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January 23, 2001

2003 Undergraduate Student Research Awards projects

"Self-Service Technology (SST) Use by Business-to-Business: Drivers of Satisfaction and Dissatisfaction." By Erica Ainsworth, Business. Supervisor: Ashish Pujari. "Paleo-histomorphometry: Methodology and Application to Age-at-Death Estimation in Archaeological Bone Samples." By Patrick Beauchesne, Social Sciences. Supervisor: Shelley Saunders. "Feminists Reading Sade: Beauvoir, Carter, Benjamin, and the Intersubjective Meaning of His Work." Robin Chamberlain, Humanities. Supervisor: Joseph Adamson. "Directing Actions at Visual Illusions: Planning, Control, and Memory." By Cheryl Glazebrook, Social Sciences. Supervisor: Digby Elliott. "Duopolies with Advance Production and Posted Prices or Market Clearing Prices." By David Goodwin, Social Sciences. Supervisor: Stuart Mestelman. "Use of Free Samples in Interactive Advertising." By Alexander Grey, Business. Supervisor: Maureen Hupfer. "Community Morality and the Charter: A Defense of Judicial Review." By Sarah Halsted, Humanities. Supervisor: William Waluchow. "Identifying and Interpreting Glass Artifacts in Archaeology: Expedient Tool Technology at a NorthWest Coast Tsimshian Site." By Irena Jurakic, Social Sciences. Supervisor: Andrew Martindale. "Social Capital, Social Cohesion, Gender, Health and Lower Income Neighbourhoods in Hamilton." By Shoshannah Levitt, Social Sciences. Supervisor: Tina Moffatt. "Annotating Bertrand Russell's Papers on China." By Andrea Pasztor, Humanities. Supervisor: Nicholas Griffin.

January 22, 2001

posted on Jan. 22: School of Business one of world’s top 100 business schools

The Michael G. DeGroote School of Business is one of the top 100 business schools in the world, according to the Financial Times MBA 2001 survey published today. The school ranked 80th overall and placed sixth out of nine among Canadian schools ranked. This is the first year McMaster participated in the survey. The School of Business exhibited a strong showing when the data is broken down: * McMaster placed first among the Canadian entries in the "placement success" category with a score of 93 per cent. The "placement success" category is defined as the percentage of 1997 alumni that gained employment with the help of career advice; * As well, 43 per cent of the school's students were female when the study was conducted, another first-place ranking. * The school placed second among the Canadian universities in the international mobility category. It is defined as a rating system that measures the school with the most internationally mobile alumni based on the movements of 1997 graduates.

January 22, 2001

posted on Jan. 22: Athletics honours five friends of the Marauders

The 2001 Friends of Distinction awards were presented at halftime of the men's basketball game during Marauder Weekend Jan. 19-21. Presented annually, these awards honour . . .

January 22, 2001

posted on Jan. 22: Jan Wade’s art explores multiracial heritage, new world imagery, pop culture

The McMaster Museum of Art begins the new year with “Sanctified/Soul Art,” an exhibition of paintings, sculpture, photographs and altarpieces by Vancouver-based, Hamilton-born artist Jan . . .

January 21, 2001

posted on Jan. 22: Popular dance styles keep centre a hip hoppin’

The move by the McMaster Centre for Dance to offer dance classes that focus on popular culture is proving to be a very successful one, given the attendance at several recent performances. Shows presented by a variety of McMaster dancers, at Robinson Memorial Theatre and at Hamilton Place, were staged in front of full houses, a sign that dance is alive and well in Hamilton. Over 275 people attended the end-of-term Amalgam dance production shown in Robinson Memorial Theatre on Dec. 2 and 3. They enjoyed a diverse program featuring the McMaster Dancers, the McMaster Hip Hop Dance Company, the Jedi Ninja Crew & Affiliates (break dancing) and the Inner City Ballet. And last week the dance club's Centre Stage show, featuring belly to ballet and beginners and experts, resulted in two sold-out shows at Hamilton Place. "There are about a dozen 12-year-olds from the Westdale area taking hip hop, and we had one 11-year-old taking break classes."

January 19, 2001

posted on Jan. 19: Ocean research could change the way we forecast the weather

Oceans cover 80 per cent of the Earth's surface, but we know surprisingly little about how oceans influence world weather patterns. McMaster geologist Mike Risk expects to fathom some answers through a new research project that will study deep-sea corals. "The corals are like the Rosetta stones of the sea," says Risk. "They are an untapped record of weather patterns that stretch back hundreds of years. Revealing the climatic records will bring new accuracy to the science of weather forecasting and will also create a new bank of information about how the oceans process carbon dioxide, which is a key factor in global warming." "The reason the present climate models don't work as well as they should is that most of the observations are on land, and most of the action, the driving force of climate change, is in the ocean. We need to know more about what happens in the deep sea, and the corals provide a clear record of what has happened over the centuries. Comparing the coral data to recorded weather patterns will provide new insight into past weather patterns and future climate modelling."

January 19, 2001

posted on Jan. 24: Provost delivers his State of the Academy address today

University provost and vice-president academic Harvey Weingarten presents his 2001 State of the Academy address " Whither McMaster? Managing Our Growth for 2003 -- The Double Cohort Year" today (Jan. 24) from 12:30 p.m. to 1:20 HSC-1A1. McMaster is planning to receive a double cohort of students who will graduate from Ontario high schools in the year 2003. This double cohort is part of a larger demographic increase in the number of 18-24 year-old students seeking admission to university. The provost will talk about why the way we do things at McMaster must change, the direction of these changes, and the capacity of McMaster to change sufficiently, to meet the challenges of the double cohort. Success stories that should make one optimistic about McMaster's future will be provided. All members of the University and Hamilton communities are welcome. In previous talks, the provost has discussed the academic duties of the professoriate and issues relating to institutional renewal. His 1999 talk on the professoriate is located at and his 2000 talk on institutional renewal was distributed to faculty and staff in the summer. (END OF STORY)

January 18, 2001

posted on Jan. 19: Marvin Ryder chairs new board at Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation

[img_inline align=”right” src=”” caption=”Marvin Ryder”]Marvin Ryder, assistant vice-president, information services & technology, will chair the new board of directors for the Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation . . .

January 17, 2001

posted on Jan. 19: Applications invited for new teaching and learning grants

The Centre for Leadership in Learning invites applications for grants in support of projects designed to improve the quality of students' learning at McMaster. Eligibility: McMaster instructors, teaching assistants, students, or departments may apply, singly or in groups. Criteria: 1. The key criterion for these grants is that the project should improve the quality of students' learning. The project should deal with an identified learning problem and the application should describe the evidence that led the applicant to decide that this was the problem. 2. Projects involving applied educational research are acceptable. This is defined as research whose purpose is to determine how students in a particular class or course can learn more or more effectively. It does not extend to theoretical studies. 3. The CLL does not fund projects that involve normal instructional tasks such as updating course content, preparing bibliographies, etc. 4. The grant fund is intended to provide seed money and not to support ongoing expenses. Preference will be given to projects that receive tangible support from the department or faculty and, as far as possible, are assured of continuing support. Application Procedure: Applications for grants up to $1,000 may be submitted at any time. The completed application form should be submitted to the Centre for Leadership in Learning, GSB-217. A response will be provided within two weeks. The deadline for the next round of applications for grants of over $1,000 is Feb. 28, 2001.

January 17, 2001

posted on Jan. 17: McMaster Courier moves to monthly publication schedule

The McMaster Courier is moving to a monthly publication schedule effective Jan. 15. The decision to change to a monthly format from its current bi-weekly . . .

January 16, 2001

posted on Jan. 16: Group meets regularly to discuss science and religion

Since 1998, a small group of McMaster faculty members from across numerous disciplines have been meeting on a regular basis to discuss topics and issues . . .

January 16, 2001

posted on Jan. 16: Humanities students network with TV managers

[img_inline align=”right” src=””]It's a fact of life in the entertainment industry – no schmooze, you lose. So, humanities students jumped at the chance to do . . .

January 16, 2001

posted on Jan. 17: Ontario must fund 15,000 more faculty to ease shortage, group says

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) is calling on the provincial government to provide more funding to ease a pressing faculty shortage at Ontario universities. "Ontario needs 15,000 more professors in order to meet student demand for higher education," said Henry Jacek, OCUFA president and a professor of political science at McMaster. "And we need to hire now or face a worsening faculty shortage crisis." OCUFA released a research paper this week, titled "Less Isn't More: Ontario's Faculty Shortage Crisis", that highlights the faculty shortage problem. The group is also hosting a one-day conference Jan. 26 that will examine the crisis. "The government has known for years that the number of faculty at Ontario universities is far below what is needed to deal with the growing demand for higher education. We are now faced with a faculty shortage crisis. And while the government uses the rhetoric of investing in students', it has not provided the funding needed to hire faculty who are critical to student learning and to maintaining a world-class system of excellence in education in the province," said Jacek.

January 15, 2001

posted on Jan. 15: Complaints keep new classroom hotline ringing

Malfunctioning heating systems, lights and clocks are the main complaints coming in on the new classroom hotline. Since the winter term began Jan. 3, 27 . . .

January 15, 2001

posted on Jan. 16: Jennifer Anderson wins undergraduate seat on planning committee

Third-year student Jennifer Anderson is the new undergraduate representative to the University Planning Committee. Anderson received 145 votes in an electronic election conducted last week . . .

January 12, 2001

posted on Jan. 15: McMaster is only Canadian member of university consortium for new metals research

McMaster is the only Canadian university involved in a consortium of eight North American academic institutions that will collaborate on a new metals research centre. The Centre for Metals in the Environment will conduct applied research focusing on the fate and effects of metals in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. According to the International Lead Zinc Research Organization (ILZRO), which made the announcement in December, research conducted by the centre's scientists and engineers is expected to lead to the creation of reliable predictive models that will assist in the conduct of hazard and risk assessment. Each of the institutions was selected for its expertise in certain areas. The three participating McMaster faculty are professors Gordon McDonald and Chris Wood, and associate professor Pat Chow-Fraser,all in the Department of Biology. They bring to the centre over 20 years' of knowledge and expertise in the fields of the physiology of aquatic organisms, and the mechanisms of metal uptake and toxicity.

January 12, 2001

posted on Jan. 12: McMaster’s e-mail system is down today

The University's e-mail system is shut down today (Jan. 12) while staff in Computing & Information Services work to repair damage done yesterday by the Emanuel.exe virus. CIS hopes to have the system up and running again by this afternoon. (END)

January 12, 2001

posted on Jan. 12: E-mail system will be up and running around 3 p.m. today

Computing & Information Services expects to have McMaster's e-mail system up and running by around 3 p.m. today. Pat O'Day, director of CIS, reports that it should be "business as usual" for most e-mail users. Ninety-nine mailboxes were affected by the virus. CIS has reset those mailboxes, using back-up tape, to Wednesday evening. Anyone with questions or concerns about their e-mail, should contact Pat O'Day at ext. 23870 or Brian Beckberger at ext. 24159. (END)

January 11, 2001

Imperial Oil partnership means new opportunities for undergraduate education

A Learning Innovation Grants Program will be established at McMaster thanks to a $1 million partnership with Imperial Oil. "This is a unique opportunity to change substantially how undergraduate programs at McMaster are delivered," said President Peter George. "The University has led the way in developing inquiry and self-directed education, and the generous support from Imperial will allow McMaster to continue to deliver top quality programs in a way that will best serve our students." In announcing the donation, Imperial's chairman, Robert B. Peterson, said: " We believe that programs like the Learning Innovation Grants and the work of McMaster's Centre for Leadership in Learning will make a difference in undergraduate education and help to better prepare students for the increasingly challenging environment of the 21st century." The Imperial Oil Learning Innovation Grants Program will fund a total of 11 projects through McMaster's Centre for Leadership in Learning. The Centre's director is Dick Day. "The goal is simple. We want to give departments the opportunity to make significant changes in the way they teach undergraduate programs. Projects that receive funding must truly transform the way programs are delivered and must provide students with the chance to learn course content along with the inquiry, research, critical thinking and communication skills that will lead to life-long success. Each project will be evaluated and the most successful approaches can then be adopted by other departments or other universities," says Day. Each grant provides a total of $90,000 in funding over three years. Photo (L. to R.): Dick Day, Robert Peterson, Peter George, Red Wilson. Credit: Ron Scheffler

January 11, 2001

posted on Jan. 10: Transportation strategy encourages greater use of public transit

A Balanced Transportation Strategy for the McMaster campus was approved by the Board of Governors on Dec. 15, but the strategy generated some discussion among members prior to the vote. The strategy was developed by members of an ad hoc committee created by the Board to examine ways to encourage faculty, staff and students at McMaster to reduce vehicle traffic to campus in conjunction with consultants hired by the University to conduct a parking needs assessment and develop new campus parking strategies. The Board's Planning & Building Committee recommended the adoption of the strategy comprising the following components: * parking supply expansions limited to at-grade only (no garage); * participate with the Hamilton Street Railway to subsidize faculty and staff transit passes; * assess parking permit rates to make transit more attractive for faculty, staff and students (changes should be implemented before 2003); and * implement additional travel demand management measures.