McMaster Archive

June 7, 2000

McMaster 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.

June 7, 2000

Guelph, McMaster co-sponsor national continuing education conference

McDonald's has a “hamburger university,” the Body Shop has a “new academy of business,” British Aerospace has a “virtual university.” Is the trend towards corporate . . .

June 5, 2000

Work teams recommend better communication, more staff participation

Recommendations contained in four staff work team reports focus on enhancing the work environment at McMaster through better communication and more staff participation. The work teams, established to respond to the 1998-99 Reacon Staff Survey, looked at four areas of concern as documented in the survey: communication, staff involvement, recognition and development. A total of 48 University employees participated on the committees which began meeting in March. The recommendations were presented to the Leadership Team on May 17. It will review the recommendations with each work team and report to the University community as a whole in two town hall meetings scheduled for June 27 and June 28.

June 5, 2000

McMaster team to represent Canada at international engineering competition

A team comprised of five engineering and computer science students from McMaster University has qualified to compete in the prestigious Computer Science International Design Competition(CSIDC). . . .

June 2, 2000

Board approves plan to address loss and replacement of parking spaces

A plan by parking & transit services to reconstruct and expand parking in Zones 2 and 3 has been approved by the University's Board of Governors. The plan, presented to and approved by the Board of Governors in April, will create additional spaces to mostly offset lost parking spots due to the construction of the new student centre and the Institute for Applied Health Sciences.

June 2, 2000

11 accomplished alumni to be inducted into McMaster gallery

An NHL coach, a doctor who helps children traumatized by war, and a columnist for the Hamilton Spectator are among 11 McMaster University alumni who . . .

June 2, 2000

Staff and faculty take up the commuter challenge

So far, about 35 McMaster faculty and staff have registered for the Hamilton-Wentworth Commuter Challenge. The challenge, part of Canadian Environment Week, is aimed at encouraging a large number of people to leave the car at home and use alternative means of transportation for the week starting today (June 5). The prize is the distinction of being the region in Canada with the highest percentage of commuters. Cycling enthusiast Richard Day, academic director, Centre for Leadership in Learning, was among the first to sign up. Since he rides a bike to campus every day, he admits it's not much of a challenge. He says he registered to raise people's awareness of the value of alternative transportation. "It's all about consciousness-raising, making people think about their life choices." To register for the Commuter Challenge, click here

June 2, 2000

Physics & astronomy professor honoured by colleagues, students

Distinguished guests from Canada, France, Germany and India assembled at McMaster on May 6 to celebrate the 65th birthday of physics & astronomy professor Rajat . . .

June 1, 2000

Eli Lilly Canada, McMaster establish chair in women’s health

McMaster University and Eli Lilly Canada today (June 1) announced the creation of the Eli Lilly Canada-May Cohen Chair in Women's Health to further research and education in this field. Eli Lilly Canada is supporting the chair with a $1-million contribution over five years to support research activities. The Eli Lilly Canada-May Cohen Chair in Women's Health will conduct epidemiological research and clinical trials that address the determinants and prevalence of women's health problems. The chair holder will also develop policy recommendations from research findings and educate both the public and health care professionals on women's health. A national search is currently under way to recruit the first holder of the chair.

June 1, 2000

Computer science student wins Governor General’s medal a second time

Derek Mitchell admits he does study more than most. But the key to academic success, says the 2000 winner of the Governor General's Academic Medal, is to keep up to date with assignments and stay organized. The fourth-year honours computer science student received the award at the Faculty of Science Convocation on June 1. His average translates into marks of almost 100 per cent, giving him the highest marks of all graduating students in the undergraduate program. It's a very great honour," the 23-year-old says.

June 1, 2000

Former provost to lead Divinity College

Art Heidebrecht, former provost and vice-president academic of McMaster University, has been appointed interim principal of McMaster Divinity College commencing Aug. 1. Heidebrecht has a distinguished career in engineering having been elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 1991. He also has been active in academic administration at McMaster, having served as dean of the Faculty of Engineering as well as provost. He has served the Christian community as a member of the board of directors of Mission Services of Hamilton and as an elder and clerk of session at St. Cuthbert's Presbyterian Church in Hamilton. Heidebrecht will replace Richard Vosburgh, who is leaving the position for health reasons.

June 1, 2000

Twelve alumni inducted into McMaster’s Alumni Gallery

The 12 alumni to be inducted into McMaster's Alumni Gallery on June 5 are: Ronald Beckett '78 Faculty of Humanities A well-respected composer, Beckett has . . .

June 1, 2000

Alumni Association recognizes recent graduates

Five recent McMaster graduates will receive the McMaster Alumni Association Arch Awards at the Alumni Gallery Induction Ceremony on Saturday. The 2004 Albert Lager Student . . .

May 31, 2000

Canadian Brass shines at Humanities Convocation

Members of the Canadian Brass donned maroon-coloured shiny patent shoes, complete with white soles and shoe laces, to show their support for McMaster and to celebrate their honorary doctorate of letters degrees. The quintet thrilled an appreciative audience at the Faculty of Humanities and Arts & Science Convocation at Hamilton Place yesterday. Left to right are: Jens Lindemann (trumpet), Ronald Romm (trumpet),Christopher Cooper (French horn), Eugene Watts (trombone) and Charles Daellenbach (tuba). An honorary doctorate was also awarded to Toyoshi Yoshihara.

May 31, 2000

Notice of Memorial Service: Andrew Talalla

A memorial service for Andrew Talalla, professor emeritus, Faculty of Health Sciences, will be held on June 20 at 7 p.m. in Alumni Memorial Hall, . . .

May 30, 2000

New centre promotes rehab exercise and research

[img_inline align=”right” src=”http://padnws01.mcmaster.ca/images/rehabcentre.jpg” caption=”K. Martin, N. McCartney, A. Hicks and J. Starkes”]With the snip of scissors, representatives from the Department of Kinesiology and various stakeholder . . .

May 30, 2000

Supreme Court justice, Canadian Brass will receive honorary degrees this week

Supreme Court Justice Madame Louise Arbour and members of the Canadian Brass will receive honorary degrees at McMaster's Spring Convocation ceremonies this week. Degrees will be awarded to more than 2,700 McMaster graduands. The Convocations will be held at Hamilton Place on Summers' Lane on May 30, 31 and June 1.

May 29, 2000

Join the commuter challenge and do your part for the environment

Members of the McMaster community are invited to pedal, paddle or car pool to work next week as part of Canadian Environment Week. McMaster, along with several other corporate organizations and groups in the region, is participating in an area and national initiative aimed at challenging people to leave their cars at home June 5 to June 9. The Hamilton-Wentworth Commuter Challenge is part of a nation-wide competition between employers, schools, towns, cities and regions of Canada for the distinction of having the highest percentage of commuters who leave their cars at home. To register for the Canadian Commuter Challenge, click here By registering, you will receive an e-mail message each morning of the event, which will enable you to add your daily commuting data to the totals for both McMaster and Hamilton-Wentworth. For more information about the Canadian Commuter Challenge, click here

May 29, 2000

Police investigating suspicious death

Hamilton, May 29, 2000 -- On Saturday, 27 May 2000, at approximately 12:30 p.m., Clara Fali was found in her apartment by friends. Fali was reported to have been last seen on Friday, 19 May 2000, by a colleague from McMaster University where Fali does research work in biochemistry. Fali was to attend Calgary on Friday, 26 May 2000, but was not found on her pre-arranged flight by friends who were at the airport to pick her up. The Calgary friends grew concerned and contacted common friends in Hamilton to check on Fali. This is when she was found in her apartment. Emergency staff attended the apartment to find Fali deceased. A post-mortem has been performed and investigators are awaiting further testing from the Centre of Forensic Science before a cause of death can be determined. Police are asking for assistance from any persons who may have known Fali or of persons who have knowledge of her movements in the past two weeks. Detective Ray Rikic is the lead investigator and can be contacted at 546-3827.

May 26, 2000

Ontario Innovation Trust awards $12.6 million to McMaster researchers

McMaster University will receive $12,662,008 in funding from the Ontario Innovation Trust (OIT) to support a wide variety of research projects, OIT board member Sheldon Levy announced yesterday (May 25) in a special ceremony at the University. "It is a tribute to the innovative spirit of McMaster University and its researchers that such a wide variety of projects have been selected for OIT support," Levy said.