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First in-person 'Meet the Profs' in 3 years!

table with pre-packaged snacks for the 'Meet the Profs' event

We were thrilled to host our first in-person 'Meet the Profs' event in-person since 2019. It was fantastic to meet, mingle and share some yummy goodies with professors, staff, and most importantly students. We wish everyone a successful 2022/2023 school year!

Undergrad student completes co-op term in Germany

Julia and her supervisor, Mirko, are pictured with the rotary evaporatorThis summer, Julia Azzi (Honours Medical & Biological Physics co-op) completed an internship at Hochschule Hof in Hof, Germany through the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Rise program. The research group she worked in aims to develop more sustainable bioplastics by modifying scraps from wine and coffee products (i.e. skins, seeds, etc.) for use as additives in the bioplastics. Her work focused on extracting relevant compounds from these by-products and characterizing their antioxidant properties through assays.

Julia and her supervisor, Mirko, are pictured with the rotary evaporator. The rotary evaporator allows for efficient evaporation and recovery of desired solvents while leaving other solvents in their liquid state.

Future of Canada Project (FCP) Announcement

On 26th July, the Future of Canada Project announced it will fund nine new interdisciplinary research projects at McMaster, which includes Dr. Robert Cockcroft et al's "Reconciliation through community- and curriculum-building in astronomy" project. "Having this funding is incredibly important and exciting," says Rob, who serves as Director of the William J. McCallion Planetarium.  "It will allow us to create new programming for both the McCallion and the new portable planetarium by working with Indigenous Elders, scholars, and students at McMaster and beyond.  It will also allow us to create a new Indigenous astronomy undergraduate course.  Both of these projects will build on existing collaborative efforts and will help further reconciliation."

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