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Events Archive 2008


Honours Student Seminars
Thursday, March 20, 2008

Wednesday, March 19th, 3:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Theatre D, Clinical Research Centre

3:35 – 3:45       Elias Fares
Oxysterol Binding to Oxysterol Binding Proteins Affects Interaction with Phosphatidylinositol Phosphates

3:50 – 4:00       Carolyn Robinson
Mitochondrial Energy Homeostasis in Niemann-Pick Type C Cells

4:05 – 4:15       William McDonald
Hormonal Regulation of mTOR Alpha4-Phosphoprotein in Breast Cancer Cells

4:20 – 4:30       Isaac Quinn
The Phosphorylation Status of Pct1

4:35 – 4:45       Zach Fitzsimmons
Exploring the Evolutionary History of Introns in the Cryptomonad Nucleomorph Genome

4:50 – 5:00       Jennifer Hawes
The Effects of CLA on Adiponectin Metabolism in 3T3-L1 Preadipocytes

5:05 – 5:15       Nisma Shaukat
Structure/Function Analysis of a Conserved Domain in a Chromatin Modulator

Thursday, March 20th, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Theatre D, Clinical Research Centre

3:35 – 3:45       Asra’a Abidali
GRASP Interaction with Sorting Nexin 27 Suggests Possible Rescue of CASP Function in Knockout Models

3:50 – 4:00       Fiona Wang
Does Adipocyte Enhancer-Binding Protein 1 Mediate Anti-Atherogenic Effects of PPARy and LXRa?

4:05 – 4:15       Meghan Bebbington
Structural Studies of Apelin: Investigations into the Sargent – Schwyzer Hypothesis

4:20 – 4:30       David Voroney
Use of L-Lysine Decarboxylase to Remove the L -Enantiomer From L ,D-Lysine

4:35 – 4:45       Brenda Tse
Identifying PML-Isoform Specific Protein-Protein Interactions by Yeast Two Hybrid Screening

4:50 – 5:00       Jiaxi Wang
Preparation and Characterization of Thermally Destabilized Collagen-Mimetic Triple-Helical Peptides for NMR Analysis

Network Outage Saturday - confirmed
Saturday, March 15, 2008

Network and Systems will be shutting down our network on the 9th floor for approximately 3 hours on Saturday, March 15th for upgrade.

Start Date: 2008/03/15 Time: 09:00
End Date: 2008/03/15 Time: 12:00

Subject: Network Outage: Tupper 9th Floor
Contact: Tammy 483-7104, noc@dal.ca 494-2662
There will be a network outage to facilitate an expansion of the service in this area.

-- Updated Fri Mar 7 10:05:50 2008 by Tammy Zinck

DBSS/SIMS Career Seminar
Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Scientists and entrepreneurs will be presenting on the different career options in Biochemistry and Microbiology/Immunology, such as various positions in biotech/pharmaceuticals, product development, entrepreneurship, and the biotech/pharmaceuticals industry. Also, a career advisor will be presenting on the job search process and some tips for success.


Farzad Ali - Pfizer Canada Inc.
Regional Health and Medical Research Health Research

Jennie Brimicombe - Dalhousie Career Services Centre
Career Advisor

Christopher McMaster - Professor Dal Biochem Department
Chemiinformatics Drug Discovery Laboratory Co-Founder

Refreshments and a Q and A session will follow the presentations.

Location: Tupper, Theater A
Date: Wednesday, March 12
Time: 5:30-7:30


Tupper Wireless Assessment in Progress
Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Clarification: Hubs and routers are not the same type of device; hubs are never wireless; a router may be wireless only if it is that type of model. Should signal testing ever occur, hubs should not affect testing. A router could only potentially affect wireless signal testing if it is a wireless base unit type.

On March 6, reps on the project team were assessing the Tupper Building for wireless services. They were not using electronic devices, rather they were examining room use and projecting wireless user density.

Proposals to the Faculty of Medicine will be "good/better/best", ranging in cost accordingly. Readiness for future requirements and potential to adapt to changing needs through upgrades will be integral in any plan.

    Unknown at this time:
  • Will the DalVPN system be used for user authentication?
  • Will there be a cost recovery based on user subscriptions or future impact on department capital budgets?

Updated:March 6 by pb

Exam Schedule
Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Spring 2008 exam period is April 12 to April 26.

To view the Biochemistry exam timetable click here.
From here you can also find links to Study Skills workshops, Study Locations and Personal Counseling.

Good Luck to you all!!

Community of Scholars Dinner
Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Mark your calendars for the Eighth Annual Faculty of Medicine Community of Scholars Dinner, hosted by Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation. The Dinner will be held on Wednesday, April 23rd, in the McInnes Room, Dalhousie Student Union Building. Tickets for this special event will go on sale on Monday, March 24th.

The Community of Scholars Dinner gives each of us the opportunity to recognize winners of the Community of Scholars Awards of Excellence, which will be presented for professional excellence, excellence in medical education, excellence in clinical practice, and excellence in medical research, at the event. In addition, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation will present the Max Forman Senior Research Prize.

IHRTP Poster Presentation Skills Workshop
Monday, April 14, 2008

The next IHRTP Training Session on Poster Presentation Skills will be held on April 14th, 2008 at 2:30-4:30 in the Parker Reception Room, IWK Health Centre. The format is as follows:

1st hour: small groups – 2 poster presentations, immediately followed by live feedback from judges & group members (max. 7 people per group)
2nd hour: large group – feedback from judges on overall excellent/poor poster presentation practices followed by an expert poster presentation by a Primary Investigator and Q&A session.

Call for volunteers:

  1. undergrad/grad students, post-docs, medical residents to give poster presentations in the small groups
  2. judges for 2 practice poster presentations in the small groups
  3. P.I. to give a poster presentation to the entire group with live feedback

Please RSVP for this session. Suggestions welcome. Please contact Terrilyn Chiasson PH: (902)494-6834


Mandatory Animal Training Session
Friday, May 30, 2008

The CCAC requires mandatory animal care training for everyone using animals in research, teaching and testing. Training requirements are directed toward personnel using laboratory animal, companion animal and farm animal species.

Interested individuals who have no training (Parts 1 & 2), or need recertification (Part 2 only), should register in advance to attend Introduction to Laboratory Animal Care on this date.


  1. The Mouse: Recommended Technical Procedures
  2. The Rat: Recommended Technical Procedures
  3. Introduction to Anesthesia and Aseptic Surgical Technique

Purnima Narayanan
Training Coordinator
University Veterinarian's Office

Space and Facilities Committee Survey
Friday, May 16, 2008

The Dalhousie Biochemistry community is invited to contribute to the future planning of Department resources by completing the Space & Facilities annual survey:

S & F Survey 2008

The results of the survey will be compiled and presented at the Department's Annual General Meeting in June.

Radiation Training
Thursday, May 15, 2008

A Radioactive Training Session will be held in Tupper 8-J1 the following days:
Tuesday May 13 and Thursday May 15 from 9am-4pm.

During this session there will be radioactive materials in the north end of the room. It is suggested that traffic in this area be kept to a minimum at this time.

Any persons not currently registered who would like to attend should contact Pauline Jones.

An application form that can be mailed or FAXed is available.

Electrical Interruptions
Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Facilities Management will be conducting electrical upgrades in the Tupper Building tomorrow Wednesday May 14. The upgrades will involve replacing existing fuses with larger fuses. The new larger fuses should reduce the likelihood of nuisance tripping similar to the power loss experienced in some outlets last week.

A small percentage of outlets on each floor of the Tupper Building will lose power between 9:00 am and 10:00 am. The loss of power will be between 15-60 minutes.

At 10:00 am please check your equipment to ensure that your equipment is working.

Thank you,
Greg McNutt
Building Services Coordinator



Metal Recycling Pickup
Friday, July 25, 2008

A pick up of metal has been scheduled with John Ross & Sons Limited. A Metal Waste bin will be at the back of the Tupper Building from Wednesday July 23 at noon to Friday July 25 at noon. Any scrap metal identified as waste can be placed in the bin. For example metal items that cannot be resold that otherwise would go to a landfill might be an old file cabinet, metal bookshelves, old shelving, old racking or folding chairs. The metal will be recycled.

Please follow Dalhousie University's disposal procedures. If you are in doubt if something is waste contact the Dalhousie Purchasing department at purchasing@dal.ca for assistance.


Biochem Picnic - Location Change
Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The annual department picnic is hosted jointly between the DBSS and the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. The picnic will now be held at the Tupper Med Lounge today Aug 27th at 12:30pm due to expected rain today and tomorrow.

The DBSS contact is Peter.

The Department contact is Barb.


Annual Wine & Cheese/Meet & Greet
Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Annual Wine and Cheese meet-and-greet will occur on Tuesday, September 23th, from 4:30-7pm in the Tupper Cafeteria.

This is a social opportunity for Graduate students and current Honours undergrads to interact with research faculty.

It is mainly a Graduate Student recruitment opportunity and a means of relationship building among existing and newly established work groups.

Second and Third year students interested in meeting potential Honours supervisors should attend the Undergrad Student/Faculty Mixer normally scheduled later in the Fall Semester.

The DBSS organizers are Gerrit and Peter.

Honours Students Meeting
Monday, September 15, 2008

There will be an organizational meeting for all Biochemistry Honours Students (supervisors do not need to attend) on Monday, September 15th, 2008 from 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. in Room 9A-1. The Biochemistry Honours Research Projects Manual will be given out and the expectations and preparation of seminar diaries will be discussed.

CO-OP students who are now entering their second term of their Honours project should also attend. You will receive your grades for your "Fall" reports.

Supervisors will be receiving a copy of the Biochemistry Honours Research Projects Manual via campus mail.


Admin System outage - Banner/Dal Online/others
Monday, October 27, 2008

Please be advised that there will be an outage of the above mentioned systems in order to facilitate an upgrade beginning at 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct 24th until approximately 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct 27.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

-- Updated Tue Oct 21 16:03:38 2008 by Karen Dodge



'Write' and Ready
Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Strategies for finishing your dissertation

Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Location: Killam B400

Are you frequently afflicted with writer's block? Are you having trouble getting started on your first chapter? Do you find that life always gets in the way of writing? Finding the motivation to sit down and write your dissertation can be a stressful experience. But there are strategies that can make the process smoother, and help you find (and keep!) your writing momentum from chapter one through to final revisions. This workshop will provide a forum to discuss strategies for writing, time management, and keeping your self-confidence throughout the dissertation process.

This session is open to all graduate students.

Registration is free. Bring your lunch and join in the discussion. Beverages and light snacks will be provided. Please register with CLT at 494-1622 or email CLT@Dal.Ca to ensure adequate materials are available.