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Ellen Amster honoured for outstanding service to McMaster

25 Apr 2019

CHEPA's Ellen Amster is the 2019 recipient of the McMaster University Faculty Association (MUFA) Award for Outstanding Service.

The Awards committee, made up of faculty, librarians, and students, said it was “particularly impressed by (Amster’s) significant contributions” to McMaster and that she has enhanced the reputation of the university in her work as the Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, which straddles two Faculties – Health Sciences and Humanities, “contributing to teaching, service, and scholarship in both.”

The committee cited Amster’s “innovative” work in establishing a History of Medicine and Medical Humanities web portal, which “brings together libraries, archives, museum collections, digital exhibits, digitized documents, medical blogs, and grant information from Canada and the world and which we understand has now become a research resource allowing accessibility of history to all students,” as among the achievements leading to the award.

Amster also organized the History of Medicine Seminar Series, launched a new course entitled  “Bodies & Bodies Politic: From Public Health to Global Health” and also offered the Morocco Program in Maternal Health, bridging disciplines and faculties.

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