services Ltd.
Greg Slater "Looking for Life on Mars – in a Canadian Lake" Astrobiology Magazine
January 12, 2009
Jack Rink "Glowing Strong" in the McMaster Times publication
Congratulations to Richard Harris for being awarded a grant from the Arts Research Board of McMaster University.
January 09, 2009
Congratulations to Susan Elliott for being awarded a grant from Cancer Care Ontario
January 08, 2009
Congratulations to Darren Scott for being awarded a grant from GEOIDE (Geomatics for Informed Decisions).
News & Events
December 16, 2008
Congratulation to Esther Moore and Sarah Dickin on winning SGES
first Annual Edible Structure Decorating Contest!
Congratulations to Jason Brodeur for passing his doctoral comprehensive examination
December 15, 2008
Congratulations to Farhana Ferdous on the successful defense of her MA thesis.
Congratulations to Bill Morris for being awarded a grant from Public Works and Government Services Canada.
December 5, 2008
Congratulations to Michele Love for the successful defense of her MA thesis.
Congratulations to Bill Morris for being awarded a one year contract from the Centre for Communication and Information Technology-OCE
For the 10th year in a row over 250 high school geography students and teachers got a special hands-on look at geographic information systems (GIS) and GPS technology at McMaster University's GIS Day on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008
November 18, 2008
School of Geography and Earth Sciences helps McMaster become the first Canadian university designated as an ESRI Development Centre
November 11, 2008
Congratulations to Jessica Pilarczyk for passing her doctoral comprehensive examination.
Greg Slater Research Profile in McMaster University, Faculty of Science Newsletter
October 6, 2008
Congratulations to Bill Morris for being awarded a grant from the New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources.
Congratualtion to Madeline Lee and Gillian Krezoski on the successful defence of their M.Sc. thesis.
Congratulation to Justin Ryan on the successful defence of his MA. thesis.
September 19, 2008
Congratualtion to Kelsey MacCormack for passing her comprehensive examination.
Congratulation to Lily DeMiglio on the successful defence of her MA. thesis.
September 15, 2008
Congratulations to David Neligan on the successful defence of his MA. thesis.
Congratulation to Julian Bonin on the successful defence of his M.Sc. thesis.
Congratulation to Ben Cowie on the successful defence of his M.Sc. thesis.
Congratulation to Hejun kang and Caroline Bakarat Hadad on the successful completion of their doctural thesis.
August 05, 2008
Congratulations to Richard Harris for being awarded a Research Development Initiative grant from SSHRC for two years.
July 25, 2008
Susan Elliott co-investigator in National survey to study food allergies in Canada
July 15, 2008
Driving the Inovation Economy at McMaster, Greg Slater, McMaster University Early Research Awards Recipient
Two new Associate Directores for the School of Geography & Earth Sciences. Altaf Arain(Physical) and Rob Wilton (Human Geography)
July 7, 2008
Congratulations to Dominik Papinsky on being awarded the Transport Canada Scholarship in Sustainable Transportation from the Canadian Transportation Research Forum for the 2008-2009 academic year.
Congratulations to Mike Waddington who has been appointed a member of the NSERC Strategic Projects Selection Panel- Healthy Environments and Ecosystems for a three year period ending ending March 31, 2011.
June 26, 2008
High school teachers apply lessons learned in workshop, hosted by the School of Geograph & Earth Sciences Outreach program
June 25, 2008
Greg Slater Dredging up clues about space from a BC lake appears in the McMaster Daily News
June 17, 2008
Congratulations to Ben Cowie on an award from the GSA Travel Assistance Fund towards expenses for attending the Geochemical Society meetings in UBC Vancouver later this Summer.
Congratulations to Paulin Coulibaly for being appointed Associate Editor of the Journal of Hydrologic Engineering of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Also Paulin was recently awarded a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
June 13, 2008
Hanna Maoh and Pavlos Kanaroglou were awarded the Runner-Up for the best conference paper in the 2008 Canadian Transportation Research Forum (CTRF) conference held June 1-4 in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Congratulations to Richard Harris and Lee Liaw who were awarded grants from the McMaster Incentive Fund.
Simon Donato, who convocated this week completing his PhD with Ed Reinhardt is in the Associated Press News
June 6, 2008
A recent study by Des Becstead, Mark Bown and Bruce Newbold, published through Statistics Canada made the Richard Florida blog (June 3). Please check out the following and look for Smarter Cities.
Congratulations to Susan Elliott who was awarded a one-year grant from Health Canada.
Congratulations to Lee Liaw who was awarded a grant from the National Science Council of Taiwan in support of his research visit to Academia Sinica for the time period October 1 to December 31, 2008
June 2, 2008
Congratulations to Mike Mercier and Walt Peace that received an Academic Innovation Grant (AIG) from the Experiential Education office of the Faculty of Social Sciences to revamp the labs of the first year Human Geography courses.
May 30, 2008
Antonio Paez and Darren Scott are quoted in a CanWest article on seniors and transportation that will appear in newspapers across the country this weekend.
Carolyn Eyles fourth-year field course Geo 4FF3 is in the Daily News
May 27, 2008
Congratulations to Mike Waddington for a NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplements (DAS) award.
Congratulations to Ian Droppo, an adjunct faculty in the School from NWRI, who is being inducted in the McMaster Alumni Hall of Fame on Thursday this week.
Congratulations to Pavlos Kanaroglou, Bruce Newbold, Darren Scott and Niko Yiannakoulias for their success with three year standard SSHRC grants.
Congratulations to Niko Yiannakoulias for a grant from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
May 21, 2008
Congratulations to Niko Yiannakoulias for a grant from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
May 21, 2008
at the meetings of the Canadian Association of Geographers Wayne Rouse will deliver the luminary paper for Physical Geography (http://conferium.com/Clients/cag2008/images/HoraireCag.pdf). The title of the paper is "Forty-five years in climatology-A personal odyssey" and makes some very interesting reading. It can be found as the leading article in the Canadian Geographer (Volume 52, No 1, pp 5-21). Congratulations to Wayne for being selected to deliver the luminary paper for this year.
May 16, 2008
Yesterday at the Canadian Geophysical Union annual meeting in Banff Hok Woo was awarded the prestigious the J. Tuzo Wilson Medal. Every year the Canadian Geophysical Union presents the J. Tuzo Wilson Medal to scientists who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of geophysics in Canada. The selection process criteria include excellence in scientific or technical research, instrument development, industrial applications, and teaching. Woo becomes only the second hydrologist to win this award. Congratulations Hok!
May 15, 2008
Congratulations to Lisa Sonnenburg, Jason Brodeur and Aman Gill who are the recipients of OGSST scholarships for this year as follows:
SONNENBURG, EP - "DAVID AND GRACE PROSSER"
BRODEUR, J - "DAVID AND GRACE PROSSER"
GILL, AP - "BANK OF MONTREAL"
April 23, 2008
Congratulations to Rhonda Donovan and Daniel Harrington for receiving SSHRC CGS awards at the doctoral level for three years.
We had great success with OGS this year. Congratulations to the following students who received awards:
At the Masters level:
At the doctoral level:
Lisa Sonnenburg (reversion list)
April 16, 2008
Congratulation to Susan Elliott on a grant award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
April 15, 2008
Congratulations to Dan Harrington for winning the Jacques May Thesis Prize in Medical Geography (Masters submission) for this year's AAG competition.
April 10, 2008
Congratulations to Marianne Stosser and Kelsey MacCormack in receiving GSA research awards.
April 9, 2008
Congratulations to Jessica Pilarczyk who was awarded a Geological Society of America Grant for her PhD research on tsunami deposits in Oman.
April 8, 2008 Congratulations to Greg Slater for being awarded a Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI) Round 4 Early Researcher Award (ERA). Congratulations to Dora Pouliou for being awarded a grant from the Yates Funds to wards her cost for participation in the AAG meetings, Boston.
April 7, 2008
Lesley Warren in the Daily News Article about "Slow melt of heavy snow better for the" environment
April 4, 2008
Congratulations to all those graduate students that received NSERC awards. We had a total of eight awards as follows:
Heather McLeod, Janina Plach, Marianne Stoesser, and Katie Shea: CGSM
Peter van Hengstum and Dan Thompson: CGSD2
Kelsey Norlund: CGSD3
Kelsey MacCormack: PGSD2.
Congratulations to Sue Vajoczki for the successful defense of her thesis at Wilfrid Laurier University.
March 10, 2008
Congratulations to Antonio Paez for a grant from Human Resources & Skills Development Canada and to Mike Waddington for a NSERC Strategic Supplemental Grant
March 7, 2008
Congratulations on research grants awarded to Bruce Newbold and David Neligan - Ontario tobacco Research Unit Altaf Arian - Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, Susan Elliott - Internal, Rick Bourbonniere -,Ducks Unlimited, Canada
February 22, 2008
Bruce Newbold in the Daily News Article regarding the Upwind Downwind Conference on Climate Change
February 21, 2008
Congratulations to Tim Duval for winning the Outstanding Student Paper Award" at the 2007 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.
February 20, 2008
Congratulations to Hejun Kang for being awarded a grant from the Yates fund for her participation in the AAG conference, April 2008.
Congratulations to Allison Williams for he success with a CIHR mid-career award and to Mike Waddington for being awarded a contract from the Centre of Excellence for Energy, Lakehead University.
January 31, 2008
Congratulations to Derick Amores for successfully defending his thesis and to Kevin Burdette for passing his comprehensive examination.
January 25, 2008
Congratulations to Simon Donato on the successful defense of his doctoral dissertation.
January 22, 2008
Daily News Article featuring Carolyn Eyles and the new interdisciplinary iSci program.
January 21, 2008
Daily News Article about Holly Hynes and Marianne Stoesser at the USRA poster session last week!
January 11, 2008
Fourth year undergraduate student Marianne Stoesser in the Daily News on a new website McMaster Rocks that showcases the wide variety of stone used as building materials and landscaping on campus.
January 07, 2008
Congratulations to Steve Farber for wining the first prize of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum (CTRF) Award in the Ph.D student category competition.Congratulations to Farhana Ferdous has won the second prize in the Masters student category competition of the CTRF.
News & Events
December 20, 2007
Congratulations to David Neligan a 2007/08 Ashley Studentship for Research in Tobacco control.
Former Geography Mac Grad Dino Crapsi featured in the Hamilton Spectator talks about GIS program.
December 18, 2007
Mike Waddington's research is highlighted in the Daily News.
December 11, 2007
Congratulations to Jack Rink for a grant from Dept of National Defense and to Henry Schwarcz for a grant from National Park Service, US Dept of Interiors.
Congratulations to Aman Gill for passing the doctoral comprehensive examination.
December 10, 2007
Congratulations to several faculty members, as follows, that were recently awarded grants
John Eyles from CTCRI
Susan Elliott from AllerGen (two grants) and from Lancaster University
Antonio Paez from MEEI technical mentorship
Bruce Newbold from the Dean's office
Lesley Warren from CfH
Pavlos Kanaroglou from CfH
Vera Chouinard from SSHRC
Congratulations to Gregory Meek for the successful defense of his MSc. thesis.
The School hosted its 9th successful GIS Day on Tuesday with over 300 high school students and teachers in attendance. The agenda consisted of GIS application presentations from Dave Grzicic (City of Hamilton) and Jessica Pilarczjk (School of Geography & Earth Sciences); a GPS Campus activity and hands-on ArcView 9.2 workshops in the GIS Lab and UTS labs. On behalf of SGES I would like to thank the following people for assisting in the success of GIS Day:
Gord Beck, Patrick DeLuca, Steven Farber
Farhana Ferdous, Sean Fletcher, Laura Labate
Hanna Maoh, David Neligan, Dora Pouliou
Henry Schwarcz in the Hamilton Spectator
Congratulations to Steve Farber on passing his doctoral comprehensive examination.
November 22, 2007
Altaf Arain has an article in the Daily News " Researcher studies forests' role as carbon sinks"
John Eyles has been called as a witness to the Senate Committee on Social Affairs which has just begun addressing health reform and population health.
November 20, 2007
Congratulations to Antonio Páez who has been appointed editor-in-chief of the Journal of Geographical Systems. The appointment will commence January 1st, 2008.
November 19, 2007
Congratulations to Jim Smith who has been appointed Chair of the Healthy Environment and Ecosystems Panel 1 for the 2007 Strategic Project Grants Supplemental competition
Congratulations to Lesley Warren on her one-year appointment as Chair of the Strategic Projects Selection Panel-Healthy Environments and Ecosystems 2 of NSERC.
November 5, 2007
Congratulations to Lesley Warren on the award of a contract from CVRD Inco Ltd. for the period September 2007 to April 2008.
October 29, 2007
We are pleased to let you know that Salome Santos has accepted the career growth position in the School and will be joining our great office team. Salome's first day will be Monday, November 5.
October 25, 2007
Congratulations to Liliana deMiglio on winning the R. Edward Munn Ontario Graduate Scholarship for 2006/2007.
Congratulations to Lesley Warren on her successful application for a NSERC Strategic Research Grant, 2007-2010.
October 16, 2007
Congratulations to Altaf Arain on his successful application for a NSERC Strategic Research Grant, 2007-2010.
Walt Peace in the Spectator is one of "...four creative, optimistic, yet pragmatic Hamiltonians whose work, both as professionals and volunteers, involves thinking about Hamiltons future, its problems and perceptions." who have been interviewed for a new series in the Spec about Hamilton's future, It also notes that Walt is on the Bay Area Restoration Council and Chair of the Hamilton Historical Board
October 1, 2007
We are happy to announce that Vanessa Killinger has joined our dynamic office team on a continuing basis.
September 26, 2007
Mike Goodchild (PhD 1969, Geography, McMaster) received the Geospatial Information and Technology Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in March, 2007.
september 24, 2007
Congratulations to Gloria Lopez on the successful defense of her PH.D.doctoral thesis.
September 21, 2007
This is to inform you that as of July 1st, 2007, Walter Peace accepted a teaching track appointment as Associate Professor in the School. I am sure you will join me in congratulating Walter for this appointment.
Congratulations to Jenn Etherington on the successful defence of her MSc thesis.
September 20, 2007
Congratulations to Kathy Moretton on the successful defence of her MSc thesis.
September 19, 2007
A ‘wiki’ assignment that Cathy Moulder and Carolyn Eyles developed for Geo 4G03 last year is profiled in the ‘Learning without Boundaries’ flyer under the sectioon ‘Leaders in Teaching and Learning’
September 17, 2007
Congratulations to Jessica Becker on a successful MA. defence.
Congratulations to Heather Slavinski on a successful M.Sc defence.
September 14, 2007
The paper by Shuhua Yi, Hok Woo and Altaf Arian on permafrost protection has been reported as a "research highlight" by the Nature Publishing Group on their Nature Geosciences web site. Web links are given below. The paper was part of Shuhua Yi's doctoral research.
You can also access the research highlights through the main Nature Geoscience website at .
September 13, 2007
Pavlos Kanaroglou and Hanna Maoh in the McMaster Daily News
September 12, 2007
Congratulations to Andrew Kingston on a successful M.Sc defence.
The McMaster Daily News has an article about Altaf Arain and Hok Woo concerning Peat and vegetation in northern areas that may help protect permafrost from the effects of climate change.
Congratulations to Jim Smith on the appointment of Associate Director in the School to represent the Earth Sciences side.
September 6, 2007
Congratulations to Rhonda Donovan on the successful completion of her MA Defense
August 29, 2007
Congratulations to Josie Messina on the successful completion of her MA Defense
August 27, 2007
Congratulations to Joshua McLaren on the successful completion of his MSc Defense.
August 21, 2007
Congratulations to Ruben Mercado on the successful completion of his PH.D. Defense
August 20, 2007
Congratulations to Kelly Woltman on the successful completion of her Masters Defense this morning.
August 10 ,2007
Congratulations to Daniel Harrington on the successful completion of his Masters Defense.
Congratulations to Hejun Kang on receiving the David and Grace Prosser Scholarship (OGSST) for the 2007-08 academic year.
August 03, 2007
We are pleased to be able to let you know that LouAnne Droughan has accepted a permanent position with us in the GSB office.
We are pleased to announce that Sean Fletcher has accepted the position of Instructional Assistant-Technician in the School.
July 27, 2007
Congratulations to Ed Reinhardt on receiving a grant from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council for the project: "Exploring a vanished coastal landscape in Holocene Southern Calabria"
Also - congratulations to Ed Reinhardt and Trish Beddows on a grant from National Geographic for the project:"Thecamoebians and foraminifera as a paleoenvironmental tool in the subterranean flooded cave systems of Quintana Roo, Mexico"
July 19, 2007
We are pleased to let you know that Vanessa Brown has accepted the career growth position in the School. Vanessa will begin her position on Monday, July 23.
July 17, 2007
Congratulations to Josie Messina on the award of a GSA travel grant for participation to an International Medical Geography Symposium.
Congratulating to Darren Grocke, who has accepted a faculty position with the Department of Earth Science, University of Durham, in the UK.
July 10, 2007
Congratulations to Paulin Coulibaly on being awarded an Ontario Early Researcher Award.
July 6, 2007
Congratulations to Dora Pouliou on the award of a GSA travel grant for participation to the International Medical Geography Symposium.
June 29, 2007
I'm sure you will all join with me in congratulating Shawn Collins, who has accepted a position as Project Geophysicist with INCO in Sudbury.
We are pleased to announce, the appointment of Dr. Pavlos Kanaroglou as Acting Director, School of Geography and Earth Sciences for a 1-year period commencing July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008.
June 28, 2007
Mike Mercier on the award of an Arts Research Board grant for "The urban social geography of Toronto in a period of dramatic change, 1901-1911"
Altaf Arain on the award of grants from FLUXNET for "Canadian Carbon Project - Ontario flux station" and "Canadian Carbon Project - C-Class modelling"
Susan Elliott on an award from the Arts Research Board for "An evaluation of a domestic violence initiative within Hamilton Police Services"
Alan Crowe on an award from the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authourity for "Relationship between E coli and algae and persistence of E colia in various habitats along the Lake Huron southeast shore"
Greg Slater on an award from CSAST: Canadian Space Agency for "Isotope tracers of microbial carbon sources, metabolism and biomarkers in the microbialites of Pavillion Lake, BC"
and to Lesley Warren on an award from CSAST: Canadian Space Agency for "Acid mine drainage biominerals: a new platform for the search for astrobiologically relevant biosignatures"
June 19, 2007
Together with his partner, Jo-Anne Marks, Jay Parsons received a City of Guelph Mayor's Award for outstanding contributions to the community last week.
June 18, 2007
Congratulations to Aman Gill on the award of an Ontario Graduate Fellowship, and to Jason Brodeur on the award of a McMaster Dalley Fellowship
Congratulations to Hok Woo and Fred L Hall on becoming Professors Emeriti in the School following their retirement on 1 July 2007.
June 1, 2007
Congratulations to Kristen Harrison for winning the Don Gray Award in Hydrology for the top student paper at the CGU, and to Dan Thompson for winning the Campbell Scientific Top Hydrology Poster award.
Since 2001 Mike Waddington's students have won 3 Don Gray Hydrology Awards and 3 Campbell Scientific Hydrology Poster Awards.
May 23, 2007
Congratulations to Myroslava Khomik who has been invited to attend the National Center for Atmospheric Research's (NCAR), 2007 Advanced Study Program's Summer Colloquium, "Regional Biogeochemistry: Needs and Methodologies" to be held June 4-15, 2007 in Boulder, CO
and to Samantha Mackay (entering Level 4) on the award of a CMOS Undergraduate Scholarship for 2006-2007 to do a BSc thesis with Altaf Arain
May 22, 2007
Congratulations to Maricris Marinas (current Level 4, incoming MSc with Jim Smith) and Duncan Findlay on being awarded Shell Canada OGSST scholarships
Myroslava Khomik on being awarded the Prosser OGSST scholarship
Gillian Krezoski on winning the United Nations Bursary of the Hamilton Community Foundation
Dora Pouliou on a travel grant from the Medical Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) to attend the International Medical Geography Symposium in Bonn, Germany.
May 17, 2007
Congratulations to Matthias Peichl on the successful completion of his PhD Comprehensive Exam
May 16, 2007
Congratulations to Jessica Pilarczyk on the award of the CMOS - SCOR NSERC Scholarship Supplement for 2006-2007.
May 7, 2007
Congratulations to Pete van Hengstum on the award a Geological Society of America Graduate-Student Research Grant for "Foraminifera and thecamoebians in the submerged cave systems of Quintana Roo, Mexico"
April 24, 2007
John Hogg (Hons BSc Geology '81) has been named to the McMaster Alumni Gallery.
April 23, 2007
Congratulations to Marianne Stosser on a Geol. Soc. America Undergraduate Research Award to help support her Geo 4R06 thesis with Carolyn on "Sedimentological analysis of laminated argillites of the Huronian Gowganda Formation exposed at Whitefish Falls, Ontario".
Congratulations to Sarah Tiffin on the successful completion of her PhD Comprehensive examination
April 19, 2007
The McMaster Daily News has a story about John Eyles project with Setephen Birch and researchers in South Africa to examine inequalities in that country's health care.
April 18, 2007
Congratulations to Allyson Brady on the successful completion of her PhD Comprehensive Examination
April 17, 2007
Congratulations to Steve Farber on winning an SSHRC CGS, and to Gen Clark and Josh Evans on winning SSHRC doctoral scholarships,and to David Nelligan on a SSHRC Masters scholarship
Congratulations to Luc Bernier on the successful defence of his PhD thesis "Sulphur biogeochemistry in a mine tailings lake"
April 11, 2007
Congratulations to Dominik Papinski on successfully completing his PhD Comprehensive Examination
April 10, 2007
Congratulations to Ed Reinhardt, with Trish Beddows as co-PI, on the award of the Royal Geographical Society - Insitute of British Geographers Ralph Brown Expedition Award for "Thecamoebians and foraminifera as a paleoenvironmental tool in the subterranean flooded cave systems of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico"
Congratulations to John Maclachlan and Walt Peace on being nominated for MSU Teaching Awards
Congratulations to Marianne Stoesser (completing Level 3 E&ES) on the award of a Weather Network - Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographical Society (CMOS) Scholarship
Congratulations to our successful OGS applicants:
Kelsey Norlund, Aislyn Trendell
Peter vanHengstum, Lily DeMiglio, Maria Lucchese
Allyson Brady, Genevieve Clark, Steven Farber, Sara Edge (from Waterloo)
Jonathan Liberda, Tim Duval and Matthias Peichl are on the reversion lists
Well done, everyone
Congratulations to Gloria Lopez on gaining an NSERC PDF aimed for Canadian Government Agencies & Laboratories.
It can be held at any suitable agency, including the Geological Survey of Canada, any Geoscience Center, Natural Resources Canada, Canada Space Agency, Defence Research & Development, etc.
March 30, 2007
The Canadian Quaternary Association is delighted to announce that the 2007 W.A. Johnston Medalist for outstanding professional contributions to Quaternary Studies is Henry P. Schwarcz. Henry has been a pioneer in the use of isotope data from speleothems for paleotemperature and other paleoenvironmental reconstructions, as well as their use in dating. He has published over 280 papers, supervised more than 40 graduate students, including 28 PhDs, has served on many national and international committees, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. We invite Henry's friends, colleagues and admirers to join us at the up-coming CANQUA meeting in Ottawa (4-8 June; please go to CANQUA for further conference details) to celebrate Henry and his accomplishments.
March 29, 2007
Congratulations to Bill Morris on the award of a five-year NSERC Discovery Grant for "Development of 3D geological models through integration of multiple remote sensing and geophysical data sets"
and to Darren Grocke on a Research Tools and Instruments grant for "Elemental analysis and stable-isotope mass spectrometry"
Nine members of the School are in various stages of five-year Discovery grants from the Environmental Earth Sciences committee, five from Solid Earth Sciences, three from Civil Engineering and one from the Interdisciplinary committee.
March 27, 2007
Congratulations to Darren Grocke on an award from the SSHRC Aid to Research Workshops and Conferences in Canada Program for a workshop in July "Stable isotopes in archaeological midden shells: high-resolution palaeoclimatic and palaeoenvironmental archives"
Congratulations to Lei (Sunny) Xu who yesterday successfully defended her PhD thesis "Initial destination choices and subsequent relocations of the immigrants in Canada"
March 22, 2007
Congratulations to our NSERC scholarship winners:
Kelsey Norlund and Jessica Pilarczyk - Canada Graduate Scholarships
Peter van Hengstum on an extension to his Post Graduate Scholarship
Allyson Brady and Tim Duval - PGS (Doctoral)
Congratulations to Bruce Newbold and John Eyles on the award of two grants from Health Canada for "Scientific support for Great Lakes public health network" and for "Chemicals of concern - 2007" and to Rick Bourbonniere for a grant from Ducks Unlimited Canada for "Linking groundwater nitrate removal to hydrologic, topographic and biogeochemical controls in an agricultural riparian zone"
March 19, 2007
Allyson Brady on winning the Dr Denis Shaw Memorial Award to travel to the AGU meeting in San Francisco next December
Simon Donato on winning a Walter Gibbins Memorial Travel Bursary to present at the AGU in Acapulco in May
Liz Sonnenburg on winning a Walter Gibbins Memorial Travel Bursary to present at the Developing International Geoarcheology conference in Cambridge, UK in April
March 7, 2007
Congratulations to Jon Liberda on receiving a scholarship from the Canadian Foundation for the International Space University to spend two months this summer in Beijing at the university
March 2, 2007
Congratulations to Tim Duval on completing his PhD Comprehensive exam
January 31, 2007
Altaf Arain is scheduled to appear on CH Morning Live at 8am Friday, 2 Feb to talk about the UN Climate Change Report
A proposal led by Pavlos Kanaroglou and Darren Scott for a McMaster Institute of Transportation and Logistics is described in today's Spectator
January 29, 2007
Congratulations to Aislyn Trendell on winning the Geological Society of America Sedimentology Division Poster Award for the poster she presented at the annual meeting in Philadelphia. (A.M. Trendell and C.H. Eyles, 2006. A record of changing ice marginal conditions preserved within late Quaternary sediments of the Bowmanville Bluffs, Ontario, Canada. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Abstracts with Programs, v. 38)
As an bonus, Mark Radomski (graduated a couple of years ago) won second prize
Congratulations to Josh Evans on the successful completion of his PhD Comprehensive Examination
January 18, 2007
Darren Grocke, Interim President of the McMaster University Sigma Xi Chapter has announced the following students who were recently awarded Grants-In-Aid of Research.
Peter van Hengstum (MSc candidate, supervised by Ed Reinhardt) for "Thecamoebians and foraminifera as a paleoenvironmental tool in the subterranean flooded cave systems of Quintana Roo, Mexico."
Jessica Wierdsma (BSc undergraduate, Senior Thesis supervised by Darren Gröcke) for "Stable hydrogen and oxygen isotopes in plant fragments from Shasta Ground Sloth faeces."
Information for future student applications can be found at:
January 8, 2007
Congratulations to Richard Harris and Jack Rink, who are included in The Daily News list of the McMaster Top 30 newsmakers for 2006.
Faculty from only 3 Science departments are included, only one other of which (Psych) has two mention
News & Events
December 20, 2006
Congratulations to Kristen Harrison on the successful defence on Monday of her MSc thesis "Effects of atmospheric pressure and temperature on entrapped gas and ebullition in peat"
December 14, 2006
The Board of Governors has given the final approval to Antonio Páez's tenure and promotion to Associate Professor, effective 1 July 2007
December 8, 2006
Congratulations to Deane Maynard on 25 years of valued service to McMaster, see Daily news
Congratulations to Dora Pouliou on successfully completing her PhD Comprehensive Exam, on Wednesday.
November 28, 2006
Congratulations to Lesley Warren on being part of the successful CFI project "Centre for Microbial Chemical Biology", which features in the Daily News
Darren Grocke's ERA (Early Research Award)is also in a Daily News story.
November 21, 2006
Allison Williams Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement Grant funded by CIHR is featured in today's Daily News
Greg Slater in T-Stop(WMV) Teacher's Science and Technology Outreach Program
November 20, 2006
At Friday's Convocations we graduated
NO BSc (Hons) or BSc's - for the first time in ages the whole cohort graduated on time in the Spring!!
7 BA Hons (incl Geog, Geog & Env Stud, Geog & another subject) 12 BA Geog
4 MA Geog - Ying He, Fei Long, Xiaomeng Ma, Jessica Sousa
2 MSc Geog - Jason Cagampan, Corrie Mielko
3 MSc Geol - Aaron Bertram, Corrie Kennedy-Bacchus, Lisa Sonnenburg
6 PhD Geog - Karen King, Mahmoud Pejam, Dimitrios Potoglou, Talar Sahsuvaroglu, Maria Strack, Shuhua Yi
1 PhD Geol - Beverly Goodman
Congratulations and thanks to all!!
November 14, 2006
Paulin Coulibaly's research for the Ministry of Transport of Ontario is profiled in the latest edition of "Road Talk",( see attached, p3)
Captain (Sean) Fletcher appears in pB1 of last week's (Nov 9) Silhouette in an article on the Canadian Forces Reserve
November 13, 2006
Greg Slater has been reappointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor, for three years effective
1 July 2007
November 9, 2006
Congratulations to Peter Van Hengstrum on being awarded the 2006 Loeblich and Tappan Student Research Award of the Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research for "Developing the concurrent use of thecamoebians and foraminifera as a paleoenvironmental archive in the subterranean flooded cave systems of Quintana Roo, Mexico"
November 8. 2006
Congratulations to Darren Grocke on the receipt of a Province of Ontario Early Researcher Award for "Assessing and Quantifying Polluted Sediment in Lake Ontario: Implications for Remediation and Provincial Spending"
November 7, 2006
Congratulations to Mathias Peichl and Andrew Kinston on awards from the Mac Grad Student Assn Travel Assistance Fund to attend a meeting at Boston U and the Geol Soc America annual meeting respectively
and to Greg Slater on an award from NSERC/CRD via UWaterloo for "broad spectrum field tests and validation of multi-process phyto-remediation systems for recontamination of persistent organic compounds and metal from soils"
October 30, 2006
Congratulations to Greg Slater on the award of an NSERC Strategic grant for "Molecular level radiocarbon analysis - a new tracer of organic contaminants in the environment"Congratulations to Greg Slater on the award of an NSERC Strategic grant for "Molecular level radiocarbon analysis - a new tracer of organic contaminants in the environment"
October 12, 2006
Aislyn Trendell, one of three Canadian recipients of the 2006 Wood Bursary awarded by the Women's Association of the Mining Industry of Canada.
Madeline Lee, awarded a KEGS Foundation (Canadian Exploration Geophysical
Society) undergraduate scholarship, for students entering their final year of study with an interest in applied geophysics.
Rhonda Donovan, awarded the R Edward Munn Ontario Graduate Scholarship by Grad Studies
Congratulations to Paulin Coulibaly on the award of a contract from the Hamilton Conservation Authority for
" Implementation of MIKE SHE and MIKE 11 dynamic hydrologic models for Spencer Creek watershed" and to Vera Chouinard on a McMaster Incentive Program award for "Disability, gender and struggles for inclusion and enablement"
Congratulations to Kath Philp on her 30 years service to McMaster, see the Daily News
October 6, 2006
Mike Waddington is organizing the N American Orienteering Championships, to be held at Mac today, see the Daily News
October 4, 2006
The Daily News announces Bob McNutt's appointment as Acting Provost, effective Oct 15. Unfortunately they forgot to include the most critical factor, which is that Bob is Prof Emeritus of Geography and Earth Sciences.........
September 26, 2006
Congratulations to Doug and Gen Clark on the birth of their daughter, Evelyne, last Friday
Congratulations to Mahmoud Pejam on the succesful defence of his PhD. thesis "Carbon and water exchanges over a boreal mixed forest ecosystem in Canada, integrity Eddy correlation measurement, remote sensing and spatial variability of flux source area"
September 20, 2006
Congratulations to Corrie Mielko on the successful defence of her MSc thesis "Runoff processes of a sub-Arctic Canadian Shield lake stream system"
September 19, 2006
Congratulations to Aaron Bertram on the successful defence of his MSc thesis "Coastal geomorphology, Playa Guiones, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica"
September 18, 2006
Congratulations to Jason Cagampan on the successsful defence of his MSc thesis "An ancrotelm transplant experiment on a cutover peatland - effects on moisture dynamics and CO2 exchange"
Septeber 11, 2006
Congratulations to Karen King on the successful defence of her PhD thesis "International and internal migration dynamics of Canadian immigrants: subsequent migrations and internediate destinations"
September 8, 2006
Congratulations to Shuhua Yi who yesterday successfully defended his PhD thesis "Modelling soil freezing and thawing fronts using a land-surface-atmosphere interaction scheme". He starts as a PDF in the Department of Biology and Wildlife at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks on Oct 1
September 6, 2006
Congratulations to Maria Strack (PhD 06, currently a PDF at UWaterloo) who has been appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Calgary. The start date is Jan 1, 2007
Les King (Prof Emeritus) appeared on CH TV's "You Asked" feature about the history of the Hamilton Golf and Country Club, the venue for this year's Canadian Open. He has written two books on the topic.
August 29, 206
Congratulations to Jessica Sousa on the successful defence of her MA thesis "Residential reappraisal of a landfill: a case study in Stoney Creek, Ontario"
August 28, 2006
Congratulations to Maria Lucchese (BSc 06, incoming MSc) on her recent marriage to Elias Dantas
Congratulations to Lisa Sonnenburg on the successful defence on Friday Aug 18 of her MSc thesis "Paleoenvironmental reconstruction of submerged landscapes in Colonel By Lake, Ontario using geoarcheological and geophysical techniques
August 25, 2006
Antonio Paez's telecommuting project is profiled in todays Spectator
Congratulations to Talar Sahsavaroglou on accepting a position with Gartner Lee - initially in Markham but moving to Qatar in January
August 21, 2006
Greg Slater's involvement with the Teacher's Science and Technology Outreach Program (ISTOP) is featured in today's Daily News
August 16, 2006
Jeff Masuda on a grant from the McMaster Arts Research Board for "Making sense of spatial inequities in risk and health : the politics of place in land-use decisions of Hamilton, Ontario", in collaboration with Bruce Newbold
Allison Williams on a grant from CIHR for "Family caregiving in palliative and end-of-life care: a new emerging team", in collaboration with colleagues at UVic
Pavlos Kanaroglou on a grant from NRCan for "Climate change and Canadian road transport: assessing impacts and adaptations", in collaboration with colleagues at U Waterloo and a grant from CIHR for "A cohort study of mortality in relation to intera-urban air pollution variability and traffic exposures", in collaboration with Dr Murray Finkelstien, Health Sciences
August 15, 2006
Congratulations to Allison Williams and Saeid Habibi on the birth of their son Armand last week. Everyone is well.
Congratulations to Sylvia He on the successful defence yesterday of her MA thesis "Modeling Destination Choice for Shopping using a GIS-based Spatio-temporal Framework: an Investigation of Choice Set Generation and Scale Effects"
Congratulations to Sunny Xu on being appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, California State University at Fullerton
July 31, 2006
Richard Harris, and geographers from a minor university, are quoted in a story about suburbia in today's Globe and Mail:
July 27, 2006
Congratulations to Xiaomeng Ma on the successful defence of her MA thesis "Effects of Ethnicity and Language Acculturation on Interprovincial Migration Propensities in Canada"
July 26, 2006
Congratulations to Talar Sahsuvaroglou on the successful defence of her PhD thesis PhD thesis is entitled "Estimating intraurban variations in exposure to traffic-related air pollution: Impacts on respiratory health and comparison to personal exposure concentrations"
July 25, 2006
Congratulations to Mike and Kelsey Maccormack on the birth of their son, Carter, this morning at 6.5lbs - all are well
I'm sure you will all join me in giving Allison Williams our best wishes as she begins her maternity leave -- she is expecting this week.
July 18, 2006
Congratulations to Caroline Barakat Haddad and George Haddad on the birth of their new daughter, Tiana Grace Haddad on Tuesday, July 11/06 at 7lbs 8oz, 51 cm.
July 13, 2006
Richard Harris and Walt Peace are quoted in a Spectator story on lengthening commutes, also on the Daily News
July 10, 2006
Greg Slater, Carolyn Eyles, Jack Rink, Mike Waddington, Darren Grocke, Ed Reinhardt and Joe Boyce are featured in a story about where research takes Mac profs in Saturday's Spectator
July 5, 2006
Congratulations to Natalia Restrepo on a PDF position starting August 2006 at the University of Arizona, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and to Shuhua Yi on a PDF position starting Sept/Oct 2006 at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Department of Biology and Wildlife
Congratulations to Justin Ryan and Erin Moriarty on being awarded Ontario Graduate Scholarships
June 28, 2006
Congratulations to Kelly Woltman on winning the Graduate Student Research Award competition of the Joint Centre of Excellence for Research and Immigration and Settlement's (CERIS) for "A multilevel analysis of ethno-cultural differences: Cervical cancer screening among recent immigrant women in the Toronto CMA"
June 27, 2006
Congratulations to Rob Wilton on the award of an Arts Research Board grant for "Creating enabling work environments; the role of organized labour"
to Pavlos Kanaroglou on a grant from Infrastructure Canada for "Infrastructures and potential urban futures: a sustainability analysis with applications to Hamilton, ON and Halifax, NS"
and to Rick Bourbonniere (Adjunct Prof from NWRI Burlington) on two grants from Ducks Unlimited Canada for "Management of agricultural landscapes with wetlands and riparian zones" and "Conventional farming inputs on nutrient dynamics and greenhouse gas exchange on riparian wetlands in southern Ontario"
June 22, 2006
You have probably seen the Daily News announcement that Bob McNutt (Emeritus Prof of Geology, former Chair and Dean of Science) has agreed to be Acting Dean of Humanities until a permanent replacement for Dean Rahimieh is found.
The School is now the academic home of 3 Deans (Humanities, Social Sciences and Grad Studies). In addition, Jill Axisa, Executive Assistant to the President, has a McMaster BA or BSc Hons Geography and the VP Admin, Karen Belair, has a BA Hons Geography from York. Clearly there are well developed career paths for Geographers/Geologists!!
June 16, 2006
Bruce Newbold comments on a study by the Association for Canadian Studies
in today's Daily News following on the story in yesterday's Spectator
June 15, 2006
Congratulations to Sunny and Jack Xu on the birth of their daughter, Stephanie, on Saturday, June 10
Congratulations to Jim Smith on being appointed as Chair of the NSERC Strategic Panel in Healthy Environment and Ecosystems for the 2006 competition.
June 13, 2006
Luc Bernier has accepted a position as a CLA for 12 months in the vacancy left by Sue Vajoczki. This will give us an opportunity to reexamine the position for the future.
Luc will be teaching Env Sci 1B3 and Science Level 1 Inquiry, managing the Level 1 EnvSci course labs and tutorials, and advising the E&ES and Geoscience program students, and our exchange students
June 7, 2006
At this Spring's Convocations, we graduated:
PhD Geography Eric Creighton, Natalia Restrepo
MSc Geography Rose Blair
MA Geography Dora Pouliou
MSc Geology Tara Nelson
BA Hons Geog, including combined and specializations 51
BA Geog 49
BSc Hons E&ES 27
BSc Geosci 2
June 6, 2006
Congratulations to Maria Strack on the successful defence of her PhD thesis "Ecohydrological controls on peatland carbon cycling"
and to Fei Long on the successful defence of her MA. "Modeling Spatial Variations in Housing Prices - An Investigation of the Individual and Joint Effects of Spatial Autocorrelation and Spatial Heterogeneity".
June 5, 2006
Congratulations on the award of Ontario Graduate Fellowships to
Aman Gill (new, to work with Richard Harris)
and to Dimitris Potoglou on being awarded a two-year PDF in the Transport and Infrastructure section of TU Delft
June 1, 2006
Congratulations to Lisa Sonnenberg on being awarded the Claude C. Albritton Jr. Scholarship by the Archaeological Geology Division of the GSA
May 26, 2006
Congratulations to Dimitrios Potoglou on the successful defence of his PhD thesis "Disaggregate automobile demand for conventional and alternative powered vehicles in the census metropolitan area of Hamilton"
May 17, 2006
Congrtulations to Heather Slavinski on the award of a Shell Canada OGSST, and to Jessica Pilarczyk on the 2006 United Nations Bursary Award
An article about Mike Waddington representing Canada in the world orienteering championships appears in the Daily News:
May 16, 2006
Congratulations to Greg Slater on a grant from the Canadian Space Agency for "Isotopic tracers of microbial carbon sources, metabolism and biomarkers in microbialites of Pavilion Lake, BC"
and to Hok Woo for an award from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada to support a student on fieldwork in the Arctic
May 15, 2006
Greg Slater features in today's Daily News:
Darren Grocke's work on ginkos was in Saturday's Globe and Mail Focus section:
Jack Rink's new course is profiled in the latest issue of the McMaster Times
May 12, 2006
Comgratulations to Sandra Micucci on passing her PhD Comprehensive Examination
Congratulations to Beverly Goodman on the successful defence of her PhD thesis "Paleogeography of Liman Tepe, Turkey: a multiproxy geoarcheological study"
May 11, 2006
Lesley Warren on being elected to Senate for a three year term
Mike Waddington on being elected to Graduate Council for a three year term
Bruce Newbold on being acclaimed as the Faculty of Science rep to Social Sciences for a three year term
Congratulations to Corrie Kennedy-Bacchus on the successful defence of her MSc thesis, "Reactive metal transport in Idaho National Laboratory (INL) vadose sediments"
May 5, 2005
Congratulations to Tim Duval on the award of an OGSST scholarship, and to John Maclaclan on the award of a Geological Society of America Graduate Research Award for his work on the Peterborough drumlin field.
May 1, 2006
Congratulations to Aislyn Trendell (just completing Level 3 E&ES) who has been awarded a Geological Society of America Undergraduate Research Award to help fund her undergraduate thesis work with Carolyn on the Bowmanville Bluffs. She is one of only seven students to be offered such an award
April 21, 2006
Congratulations to: Hernan Ugalde on receiving an NSERC PDF to work with Bill Morris
Jeff Masuda on a CIHR Strategic Training Program in Health Care, Technology, and Place PDF to work with MIEH
Josh Evans on a CIHR Strategic Training Program in Health Care, Technology, and Place doctoral award
Congratulations to Dino Crapsi and Deane Maynard recognized for high school GIS in the Hamilton Spectator
Ed Reinhardt's underwater work on ancient tsunamis in the Mediterranean is featured in the Mar-Apr issue of Outpost magazine
April 17, 2006,
Congratulations to Allison Hay on an SSHRC Doctoral Award
April 11, 2006
Congratulations to Rob Wilton on an award from the Labour Studies program for a survey project entitled 'Creating enabling working environments'
And to Allison Williams, Bruce Newbold and John Eyles on a pilot grant from CIHR for "Operationalizing sense of place: Establishing a survey measurement tool", see here
April 10, 2006
Congratulations to these winners of OGS awards:
Awards for Masters
Award for PhD
Ruben Mercado (Visa)
In addition some applicants are on the reversion list and will be informed at a later date
April 4, 2006
Jeremy Patry, in Level 4 of our Hons Geog BA program, is this year's recipient of the Liam Stevens award for the basketball Marauder player who best exempliflies the qualities of positive attitude, hard work, and determination in todays Daily News
Congratulations to Darren Grocke in the award, with Aubrey Cannon (Anthropology) as co-PI, of an SSHRC grant for "Isotopic and Trace Element Determination of Seasonal Shellfish Gathering and Resource Management Strategies on the Northwest Coast"
April 3, 2006
Congratulations to Allison Williams as one of the two PI's (with many Co-I's) on the award of a major grant from CIHR for "Timely access & seamless transitions in rural palliative/end-of-life care"
This is under the Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement (ICE) Grant - Reducing Health Disparities and Promoting Equity for Vulnerable Populations strategic initiative. The process for this is descibed here
Richard Harris appears in an article about the study of suburbs in the Chronicle of Higher Education
At this weekend's Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair, Madelaine Martin from Bishop Ryan (Grade 11) did her research in Mike Waddington's lab.
Last year she came 2nd Nationally (and in BASEF) in the Earth and Environmental category, and this year she won a Canada Wide Trip.
Congratulations on the renewal of NSERC Discovery Grants for
Carolyn Eyles, for "Deciphering the depositional history of glaciated basins using sedimentology and geomatics" - a five year award
Paulin Coulibaly, for "Data Assimilation for Improved Hydrologic Forecasting" - a five year award
Mike Risk, for "Recent history of the Gulf Stream from deep-water corals" - a four year award
March 24, 2006
Congratulations to the following scholarship and fellowship award winners:
Madeline Rosamond - PGS Masters - going to Waterloo
Dan Thompson - PGS Masters - staying at McMaster
Kristen Harrison - PGS Masters - staying at McMaster
Jamee DeSimone - CGS Masters - going to Waterloo
Maria Strack - PDF - going to Waterloo
Josie Messina -- SSHRC Masters to continue at McMaster
March 22, 2006
Andrew Kingston, on a winning poster at the McMaster Grad Recognition Day (this poster previously won Best Student Poster Presentation Award at the Developing International Geoarcheology 2005)
Ren Zhang on the Walter Gibbins Memorial Travel Bursary to help his trip to present a paper at the 4th International Conference on Climate Change - the Karst Record in Romania in June
Antonio Paez on being reappointed as an Associate Member of Civil Engineering
Walt Peace and Richard Harris appear in today's Daily News as well as the Spectator, commenting on ethnic diversity in Hamilton.
Darren Grocke is featured in a Cable 14 segment on his work on ancient wood, showing at various times
March 15, 2006
Richard Harris is quoted extensively in a Globe and Mail column about suburbia
March 13, 2006
John Eyles comments on downtown Dundas development are reported Fridays Dundas Star also in today's Daily News
Darren Grocke's story about Cretaceous climate change was covered in Saturday's Spectator and about growing "living fossils"
March 10, 2006
Prof Emeritus Les King has been reappointed by New Zealand's Tertiary Education Commission to its Social Sciences panel for the next round of its Performance-Based Research Fund assessments. The program, involving 12 discipline panels, provides quality assessments of the research being done by individual faculty members in the nation's universities and colleges and the rankings that result then form the basis for the government's allocation of research funds to the institutions. Prof King took part in the first round of assessments in 2003 and was then the only Canadian involved in the project. In this 2006 round he is joined by a mathematics professor from McGill.
Bill Morris has just been elected a councillor on the Board of the Ontario Association of Remote Sensing.
March 6, 2006
Congratulations to Rose Blair on the successful defence of her MSc thesis. Rose will be working for a wind energy company in Ottawa.
February 28, 2006
Darren Grocke's research revealing significant climate changes in the Cretaceous is reported in today's Daily News:
Congratulations to Karen King on an award from the Yates Fund to attend the AAG conference in Chicago, March 7-11
February 23, 2006
Congratulations to Tara Nelson, in the success of defending and completing her Masters degree
February 21, 2006
Congratulations to Bruce Newbold, whose appointment as Acting Director, MIEH has been extended to June 30 2007
I am very pleased to tell you that the Board has approved Bruce Newbold and Jack Rink for promotion to professor, effective 1 July 2006 -- congratulations!
February 15, 2006
Comments by Allan Crowe, National Water Research Institute and Adjunct Professor in the School, are included in a story on beach pollution in today's Spectator:
February 13, 2006
Congratulations to Allyson Brady on the award of a GSA Travel Grant to attend an Analog Studies Workshop at the NASA Ames Research Lab, California in May
February 9, 2006
Congratulations to Bruce Newbold and John Eyles on a research contract from Health Canada for "Scientific support for Great Lake Public Health Network"
Congratulations to Anneliese Poetz on the successful completion of her PhD Comprehensive Exam
February 6, 2006
Congratulations to Jim Smith on being named as an Associate Editor of Vadose Zone Journal
Vadose Zone Journal is published by the Soil Science Society of America in co-operation with the Geological Society of America. It is an outlet for interdisciplinary research and assessment of the vadose zone, the mostly unsaturated zone between the soil surface and the permanent groundwater table. The scientific community has an increasing need for effective dissemination of information about the physical, chemical, and biological processes operating in this zone.
February 3 , 2006
Congratulations to Henry Schwarcz on a grant from the National Geographic for "Trace element analysis of speleothems from Mayan sites in Belize"
Jack Rink's Explorers course (Geo 3AA3) is featured in today's Hamilton Spectator:
January 31, 2006
Congratulations to Alison Hay on passing her PhD Comprehensive Examination
January 30, 2006
Congratulations to Valorie Crooks, who has accepted a position as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Health Geography, in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University
Greg Slater and Allyson Brady, Greg's PhD student, are part of the Pavilion Lake project in BC which is part of NASA's plan to determine if there is life on Mars. It will be featured on TV on BC's Knowledge Network ("Martian Clues"panel, Greg in red!) and has been on Radio Canada TV The project is described here.
The carbonate formations being investigated were first (?) described in the literature by a team including Derek Ford, Professor Emeritus of Geography in Nature in 2000.
January 26, 2006
There is a story in today's Daily News about Jack Rink's explorations in teaching in the Geoscience Explorers and Adenturers course, Geo 3AA3
January 25, 2006
Congratulations to Myroslava Khomik on passing her PhD Comprehensive Examination yesterday
January 24, 2006
Congratulations to Ben Cowie (Hons Earth and Environmental Science IV) on standing as an independent candidate in Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale and attracting 302 votes.
January 10, 2006
Congratulations to Duncan Findlay on passing his PhD Comprehensive Examination
January 5, 2006
Ben Cowie, one of our Level 4 E&ES students is running in the Federal election: reported in the Daily News
January 4, 2006
Congratulations to Darren Grocke on an award from PAGES (Past Global Changes, a project of the IGBP) to help fund a workshop on "Stable-isotope ratios of shell middens: high-resolution palaeoclimatic and palaeoenvironmental archives."
News & Events
It is particularly sad on Christmas to forward this note about the death of Dr Harold A Wood, Professor Emeritus of Geography. Harold was one of the very early members of the Department (from memory early 50's or late 40's) and retired in the late 70's. His speciality was Latin America.
Harold Wood's private family funeral was held last week. I have extracted the following from Andy Burghardt's history of the Department of Geography
Harold Wood was the son of Baptist missionaries who had worked in the Caribbean, principally in Haiti. He attended McMaster as an undergraduate between 1945 and `48, majoring in geography under Wreford Watson, the department's founder. He was among the earliest Masters graduates from the department and was hired as a "sessional lecturer" to cover the cartography courses in 1950-51. He began his doctoral work at Toronto, graduating in 1958. His interests lay mainly in studies of land use, and in development in the Carribean and Latin America. He served as Chair from 1961-67, and became Professor in 1967.
Harold continued his Latin American studies in the Department in the 1970's, and served in various high positions in the Organization of American States.
In the early 1980's, as the Department's focus changed away from regional and development geography, he elected to become part-time and moved to Coldwater, ON where he continued to be dedicated to the cause of Latin America through various private undertakings. He retired from McMaster in 1986.
December 22, 2005
Congratulations to Hejun Kang on the successful completion of the PhD Comprehensive Examination
Mike Waddington is quoted in a story in today's Globe and Mail about the use of peat for energy
December 20, 2005
The Board of Governors has approved tenure and promotion to Associate Professor, effective 1 July 2006, for Paulin Coulibaly, Darren Gröcke and Darren Scott
December 15, 2005
Congratulations to Rick Bourbonniere a grant from Ducks Unlimited for "Conventional farming inputs on nutrient dynamics and greenhouse gas exchenge on riparian wetlands in Southern Ontario"
and to Darren Gröcke on a grant from the McMaster Arts Research Board for "The impact and influence of paleontologist Miss Etheldred Benett on the development of geology in the early 19th Century, with particular reference on her communication with Gideon Mantell"
December 12, 2005
The History Channel will air "Giganto: The Real King Kong", which was partly filmed in Jack Rink's lab and also utilizes footage he made in China with his
former student Rebeccah Marsh.
Thursday Dec 15, 2005 History Channel 9:00 PM
December 9, 2005
Congratulations to Natalia Restrepo on the successful defence of her PhD thesis "Water Vapour Energy and Carbon Dioxide Fluxes in a Chronosequence of Afforested White Pine Forests in Southern Ontario, Canada", supervised by Altaf Arain
Jack Rink's The Gigantopithecus story is nicely told in the National Geograpic News:
December 8, 2005
Congratulations and many thanks to Walt Peace, Niki Robinson and Darlene Watson on 25 years of service to McMaster! See McMaster Daily News
Congratulations to Eric Crighton on yesterday's successful defence of his PhD thesis "Pneumonia and infulenza hospitalizations in Ontario: a spatial, temporal and spatial-temporal analysis" which was supervised by Susan Elliott
December 5, 2005
Congratulations to Altaf Arain on a grant from CFCAS for "Development of a Canadian global coupled carbon model"
and to Bruce Newbold and John Eyles for an award from the Lambton County Community Health Services Department for "Review and analysis of the paper 'Declining sex ratio in a First Nation community"
December 2, 2005
Jack Rink's giant ape continues to be a hit, making ABC-TV news last week and now may feature in King Kong
November 22, 2005
The school is pleased to inform you that the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies has approved the continuation of our MSc/PhD program in Earth and Environmental Science (previouly Geology) with fields Geochemistry, Earth Surface Processes and Hydrological Sciences. The program is classified as of Good Quality (on a binary scale, the other choice being Not of Good Quality)
November 22, 2005
Walt Peace is a commentator in today's story in the Hamilton Spectator about traffic confusion in Hamilton
November 21, 2005
At the Fall Convocations on Friday, Nov. 18th we graduated:
16 BA Geography
6 BA Hons Geography
1 BSc Geoscience
0 BSc Hons E&ES
MA Geog - Stephanie Butcher, Gen Moreau, Stephanie Schuer
MSc Geog - Mel Greenwood, Mattias Peichl
MSc Geol - Kelsey MacCormack, Viktor Terlaky
PhD Geog - Valorie Crooks, Hanna Maoh
November 15, 2005
Jack Rink's Giant Ape is featured in Times newspaper
November 10, 2005
Congratulations to Greg Slater on
(1) a grant for "Suspended sediment monitoring in Hamilton Harbour as an indicator of the Randal Reef project" from the Great Lakes Sustainability Fund, joint with Brian McCarry (Chemistry) and NWRI
(2) "A geobiological characterization of the freshwater microbialites from Pavilion Lake, British Columbia, Canada" from the National Geographic Society, joint with researchers at UBC
and to Altaf Arain on a grant for "Dissolved organic carbon and carbon cycling in Canadian forests" from an NSERC Strategic grant, joint with researchers from McGill
Jack Rink is featured in a story in today's Daily News "A gigantic ape, measuring about 10 feet tall and weighing up to 1,200 pounds, co-existed alongside humans, a geochronologist at McMaster University has discovered..."
Jack Rink's work in China is the subject of an interview with him that with be shown on the Discovery Channel between 7 and 8pm tonight (Nov 8th)
There is also an article about Jack Rink in the current edition of Macleans. A nice counterpoint to the article on university rankings!
November 3, 2005
Congratulations to Ann Wallace on the birth of Ethan James, her second grandson, yesterday
October 27, 2005
Congratulations to Dimitris Potoglou has won the PhD award of the Canadian Transportation Research Foundation Student Paper Competition with his paper "Demand for Household Alternative Fuelled Vehicles in Hamilton, Canada: An Internet Survey"
October 25, 2005
Congratulations to Richard Harris on receiving the Francois Auguste de Montequin Prize for the best conference paper on the topic of North American colonial planning history, awarded by the Society for American City and Regional Planning History, which just held its biennial conference in Coral Gables, Florida.
Congratulations to Bruce Newbold on the award of a grant from Hamilton Public Health and Community Services Department as part of the Public Health Research, Education and Development (PHRED) program
October 24, 2005
Congratulations to Andrew Kingston on winning the Best Student Poster Presentation Award at the Developing International Geoarcheology 2005 conference in St John, NB for his paper (joint with Aubray Cannon, Anthro, and Darren Grocke) "Climate Change and Shellfish Collection Strategies Revealed using Stable-Isotope Analysis of Butter Clams (Saxidomus giganteus) from Shell Middens at Namu on the Central Coastal Region of British Columbia, Canada"
Richard Harris is e-interviewed in "Raise the hammer", which is a "... a group of Hamilton citizens who believe in our city's potential and are willing to get involved in making the city a more vibrant, livable, and attractive place to live and work", see
and the Saturday Spec carried an article about Susan Elliott's revisiting of David Pengelley's sample of Hamilton children:
October 12, 2005
Mike Waddington's research into quarry rehabilitation at Fletcher Creek is profiled in today's Daily News:
October 3, 2005
Henry Schwarcz will be featured on the Discovery Channel tonight at 7pm and 11pm, talking about his work on forensic isotopes
September 26, 2005
Congratulations to McMaster's Team EAS which remains undefeated this season after winning the Salomon Adventure Challenge Canadian Championships this past weekend near Pembroke, Ontario. McMaster Daily News
The team is composed of McMaster professor Mike Waddington, PhD student Simon Donato, and McMaster alumnus Doug Mahoney.
Congratulations to Lori Wickert on the award of an NRCan/ESS Postgraduate Supplement to her NSERC PGS
Congratulations to John Maclachlan and Heather Stuart who were married on Saturday, September 24/05.
Susan Elliott's re-survey of participants in David Pengelly's 1980's survey of athsma and air pollution is featured in the Daily News
Semptember 21, 2005
Congratulations to Kelsey MacCormack on the successful defence of her MSc thesis "3-D modelling of Quaternary sediments, Dundas Valley"
September 20, 2005
Congratulations to Stephanie Butcher on succesfull defence on Monday of her MA thesis "She Wants To Be Like Everybody Else, Out Working". Young Adults With Intellectual Disabilities Transitioning To Employment
September 19, 2005
Congratulations to Stephanie Schuer on the successful defence on Friday of her MA thesis "They just want the best person, the most normal person":Comparing women with disabilities and employers perspectives on service work
September 13, 2005
Congratulations to Viktor Terlaky on the successful defence of his MSc thesis on Sept. 14th.
Congratulatioons to Kristen Harrison, a new grad student with Mike Waddington, who was married to Tim Grant on Sept. 10/05.
September 7, 2005
Congratulations to Merrin Macrae (PDF in Mike Waddington's lab) who has accepted an assistant professor position in the Dept. of Geography at the University of Waterloo.
Congratulations to: Genevieve Moreau on the successful defence of her MA thesis: "It's Not Probabilities, It's Possibilities - Lay Views of Disclosure Regarding Emerging Health Issues"
Congratulations to: Hanna Maoh on the successful defence of his PhD thesis "Modeling Firm Demography in Urban Areas with an Application to Hamilton, Ontario: Towards an Agent-Based Microsimulation Model"
September 6, 2005
Congratulations to: Valorie Crooks on the successful defence of her PhD thesis, "Life with fibromyalgia syndrome: a socio-spatial examination"
August 31, 2005
Congratulations on successful defences to
Dora Pouliou, MA, "Air pollution and respiratory health: re-analysis of the Hamilton Childrens cohort study" (on Aug 12, sorry for the delay)
Melissa Greenwood, MSc, "The effect of restoration on CO2 exchange in a cutover wetland"
Mattias Peichl, MSc, "Biomass and carbon allocation in a chronosequence of white pine (Pinus strobus L.) plantations in southern Ontario"
August 29, 2005
Dimitris Potoglou on a grant from the Yates Fund to attend the 9th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology on Rhodes Island, Greece, 1-3 Sept
Bill Morris on an NSERC grant with a collaborator at UofT for 'exploration of the Bosumptwi Impact Crater, Ghana"
Allison Williams on a CIHR grant for "Timely access and seamless transitions in rural palliative/end-of-life care'
Antonio Paez on an ARB conference grant to attend "Frontiers in transportation: social and spatial interactions" in Amsterdam.
August 8, 2005
A story in Saturday's Toronto Star describes Darren Grocke's role in unravelling the disappperarance of the Beothuk
July 18, 2005
Congratulations to Gloria Lopez on an award from the GSA Travel Assistance Fund to present a paper in Cologne, Germany and the Genevieve Moreau on one to present to the 11th International Medical Geographers' Symposium in Ft Worth, TX
Congratulatioons to Darren Scott on being awarded a research grant from GEOIDE for "Multi-scale multi-agent geo-simulation to support decision making in multi-actor dynamic spatial simulations"
and to Mike Waddington on a research grant from the Ontario Aggregate Resources Corp for "Optimizing ecohydrological protocols to enhance calcareous wetland rehabilitation in abandoned quarries"
July 13, 2005
Carolyn Eyles has been interviewed by a CBC crew for a segment to be shown tomorrow evening (July 14th) on 'The National'. They are doing a section on the 125 year anniversary of AAAS and wanted to explore some of the 125 'unanswered' questions posed in the recent issue of Science magazine.
July 5, 2005
Hok Woo in Alaska features in the Juneau Empire and reported in the Daily News today.
Congratulations to Talar Sahsuvaroglu on winning the award for the best PhD paper in health geography presented to the CAG meeting earlier this month - "Air pollution and asthma in children and adults in Hamilton, Ontario - how different are the effects?"
June 21, 2005
The School of Geography and Geology name is to be changed on 1st July 2005 to School of Geography and Earth Sciences.
Lesley Warren provides an explanation of an urban reality in today's Spectator
See the Daily News article about Bob McNutt leading the development of the McMaster Burlington Campus
June 14, 2005
Yesterday, John Drake received one of nine ORION award as a pioneer of the Ontario advanced research and education networks:
Bio's of the recipients are here
June 9, 2005
Henry Schwarcz's study of a murder victim's isotopes previously reported in a local paper in S California has now made it to the National Post:
Caroline Barakat Haddad on receiving an OGSST
One of the students appearing on CHtv news commenting on the award of an honorary doctorate to Jean Chretien at this morning's Social Science Convocation was Loreen Rudd, BA (Geography)
June 7, 2005
Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky (Medicine), Dr. Mike Waddington (School of Geography and Earth Sciences) and Simon Donato (PhD Candidate in Geology) are members of the Canadian adventure racing team EAS and are currently ranked 5th in North America by the Adventure Sports Magazine ranking system.
The team will be competing in adventure races across Canada and the United States this summer.
A longer article about Mike W and Simon's racing team is on the Daily News:
June 2, 2005
At next week's Convocations we will graduate:
Alex Chambers, Pat DeLuca, John Felice
Godwin Arku, Ron Buliung
BSc Geoscience 5
Hons E&ES 32
Hons Sci (Geosci) 2
BA Geog 55
Hons Geog 47
Hons Geog&Env Stud 11
Hons Geog &another 4
Congratulations to Godwin Arku on accepting a two-year position in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfred Laurier University
May 24, 2005
Bruce Newbold's group featured in the Daily News, http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/story.cfm?id=2955
And Henry Schwarcz supervised the "...Canadian lab's tests on her hair..." etc noted in this intriguing story
Congratulations to Godwin Arku on accepting a two-year position in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfred Laurier University
May 03, 2005
Congratulations to Lee Liaw on a grant from the NIH through the University of Michigan for "US minority migration and metropolitan change"
and to Pavlos Kanaroglou on a grant from CIHR through Mike Jerrett for "A cohort study of mortality in relation to intra-urban air pollution variability and traffic exposure"
Congratulations to our OGSST winners:
Alison Hay -- Bank of Montreal
Kelsey MacCormack -- Shell Oil
Heather Slavinski -- Shell Oil
and also to Valorie Crooks on a grant from the Yates Fund to present her research to the Medical Geography group of the Association of American Geographers in Ft Worth, TX
April 19, 2005
Congratulations to Mike Waddington on being awarded the Canadian Geophysical Union's Young Scientist award, recognizing outstanding contributions to Canadian Geophysical Science in research, mentorship and collegiality. Mike will receive the award at the CGU annual meeting in Banff in May
Congratulations also to Sunny Xu on an OGS for PhD studies
April 14, 2005
Richard Harris's Guggenheim has made the Spectator: (See March 7th, 2005)
Henry Schwarcz appears on the Daily News, being about to receive a professional achievement citation from the University of Chicago
April 13, 2005
Congratulations to the following successful applicants in the OGS competition
Current PhD student - John Maclaclan (reversion list Ruben Mercado, Alison Hay, Karen King)
Current undergrads - Sara Edge, Peter vanb Hengstrum, Jennifer Etherington, Monique Waller, Sean Dickie (reversion to Jessica Pilarczyk)
Incoming grad students - Rhonda Donovan (MA), Allyson Brady (PhD)
April 12, 2005
Derek Amores and Lori Wickert on the successful completion of their PhD Comprehensive Examinations.
April 6, 2005
Gloria Lopez on being awarded the Walter Gibbins Memorial Travel Bursary to present the results of her work at an international confeence in Germany in July
Susan Elliott, with others, on a CIHR grant for "Understanding the individual and socio-environmental health risks of obesity: the Canadian heart health surveys follow-up study"
April 1, 2005
Congratulations on the award of 3-year SSHRC grants to:
Antonio Páez for "Social influence on travel behavior: a case study of the decision to telecommute"
John Eyles for "Anatomy of an Environmental Decision: The Restart of the Pickering A Nuclear Reactor"
Henry Schwarcz for "Identifying domesticated animals using tetracycline"
March 30, 2005
Congratulations to Hok Woo on being appointed and Antonio Páez on being reappointed as Associate Members of the Department of Civil Engineering
Pavlos Kanaroglou and others at Laval University on a grant from SSHRC for "The contribution of human behaviour to environmentally sustainable and safe transportation systems"
Paulin Coulibaly and others at Laval University on an NSERC Cooperative Research & Development with Hydro-Quebec for "Application of Artificial Neural Networks in Probabilistic and Deterministic Hydrologic Modelling"
Altaf Arain on an NSERC RTI grant for "Contin- uous soil CO2 concentration measurements using newly developed novel carbocap probes", and also on an NSERC Strategic grant with others at McGill for "Dissolved organic carbon and carbon cycling in Canadian forests"
March 21, 2005
Congratulations to our winners of NSERC and SSHRC graduate scholarships for Masters studies:
Sara Edge SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship
Jen Etherington NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship
Sean Dickie NSERC PGS
Lisa Melymuk NSERC PGS
Monique Waller NSERC PGS
Pete van Hengstrum NSERC PGS
March 20, 2005
Congratulations on the award of renewed NSERC Discovery Grants to:
Altaf Arain for 5 years for "Environmental and physiological controls over carbon dioxide and water vapour exchanges in a chronosequence of pine forests in Canada"
Henry Schwarcz for 5 years for "Isotopes in archaeology, health and the environment"
In addition multi-year awards are in place for Joe Boyce, Jim Crocket, Alan Dickin, Ian Droppo, Carolyn Eyles, Derek Ford, Darren Grocke, Pavlos Kanaroglou, Bill Morris, Antonio Paez, Ed Reinhardt, Jack Rink, Wayne Rouse, Darren Scott, Greg Slater, Jim Smith, Mike Waddington and Lesley Warren
March 17, 2005
Congratulations to Caroline Whitzman on winning the Canadaian Association of Geographers Robinson-Starkey Award that recognizes "high quality graduate research that furthers understanding of the geography of Canada"
Caroline's thesis "The Dreams Attached to Places: From Suburb, To Slum, To Urban Village in a Toronto Neighbourhood, 1875-2002", was supervised by Richard Harris. Caroline is now a lecturer in Urban Planning in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne
This award was also won by a student of Richard's in 2002 - Mike Buzzelli who is now on faculty at UBC
March 16, 2005
Congratulations to: Candy Nykiforuk on a travel grant from the Canadian Tobacco Control Initiative to present her results at the Annual SRNT meeting and European Conference in Prague
Allison Williams and a co-investigator at UVic on a research grant from CIHR for "Family caregiving in palliative and end-oflife care: a new emerging team"
Bruce Newbold and John Eyles on a grant from Health Canada for "Chemicals of concern in the Great Lakes"
Bruce Newbold on a grant form Health Canada for "Health science framework project under COA 2002"
March 07, 2005
Congratulations to Richard Harris on being awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his studies on North American suburbs.
" The Fellowships are awarded to men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The Foundation consults with distinguished scholars and artists regarding the accomplishments and promise of the applicants and presents this evidence to the Committee of Selection."
January 26, 2005
Rob Wilton, with Dr DeVerteuil of the Univ of Manitoba, has been awarded an SSHRC grant for 'Clean and sober places; exploring therapeutic landscapes of addiction recovery'
January 25, 2005
Ruben Mercado on the successful completion of his PhD Comprehensive Exam
The MAGS Mackenzie basin Research Network led by Hok Woo and funded by NSERC has been renewed for phase 2
Hok Woo has a sub-grant for 'Modelling the hydrological system of high latitudes from point to basin scales"
Wayne Rouse has a sub-grant for 'Modelling the enrgy and water balance of lakes in the cold regions of Canada'
Gerry Middleton is the editor of "Encyclopedia of Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks" which Choice Magazine has included in its 2004 annual list of Outstanding Academic Titles.
Mike Waddington has received a grant for "Carbon life cycle analysis for trench peat extraction" from Premier Tech Lte
Congratulations to Maria Strack on the successful completion of her PhD Comprehensive Examination last week
January 14, 2005
Darren Gröcke on being a co-investigator on a grant from NERC (in the UK) for "Exploiting a novel technique to extract biological and ecological information from fossil calcareous nannoplankton"
Mike Waddington on receiving a two-year research grant from the Ontario Aggregate Resources Corporation, Inc for "Optimising ecohydrological protocols to enhance wetland rehabilitation in abandoned quarries"
Carolyn Eyles(with Sue Vajoczki's help) has received a grant to help with the costs of the 4FF3 field trip to Arizona from the CIM Toronto Branch Field Trip Assistance Fund
Bill Morris reports that at the Ontario Association of Remote Sensing workshop in Toronto on Remote sensing applied to mineral exploration McMaster had by far the largest contingent of students present at this meeting -- this attendence was acknowledged by Ian Hale on behalf of the OARS.Grad students atending this workshop were all provided a certificate in recognition of their participation in this meeting
January 13, 2005
Congratulations to Shawn Collins. Shawn has been appointed the permanent replacement for Mike Herrell in the SGES Technician/IA position, which he has been filling on a temporary basis since the Fall.
News & Events
December 21, 2004
Congratulations to John MacLachlan and Ren Zhang on passing their PhD Comprehensive Examinations
December 13, 2004
Congratulations to Godwin Arku on the successful defence of his PhD thesis, and to Simon Donato on the successful completion of his PhD Comprehensive Examination.
December 10, 2004
The Board of Governors has formally approved our recommendation for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor for Altaf Arain and Joe Boyce, and that the three-year reappointments of Darren Scott and Antonio Paez have been reported to the Board. All of these take effect 1 July 2005.
December 9, 2004
Congratulations to Pat DeLuca on the successful defence of his M.A. thesis.
November 30, 2004
Congratulations to Dimitris Potoglou on winning the Jim Davey award of the Canadian Transportation Reserach Forum for the best paper by a PhD student, and to
Jamee DiSimone and Liz Kenny (BSc Hons students) on winning a Gold Ribbon for research excellence with their poster "The Longterm Effects of Peatland Drainage on the Concentration and Quality of DOC Along Microtopographic Gradients"
The poster was co-authored with Mike Waddington and Rick Bourbonniere. Sigma Xi is an international honour society for research scientists and engineers.
November 29, 2004 Congratulations to John Felice in the successful defence of his M.A. thesis.
November 24, 2004
Congratulations to Ron Buliung in the successful completion of his PhD.
November 22, 204
Congratulations to Caroline Barakat Haddad in the successful completion of her PhD Comprehensive Exam on Friday
November 11, 2004
Tomorrow's Convocations(Nov. 12) we will graduate
3 MA Geog (Sophie Jama, Allison Hay, Anneliese Poetz)
2 MSc Geog (Myroslava Khomik, Robin Thorne)
5 MSc Geol (Chris Clark, Shawn Collins, Ryan Mills, Marina Mironov, Vicki Thomson)
18 BA Geog
1 BA Hons Geog
Congratulations to all concerned, and to their instructors, our staff and TA's
November 9, 2004
Jack Rink is a co-author of one of the major papers in Nature that describes the discovery of the Flores hominin species in Indonesia.
November 2, 2004
Lori Wickert on receiving a CRESTech travel grant to the Int Geosci and Remote Sensing Symposium in Anchorage, Alaska
Ed Reinhradt on a grant form CFCAS for "Ultra high resolution Holocene paleocllimatic and paleooceanographic records from anoxic basins along the BC coast"
Alison Williams for a SSHRC grant for "Tracking quality of life in Saskatoon"
Mike Jerrett for a subgrant from CIHR for "IHRT: respiratory infection in older adults: an interdisciplinary approach"
Walt Peace won the Service to Ontario Geography award at the annual meeting of the Ontario Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers this weekend. The citation reads in
"Walt's dedication to the geography of Canada, Ontario and the local Hamilton area is quite extraordinary, and his dedication is reflected in the success with which he teaches these topics. In addition to his contributions through the School he has participated in numerous community activities.
These include contributing to and appearing in the video history of Hamilton, being active in the cause of and editing a book on the Red Hill Creek expressway, and most recently being on the Board of Ruthven National Historical Site. Walt's main expertise lies in historical geography, but he is also well versed in the economic and urban geography of the region and has supervised numerous fourth-year students writing Honours theses which have all been very carefully and successfully completed.
Walt is a most deserving recipient of this award. His contributions to the geography of Ontario, and to generations of students learning about it, are truly outstanding"
At the same meeting Alison Hay was elected as the student representative for two years.
October 29, 2004
NSERC have announced that the Peatland Ecology Research Group (PERG) of which Mike Waddington is a member has been awarded a Synergy Award for Innovation in the 'more than 2 company category'.
PERG consists of one paleo-ecologist (Claude Lavoie, Laval), a plant ecologist (Line Rochefort, and head of the group), an animal ecologist (Andre Desrochers, Laval), a hydrologist (Jon Price, Waterloo) and one ecohydrologist (Mike Waddington, McMaster). They have 11 industrial partners and have developed a technology to restore mined peatlands to functioning peatland ecosystems.
More information is available at
A previous Synergy Award was made to Jim Kramer of the School and his collaborators for their work with Kodak on silver in the environment
Richard Harris is one of the guests on TVO's 'More to Life' program tomorrow, Thursday Oct.28, 1 p.m.- 2 p.m. The topic for discussion is the suburbs, and he will be promoting his recent book, published by University of Toronto Press, on the history of Canadian suburbs.
October 19, 2004
Congratulations to Lori Wickert on being awarded the Ontario Association of Remote Sensing (OARS) Graduate Research Award, supported by Spatial Geo-Link Limited
October 4, 2004
Congratulations to Simon Donato on being acclaimed as the Science graduate student representative to the University Senate
October 1, 2004
Gerd Westermann, Professor Emetitus, has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the VI International Symposium on Cephalopods. The citation is:
"In our lifetime, no ammonite worker has become more synonymous with the functional morphology and mode of life to ammonites that Gerd Westermann. His name is intimately associated with questions of the finctinoal significance of septa, buoyancy, and the siphuncular tube. Armed with a formidable intellect, an insatiable curiosity, and a non-nonsense style, he has intriduced the rigorous concepts and theories of architecture and engineering, pressure and depth, to the field of ammonite studies and has thus transformed our view of how these animals lived and evolved. Add to that, a world calss research program in Jurassic ammonites and an equlally profound knowledge of paleobiogeography, please join us in awarding Gerd Westermann a lifetime acheivement recognition in ammonite studies."
Gerd has also been honoured through his career by the naming of 2 genera and 5 species after him.
September 20, 2004
Congratulations to Shawn Collins on the successful defence of his MSc thesis
September 17, 2004
Congratulations to Chris Clark on the successful defence of her MSc thesis
September 14, 2004
Congratulations to Alison Hay on the successful defence of her MA thesis
September 13, 2004
Congratulations to Marina Mironov on the successful defence of her MSc thesis, and Anneliese Poetz on the successful defence of her MA thesis
September 7, 2004
Congratulations to Bill Morris on being awarded an NSERC grant in conjunction with researchers at UofT for "Exploration of the Bosumtwi Impact
Congratulations to Ryan Mills on the successful defence of his MSc thesis
Darren Scott (PI), Antonio Paez, Pavlos Kanaroglou and Bruce Newbold's project on the travel behavious of older drivers is featured on the Gov't of Canada'a National Centres of Excellence website
June 23, 2004
Congratulations to Jay Parsons on the successful completion of his PhD Comprehensive Examination
June 16, 2004
Congratulations to Rob Thorne on the successful defense of his MSc thesis
May 26, 2004
Congratulations to Kelsey MacCormack, Viktor Terlacky, John Maclachlan and Aaron Bertram on winning the Jerome Remick Poster bronze prize at the GAC. The poster is outside GSB 304
May 26, 2004
Congratulations to Maria Strack who won the prestigeous Don Gray Award for the best student paper in Hydrology Section of the Canadian Geophysical Union, for her paper with Mike Waddington "Ecohydrological controls on natural and drained peatland methane emission: implications for climate change"
Rob Thorne and Joe Shea (perviously BSc Mac) were finalists.
May 18, 2004,
Congratulations to Kristi Markham and Viktor Terlaky on receiving Shell Canada OGSST's, and to Valorie Crooks on receiving the E B Ryan Scholarship for research on aging.
Sandra Miccuci is profiled in the current edition of Socialights, the SocSci Alumni newsletter
John Eyles and Susan Elliott are also featured.
May 12, 2004
Congratulations to :Henry Schwarcz on being appointed to the Editorial Board of the American
Journal of Physical Anthropology
Antonio Paez on a Teaching and Learning grant form CLL
Allison Williams on a SSHRC research grant for "Tracking Quality of Life in Saskatoon"
Susan Elliott, John Eyles and Sue Keller-Olaman for conference travel grants from the Arts Research Board
Owen Sherwood (ex BSc, MSc with Mike Risk) on a GSA grant for his PhD work at Dal
Congratulations to Sunny Xu, Hanna Maoh and Valorie Crooks on being awarded
SSHRC Doctoral awards
April 28, 2004
Darren Gröcke CFI is profiled in the Daily News today:
Congratulations to Liz Haack on the successful defence of the PhD thesis
AprilL 22, 2004
Congratulations to Cathy Moulder, the University Map Librarian, on receiving a MUFA Faculty/Librarian Award for outstanding service.
The award will be presented at a reception in the Univ Club 3:30pm, Weds 5 May
Aapril 21, 2004
Congratulations to Jim Smith on being appointed to NSERC's Strategic Projects Program grant selection Panel on Environment & Sustainable
Development and to Lesley Warren on becoming an Associate Editor of Geochim Cosmocim Acta
April 19, 2004
Congratulations to Beverly Goodman on being awarded the Cecelia Connelly Memorial Scholarship for underwater research from the Women's Diving Hall of Fame.
Congratulations to Antonio Paez in being appointed as an Associate Member of Civil
Congratulations to our Ontario Graduate Scholarship winners:
April 14, 2004
Jim Smith has been reappointed as an Associate Member of Civil Engineering, and Jack Rink appointed as an Associate Member of the Unit for Medical Physics and Applied Radiation Sciences
Congratulations to Godwin Arku on being awarded the R Edward Munn Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and to Beverly Goodman on the award of the Walter Gibbins Memorial Travel Bursary to attend a conference in Istanbul. Beverly has also been awarded a Fulbright award to spend 9 months at the University of Haifa in 2004-05
April 6, 2004
Congratulations to Gloria Lopez on passing her PhD Comprehensive Examination
Rob Wilton, with Geoff Deverteuil (University of Manitoba) as PI has received a SSHRC standard research grant for "Clean and sober places: Exploring the therapeutic landscapes
of addiction recovery"
April 5, 2004
Susan Elliott is one of the 14 women leaders at Mac who are featured in posters that will appear across campus as part of the McMaster's Mary E.Keyes Leadership Program
Ed Reinhardt is a featured scholar in "Jesus and Paul: The Word and The Witness", on ABC-tv tonight, Monday April 5th, 8-11pm i
April 1, 2004
Congratulations on the awards of research grants to:
Paulin Coulibaly from the Ministry of Transport of Ontario's Highway Infrastructure Innovation Funding Programme for "Identification of the effect of climate change on future design standards of drainage infrastructure in Ontario"
Pavlos Kanaroglou on an SSHRC Standard Research Grant
John Eyles from Health Canada for "Using scenarios to explore disclosure
needs about potential health hazards"
March 30, 2004
Congratulations to Maria Strack and Melissa Greenwood on being awarded NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarships, and
Ron Buliung on a 2 year NSERC PDF at UofT for Geocomputational Tools for the Analysis of Urban Household Activities and Related Travel
Congratulations to Joe Boyce and Greg Slater on their successful NSERC Equipment grant applications:
Joe - Portable marine seismic profiler for environmental geophysical and
Greg - Compound specific radiocarbon analysis of contaminants in the environment
February 17, 2004
Congratulations to Mike Mercier on the successful defence of his PhD thesis
February 6, 2004
Mark Pagani (Yale) and Darren Gröcke have been accepted to organize a Topical Session at the 2004 GSA meeting in Denver: the session is
entitled, "The Evolution and Expansion of C4 Plants".
Dr Zavareh Kothavala has received a 6-month NCAR post-doctoral fellowship with Darren Gröcke to work on Global Climate Models.
It is with deep regret that I inform you of Brian McCann's death this morning. The funeral will be private but a remembrance will be organised, probably for next Saturday morning (Feb 7) at McMaster. I will let you know the details when available.
January 21, 2004
Congratulations to Jamie Spinney on passing his PhD Comprehensive Exam
News & Events
December 24, 2003
Congratulations to the recipients of Arts Research Board grants:
Richard Harris to attend the 12th International Conference of Historical Geographers in New Zealand
Bruce Newbold for Immigrant Health: social, economic and environmental correlates
December 11, 2003
Congratulations to Valorie Crooks on the award of a grant from the Arthritis Health Professions Association for "Connecting chronically ill women's experiences of daily health care and everyday life in three communities: the daily lifeworlds of women living with fibromyalgia"
December 3, 2003
Congratulations to Sunny Xu on passing her PhD Comprehensive Exam.
December 2, 2003
Congratulations to Kristi Markham on passing her PhD Comprehensive Exam
November 27, 2003
Congratulations to Karen King on passing her PhD Comprehensive Exam
November 17, 2003
Congratulation to all concerned on a job well done - at Friday's Fall Convocations we graduated:
PhD: Godwin Djietror, Carolyn Whitzman, Rao Khan( supervised by Jack in Med Phys)
MA: Chantelle Richmond, Dana Wilson
MSc: Joanne Badley, Sarah Day, Roderick Amores, Beth Forrest, Laura Kobayashi
2 - BSc
13 - BA
2 - BA(Hons)
(note that most of our undergrads graduate at the Spring Convocation)
November 11, 2003
Congratulations to Lesley Warren on receiving a contract from Environment Canada for "trace metal geochemistry of Hamilton Harbour sediments"
This past weekend, Richard Harris and Tricia Shulist (MA 1998) were awarded the Catherine Bauer Wurster prize for best journal article in planning history to be published in 2001 or 2002. The prize was awarded by the Society for American City and Regional Planning History. It was for a
co-authored article on the history of the Canadian Veterans' Land Act that was based in part on interviews carried out in the Hamilton area.
November 4, 2003
Congratulationsto Altaf Arain on being awarded a CFCAS/NSERC Researchg Partnership for "Integrated modelling and scaling components of
Fluxnet-Canada", and another for "Ontario Flux Station component of Fluxnet Canada"
Congratulations to Paulin Coulibaly on a three-year reappointment as Assistant Professor, effective 1 July 2004, and to Susan Elliott on
promotion to Full Professor.
October 27, 2003 Congratulations to John Maclachlan on winning a grant from the Grad Student Assn. Travel Assistance Fund to attend the Geol Soc Amer confeence in Seattle; and to Talar Sahsuvaroglou on winning one to attend the Network for
Environmental Risk Assessment and Mgmt in Rome (yes, the real one!)
October 24, 2003
Mike Jerrett and Talar Sahsuvaroglu study of the effects of Hamilton's air pollution appeared in the Hamilton Spectator.
Two of this season's Sunday Science Lectures by the Royal Canadian Institute are being given by members of SGES:
Lesley Warren, Sun Nov 2, 3pm - Microbial geoengineering: acid mine drainage
John Eyles, Sun Nov 9, 3pm - Globalization, infectious diseases and the public's health
In Macleod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Bldg, University of Toronto
Darren Groke is co-convenor of a GSA Topical Session in Seattle Annual Meeting (November 2-5, 2003). The title of the Topical Session is: "Multi-Proxy Terrestrial Records and the Ocean-Climate System: Links and Perturbations in the Cretaceous".
More information can be found at:
October 8, 2003
Congratulations to Mike Jerrett, PI and Pavlos Kanaroglou and others (co-I's) on receiving a CIHR grant for "A cohort study of mortality in relation to intra-urban air pollution variability and traffic exposures"
Mike Jerrett will be appearing on one of the rotating spots with Leianne Pereira on the Weather Channel starting this Thursday evening, discussing his and colleagues' CIHR grant and their related air pollution research.
October 6, 2003
It is with great sadness that we announce that Denis Shaw died peacefully at home. He joined the Department of Geology in1948 and was very active until now -- last year he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award of the Geochemical Society, and he stood third on the SGES squash ladder.
Funeral arrangements are private, but we will be holding a rememberance of Denis' life at McMaster at 3pm, Friday 10th, October in Convocation Hall with a reception to follow.
September 24, 2003,
John Eyles, Susan Elliott and Sue Keller-Olaman are presenting a Seminar examining health in the city
Congratulations to Valorie Crooks on receiving the 2003-04 Arthritis Health Professionals Association Research Grant
Congratulations to Dimitris Potoglou on successfully completing his PhD Comprehensive Exam
September 22, 2003
Congratulations to Beth Forrest on the successful defence of her M.Sc. thesis.
September 22, 2003
Congratulations to Sarah Day on the successful defence of her M.Sc. thesis.
September 17, 2003
Congratulations to Laura Kobayashi on the successful defence of her M.Sc. thesis.
September 17, 2003
Congratulations to Derek Amores on the successful defence of his M.Sc. thesis.
September 9, 2003
Mike Jerrett has been spreading the word about the distribution and sources of urban air pollution
September 4, 2003
Congratulations to Natalia Restrepo on successfully completing her PhD
Please welcome Josie d'Alessandro as our new secretary
August 6, 2003
Congratulations to Henry Schwarcz on obtaining a research grant from CFCAS (Cdn Foundation for Climate and Atmos Sci) for "Holocene paleotemperature records from stable isotopic analysis of speeothems and their fluid inclusions"
August 5, 2003
Congratulations to Mike Jerrett as the co-PI and Pavlos Kanaroglou and Altaf Arain as a
co-investigator on the award of a CIHR grant for "a cohort study of mortality in relation to intra-urban air pollution variability and traffic
August 1, 2003
We are very pleased to announce that Ann Wallace will be our Grad Secretary,
effective Monday Aug 11.
July 30, 2003
Congratulations to Christine Ward-Paige on the successful defence of her MSc
July 22, 2003
Congratulations to Mike Jerrett on obtaining a contract with Health Canada for "Developing geographic exposure models for Montreal: assigning monitoring locations and deriving air pollution surfaces"
Congratulations to Vera Chouinard on being appointed to a 5-year term as Director, Women's Studies effective 1 July 2003
July 18, 2003
Congratulations to Joanne Badley on the successful defense of her MSc thesis.
July 16, 2003
Congratulations to George Pemberton (PhD Geology 1979) on being awarded the 2003 Raymond C Moore Medal for excellence in paleontology by the SEPM, and to Roger Walker (Prof Emeritus) on the award of the Sorby Medal by the International Assn. of Sedimentologists.
Congratulations also to Gerry Middleton (Prof Emeritus) on being awarded the SEPM's Twenhofel Medal for excellence in outstanding contribution to sedimentary geology and to Fred Longstaffe (PhD Geology, 1978) on the Geol Assn Canada's Logan Medal for outstanding contributions to geoscientific knowledge in Canada
July 14, 2003
Congratulations to Nancy Brand, who has accepted a significant promotion to become the Program Administrator for the new McMaster-Mohawk program in medical physics. Over the next four years this innovative program will grow to some 400 students.
July 4, 2003
I am pleased to let you know that John Eyles has agreed to be Associate Director for a one year term, 2003-04. John has been involved in numerous CP/M, T&P and other committees and has an excellent working knowledge of the School and university. The one-year term takes John to his next Research Leave, following which we will have most faculty back from other leaves etc. John has also been Chair of the SGES space committee, and space planning for GSB and BSB will be at the fore next year.
July 4, 2003
Congratulations to Dana Wilson on the successful defense of her MA thesis
June 13, 2003
Congratulations to Chantelle Richmond on the successful defense of her MA thesis
Congratulations to Susanne MacMahon on passing her PhD final oral exam
June 12, 2003
Congratulations to Susan Elliott on being appointed to a 5 yr term as Dean of Social
Sciences at McMaster, effective 1 July 2003.
June 9, 2003
Congratulations to Hanna Maoh who has received a Statistics Canada Research Stipend to work for 8 months in Ottawa on "Microsimulating Firm Demography: The Hamilton-Wentworth Case"
June 3 ,2003
Congratulations to Glenn Scott, a new MSc student with Hok Woo on winning an Ashbaugh Scholarship
May 29, 2003
Congratulations to Mike Herrell in accepting our offer of the permanent Instructional Technician position, effective immediately.
May 27, 2003
Congratulations to our graduates at the upcoming Spring Convocations:
GEOGRAPHY MSC KAUFMAN STEPHEN
GEOGRAPHY MSC MARKHAM BRADLEY
GEOGRAPHY MSC TOTH KAROLA
GEOGRAPHY PHD SPENCE CHRISTOPHER
GEOL MSC SHERWOOD OWEN
GEOL PHD SEREFIDDIN FERIDE
Hons BA Geog 13
Geog - E&H 1
Geog - Urb/Soc 1
Geog GIS option 3
Geog & other 2
Total 20 (+5 from last year)
Hons BSc Sci Stream A 3
E&ES Hydro 3
E&ES Geo 1
E&ES Biogeo 2
Env Sci Coop 6
E&ES Coop 1
Tot 20 (+5 from last year)
BSc three year 5 (+3 from last year)
BA three year 34 (+1 from last year)
May 20, 2003 Congratulations to Lesley Warren on signing a contract with Bechtel BWXT Idaho for "Grouted uranium mobility and speciation in INEEL sediments"
Congratulations to Darren Grocke on the Tyrrell Award from the Geological Society of London for research in the Rocky Mountains near Banff.
May 7, 2003
Congratulations to Dr. Godwin Djietor on the successful defence of his PhD thesis
Congratulations to John MacLachlan on being awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology for 2003/04
May 6, 2003
Congratulations to Dr. Carolyn Whitzman on the successful defence of her PhD thesis.
May 5, 2003
Congratulations to Tracy Prowse on the award of an SSHRC Standard Research Grant for "Bioarchaaeological investigation of a rural Roman cemetery(2nd centuryAD) at Vagnari, South Italy.
May 5, 2003
Congratulations to Bev Goodman on being awarded the Archaeological Institue of America harriet and Leon Pomerance Fellowship for "Natural Embayments and Harbors in the Early Bronze Age: A Geoarchaeological Coastal Reconstruction of Liman Tepe"
May 2, 2003
Liz Haak on wining the Wlater Gibbins Memorial Travel Bursary
Maria Stack on winning the James Harvey and Helen S Harvey Travel Scholarship
April 17, 2003
The School of Geography and Earth Sciences is pleased to announce that Greg Slater has accepted our offer of the aqueous geochem position, and will be nominated for a CRC.
He will take up his appointment on September 1st, 2003.
April 15, 2003
Congratulations to our successful OGS applicants:
|For PhD Work:
April 3, 2003
Congratulations to Carolyn Whitzman who, with Ali Grant (PhD '96, now a community and development research consultant in BC) and others, has been awarded a research grant from Status of Women Canada to investigate "Women and Urban Safety: From Making the Links to Changing Policy".
April 2, 2003
Congratulations to Erin Mifflin on her appointment as a Housing Policy Officer by the City of Hamilton's Planning & Development Dept.
March 31, 2003
Congratulations to Vicki Thomson on winning a CRESTech Conference Travel award to present at the European Geophysical Society Joint Assembly in Nice, France.
March 20, 2003
Congratulations to Talar Sahsuvaroglu on passing her PhD Comprehensive exam.
February 7, 2003
Congratulations to Bev Goodman on passing her PhD Comprehensive exam.
Congratulations to Hanna Maoh on passing his PhD Comprehensive exam.