Remembering Jules Carbotte

With great sadness, we announce the passing of Jules Carbotte, Professor Emeritus, Physics & Astronomy. Over his 55-year career, Carbotte worked broadly in the field of condensed matter physics, with his most recent work in high-temperature superconductivity, graphene and topological materials. Over his distinguished career, he received many honours: the CAP Herzberg Medal for Achievement (1974), the Steacie Prize (1975), named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1974) and named a Distinguished University Professor in 1976. He also was awarded four honorary degrees from the University of Waterloo, University of Manitoba, Sherbrook University and McMaster University. He will be remembered as a wonderfully gregarious and generous man, who was infinitely curious and with a deep passion for the mysteries of our world as revealed through science. More details about his many accomplishments can be found on our Physics & Astronomy website.

Hamilton-based McMaster start-up secures $140M (CAD) to commercialize potential cancer treatment

John Valliant founder and CEO of Fusion PharmaceuticalsA clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company founded by Chemistry and Chemical Biology professor John Valliant has secured the Canadian equivalent of $140 million in funding from an international syndicate of health care investors. The funding is among the single largest private investments in Canadian biotech history and was announced during a special event at the McMaster Innovation Park (MIP) with the Province and City of Hamilton.
John Valliant with daughters Diana and Jacquelyn and Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger

Spun out from McMaster's Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization and based at MIP, Fusion Pharmaceuticals is turning nuclear medicine research generated on campus into potentially revolutionary treatments for cancer patients. Fusion's lead product seeks out and infiltrates cancer cells to deliver highly localized radiation doses that target the cells' DNA.

In 2018, Fusion Pharmaceuticals was recognized as Ontario's Life Sciences Company of the Year. John, who graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemistry from McMaster in 1997, received the Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering from NSERC in 2015.

"It is McMaster's unique approach and commitment to research excellence that allowed Dr. Valliant to take new paths, investigate uncharted territory and train incredibly talented teams of students - our next generation of leaders," Associate Vice-President Research Karen Mossman wrote in the Hamilton Spectator.

Read more about Fusion Pharmaceuticals at McMaster Daily News.

Inaugural Science Research Chairs Announced

The Faculty is pleased to recognize three outstanding faculty members, who have been chosen as Science's inaugural Science Research Chairs. Congratulations to:

• Michael Brook (Chemistry & Chemical Biology), Science Research Chair in Sustainable Silicone Polymers 
• Kari Dalnoki-Veress (Physics & Astronomy), Science Research Chair in Experimental Soft Condensed Matter Physics
• Allison Williams (Geography & Earth Sciences), Science Research Chair in Career Friendly Workplaces 

"Establishing Science Research Chairs is another way that we're recognizing our exceptional faculty, investing in their work and further enhancing their international reputation for excellence in research," says Gianni Parise, Associate Dean (Research & External Relations).

"Science makes a major contribution to McMaster's continued leadership as Canada's most research intensive university," said Dean Maureen MacDonald during an event to announce the Science Research Chairs. "We're doing an incredible amount of vital research across all of our departments and schools, in our independent and interdisciplinary graduate programs and in every one of our institutes and centres. And the sheer number of undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs who we engage in our research sets Science apart - not only among other universities but within McMaster as well. Research drives our mission of advancing scientific knowledge and discovery."

Last fall, faculty members nominated 18 of their peers for three Science Research Chairs and nominations were reviewed by a four-person committee, chaired by the Associate Dean (Research & External Relations). Science Research Chairs will receive three years of funding to graduate students and research supplies.

Three Physics & Astronomy students Win Prizes at CCUWIP Conference

Congratulations to the three Physics & Astronomy students who won presentation awards at the Canadian Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CCUWIP), held in January. They took home three of the four awards available.
  • Jessica Speedie won Best Talk for her presentation, "Telling giant planets from brown dwarfs: an observational test with SPIRou".
  • Sara Evans won Best Poster for her poster, "High-speed preparation of ultra-this uniform polymer fibres for advanced materials development".
  • Anastasia Smolina won the CAP CEWiP (Committee to Encourage Women in Physics) Best Poster Presentation for her poster: "Neurovascular dynamics of mild traumatic brain injury."
CCUWIP winners

Award winners (from left) to Sara Evans (best poster), Anastasia Smolina (best poster presentation) and Jessica Speedie (best talk).
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