Remembering Walter Craig

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Walter Craig, Professor, Mathematics & Statistics, one of Canada’s most accomplished and distinguished mathematicians. Craig was recruited to Canada and McMaster University in 2000 as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Analysis and its Applications. This was the very first appointment through the CRC program in the country. He was a devoted and loving husband to Deirdre Haskell, Mathematics & Statistics and a proud father to Zoe Haskell-Craig. He will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him as a mathematician, colleague and dear friend. More details about his many accomplishments can be found on the Mathematics & Statistics website.

Two McMaster mathematics professors are among the very first Fellows of the Canadian Mathematical Society

The Faculty congratulates Lia Bronsard and Miroslav Lovric, Mathematics & Statistics, who were among 49 Canadians named to the Canadian Mathematics Society’s Inaugural Class of Fellows. The honour recognizes mathematicians who have made “significant contributions to the profession and to the Canadian Mathematical Society.” Bronsard’s research focuses on nonlinear partial differential equations and interface dynamics. His research currently involves mathematics education and, in collaboration with the Faculty of Health Sciences, applying math to problems in medicine and biology.

Experiential learning courses help students apply knowledge and gain experience

Students in the Life Science program are finding that experiential education courses helps them find career and academic paths to follow. The courses offered by the School of Interdisciplinary Science (SIS) give third and fourth year students in McMaster’s Life Sciences program have the opportunity to explore future options. The courses, which are mandatory in the program, provide students with the chance to apply their knowledge and gain real-world experience, while learning about potential career paths or areas of future academic interest. 

Opportunities range from shadowing a professional in a science-related workplace ranging from a dentist’s office or pharmacy, to a volunteer organization or a research lab. Students can also choose to complete a research thesis or a mentorship experience within the McMaster community.

You can read more about the courses and students’ experiences on The Daily News.

Kinesiology wins big at CSEP annual meeting

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) recognized four people from Kinesiology at their annual meeting held in Niagara Falls from October 31 to November 2, 2018. Winners included:
  • Dean of the Faculty of Science, Maureen MacDonald received the Mentorship Award for her dedication and mentorship to students and faculty members.
  • Audrey Hicks, professor and Associate Chair Undergraduate Program, received the Honour Award, CSEP’s highest recognition. The award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to exercise physiology in Canada. She is the first female recipient in the history of the Society. Hicks was also named one of eight individuals recognized with inaugural Fellowship in the Society.
  • PhD candidate Lauren Skelly won the Graduate Student Award – Poster Competition. Her research examined the role of exercise intensity and contraction pattern on skeletal muscle adaptations to training.
  • PhD candidate Hilary Caldwell was a finalist for the Graduate Student Award – Oral Competition. Caldwell works with the Child Health and Exercise Medicine Program.
Congratulations to everyone. CSEP is a voluntary organization composed of professionals interested and involved in the scientific study of exercise physiology, exercise biochemistry, fitness and health. It was founded at the Pan American Games, Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1967 – the result of four years of cooperative efforts by the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
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