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News Archive 2006

January

Gray and Lane Interviewed by ScienceCareers.org
Friday, January 06, 2006

Careers in Evolutionary Biology in Canada

Comments by Department Head Michael Gray and Chris Lane, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Archibald lab, appear in a ScienceCareers.org article entitled The Natural Evolution of Careers by Science by correspondent A. Fazekas.

Gray and Lane give their perspectives on the current climate in Canada for careers in evolutionary biology.


Gray Joins NHGRI Working Group on Comparative Genome Evolution
Friday, January 06, 2006

Michael Gray recently joined the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Working Group on Comparative Genome Evolution. This group evaluates and makes recommendations to the NHGRI Council on proposals for genome sequencing having a comparative evolutionary focus.

Gray is one of two current members from outside the U.S. Together with Laura Landweber (Princeton) and John Logsdon (Iowa) (a former postdoctoral fellow in the Doolittle lab), Gray has a particular interest in identifying and promoting potential genome projects in protists (eukaryotic microbes).


van den Heuvel Awarded W. Andrew MacKay Alumni Scholarship
Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Krystal van den Heuvel, an undergraduate in her third year of a combined Honours degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Microbiology and Immunology, has been named one of three recipients of the 2005/2006 W. Andrew MacKay Alumni Scholarship. The award recognizes individuals with an outstanding academic record and demonstrated leadership in extra-curricular activities.

Krystal received an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award to work in the Archibald Lab this past summer and will commence her Honours research in September 2006.

Congratulations Krystal!


February

Amin Majdalawieh Wins Travel Award
Friday, February 24, 2006
Amin has been awarded a Keystone Travel Scholarship to present his research work during a Keystone Symposium on "Atherothrombosis & The Molecular Biology Of The Vasculature" in Keystone Resort, Colorado (April 02-07, 2006). Congratulations Amin!

March

Patricia (Trish) Mitchell defends her M.Sc. Thesis
Thursday, March 30, 2006
On March 29, 2006, Patricia (Trish) Mitchell successfully defended her M.Sc. thesis entitled: "Effect of Conjugated Linoleic Acid on Hepatic Triglyceride and Apolipoprotein B100 Metabolism: In Vivo and In Vitro Studies". Congratulations on a job well done!

Erta Kalanxhi defends her M.Sc. Thesis
Monday, March 27, 2006
On March 27, 2006, Erta Kalanxhi successfully defended her M.Sc. thesis entitled: "Investigation of the Extended Lipid Anchorage of Cytochrome c to Phospholipid Membranes". Congratulations on a job well done!

C. Ide Elected as DSU VP Internal
Monday, March 20, 2006

On March 9th, Chris Ide, an Honours student under the supervision of Dr. Too, was elected Vice President Internal of the Dalhousie Student Union.

Congratulations Chris!


Biochemistry Student Society Earns Top Honours
Monday, March 20, 2006

At the recent DSU Student Appreciation Night, the Dalhousie Biochemistry Students' Society (DBSS) was named the D level society of the year!

This is the highest honour achievable by this category of society.


Tim Shutt Defends His Ph.D. Thesis
Thursday, March 16, 2006
On March 16, 2006, Tim Shutt successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled: "Origins and Evolution of Mitochondrial Transcription and Replication Machinery". Dr. Eric Shoubridge, Department of Molecular Neurogenetics, McGill University, served as external examiner. Congratulations on a job well done Tim!

Amin Majdalawieh Wins Another Travel Award
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Amin has been awarded another Travel Scholarship to present his work during the National Research Forum for Young Investigators in Circulatory and Respiratory Health, which will take place between May 4, 2006 and May 7, 2006 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Congratulations Amin!

S. Bearne Receives DSU Award for Teaching Excellence
Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Stephen Bearne is the recipient of the Dalhousie Student Union Award for Teaching Excellence in the Faculty of Science category. The recipients of this award are nominated by and chosen exclusively by students. Some of the criteria for an award recipient include an instructor who: stimulates and challenges students' intellectual capacity; skillfully communicates the course material to students; shows mastery of and enthusiasm for the subject area; is approachable and highly accessible to students and influences development of students' intellectual and critical skills.

The award will be presented on March 7, 2006.

Congratulations, Steve!


CIHR Awards to Doolittle, Ridgway, Singer and Waisman
Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Congratulations to four of our faculty members who received CIHR operating grants in the September 2005 competition.

  • Neale Ridgway
    • Role of CTP:phosphocholine cytidylyltransferase (CCT) in nuclear membrane synthesis (renewal, 4 yr)
  • Ford Doolittle
    • Integron metagenomics (new, 3 yr)
  • Rick Singer
    • Regulation of vesicular transport (Co-PI with G. Johnston, Microbiology & Immunology (PI); new, 1 yr, Institute of Genetics)
  • David Waisman
    • Regulation of fibrinolysis by annexin II tetramer (new, 5 yr)

April

Honorary Killam Scholarship Renewals for Ryan Gawryluk and Laura Hug
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Congratulations to Ryan Gawryluk, PhD Candidate (Gray Lab), and Laura Hug, M.Sc. Candidate (Roger Lab), on the renewal of their honorary Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarships. The Killam Endowment at Dalhousie University, in honour of Izaak Walton Killam (1885-1955), one of Canada's most eminent financiers, was established by his widow, Dorothy Johnston Killam, before her death in 1965. Through the Killam Endowments, the university maintains a number of major programmes: Killam Predoctoral Scholarships, general graduate scholarships in the sciences and engineering, Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships, four Killam Research Chairs, twelve Killam Science Professors, and the Dorothy J. Killam Lecture Series.

Jeremy Koenig Awarded a CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral)
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Jeremy Koenig, PhD Candidate, has received a Doctoral Scholarship Award from CIHR in support of his work with Dr. Ford Doolittle on the project: "Metagenomic analysis of integron gene cassettes: diversity and distribution of a mobile gene pool." The Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Doctoral Awards administered by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are intended to provide special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field in Canada. Candidates are expected to have an exceptionally high potential for future research achievement and productivity.

DMRF Capital Equipment Grants Awarded to Karten and Bearne
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Congratulations to Drs. Barbara Karten and Stephen Bearne on being awarded DMRF Capital Equipment Grants. The Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation funds the many areas of research excellence undertaken in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University and its affiliated teaching hospitals.

Dr. Melanie Dobson Awarded NSERC Discovery Grant
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Congratulations to Dr. Melanie Dobson on being awarded an NSERC Discovery Grant for her project entitled: "Role of SUMO modification in yeast plasmid segregation" Discovery Grants assist in: -promoting and maintaining a diversified base of high-quality research capability in the natural sciences and engineering in Canadian universities; -fostering research excellence; and -providing a stimulating environment for research training. Discovery Grants support ongoing programs of research. These grants recognize the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of all research advances, whether made individually or in groups.

Dr. Stephen Bearne Awarded National Cancer Institute of Canada, CCS Feasibility Grant (Prostate Cancer)
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Congratulations to Dr. Stephen Bearne on being awarded a National Cancer Institute of Canada, CCS Feasibility Grant (Prostate Cancer) for his project entitled: Enzymology and alpha-methylacyl-CoA racemase The National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) was formed in 1947 through a joint initiative of the Department of National Health and Welfare and the Canadian Cancer Society. The mandate was to bring together individuals and organized bodies with a view to reducing the morbidity and mortality from cancer.

CIHR Awards to McMaster, Ridgway, Dobson, Singer & Marignani
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Congratulations to five of our faculty members who received CIHR Research Resource Grants in the October 2005 competition.

Singer named to NSHRF Board of Directors
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
In November, 2005, Dr. Rick Singer was named to the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation.

Awards to Support Student Research to Jarrar and Kepkay
Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Ameer Jarrar, Honors Co-op student in the Biochemistry program, has been awarded a Norah Stephen Oncology Scholar Award from Cancer Care Nova Scotia. His summer research funded by this award will be carried out in the lab run by Rick Singer and Gerry Johnston (Microbiology & Immunology), where Ameer is conducting his Honors research.

Rosemarie Kepkay, 3rd-year student in the Biochemistry Honors program, was also a Norah Stephen Oncology Scholar Awardee for research in the Singer/Johnston lab, but declined this award to accept an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award for summer research in the same lab.


May

Dr. Anathea (Ana) Flaman-2004/2005 Doug Hogue Award In Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Dr. Anathea Flaman is the Recipient of the Doug Hogue Award In Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Award for 2004/2005. This prize was established by the family of Dr. Doug Hogue to recognize an exceptional level of dedication to research, problem solving and participation in the scientific life of the department. The award also recognizes excellent achievement in research by a graduate student in the Biochemistry Department. The Doug Hogue Award consists of a cash award ($1,000) and a certificate. Congratulations Ana!

Amin Majdalawieh-2005/2006 Doug Hogue Award In Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Amin Majdalawieh is the Recipient of the Doug Hogue Award In Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Award for 2005/2006. This prize was established by the family of Dr. Doug Hogue to recognize an exceptional level of dedication to research, problem solving and participation in the scientific life of the department. The award also recognizes excellent achievement in research by a graduate student in the Biochemistry Department. The Doug Hogue Award consists of a cash award ($1,000) and a certificate. Congratulations Amin!

Amin Majdalawieh Wins Poster Award
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Amin Majdalawieh has been awarded the Andres Petrasovits Poster Award during the 3rd National Forum for Young Investigators in Circulatory and Respiratory Health that was held in Winnipeg, Manitoba (May 4-7, 2006). There were 130 posters presented by 130 junior faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, PhD students, MSc students, and pharmaceutical company representatives. The Canadian Cardiovascular Society presented Amin with a plaque along with a cheque for $1000. Congratulations Amin!

Drs. Ewart (Dal) and Driedzic (MUN) Awarded Three-Year CIHR Grant
Monday, May 08, 2006
CIHR has awarded a 3-year operating grant for a project entitled Accelerated glyceroneogenesis in rainbow smelt: A new biomedical model under their Regional Partnerships Program (RPP).

Awards to Jessica Miller and Shama Joseph at the Second Annual AFMnet Scientific Conference
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Jessica Miller and Shama Joseph from the McLeod Lab received awards for their poster presentations at the Advanced Foods and Materials Network (AFMnet) Second Annual Scientific Conference in Calgary this week. Shama is a Ph.D. student from Laval University who has been on an exchange at Dalhousie since October and will be returning to Quebec soon. Congratulations to Shama and Jessica!

Dr. Roger McLeod Awarded Grants from the Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals Theme of AFMnet
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Dr. Roger McLeod has received notifcation of funding for two 3-year projects in the Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals theme of the Advanced Foods and Materials Network (AFMnet). The announcements were made at the Second Annual Scientific Conference held recently in Calgary. The funded projects involve national and international collaborations in the areas of food supplement safety and efficacy.

June

Louis Lapierre Defends His Ph.D. Thesis
Thursday, June 29, 2006
On June 29, 2006, Louis Rene Lapierre successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled: "Proteasomal Degradation of Hepatic Apolipoprotein B". Dr. Khosrow Adeli, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Toronto and Toronto Sick Children's Hospital, served as external examiner. Congratulations Louis and good luck in your post-doctoral position at Universite Laval!

Killam Predoctoral Award to Elke Uribe
Monday, June 12, 2006
Congratulations to Elke Uribe, PhD Candidate (Ewart Lab) on receiving an Izaak Walton Killam Predoctoral Scholarship. The Killam Endowment at Dalhousie University, in honour of Izaak Walton Killam (1885-1955), one of Canada's most eminent financiers, was established by his widow, Dorothy Johnston Killam, before her death in 1965. Through the Killam Endowments, the university maintains a number of major programmes: Killam Predoctoral Scholarships, general graduate scholarships in the sciences and engineering, Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships, four Killam Research Chairs, twelve Killam Science Professors, and the Dorothy J. Killam Lecture Series.

Greg Fairn awarded 2006 AstraZeneca Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research
Monday, June 12, 2006
Congratulations to Greg Fairn, PhD Candidate in the McMaster Lab, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology on being awarded the 2006 AstraZeneca Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research. The prize consists of a certificate and a $1000 cash prize. The Award for Excellence in Research, sponsored by AstraZeneca Inc., is to reward Faculty of Medicine graduate students for their stellar research accomplishments.

DMRF New Investigator Award Given To Dr. Barbara Karten
Monday, June 12, 2006
Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Karten on being awarded DMRF New investigator Award. The Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation funds the many areas of research excellence undertaken in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University and its affiliated teaching hospitals.

NSHRF Research Capacity Award Given To Dr. Barbara Karten
Monday, June 12, 2006
Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Karten on being awarded an NSHRF Research Capacity Award. The mandate of the NSHRF is to: * foster health research throughout the province by assisting, collaborating with and funding individuals and organizations conducting health research; * study matters consistent with the priorities identified by health boards, government, institutions and individuals and report its findings to the minister; and * increase public knowledge and awareness of the foundation and its benefits.

Amin Majdalawieh Defends His Ph.D. Thesis
Thursday, June 08, 2006
On June 8, 2006, Amin Majdalawieh successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled: "Adipocyte Enhancer-Binding Protein-1 (AEBP1) Is A Novel Player In Macrophage Cholesterol Homeostasis, Inflammation, and Atherogenesis". Dr. Stewart Whitman, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, served as external examiner. Congratulations on a job well done Amin!

July

Biochem Grad Students win NSHRF Awards
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) awarded Kristin Bowden, M.Sc. Candidate (Ridgway Lab), Jessica Leigh, Ph.D. Candidate (Roger Lab), and Tia Silver, M.Sc. Candidate (Archibald Lab) with Student Research Awards.

Congratulations!


October

Amin Majdalawieh Wins Award at Merck Frosst Biology Research Day
Monday, October 30, 2006
Amin Majdalawieh is awarded First Place for his presentation at the Merck Frosst Biology Research Day, in Kirkland, Quebec. The organising committee selected only 12 PhD students and post-docs out of 135 applicants from the USA and Canada to present their research work at Merck Frosst Headquarters in Kirkland,Quebec. The judging committee ranked all 12 presenters (some from Harvard, NIH, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, Queens University, McGill University) and granted prizes the first three winners. Amin won First Place, and was presented with a First Place trophy as well as a cheque of $1000. Congratulations Amin!

Amin Majdalawieh Wins Travel Award
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Amin has been awarded a travel award to give a talk and present his research work at the Merck Frosst Biology Research Day, which will be held in Kirkland, Quebec on October 27, 2006. Congratulations Amin!

Department Awards at Canadian Lipoprotein Conference
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Two members of our department and one former graduate student received awards at the Canadian Lipoprotein Conference in Gimli, Manitoba this past weekend. Neale Ridgway received this year's Merck-Frosst Senior Investigator award and Jessica Miller (McLeod Lab) recieved an AstraZeneca graduate student award for her poster presentation. Tom Lagace (Ph.D. from Ridgway lab in 2004) also attended from his current position in Dallas and received the Liponex oral presentation award for post-doctoral fellows. Congratulations to all of our awardees!

November

Greg Fairn Defends His Ph.D. Thesis
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
On November 29, 2006, Greg Fairn successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled: "Regulation of Golgi-derived vesicular transport by the phospholipid transfer protein, Sec14, and an oxysterol binding protein homologue, Osh4/Kes1.". Dr. Christopher Beh, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University, served as the External Examiner.

Elke Uribe Wins Poster Competition
Friday, November 24, 2006
Ph.D. candidate Elke Uribe, who works with Vanya Ewart received the Best Graduate Student Poster award at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Aquaculture Association of Canada held in Halifax November 19-22, 2006.

December

Researchers Lead Protist Genome Projects
Monday, December 25, 2006
Department members in the Comparative Genomics, Proteomics and Molecular Evolution group are prominent participants in several protist genome projects currently underway in several U.S. genome centers:

McLeod Heads Scientific Advisory Committee
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
At its recent Annual General Meeting, the Board of Directors of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia approved the appointment of Dr. Roger McLeod as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee. This appointment comes with a position on, and reports to, the Board, helping to underscore the importance of basic science research to the Foundation.

Gray Lab Finalists at Discovery Awards 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
The Department was well represented at a recent gala dinner at which the 2006 Discovery Awards for Science and Technology were presented. Graduate student Michael Charette was a finalist in the Science Champion category. Charette was recognized in part for his role in the successful launch of MegaSearch, a Faculty of Medicine communication strategy designed to explain medical research to school students. Charette's Ph.D. supervisor, Dr. Michael Gray, was a finalist in the Professional of Distinction category. The Discovery Awards are sponsored by the Discovery Centre to celebrate science and technology in Nova Scotia.

H. Gong Defends Thesis
Friday, December 15, 2006
On December 15, 2006, Huansheng Gong, conducting research with David Byers, successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis entitled Vibrio harveyi Acyl Carrier Protein Conformation and Interaction with Partner Enzymes. Dr. Grant Hatch, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Manitoba, served as the External Examiner.

J. Miller Defends Thesis
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
On December 11, 2006, Jessica Miller successfully defended her M.Sc. thesis entitled: Mechanisms of Action of trans-10, cis-12 Conjugated Linoleic Acid on Adipocyte Metabolism. based on research in the Roger McLeod lab. Jessica will formally receive her M.Sc. degree from the University at the Spring Convocation. She will be leaving the department for sunny and warm Australia in January.