McMaster Archive

August 15, 2000

$10 million for McMaster health researchers

HAMILTON (August 15, 2000)  On behalf of Health Minister Allan Rock, Sheila Copps, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced today a Government of Canada investment of nearly $10 million to fund health research at McMaster University, through the CIHR. In making her announcement, Copps congratulated Hamilton area researchers and acknowledged the federal government's ongoing investment in health. The contribution of Hamilton's researchers in increasing our health science knowledge is a resource we must cultivate and maintain, she stated. Through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Hamilton researchers will continue to provide Canada's health care system with a sound scientific foundation. Today's announcement is part of the $194 million announced by Minister Rock and CIHR President Alan Bernstein earlier today in Alberta for national health research initiatives. The grants and awards will be allotted over five years and will provide a direct benefit to 647 health researchers across Canada.

August 15, 2000

New awards bring increase in Ontario scholars

An endorsement from the University Budget Committee means McMaster will offer its Honour Awards for a second year next fall. The news is being greeted enthusiastically by members of McMaster's Enrolment Management Team and the Faculty deans. "Acceptances of McMaster offers of admission by Ontario high school graduates have increased tremendously this year. We believe the two key reasons for this success are the new Honour Awards and the guaranteed residence for Level I students," says Fred Hall, associate vice-president academic and chair of the Enrolment Management Team.

August 14, 2000

Marauder baseball team to play at SkyDome

For the second time in its seven-year history the McMaster University baseball team will play at Toronto's SkyDome. McMaster is one of six teams invited to play in this year's Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association First Pitch Classic tournament at the SkyDome on Friday, Sept. 8. The Marauders, the defending Ontario West Division Champion, are scheduled to play defending Ontario East Champion Durham College at 8 am. McMaster played in the inaugural First Pitch Classic against the University of Toronto in the fall of 1996. Two additional CIBA exhibition games and the Toronto Blue Jays game vs. the Detroit Tigers will follow McMaster's game. McMaster opens its regular season at Western on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. The Marauder baseball team will open at home on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. versus archrival and defending national champion Brock.

August 14, 2000

Business school finds it tough competing for professors

Since the beginning of 1999, the School of Business has hired five professors, but acting dean Willi Wiesner tells National Post reporter Sean Silcoff in Saturday's paper "that doesn't even begin to make a dent in the number we need." Weisner says the school needs at least 15 more professors "just to make people feel we're sort of on top of things." Enrolment at the school has grown by about 25 per cent in the past 10 years and is expected to grow that much in the next two, but the school is finding it difficult to attract and keep professors, who can expect to earn more at U.S. business schools. (National Post, Aug. 12, 2000)

August 14, 2000

Alumni association welcomes first-year students

First-year McMaster students who enroll in a Student Send-Off event in their local community get a head start on their university experience. The Send-Offs, to . . .

August 11, 2000

Welcome Day today

Hundreds of first-year students and their parents are visiting McMaster today to learn more about University life and what McMaster has to offer. Campus walkabouts, library and museum tours, and information sessions on everything from financing a university education to preparing for professional schools to succeeding at university are among the many planned activities. Students will also have an opportunity to learn more about campus clubs and student activities. Photo: A McMaster student speaks to visiting parents.

August 10, 2000

Museum exhibit: Artis’tree’ at its very best

Pining for a cool, shady oasis during the palmy days of midsummer? Wouldn't you know it, the McMaster Museum of Art has the perfect solution: an indoor, air-conditioned exhibition that celebrates artists' conceptions of the tree. Called "Arboretum," the exhibition makes use of artworks from the permanent collection, one photograph and one sculpture, as well as several paintings and prints in a whole forest of styles.

August 10, 2000

McMaster reversing a ’90s trend

A decline in full-time faculty during the nineties prompted an increase in part-time faculty teaching at McMaster, but University provost and vice-president academic Harvey Weingarten says that trend is now being reversed. "The goal now is to teach students with full-time faculty members. It's turning around," Weingarten is quoted in today's Hamilton Spectator. The story, by Jon Wells, focuses on a Statistics Canada report released on Aug. 6 which highlights a 9.7 per cent national drop in full-time university professors from the 1992-93 to 1998-99 academic years. In Ontario, the drop was 11.7 per cent. Weingarten says Ontario's declining numbers reflect cuts to universities. "After 1995, following government cuts, our full-time faculty declined 10 per cent in two years." The student-to-teacher ratio in Ontario is 21.1, the highest in the country.

August 4, 2000

McMaster researcher questions injection of clot buster drugs

The prestigious British medical journal The Lancet has published a study which raises concerns about the injection of new clot buster drugs in heart attack patients. The study by Shamir Mehta, assistant professor of medicine and director of the coronary care unit at the McMaster University Medical Centre, found a 25 per cent excess in bleeding into the brain in patients administered these drugs by bolus injection. Intracranial hemorrhage is rare but fatal or severely disabling in the majority of cases. For the full story, click here

August 2, 2000

Notice of Death: Veronika Czerneda

Veronika Czerneda, administrative co-ordinator, materials science and engineering, died July 31 at the Henderson Hospital. She was 51. Funeral service to be held at 11 . . .

August 1, 2000

New bursary enables McMaster students to study in Jerusalem

Two McMaster students will be studying for a year in Jerusalem, thanks to a new travel bursary established under the McMaster Student Opportunity Fund. Rachel Gold, a third year student in psychology, plans to take the Ulpan (intensive course in Hebrew), followed by Israel studies and general studies at the Rothberg International School. Graduate student David Miller, Department of Religious Studies, is going to take Hebrew for the entire year along with courses and seminars in advanced Biblical Hebrew, Second Temple literature, types of Jewish leadership in late antiquity, and Jews in Greek and Roman literature.

July 28, 2000

First recipient of new memorial prize in ophthalmology named

[img_inline align=”right” src=”” caption=”S. Witelson and K. Hasanee”]A McMaster medical student in his final year of studies is the first recipient of the Dr. Henry . . .

July 27, 2000

Native students health sciences co-ordinator appointed

McMaster has appointed a native students health sciences co-ordinator in its Faculty of Health Sciences to develop a partnership with the Aboriginal community and enhance opportunities for Aboriginal students. The new co-ordinator, Cornelia Wieman, will work with the Faculty and the community to liaise with Aboriginal students, help develop curriculum relevant to those students and raise the profile of Aboriginal health care issues within the Faculty. Her duties address the recommendations of a McMaster University task force on Native Students in Health Sciences Programs.

July 26, 2000

McMaster awarded $17.8 million in CFI funding

McMaster University has been awarded $17.8 million for research infrastructure from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). The funding, announced today, will support six research projects at McMaster.

July 25, 2000

CIHR governing council creates 13 health research institutes

Ottawa, July 25, 2000  Minister of Health, Allan Rock, and the president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR),Alan Bernstein, announced today the creation of 13 health research institutes that will bring together, in a virtual way, researchers that are widely separated by geography and discipline, to focus on issues that affect the health of Canadians. Research institutes will be created in the areas of: * aboriginal people's health; * circulatory and respiratory health; * cancer research; * gender and health; * genetics; * health services and policy research; * healthy aging; * human development, child and youth health; * infection and immunity; * neurosciences, mental health and addiction; * musculoskeletal health and arthritis; * nutrition, metabolism and diabetes; and, * population and public health.

July 24, 2000

Government provides free tuition to medical students to practice in underserviced areas

Toronto, July 24--The Ontario government will provide $4 million for free tuition and location incentives to new doctors willing to practice in underserviced areas, health and long-term care minister Elizabeth Witmer announced today. "This initiative will provide financial assistance to medical students and address the needs of rural and northern communities," Witmer said. "We are working with doctors, medical students and communities to ensure that all Ontarians have access to physician services." The tuition grant and the location incentives fund combined will provide students with $10,000 for each year of undergraduate medical training.

July 20, 2000

Professor Nibaldo Galleguillos ( Political Science), leads delegation to Mexico as an electoral observer

The July 2 election in Mexico was a great advance in Mexico's quest for democracy. Right-wing candidate Vicente Fox was elected president, ending 71 years of supremacy for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). From June 25 to July 8, McMaster University Associate Professor of Political Science, Nibaldo Galleguillos, lead a team of five Canadian academics from York, Guelph and McMaster universities to observe the electoral process. Professor Galleguillos has been attending elections in Mexico since 1991; an important area of his research has been in regards to democratic development in Third World countries, focusing on electoral reforms and elections.

July 20, 2000

Looking Ahead to Marauder Football

The 2000 season promises to be another exciting campaign for Marauder Football. After finishing tied for second in the OUA last season with a 6-2 . . .

July 19, 2000

Dana Cooke Takes Over as Head Coach of Men’s Volleyball Team

The McMaster Marauder Men's Volleyball team will have a new Head Coach for the 2000-2001 season. Dana Cook will take over as Head Coach after . . .

July 18, 2000

Negotiations Ongoing Between MUSA and McMaster

Negotiations between the University and the McMaster University Staff Association (MUSA) continue over the summer, albeit slowly. The parties are attempting to work out their first contract.