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Remembering Alexander Bain

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Alexander Bain, Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology. A graduate of University of Toronto and UBC, he developed his career-long research interest in the theory of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy at the University of Cambridge, where completed his PhD. He was a respected colleague and supportive mentor to many aspiring students and junior faculty. He will be fondly remembered by his colleagues at the University and in the NMR community in Canada and beyond. An obituary and online book of condolence can be found here.

McMaster student geographers dominate global competition

Congratulations to a group of McMaster Geography & Earth Sciences students who took five of nine top places in an international contest that tested competitors’ creative use of geographic information systems (GIS). Participants in the Esri Global Content Challenge had to take a list of authoritative data and, using their backgrounds and imaginations, develop compelling scientific stories using Esri’s Story Map Journal app. The competition drew more than 500 entries from nearly 60 countries in three categories: Land, Ocean and Population. Students in Patrick DeLuca’s course, Special Topics in GIS, took second and third place in Land, second and third in Ocean, and third in Population, dominating the competition, plus one honourable mention. A complete list of the McMaster winners and links to their project can be found here.

Astronomy fellow looking for 10 billion-year-old secrets in cosmic history

Chelsea-cropped 980The Faculty welcomes Chelsea Sharon, Physics & Astronomy, as the inaugural William & Caroline Herschel Postdoctoral Fellow. She will spend the next two years here conducting research on galaxy evolution, looking back 10 billion years to learn more about why galaxies in the present day universe appear the way they do. Her research interests complement that of many researchers in the Department including Christine Wilson (CRC in Extragalactic Star Formation), Laura Parker, James Wadsley and Hugh Couchman. The Herschel fellowship was created through the William & Caroline Herschel Fund at McMaster, the result of a gift from Bill Harris, professor emeritus in the Department of Physics & Astronomy.

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Faculty congratulated our newest Canada Research Chairs

The Faculty of Sciences congratulates our newest Canada Research Chairs: Paul Ayers, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, new Tier 1 CRC in Theoretical Chemistry; John Valliant, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, new Tier 1 CRC in Medical Isotopes and Molecular Imaging Probes; and Christine D. Wilson, Physics & Astronomy, new Tier 1 CRC in Extragalactic Star Formation. Read the Daily News article for more information on their outstanding research and McMaster’s other new CRCs. A list of all of the Faculty’s Canada Research Chairs can be found here.

 

 

Hawaiian volcano a location in the search for life on Mars

McMaster researchers, led by Greg Slater, Geography & Earth Sciences, visited the rugged terrain of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano to find important clues in the ongoing search for life on Mars. The McMaster team, working with colleagues from NASA and others, examined newly formed basaltic rocks from the active and relatively young volcano. By exploring the conditions that might point to signs of life there and beyond, they expect to uncover clues about how to look for life on Mars, which has similar basaltic rocks.

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Congratulations to Paul Ayers, new member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

Paul Ayers, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, has been elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. One of three McMaster researchers honoured this year, he is the Faculty’s first member of the College. College members are researchers who have demonstrated a high level of achievement at an early stage in their career. Ayers’ work develops new methods for understanding chemical phenomena, with implications for a wide variety of industries including drug design, nuclear waste processing and more.

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Office of the Dean of Science
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Burke Science Building (BSB), Room 102
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Business Hours:
8:30AM - 12:00PM + 1:00PM - 4:30PM
Telephone Inquiries:
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Fax:
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Student Inquiries:
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McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

Office of the Dean of Science
McMaster University
Burke Science Building (BSB), Room 102
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Business Hours:
8:30AM - 12:00PM + 1:00PM - 4:30PM
Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.22616
Fax:
(905) 546-9995
Student Inquiries:
science@mcmaster.ca