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Paul Ayers presented Steacie Prize

Chemistry professor Paul Ayers formally received his Steacie Prize at a ceremony at McMaster in June 2014. The Steacie Prize is widely recognized as Canada's most prestigious award for scientists and engineers under the age of 40. Ayers is the third McMaster researcher to receive the Steacie Prize, and the first since 1975. His work in theoretical chemistry has also earned him two medals from prominent world associations and a Steacie Fellowship. You can watch Ayers' lecture, "Uncovering the Inner Lives of Electrons", delivered at the awards ceremony.

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Science grad transforms from patient to researcher

This summer Ben Diplock, a 2014 Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour graduate, will spend the summer working with Donald Mabbott at the Hospital for Sick Children, exploring whether physical exercise helps strengthen connections in the brains of those who have had brain tumours removed. Ben strongly suspects the answer is yes. He credits exercise as helping him to recover from life-saving surgery to remove a benign brain tumour conducted at the Hospital for Sick Children over 15 years ago.

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The Physics of Ice Cream

The Faculty of Science hosted an all-female group of 60 local grade 10 students last Friday. The girls spent the day learning about science with a visit to the McCallion Planetarium and conducting experiments including how to use liquid nitrogen, temperature -196 degrees celsius, to transform sugar and cream into ice cream.

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Underwater cave discovery leads to clues about early North Americans

A team of international scientists including Ed Reinhardt, Geography & Earth Sciences, have discovered an almost completely intact skeleton, that of an adolescent girl, in an underwater cave in Mexico. Their findings, published in Science and featured in numerous media outlets including The Globe and Mail, have yielded information about the genetic origins of early North Americans. Reinhardt and his team collected core samples from the pit and analyzed the sediment, microfossils and water chemistry changes over time, to reconstruct the flooding history of the cave system, and to determine the age of the 13,000 year old skeleton.

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