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
The 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.