AWARDS & HONOURS
Best Engineered Hybrid System Award and the IEEE Engineering the Future Award. The car also had the fastest lap time and the fastest average lap time. McMaster’s team finished third overall at the 2013 competition. The crew will next travel to Seattle, Washington for the EcoCAR3 Year 1 Final competition.
Philip A. Novikoff Memorial Award goes to McMaster’s Terry Flynn
Award-winning instructors help students make a lasting impact in Hamilton Sarah Glen and Margaret Secord have spent the last seven years helping students make a lasting impact on the Hamilton community. Now they’re being recognized for their work as the first-ever recipients of the MSU Community Engagement Teaching Award. Since 2008, Glen and Secord, both instructors in the Faculty of Health Sciences, have taken a unique approach to community-engaged learning, matching fourth or fifth year students from all Faculties with community organizations in need of research expertise. “In many courses students say, ‘I want to do a thesis.’ Then they go to a community partner and say, ‘we want to research your population.’ So really that’s all about the student’s needs, but we do it the other way around,” says Secord. “We talk to community partners, or they come to us, tell us their needs, and then we say, ‘great, we know which students can assist you.’”
Communications assistant professor earns teaching award A McMaster assistant professor has been recognized with an Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) teaching award. Laurence Mussio earned the award that is presented annually to educators who excel at unlocking the potential of Ontario’s young people. Students nominated Mussio. OUSA represents the interests of more than 140,000 students at seven student associations across Ontario. The McMaster Students Union is one of seven student association members that comprise the alliance. “It is very much a twoway street. It cycles back to nurturing young people in innovative ways,” says Mussio. “We need to make students greater partners in their learning and in their future.”
McMaster hybrid electric race car finishes second at Formula Hybrid competition McMaster’s hybrid electric race car had its best ever finish earlier this year. The car — overseen and operated by a team of 50 students — finished second at this year’s Formula Hybrid competition, held at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The team was awarded the GM
Terry Flynn was honoured by the Canadian Public Relations Society with the 2015 Philip A. Novikoff Memorial Award. Established in 1989, the award is given to an accredited CPRS member who has furthered the standing of the public relations profession in Canada. The recipient contributes to the enhancement of the CPRS and the betterment of the community. Flynn, an assistant professor in McMaster’s Department of Communication Studies & Multimedia, was recognized by the CPRS for his countless, significant contributions to Canadian public relations. He received a certificate and cash award, and was feted at a luncheon during the CPRS National Conference in Montreal in June. “I am honoured and humbled by my nomination and the awarding of the Philip A. Novikoff Memorial Award,” said Flynn, who joined the University in 2004 as a faculty member in the DeGroote School of Business.
Niagara physician and McMaster alumna wins Sibley Award Amanda Bell ’98, an assistant clinical professor of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine’s Niagara Regional Campus, is the 2015 recipient of the John C. Sibley Award for excellence in education by part-time faculty. Bell graduated from McMaster’s medical program in 1998, and has been praised for her leadership as a family physician in Port Colborne, Ont. She is being honoured for her clinical teaching. She was one of the first clinical supervisors at the Niagara family medicine residency site. As well, she played a pivotal role in developing and improving the tutor training program, and in introducing a peer observation program. Her models of faculty development have been adopted at the school’s other campuses in Hamilton and Waterloo.
RESEARCH NEWS Infectious disease and diagnostics projects receive nearly $15M from Ontario government Two significant projects aimed at battling superbugs are among those to receive nearly $15-million in research funding, one focused on solving the antibiotic resistance crisis, the other designed to provide instant diagnosis of infectious disease, deadly pathogens and environmental contaminants. Ted McMeekin ’74, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, announced the funding on campus in June, which is awarded under the Ontario Research Fund program. “McMaster University is doing important research that has a real impact on people’s lives not just in Hamilton, but around the world. I am proud of our government’s role supporting this great work. I want to congratulate all the well-deserving researchers receiving these competitive awards,” he said.
New facilities to develop hybrid car, harvest wasted energy A new lab promises to help McMaster researchers build a better hybrid electric car right here in Hamilton. Canada Excellence Research Chair Ali Emadi and his team at McMaster’s Institute for Automotive Research and Technology (MacAUTO) have been awarded $4.4M from the Ontario Research Fund for a Virtual Electric and Hybrid Electric Powertrain Integration Lab. The hightech lab will allow engineers and scientists to research and test the next generation of vehicles and electrified powertrains – the group of car parts that generate power and transfer it to the road. The team will use a sophisticated system known as a dynamometer to test vehicle force, torque and power. The MacAUTO team consists of 200 researchers working on everything from hybrid and electric powertrains and automotive computer software to lightweight materials design and manufacturing. Engineers Jim Cotton and John Preston were awarded $2M to develop new technologies to harvest wasted energy. The funding will go toward the Research Facility for Integrated Building Energy Harvesting Systems (ReFIBES), the only test facility of its kind in North America.
Antibiotic resistance means ‘everyone is at risk’ McMaster researchers Gerry Wright and Eric Brown say the world is finally waking up to the worst public health threat of our times. “The antibiotics that we have come to take for granted are quickly losing their power to stop deadly diseases and infections,” they wrote in