Henry Schwarcz elected AAAS Fellow

Henry Schwarcz, Geography & Earth Sciences, was honoured at the American Association for the Advancement of Science(AAAS) Fellows Forum on February 15, as one of the newest Fellows of the AAAS. The world’s largest scientific society elevated the professor emeritus to Fellow for his pioneering development and application of stable isotope analysis for environmental Earth sciences, geoarchaeology and the reconstruction of human history.

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Paul Ayers wins prestigious Steacie Prize

Chemistry professor Paul Ayers has received the coveted Steacie Prize, widely recognized as Canada's most prestigious award for scientists and engineers under the age of 40. His work in theoretical chemistry has been widely recognized, earning him two medals from prominent world associations and a Steacie Fellowship. Ayers is the third McMaster researcher to receive the Steacie Prize, and the first since 1975.

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Canadian Mathematical Society New President is Lia Bronsard

Congratulations to Lia Bronsard, Mathematics & Statistics, the newly elected president of the Canadian Mathematical Society. She will serve a four-year term, leading over more than 1,000 academic members from across the country.

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Sedimentary and Petroleum Symposium at McMaster

Recently a day-long symposium for sedimentary and petroleum geoscientists from across Canada was hosted at McMaster. Susan Cunningham, a top executive at Noble Energy and a McMaster alumna, kicked off the event. The symposium also formally introduced Dr. Janok Bhattacharya, the inaugural holder of the Susan Cunningham Chair in Geology to McMaster; he is a McMaster alumnus and renowned researcher, originally based at the University of Houston. In 2010, Cunningham committed to $1-million personal gift to establish the chair in the Faculty of Science.

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