June 19, 2000Campus construction projects, 2000-2003
The McMaster campus will be a beehive of construction and renovation activity over the next few years as the University embarks on the most extensive capital improvements work carried out in the last 10 years. Virtually every major building on campus will be affected by the projects, which are being funded through a variety of government programs, such as SuperBuild, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Access to Opportunities Program, private donors and the University. The following project summaries provide a brief overview of the construction projects that will transform the face of the University campus over the next few years as McMaster gears up for a projected increase in enrolment in 2003.
June 15, 2000International stars invade McMaster for pre-Olympic showdown
McMaster University's Burridge Gymnasium will play host to the opening game of Canada Basketball Summer Series 2000 pre-Olympic exhibition series. The men's and women's Olympic . . .
June 15, 2000Doyle and Maga return for 2001 basketball season
Senior co-captains of the Marauders basketball team Doug Doyle and Steve Maga will return to finish out their Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union careers as members . . .
June 13, 2000Five McMaster researchers receive health career awards
Five McMaster researchers are the recipients of Health Career Awards from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and the National Health Research and Development Program (NHRDP). McMaster researchers claimed three of 10 available senior investigator awards.
June 13, 2000Mathematician uses music to enliven the classroom
Mathematician and textbook author James Stewart, a retired McMaster professor, demonstrates one of several ways to enliven the classroom at a public lecture on Sunday, June 11. Stewart's lecture was a highlight of the Math 2000 conference held on campus this past week. The conference wraps up today.
June 13, 2000McMaster professor to hold national nursing chair
McMaster nursing professor Alba DiCenso is among 11 new chair holders announced today by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation.
June 12, 2000Drama festival offers up witty, entertaining period comedies this month
This year, McMaster University's Summer Drama Festival is producing two full-length productions, Moliere's Tartuffe and Christopher Fry's The Lady's Not For Burning. Both are witty and entertaining period comedies chosen to challenge McMaster's theatre students and engage the community both on campus and the surrounding area. The plays run from June 7 to 17 on the McMaster campus in the courtyard behind the Rathskellar and in the Faculty Hollow.The Lady's Not for Burning opened June 7 with performances on June 9, 15 and 17 at 7 p.m. Tartuffe opened June 8 and runs June 10, 14, and 16, also at 7 p.m.
June 12, 2000Board approves 2000-01 reallocation fund allocations
The Board of Governors has approved the distribution of $5.8 million in reallocation funding for the fiscal year 2000-01. The Board approved the recommendations, made by the Budget Committee, at its meeting on Thursday, June 15. Of this total, 47 per cent will be distributed to instruction and academic activities, 35 per cent to student services, libraries and scholarships, and 18 per cent to administrative functions. Reallocation funds are used to support projects of high priority and those that exemplify the objectives of the University. The Board approved a Budget Committee recommendation that a one per cent across-the-board increase be applied to each of the budgets submitted by University departments. The remainder will be allocated to 56 one-time and continuing reallocation requests selected by the Budget Committee.
June 12, 2000Pedalling for a good cause
A McMaster-based team of pedal pushers is participating in the Big Bike Ride for Stroke today. A team from the Health Sciences Centre (HSC) joins . . .
June 12, 2000Organizers declare commuter challenge a success
Although not many from McMaster registered officially for the Canada Commuter Challenge during Environment Week, it was evident to Jennifer Dawson that a large number . . .
June 9, 2000Popular mathematician and best-selling author offers tips on teaching
Mathematician and best-selling textbook author James Stewart will be at McMaster later this week to offer solutions to a math educator's greatest problem — making . . .
June 9, 2000New street lighting to be installed on University Avenue
McMaster University has contracted Wayne Electric Company Ltd. to install an engineered lighting system on both sides of University Avenue and east along Sterling Street. . . .
June 9, 2000One-day symposium will help faculty develop new teaching methods for inquiry and problem-based learning
On Tuesday, June 13, the McMaster Centre for Leadership in Learning and the Faculty of Engineering are sponsoring a one-day symposium titled “Helping Students Become . . .
June 9, 2000McMaster swimmer Janet Cook qualifies for Sydney Olympics
Janet Cook, two-time McMaster Female Athlete of the Year, will have an opportunity to swim for an Olympic medal this fall in Sydney, Australi. Cook . . .
June 9, 2000McMaster fencing star named to world championship team
McMaster fencing star Laurie-Ann Baker has been named to the Canadian National Team that will compete at the 2000 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Baker . . .
June 8, 2000Three from McMaster named to new science council
Three members of the McMaster community were named today to a new 18-member Ontario Science and Innovation Council. The creation of the new body was announced in Toronto by Jim Wilson, minister of energy, science and technology. Doug Barber, Chair of the University's Board of Governors, Russell Joffe, dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Ron Yamada, a board member of the Networks of Centres of Excellence at McMaster, will sit on the council. Barber will serve as vice-chair of the council. Suzanne Fortier, vice-principal, academic at Queen's University, will chair the council. The OSIC will offer advice to the government on strategic planning and policy initiatives. The ministry awards about $240 million annually for research grants. A fourth member of the McMaster community, Stephanie Atkinson,a professor of pediatrics, has also taken up a post on a government board. Atkinson has been named a member of the new Canadian Institutes of Health Research governing council. CIHR was officially launched yesterday. It replaces the Medical Research Council of Canada. To view the ministry's release on the science and innovation council,click here
June 8, 2000Commuter disappointed by lack of participation in area challenge
McMaster University is one of 38 area organizations participating in the Hamilton-Wentworth Commuter Challenge. Other participants include: For all five days: 7 Canada Centre for . . .
June 8, 2000$256,700 awarded for 11 projects that fit with new Academic Plan
Two projects that involve the creation of Web-based educational tools and further the inquiry- and problem-based learning objectives of the University are among 11 McMaster projects that have received funding this year from a special academic priorities fund. The University Library will receive support for its digital online tutorial project, DOT@MAC, a high-quality, online skills tutorial that will enable students in all disciplines to enhance their information-literacy skills and to do so at their own pace. The Library project is aimed at addressing the increasing emphasis on inquiry-based learning and an increasing tendency for students to access resources remotely. A prototype of the tutorial will be available this fall. The second project, submitted by John Lavis, Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, calls for the development of a Web-based searchable database and a resource library to support students and faculty associated with the Bachelor of Health Sciences Program, and the development of new and revised curricula for the program. The new curricula will include the development of a third-year course in population health and a fourth-year course in health-policy analysis. The two projects received funding from a one-time, $300,000 academic priorities fund announced in February by University Provost Harvey Weingarten.
June 7, 2000McMaster, City of Hamilton to host international children’s games
During the International Children's Games Millennium Festival, July 1-7, the City of Hamilton and McMaster University will play host to 2,200 athlete's aged 12 to 15, from 77 cities representing 32 countries from around the world. Athletes will compete in nine sports, enjoy a three-day cultural festival, participate in the Festival Parade, have the opportunity to visit the Olympic Museum - all the way from Lausanne, Switzerland - and celebrate Canada Day at a spectacular opening ceremonies at Copps Coliseum.
June 7, 2000McMaster hosts largest joint meeting of Canadian mathematical societies
This week several hundred students and scholars will gather at McMaster University for a "Math 2000" extravaganza, the largest joint meeting ever of mathematical societies in Canada. In an effort to promote the public image of mathematics as a key to social and economic development, UNESCO has declared 2000 as World Mathematical Year. The McMaster gathering of mathematicians is one of several math events taking place around the world. Activities at McMaster, which commenced on Tuesday, June 6 with the Canadian Undergraduate Student Conference, and continue through Tuesday, June 13, will bring together more than 250 international scholars from around the world to discuss the latest in mathematical theory, history, philosophy, education, finance, technology and biology.