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.

Inspiring McMaster Educator Receive Recognition For Outstanding Teaching

MadsenCongratulations to Krista Madsen and the BioBlend Team on receiving the McMaster University President's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning.

Krista is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Kinesiology. Her nominator wrote, "at the heart of Prof. Madsen's teaching approach and philosophy is a sense of shared humanity, where moments of failure and vulnerability are seen as central to the growth, problem-solving, community and creativity of students in her classroom."

The BioBlend Team created a first-year Cell and Molecular Biology course that is unique among Canadian universities. The course combines online modules, in-class learning and a laboratory project grounded in a core research question. Team members are Robin Cameron, Kim Dej, Rosa da Silva, Lovaye Kajiura, Joanna Wilson, Alison Cowie and Alastair Tracey.

Meet New Faculty Member - Lydia Chen

Meet Lydia Chen, an Assistant Professor in the Department Of Chemistry & Chemical Biology. Lydia is joining us from Ryerson University.Lydia Chen

Who or what inspired you to become a scientist?
I could not recall a specific person or reason that inspired me to become a scientist, except that my curiosity, thirst for knowledge, and determination have driven me to pursue my career path. I am grateful for the opportunities and supports that my family and mentors have provided me over the years. Their guidance and encouragement have been fundamental to lead me to my new position at McMaster University.

What's the focus of your research?
Throughout my teaching experiences at various post-secondary institutions, I have learned that my true passion is for the development of educational programs to facilitate teaching and learning. My research is on chemical education with a focus on applying web-based tools to enhance the learner experience. I also have a keen interest in creating opportunities for learners to collaborate through projects and assessments. I am excited to explore and learn with my students in my new role as an assistant professor, teaching stream, at the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology.

When you're not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
Outside of work, I enjoyed gardening and hiking. One of my favourite things is to spend time with my husband, Colin to try out new foods and recipes that are inspired by our childhood memories and travelling.

Lydia completed her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia. She received her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Alberta, in method development of arsenic speciation analysis in environmental and biological systems.

Faculty Of Science Newsmakers

Music and Mind LiveLaurel 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.

Bat Lab


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.

Underwater Cave


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.

Centre For Climate Change Lecture Announced

Dr. Mark Loeb is the keynote speaker for the McMaster Centre for Climate Change's Fall 2020 public lecture. Dr. Loeb, Division Director for Infectious Diseases and Head of Service for Infectious Diseases at McMaster University and the Michael G. Degroote Chair in Infectious Diseases, will review the epidemiology of COVID-19. The McMaster Centre for Climate Change, one of five research centres and institutes in the Faculty of Science, is presenting the lecture in partnership with the Bay Area Climate Change Office, Mohawk College Centre for Climate Change Management, Ontario Climate Consortium, the Socrates Project, the Global Water Futures Program and the United Nations University-INWEH.

Poster for Fall Lecture

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