Congratulations to a group of McMaster Geography & Earth Sciences students who took five of nine top places in an international contest that tested competitors’ creative use of geographic information systems (GIS). Participants in the Esri Global Content Challenge had to take a list of authoritative data and, using their backgrounds and imaginations, develop compelling scientific stories using Esri’s Story Map Journal app. The competition drew more than 500 entries from nearly 60 countries in three categories: Land, Ocean and Population. Students in Patrick DeLuca’s course, Special Topics in GIS, took second and third place in Land, second and third in Ocean, and third in Population, dominating the competition, plus one honourable mention. A complete list of the McMaster winners and links to their project can be found here.
The Faculty welcomes Chelsea Sharon, Physics & Astronomy, as the inaugural William & Caroline Herschel Postdoctoral Fellow. She will spend the next two years here conducting research on galaxy evolution, looking back 10 billion years to learn more about why galaxies in the present day universe appear the way they do. Her research interests complement that of many researchers in the Department including Christine Wilson (CRC in Extragalactic Star Formation), Laura Parker, James Wadsley and Hugh Couchman. The Herschel fellowship was created through the William & Caroline Herschel Fund at McMaster, the result of a gift from Bill Harris, professor emeritus in the Department of Physics & Astronomy.
The Faculty of Sciences congratulates our newest Canada Research Chairs: Paul Ayers, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, new Tier 1 CRC in Theoretical Chemistry; John Valliant, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, new Tier 1 CRC in Medical Isotopes and Molecular Imaging Probes; and Christine D. Wilson, Physics & Astronomy, new Tier 1 CRC in Extragalactic Star Formation. Read the Daily News article for more information on their outstanding research and McMaster’s other new CRCs. A list of all of the Faculty’s Canada Research Chairs can be found here.
McMaster researchers, led by Greg Slater, Geography & Earth Sciences, visited the rugged terrain of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano to find important clues in the ongoing search for life on Mars. The McMaster team, working with colleagues from NASA and others, examined newly formed basaltic rocks from the active and relatively young volcano. By exploring the conditions that might point to signs of life there and beyond, they expect to uncover clues about how to look for life on Mars, which has similar basaltic rocks.