Faculty Of Science Newsmakers
Laurel Trainor, Director of the McMaster Institute for Music & the Mind, joined a panel of scientists on Music and Mind LIVE with Renee Fleming. The July 28th webinar - Music: A Superpower for Children, has been viewed more than 25,000 times. The weekly webinar features conversations with scientists and practitioners exploring the powerful impact of music and arts on human health and the brain. Laurel also gave a talk as part of Caregie Hall's Lullaby Project. The project pairs pregnant women and new mothers and father with professional artists to write and sing personal lullabies to their babies.
Paul Faure hosted an online event in the McMaster Bat Lab with the Toronto Zoo and his Western University colleague Brock Fenton. Paul and Brock have run popular Bat Nights at the zoo for the past eight years. Proceeds from the annual family event help fund the zoo's bat conservation work. The Facebook video of their online talk has generated more than 22,000 views.
Eduard Reinhardt and a team of international scientists, divers and technicians generated international media coverage with their discovery of a fully intact skeleton dating back some 13,000 years ago in a Yucatan Peninsula underwater cave. The skeleton sheds new light on when humans came to the Americas.