William Harris, a professor emeritus in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, recently donated $400,000 to create the William & Caroline Herschel Fund at McMaster. Named after William Herschel (1738-1822) and Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) – a brother and sister pair who were prominent and highly influential pioneers in astronomy – the fund will support graduate scholarships and post-doctoral fellowships in astronomy at McMaster.
The Provost, in collaboration with the Deans of Humanities, Social Sciences and Science, has established a task force to provide guidance on future directions for the three Faculties. The Deans recently issued a letter asking for a consideration of options to support student outcomes and research excellence. More information on the Taskforce can be found here.
Christine Wilson, Physics & Astronomy, has been named a Distinguished University Professor, the University’s highest honour. This title is only given to those professors who achieve the highest level of excellence in teaching, learning and research; no more than two per cent of all full-time faculty can hold the title at any one time. The honour will be conferred upon Wilson and the other four new recipients during the spring Convocation ceremonies.
Nine members of the McMaster community have been named University Scholars, and two hail from the Faculty of Science. Paul Ayers, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, and Marie Elliot, Biology, received the newly established title. It is intended to recognize faculty members in mid-career who have already distinguished themselves as international scholars. Each University Scholar will hold the title for a period of four years (beginning July 1, 2015).