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Faculty And Staff Zoom In For Annual Retreat

It was a morning of firsts for the Faculty of Science.

Last month's retreat was the first to bring together faculty and staff. In previous years, faculty and staff attended separate events. It was the Faculty of Science's first virtual retreat, using Zoom and Google Jamboard. It was the first time many faculty and staff had gotten together since in-person classes ended March 13 to help slow the spread of COVID-19. While recapping the achievements of the past year, Dean Maureen MacDonald announced the first researchers to receive funding through the Faculty of Science's new Global Science Initiative.

David FarrarNearly 200 faculty and staff participated in the online and interactive May 21 retreat. The overnight transition to virtual learning in mid-March was the focus of conversations in the first breakout session, with faculty and staff sharing best practices and lessons learned. Following a plenary discussion, faculty and staff returned to breakout rooms to review and help refine measures and targets for the Faculty of Science's 2020-2025 strategic plan. Virtual notes posted to the Google Jamboard have since President David Farrarbeen consolidated into a report for the Dean.

McMaster President David Farrar closed out the retreat with a live appearance from his home office. David said he was grateful and impressed by the contributions, achievements and leadership of the Faculty of Science faculty and staff. David, who's a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, asked faculty and staff to continue taking care of themselves physically and mentally and then reaffirmed McMaster's commitment to the health and safety of faculty, staff, students and the broader community. McMaster was among the first universities in Canada to announce an online fall term.
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