David Chettle honoured for raising profile of physics

David Chettle, Medical Physics and Applied Radiation Sciences, will receive the Peter Kirkby Memorial Medal for Outstanding Service to Canadian Physics at the Canadian Association of Physicists annual meeting on May 30. He is being recognized by the Canadian Association of Physicists and Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists for his great service to the Canadian physics community. Specifically they cite his work in mentoring a generation of medical, health and radiation physics students and having made physics an attractive career option for many. Congratulations David, and thank you for your tremendous work.

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World’s oldest water captures the imagination

Greg Slater, Geography & Earth Sciences, is part of a team of Canadian and UK researchers that has collected and analyzed some of the world’s oldest water, some estimated to be as old as 2.6 billion years old. The water, collected from a Timmins, Ontario mine nearly 2.4 km below ground, has implications about where life on Earth, and Mars, may exist. The study, published in the journal Nature, has caught the attention of media from across Canada.

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Exploring thin films, surfaces and interfaces nets Brockhouse medal

Kari Dalnoki-Veress, Physics & Astronomy, will share the Brockhouse Medal for his contributions to physics in Canada, an honour he shares with his frequent collaborator, James Forrest, University of Waterloo. Recognizing their contributions to the understanding of physics of macromolecules in thin films, and soft matter physics, they will receive the Brockhouse Medal on May 30 at the Canadian Association of Physicists Congress.

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New Dean of the Faculty of Science appointed

The Senate and Board of Governors of the University have approved the appointment of Robert Baker as the new dean of science. A noted researcher, educator and administrative leader, Dr. Baker joins McMaster from the University of Toronto. His five-year appointment begins July 1.

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