McMaster University will continue to host undergraduate academic activities remotely for the Spring/Summer/Intersession term with only a few exceptions for courses that need student access to specialized equipment.

Paul Ayers wins prestigious Steacie Prize

Chemistry professor Paul Ayers has received the coveted Steacie Prize, widely recognized as Canada's most prestigious award for scientists and engineers under the age of 40. His work in theoretical chemistry has been widely recognized, earning him two medals from prominent world associations and a Steacie Fellowship. Ayers is the third McMaster researcher to receive the Steacie Prize, and the first since 1975.



Canadian Mathematical Society New President is Lia Bronsard

Congratulations to Lia Bronsard, Mathematics & Statistics, the newly elected president of the Canadian Mathematical Society. She will serve a four-year term, leading over more than 1,000 academic members from across the country.



Sedimentary and Petroleum Symposium at McMaster

Recently a day-long symposium for sedimentary and petroleum geoscientists from across Canada was hosted at McMaster. Susan Cunningham, a top executive at Noble Energy and a McMaster alumna, kicked off the event. The symposium also formally introduced Dr. Janok Bhattacharya, the inaugural holder of the Susan Cunningham Chair in Geology to McMaster; he is a McMaster alumnus and renowned researcher, originally based at the University of Houston. In 2010, Cunningham committed to $1-million personal gift to establish the chair in the Faculty of Science.



Electric Cars of the Future

Pavlos Kanaroglou, Geography & Earth Sciences and Canada Research Chair in Spatial Analysis, recently received $1.8 million from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to explore the social costs and benefits of electric mobility in Canada. The $2.4 million project, with partners including Ford Motor Company of Canada, Burlington Hydro Inc., Electric Mobility Canada, the Canadian Automotive Association and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, will help manufacturers better design and market electric vehicles that respond to the needs and wants of consumers.



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