Call for Three Faculty of Science Research Chairs

The Faculty of Science is looking for its next group of Science Research Chairs. In 2018, the Faculty created the Faculty of Science Research Chairs program to honour faculty members deserving of public recognition. In early 2019, we announced our first three chairs: Kari Dalnoki-Veress, Physics & Astronomy; Allison Williams, Geography & Earth Sciences; and Michael Brook, Chemistry & Chemical Biology.

We will award a second group of three Chairs in early 2020. A Faculty of Science Research Chair may hold a Chair for an initial term of 3 years. In addition to holding the title as Science Research Chair, each Chair receives $15,000 each year for 3 years in the form of a research stipend. A Research Chair can be renewed for an additional 3-year term, but no research stipend will be provided in the second term. Please note people who hold CRCs or endowed chairs are not eligible to hold a Science Research Chair.

Full details on the program are available in the Call for Nominations document. Nomination forms can be downloaded here.

Nomination packages are due on November 26 by 4 pm (electronic copies of the application package, pdf preferred) and should be sent to Katelyn McKay. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Gianni Parise or Seanna-Lin Brodie-Keys.

Research Infrastructure Renewal Fund: New call open!

The Faculty of Science is pleased to announce the second round of the popular Research Infrastructure Renewal Fund is now accepting applications. This fund is designed to help researchers purchase items in the range of $10,000 to $30,000 and renew vital laboratory equipment. Full program details can be found on the application form. Applications are due October 10, 2019 and should be sent to Katelyn McKay, mckayk16@mcmaster.ca, by 4 p.m. on that date, in a pdf format.

This program builds on our efforts to support research and collaboration. Over the past year we have introduced the Post Leave Support Program, which provide funds to support international research collaborations, the Science Research Chairs program, and additional support for bringing together more competitive grant applications. We will continue to build on these investments and take advantage of opportunities to help our researchers succeed both on the national and international stage. If you have questions about this program, don’t hesitate to contact Seanna-Lin Brodie-Keys, brodies@mcmaster.ca or Gianni Parise, adrsci@mcmaster.ca.

Eight Teams Receive Funding for Equipment Renewal

Eight researchers and research teams will benefit from the first round of the new Research Infrastructure Renewal Fund. Announced earlier this year, the funding opportunity was intended to help with laboratory renewal by supporting the purchase of basic equipment items in the range of $10,000 to $30,000.

A committee of faculty members and chaired by Associate Dean (Research & External Relations) Gianni Parise reviewed the 22 applications received. The committee awarded close to $175,000 in funding to the eight teams.

“We are supporting everything from laser replacements for a confocal microscope to fridges and -30 freezers to centrifuges,” says Parise. “It’s all needed equipment and difficult to fund under existing external grant programs. We will continue to look for more ways to help support research infrastructure to maintain our excellence in research on the national and international stage.”

The Faculty plans another call in late summer or early fall. Watch for that announcement.

New Labels for WHMIS 2015 Implementation and Compliance Available

McMaster-specific standardized workplace labels are now available for WHMIS 2015 labeling compliance. Users of hazardous materials with WHMIS 1988 supplier labels are expected to apply the new, compliant labels as soon as possible. A poster from Environmental & Occupational Health Support Services (EOHSS) highlights specific labeling instructions. EOHSS and the Faculty encourage you to print and post it in labs and other work areas. The new labels are available at the following locations and will also be distributed to Departmental offices. 

• Environmental and Occupational Health Support Services – Gilmour Hall 304
• Faculty of Health Sciences Safety Office – HSC 1J11A
• Health Sciences Stores – HSC 1G1
• ABB Stores (limited hours) – ABB B166.

If you have questions, please contact EOHSS

Remember, the current WHMIS legislation requires three compliance components:

  • Training: WHMIS 2015 training is available online for all staff, faculty, graduate students, and researchers. All members of the McMaster community require training on the WHMIS 2015 program. The training program is available for completion online through Mosaic. Have you completed yours?
  • Safety Data Sheets: Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are required to be replaced with Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for hazardous materials information and be readily accessible to all workers within their work location. These documents are available on the EOHSS webpage as well as directly from chemical suppliers.
  • Labelling of Hazardous Materials: All WHMIS controlled products purchased before August 30, 2018 need to comply with new WHMIS 2015 requirements. This requires existings inventories of chemicals to have an additional McMaster University workplace label attached.
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