McMaster Archive

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=”” 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.

May 26, 2000

McMaster hosts primary care research forum on May 27

World-renowned primary care researcher Dave Davis, professor, family and community medicine, and health administration, University of Toronto, will explore the failure of clinical practice guidelines . . .

May 25, 2000

Exhibition of Edward Burtynsky photographs

Society's imprint on the natural world has been a consistent theme in Ed Burtynsky's art. Whether mine tailings, quarries, tire piles or the most recent . . .

May 25, 2000

Proposal developed to address concerns about Mactron

The President's Advisory Committee on Community Relations held its annual community meeting last night (May 24) at St. Mary's High School and President Peter George took the opportunity to discuss the proposal he will be sending forward to the University's Board of Governors with regard to the ongoing operation of the Mactron, the University's new video message centre and scoreboard. "I recognize that this has been a source of irritation to many people on and off campus," said President George. "It has also been difficult to tell people what we have been doing because we have contractual obligations that we have needed to sort through. However, we believe we now have the agreement of both parties, we have consulted the major stakeholders, and we believe we will soon be in a position to take a formal proposal to the Planning and Building Committee of the Board of Governors about the Mactron."

May 24, 2000

McGill University receives landmark gift from Richard Tomlinson

An extraordinarily generous gift to McGill University by one of its graduates, Canadian scientist and businessman Richard H. Tomlinson, is the largest-ever single donation to the university and probably the largest in the history of Canadian higher education. "We are dazzled not only by the size of the gift but also by its scope and imagination, which will benefit a host of University priorities," declared Principal Bernard Shapiro, in announcing the gift of more than $60 million today. Tomlinson is a professor emeritus of chemistry at McMaster. To view the full release on the McGill University Web site, click here

May 19, 2000

Changes to purchasing procedures aimed at simplifying processes for employees

Employees who purchase everything from pens to lab equipment for the University will benefit from several new changes in the procedures for buying and paying for goods and services. A committee comprised of representatives from across campus spent a year reviewing the purchasing procedures on campus and came up with a number of suggestions aimed at improving and simplifying the process for buying and paying for goods, as well as empowering employees who are making purchasing decisions.

May 18, 2000

Hamilton hospital launches unprecedented doctor recruitment campaign

May 17, 2000-Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation in partnership with McMaster University is immediately launching an unprecedented recruitment campaign to address critical shortages of physicians across all specialty areas within the organization. HHSC is prepared to aggressively seek out the best physicians to join its top-notch health care team. National shortages of physician specialists, attrition, and uncertainty over the future of HHSC's three acute care hospital sites, have all contributed to the critical shortage of health care specialists in Hamilton. Ultimately. HHSC hopes to fill more than 85 physician vacancies.

May 18, 2000

Gift will enhance McMaster research into brain injuries

Children who have sustained a brain injury will benefit from a donation made to McMaster's CanChild, the Centre for Childhood Disability Research. The Economical Insurance Group dedicated $25,000 to CanChild's Effective Rehabilitation for Children and Youth with Brain Injury program on May 11. "This generous donation will allow CanChild to focus specifically on researching and disseminating research on brain injuries," said Mary Law. "It is also interesting to note that this pledge came from an insurance company. It demonstrates they are dedicated to developing the best care and treatment for their clients."

May 16, 2000

Notice of death: Sandro Alberico

A tragic car accident Friday evening (May 12) claimed the life of McMaster student Sandro Alberico. The 22-year-old had completed his third year of the . . .

May 15, 2000

McMaster researchers will benefit from new synchrotron facility in Saskatchewan

Due to efforts by McMaster, along with other Ontario universities, a state-of-the-art research facility is to receive funding from the province. The provincial government has announced it will invest $9.4 million over three years in a Canadian Light Source (CLS) synchrotron. The facility, currently under construction at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, will take four years to complete and cost a total of $173.5 million. Adam Hitchcock, senior scientific consultant with CLS and professor of chemistry at McMaster, is pleased with the provincial government's participation. "The CLS is a major investment in the science and technology field. The facility will be used by researchers in a variety of disciplines for 30 years to come," he says. Hitchcock predicts that the Canadian-owned and operated facility will have a positive impact on research in this country.