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All courses for every first-year Science student will be delivered online this fall. A limited number of students in their second, third and fourth years will return to campus for part of the semester.

2019 CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee

On May 24-25, 2019, high school students from across Canada came to McMaster University to compete for the CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee championship. This competition tests knowledge of neuroscience and skills at patient diagnosis and neuroanatomy.  Competitors represented local brain bees from across Canada: Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, London, Waterloo, Guelph, Hamilton, Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, and Newfoundland. The winner of this year's competition is Jenny Sun from the Edmonton Brain Bee. Congratulations Jenny!  Jenny will represent Canada at the International Brain Bee in September in Daegu, South Korea. 

 
Link:  https://brainbee.ca

 

Studying how musicians communicate non-verbally during performance

Researchers from PNB have found a way to measure the communication of emotion among musicians by analyzing their movements in detail. They have shown that communication in body sway is key to achieving a common emotion expression. Observing performances by the Gryphon Trio, an acclaimed chamber music ensemble, researchers fitted each performer with motion capture markers to track their movements while the musicians played happy or sad musical excerpts, once with musical expression, once without.

“Successfully performing music with a group is a highly complex endeavor,” explains Laurel Trainor, the senior author on the study and director of the LIVELab where the work was conducted.
The findings were published in the journal, Scientific Reports.

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Congratulations to PNB’s Daphne Maurer

Daphne Maurer, professor emeritus and Distinguished University Professor, has been elected Fellow of the AAAS for her ground-breaking research on the development of vision in human infants.

Maurer has received a number of honours throughout her career. In 2007, she was appointed fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She is also a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and was awarded the 2015 Donald O.Hebb Distinguished Contribution Award from the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science. In 2017, she was the recipient of an honourary degree from McMaster.

She is among 416 new Fellows to be honoured this year by AAAS for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a rosette pin on February 16, 2019 at the AAAS Annual Meeting, taking place in Washington,D.C. 

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