December 1, 2008



For the week of December 1, 2008


Thode renovations

The H.G. Thode Library of Science & Engineering will celebrate phase one of a dramatic transformation on Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. Students visiting the Thode Library now have access to 70 new dual-boot Mac computers, wireless access and printing hubs. For increased flexibility and convenience, 30 Mac laptops are now available for loan from the service desk. A self-check machine has been installed near the entrance to allow visitors to sign out materials. New study booths are modeled after the furnishings of a 1950s diner; and the new Reactor Café, inspired by the research interests of Dr. Harry Thode, the Library’s namesake, has already become a popular meeting and eating place since it opened last week.

   Thode Library will become the home to the new Integrated Science Program being introduced at McMaster in September, 2009.



What happens when you get sick in space?
What if you cut yourself badly or got the flu when you’re an astronaut in the space shuttle? Astronaut Dave Williams, who joined McMaster earlier this year as director of the McMaster Centre for Medical Robotics, will explore the history of space medicine at a free public lecture on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. in Room 1A1 of the McMaster Health Sciences Centre. Williams is launching a new seminar series called Space, Exploration and Remote Care Medicine, an 11-part series that runs from Dec. 9, 2008, to Oct. 13, 2009. For more information call (905) 522-1155, ext. 34399. 

   The lectures are free but please RSVP your attendance to



Student-to-student holiday program

Students worried about finding alternative housing when their residences close after December exams need not worry: McMaster’s Off-Campus Experience and Housing & Conference Services have teamed up to launch A Home for the Holidays, a program that aims to give students temporary accommodations over the winter break.

Recognizing that some students, especially international students, cannot make it home, A Home for the Holidays allows students looking for short-term housing to register and be matched with off-campus students willing to offer up their own accommodations. The free program is a great way for students to help each other over the holiday season and will ensure that all students have a home for the holidays.



Let the nail-biting begin

Beginning Dec. 3 until Dec. 17, students will be hunched over books, computer terminals, and assorted caffeinated products as they buckle down for first-term exams at McMaster. The University’s libraries—Mills, Mills Learning Commons, Health Sciences Library, Thode, and Innis—will be open late. Specific times at


For more information, please contact:

Jane Christmas

Manager, Public Relations

McMaster University

905.525.9140 ext. 27988

Michelle Donovan

Public Relations Manager, Broadcast Media

McMaster University

905.525.9140 ext. 22869