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The Hamilton Spectator published Dean Maureen MacDonald's TEDxMcMasterU Talk

Dean Maureen MacDonald
The Hamilton Spectator published an edited version of Dean Maureen MacDonald's TEDxMcMasterU talk from last December at the David Braley Health Sciences Centre. Maureen offered advice on how to work up the courage to make a major change and redirect our ambition, drawing on her experience of leaving medical school after her first year and choosing instead to pursue her passion for kinesiology.

The Conversation Canada published an op-ed from Michael Brook from the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology on a new recycling technique to break down old tires into reusable materials. "Approximately three billion automobile tires were produced worldwide in 2019 alone," writes Michael. "Automobile tires are the classic example of a high-volume product derived from non-renewable petroleum resources that are designed for single-use; they do not fit the desired paradigm of reduce, reuse, recycle." Michael's lab has found a process to break the sulfur-to-sulfur bonds that hold tires together. Michael was also interviewed by the Canadian Press, CBC's As It Happens, BNN Bloomberg, CTV News, and other media outlets.

Advanced Biosystems interviewed David Earn from the Department of Mathematics & Statistics about the coronavirus. David specializes in modeling infectious disease epidemics. "The fact that there have been hundreds or thousands of cases doesn't mean it's really effective [at spreading person to person]. We have to wait and see, and we need more information."

The journal Advanced Biosystems featured research by a team of physicists from Physics & Astronomy. The team has developed a process to distribute drugs throughout the body using modified red blood cells. "We call these super-human red blood cells," says Maikel Rheinstadter, a senior advisor on the study, "We think that they could work as the perfect stealth drug carriers which can outsmart our immune system." The research was also featured in the Italian news service ANSA, science news site New Atlas and the Hamilton Spectator.
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