MURANews Spring 2018 issue in PDF format
In this issue:
By the time you receive this MURAnews spring will surely have truly arrived, which means MURA’s Annual General Meeting is on the horizon. Mark your calendars now for noon on June 6th. Lunch will be served, followed by a presentation by Jennifer Heisz and a short business meeting. Jennifer will speak about her research program that examines the interplay between brain and body fitness in the promotion of health.
An important component of the AGM is the election of MURA’s President, Vice President and councillors. Many thanks to the Nominating Committee for their work in preparing the slate of candidates. The Nominating Committee was chaired by Les King and included Phyllis DeRosa-Koetting, Margaret Jenkins, Kathy McIntosh, and Peter Sutherland. See links for more details on the AGM and Jennifer’s talk and the Nominating Committee Report.
Also in this issue is information about the upcoming CURAC/ARUCC Annual Conference from May 23-25, 2018 in Halifax. McMaster retirees are welcome to attend.
CURAC sponsors several awards each year — both at the individual and association level. This year MURA nominated Marianne Van der Wel for a CURAC Tribute Award in honour of her dedicated service to both the McMaster University Retirees Association and CURAC since 1994. The CURAC Awards committee agreed! Marianne will be presented with her award at the conference in May. You can read more about Marianne’s award and the CURAC conference here.
Looking forward to seeing you at the upcoming AGM.
Heather Grigg, MURA President
Auditor*: Debbie Weisensee
Welcome New Retirees
New Home for Bertrand Russell Archives and Research Centre
Submitted by Bruce Frank
Fifty years ago, McMaster acquired the papers and memorabilia of Bertrand Russell, the renowned British philosopher, peace activist and Nobel Prize recipient. The archive contains Russell’s personal library, correspondence and manuscripts, and many other items. This collection is an international research centre for students and scholars of twentieth-century philosophy and intellectual, social and political history.
Photo courtesy of McMaster University
This spring, the Bertrand Russell Archives and Research Centre will move from Mills Memorial Library to a university house at 88 Forsythe Avenue, immediately across from the Sterling Street entrance. The two-storey, 4300 sq. ft. custom-designed space will be fully accessible. The archives will be on the first floor, along with a reading room and display areas that will feature items from the collection such as Russell’s writing desk and armchair. The second storey will house the Research Centre, offices and a conference room.
The official relocation of the collection and the opening will take place when the international Bertrand Russell Society holds its annual meeting at McMaster from June 22 – 24, 2018.
For a more detailed account see the Daily News at https://brighterworld.mcmaster.ca/articles/celebrating-50-years-the-bertrand-russell-archives and the Library news at https://library.mcmaster.ca/news/46428.
New McMaster BEAM Centre opens on Longwood Road
Submitted by John Horsman
Even if you have not been down Longwood Road by McMaster’s Innovation Park recently, you may have heard of BEAM, the new, $33M joint project by McMaster University and the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology.
Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (BEAM) is a centre for applied research and development in the life sciences and biotechnology for “novel technologies for cell therapy and point-of-care diagnostics”. Mac BEAM, which opened in March, is directly connected with the on-campus McMaster Immunology Research Centre (MIRC) and the Biointerfaces Institute (BI).
Photo courtesy of mcmasterinnovationpark.ca
The 20,000 square foot BEAM centre is the newest building at Innovation Park. It is located at the southwest corner of the innovation park off Longwood Road, adjacent to the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC).
The centre is jointly funded by the federal government ($12M), the Ontario Government and the City of Hamilton ($4M each), Fraunhofer ($3.4M) and McMaster University (almost $10M). Fraunhofer has collaborative agreements and research centres in 67 sites world-wide. In North America there are facilities at Harvard, Stanford, and Johns Hopkins — and now McMaster.