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December 22, 2015
The past few years have been difficult for the Faculty of Science as all members of the Faculty – faculty members, staff and students – have worked hard to understand our operations and use our resources more efficiently in a challenging environment. This work will continue as some challenges remain and others will come. Despite this, we have continued to strive to develop our students’ potential, explore the boundaries of scientific knowledge, and contribute to our communities. I thank you for your continued dedication and hard work to fulfill the Faculty’s vision as identified in our Academic Plan: to make McMaster’s Faculty of Science the leading Faculty of Science in Canada.
The year 2016 will see us reaching a tangible and significant milestone in achieving that vision – the creation of the School of Interdisciplinary Science (SIS). Creating the School was a key recommendation of the Faculty of Science Academic Planning Committee, which was struck in fall 2013 and reported in the fall of 2014. The Committee saw the School as a way to strengthen interdisciplinary undergraduate programs, and spread effective new pedagogical techniques and classroom approaches throughout the Faculty.
Scheduled to open January 1, 2016, the School will aim to be a national and international centre for interdisciplinary science education. Its inaugural Director, Maureen MacDonald, Kinesiology, and her team, have been hard at work over the fall to have SIS ready for its opening. The establishment of the School is the culmination of many hours of hard work from many people in the Faculty and University. I thank them for their efforts.
SIS brings together four Faculty programs: Honours Integrated Science, Life Sciences, Medical Physics and Medical Radiation Sciences. It will be home to a large percentage of our undergraduate students. It will also bring together faculty members and staff from different departments and backgrounds, and I am very excited and pleased with the very positive and energetic approach all of these people bring to the School. The School was created with the mandate to foster exploration and discovery while emphasizing experiential, collaborative and student-centred learning. I look forward to seeing SIS develop as its members seek innovative ways to prepare students for 21st century careers by integrating core academic subjects, the latest research discoveries, interdisciplinary themes, and essential skills development with effective instructional approaches. I also look forward to seeing the results of these efforts influence and strengthen the Faculty’s other Units.
The new School of Interdisciplinary Science will be located in General Sciences Building, Room 105, come January 4, 2016. A website should be available soon. We will provide more details about SIS as they become available.
Thank you again for your contributions throughout the year.
Happy holidays and all the best for 2016.
Dean of Science
The Faculty of Science and the Dean of Science welcome Dr. Maureen MacDonald, Department of Kinesiology, as the inaugural Director of the School of Interdisciplinary Science. The School of Interdisciplinary Science was formally approved by the Board of Governors on October 22, 2015, and will open officially on January 1, 2016.
Dr. MacDonald brings a wealth of administrative experience to the task of establishing the new School. She is currently the Director of the McMaster Physical Activity Centre of Excellence (PACE), and has held numerous academic administrative appointments, including Acting Chair of the Department of Kinesiology from 2014-2015 and Chair of the McMaster University Board-Senate Hearing Panel for Sexual Harassment and Anti-Discrimination from 2009 to 2013.
Her research program focuses on exercise physiology, cardiovascular physiology, blood flow regulation, arterial compliance, spinal cord injury, aging, hypertension, and adaptations to exercise training. She received her Honours BSc in Chemistry from Acadia University, Canada, in 1991, and her MSc (1993) and PhD (1998) in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo, Canada. She joined McMaster in 2000. Dr. MacDonald directs the Vascular Dynamics Laboratory and is an active member of the Exercise Metabolism Research Group in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster. She has directly supervised 45 undergraduate and graduate students since her appointment. She has been continually funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NERSC) since 2001, and also currently holds funding from Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Dr. MacDonald is a co-chair of the Biological Systems and Functions NSERC Discovery Grant Scientific Review Panel for 2015/16. She is a member of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Physiological Society and is an Associate Editor for Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism.
We congratulate Dr. MacDonald on this new role and believe that the School’s anticipated goals and objectives will be achieved under her leadership.
Scheduled to open January 1, 2016, the School aims to be a national and international centre for interdisciplinary science education. It will foster exploration and discovery while emphasizing experiential, collaborative and student-centred learning. The School will be home to the Life Sciences Program, the Faculty’s largest with approximately 1200 students, and the award-winning Honours Integrated Science Program (iSci). Other interdisciplinary programs and courses may be added to the School’s umbrella in the future.
Creating the School was a key recommendation of the Faculty of Science Academic Planning Committee, which was struck in fall 2013 and reported in the fall of 2014. The Committee recommended the creation of the School as a way to strengthen interdisciplinary undergraduate programs, and spread effective new pedagogical techniques and classroom approaches throughout the Faculty.
The Faculty of Science began an academic planning process in the fall of 2013. After extensive consultation and deliberation, we have developed a final plan that will guide our development over the next several years. The process has provided an opportunity to review the strengths and weaknesses of our academic activities and to develop strategic initiatives to support our vision and values. Below are some key documents.
Comments and thoughts about the Plan's implementation can be sent to email@example.com.
Faculty of Science Tenure and Promotion Committee (2017-2018) Membership:
|Name||Department or School||Term ends|
(July 1st - June 30th)
|Dr. Maureen MacDonald, Dean & Professor
|Faculty of Science||2022|
|Dr. Patrick Bennett, Professor||Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour||2018|
|Dr. Benjamin Bolker, Professor||Mathematics & Statistics||2020|
|Dr. Michael Brook, Professor||Chemistry & Chemical Biology||2020|
|Dr. Sean Carey, Professor||Geography & Earth Sciences||2018|
|Dr. An-Chang Shi, Professor||Mathematics & Statistics||2019|
|Dr. Matthew Valeriote, Professor||Mathematics & Statistics||2018|
|Dr. Ignacio Vargas-Baca, Professor||Chemistry & Chemical Biology||2019|