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Faculty congratulates latest CFI JELF award holder

Mic Farqharson, School of Interdisciplinary Science, was recently awarded $113,553 from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). His project will develop detectors that can be used in operating rooms to allow surgeons to determine the margins of cancer spread during surgery. Farqharson’s research applies x-ray techniques to answer questions and solve problems related to human health.

Programming in the Arts & Science Faculties Committee report available

The Programming in the Arts & Science Faculties (PASF) Committee has released its report. The Committee was struck in the summer of 2016 by the Joint Arts and Science Council (JASC) to continue the work of the Warner Report. The report can be found here.

Is one minute of exercise really enough?

Marty Gibala, Kinesiology, has been studying the benefits of high intensity interval training (HIIT) for years. Now he has written a book, The One-Minute Workout, with Christopher Shulgan, that explores whether short bursts of exercise really do help to keep you fit. Gibala discussed his research and the book on Quirks & Quarks, the award-winning radio science program of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). You can listen here.

Science alumni give advice on exploring career pathways

Some Science alumni recently returned to campus to help current graduate students find out more about careers in industry and other non-academic sectors. Hosted by the Scientist Association at McMaster (SAM), the event was attended by over 50 students, faculty and alumni from across the Faculty. Students and faculty had the opportunity to ask the alumni about their experiences in diverse sectors including finance, health care, science education, the arts and data analysis. Attendees also received advice about the types of professional skills students need to prepare for potential roles outside academia. With the event’s success, there are plans to hold more such events in the future.

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Wearing a uniform may change the way the brain processes information

New research from a team of cognitive neuroscientists suggests that simply putting on a uniform, similar to one that the police might wear, automatically affects how we perceive others, creating a bias towards those considered to be of a low social status. Sukhvinder Obhi, Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, and post doc Ciro Civile conducted the research which was recently published in Frontiers in Psychology. The results raise important questions about stereotypes and profiling, and explore how the symbolic power and authority associated with police uniforms might affect these tendencies.

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Chem & Chem Bio professor recognized for his contribution to silicone science

Michael Brook, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, and School of Interdisciplinary Science, Faculty of Science, is the winner of this year’s Chemical Institute of Canada’s Macromolecular Science and Engineering Award. The award is presented to a researcher who has made a distinguished contribution to macromolecular science or engineering. Brook is recognized for his contribution to silicone polymer chemistry, with his nomination describing him as Canada’s most renowned silicone polymer expert.

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Office of the Dean of Science
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Burke Science Building (BSB), Room 102
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Business Hours:
8:30AM - 12:00PM + 1:00PM - 4:30PM
Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.22616
Fax:
(905) 546-9995
Student Inquiries:
science@mcmaster.ca

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

Office of the Dean of Science
McMaster University
Burke Science Building (BSB), Room 102
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Business Hours:
8:30AM - 12:00PM + 1:00PM - 4:30PM
Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.22616
Fax:
(905) 546-9995
Student Inquiries:
science@mcmaster.ca