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News Archive 2007

January

A. Majdalawieh Wins Award
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Amin Majdalawieh has been awarded a Keystone Travel Scholarship to present his research work during a Keystone Symposium on Metabolic Syndrome and Cardiovascular Risk in Steamboat Springs, Colorado (March 27- April 01,2007).

Dobson Joins NSERC Committee
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Dr. Melanie Dobson has been appointed as a member of the NSERC Molecular and Developmental Genetics Grant Selection Committee for a three-year term ending June 30, 2009.

March

A. Roger wins E.W.R. Steacie Fellowship
Monday, March 19, 2007
Dr. Andrew Roger has been named one of the six winners from across Canada for 2007 of the NSERC E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowships, considered to be "one of Canada's premier science and engineering research awards."

Amin Majdalawieh Wins Travel Award
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Amin has been awarded a Keystone Travel Scholarship to give a talk and present a poster pertaining to his research work during a Keystone Symposium on "The Macrophage: Homeostasis, Immunoregulation, and Disease" in Copper Mountain, Colorado (April 11-16, 2007). Congratulations Amin!

McMaster Recognized for Teaching Excellence
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Dr. Chris McMaster was recently identified as a recipient of a Dalhousie Student Union Award for Teaching Excellence.

Doolittle Participates in Panel Discussion
Monday, March 05, 2007
Dr. Ford Doolittle recently defended the value of 'basic' science unfettered by commercial interests in the King's Trust in Science lecture series, on March 1, 2007. He participated in the panel discussion on: Whose Business is it Anyway? Science and the Corporate World.

April

Dr. Roger McLeod Awarded Two New Grants
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Dr. Roger McLeod has received a 3 year research grant from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia for his project entitled: "Assembly and function of adiponectin oligomers". He has also received a 2 year Collaborative Research and Development Grant from NSERC and Dairy Farmers of Canada for "Comparison of the effects of CLA and DHA on hepatic apoB100 metabolism and atherosclerosis".

Dr. Dobson: Outstanding Academic Advisor
Monday, April 16, 2007
Dr. Melanie Dobson has been selected to receive a 2006-2007 Dalhousie University Award for Outstanding Academic Advisors.

June

David Byers is our New Department Head
Friday, June 29, 2007
Dr. Cook (Dean of Faculty of Medicine) is pleased to announce that Dr. David Byers has accepted appointment as the Head of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Love under the microscope
Friday, June 01, 2007
A nice story was released on June 1, discussing Mike Charette (Gray Lab) and Ellen Boudreau (Doolittle Lab) who met and married while PhD candidates in our department.

Looking in their genes
Friday, June 01, 2007
Rob Beiko, a former Honours student from the Singer Lab, is recognized on June 1 as Dalhousie's newest Canada Research Chair.

July

S. Abdelmagid wins NSHRF Competition
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Salma Abdelmagid has been awarded a NSHRF-SRA to support her research activities in Cathy Too's lab.

C. Too Awarded Research Grants
Monday, July 23, 2007
Dr. Catherine Too has been awarded a two year Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Atlantic Chapter) grant and a three year CIHR-RPP grant.

New Biomolecular NMR Facility Funded
Monday, July 23, 2007
The National Research Council (NRC) has approved funding for a Regional Biomolecular Structure & Function Magnetic Resonance Facility. Dr. Jan Rainey's laboratory has been identified as one of the primary user groups for the facility. The workhorse of this new facility will be a 700 MHz NMR spectrometer with a high sensitivity cryogenically-cooled triple resonance liquids probe allowing simultaneous 2H lock/decoupling capabilities. This will be the highest field liquids NMR instrument in Atlantic Canada (and east of Montreal), complementing Dal's world-class 700 MHz solid-state NMR spectrometer. The instrument will be housed in a newly renovated facility at the NRC-IMB on Oxford Street and administered through Dalhousie's Atlantic Region Magnetic Resonance Centre. Installation of this state-of-the-art instrument is expected in early 2008.

August

Laura Hug Defends Her Thesis
Friday, August 24, 2007
On August 23, 2007, Laura Hug successfully defended her M.Sc. thesis entitled: "Examining deep level Eukaryote phylogenies, molecular dating, and organellar adaptation." Laura will formally receive her M.Sc. degree from the University at the Fall Convocation. Congratulations Laura!

Jennifer Stevens Defends Her Ph.D. Thesis
Thursday, August 09, 2007
On August 9, 2007, Jennifer Stevens, conducting research with Dr. Richard Singer, successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis entitled "Genetic analysis of the histone chaperone complex FACT, a transcription elongation factor". Dr. Fred Winston, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, served as the External Examiner.

Angela MacDonald Defends Thesis
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
On August 7, 2007, Angela MacDonald successfully defended her M.Sc. thesis entitled: "Characterization of Vibrio fischeri acyl-homoserine lactone synthases AinS and LuxI and their interaction with acyl carrier protein" . Angela will formally receive her M.Sc. degree from the University at the Fall Convocation. Congratulations Angela!

Craig Morton wins NSHRF & CRTP awards
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Craig Morton was recently announced as a recipient of a 2007 Nova Scotia Health Research Fellowship (NSHRF) Student Research Award as well as a Cancer Research Training Program (CRTP) Graduate Student Traineeship Award. Craig conducts research in Dr. Neale Ridgway's lab. Great work Craig!

Barbara Karten Awarded: NSHRF & Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Congratulations!

Dr. Graham Dellaire Awarded an NSHRF Grant
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Congratulations to Dr. Graham Dellaire on receiving an NSHRF award for his project entitled "Structure and Function of Chromatin and Other nuclear domains in Genome Stability and Cancer Progression".

Dr. John Archibald Awarded CIHR Grant
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Congratulations to Dr. John Archibald who was recently awarded a one year CIHR Operating Grant for his project entitled "The causes and consequences of genome reduction in eukaryotes"

Dr. Kirill Rosen Awarded CIHR Grant
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Congratulations to Dr. Kirill Rosen who was recently awarded a one year CIHR Operating Grant for his project entitled "Anti-apoptotic mechanisms that mediate ras oncogene-driven tumor growth".

Dr. Kirill Rosen Awarded NSHRF Grant
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Congratulations to Dr. Kirill Rosen on being awarded an NSHRF Grant for his project entitled "Anti-apoptotic mechanisms that mediate colorectal cancer progression".

M. Agnew Wins NSHRF & CIHR Awards
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Meghan Agnew was recently announced as a recipient of a 2007 Nova Scotia Health Research Fellowship (NSHRF) Student Research Award and a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Graduate Scholarship (Master's) Award.

October

Kristin Bowden Defends Her M.Sc. Thesis
Thursday, October 25, 2007
On October 23, 2007, Kristin Bowden, conducting research with Dr. Neale Ridgway, successfully defended her M.Sc. Thesis entitled "Regulation of ABCA1 protein turnover and cholsterol efflux by oxysterol binding protein (OSBP)." Kristin will formally receive her MSc degree from the University at the Spring Convocation. Congratulations Kristin!

Open House Thanks
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
"Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time and ideas to make our Open House contribution such a success! Special kudos to Heidi Berry and Paul Briggs who updated our poster, made bookmark gifts, and came up with the idea of Joe the Gorilla raffle. Thanks also to Barb Bigelow and Peter Murphy for their organizational skills." DB

Fund-raising Success Story
Friday, October 12, 2007
The Tumour Suppressors led by Paola Marignani raised more than $4200 for this year's run, breaking their goal of $10,000 since the team started in 2005.

Congratulations to Ryan Gawryluk
Friday, October 05, 2007
Ryan has been awarded a President's award which covers tuition for PhD students who have been successful in doctoral scholarship competitions at the highest level. Ryan received a Killam Predoctoral Scholarship. Well done Ryan.

Congratulations to Dr. Kirill Rosen
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Congratulations to Dr. Kirill Rosen on receiving two more operating grants recently. One is from the National Cancer Institute of Canada ("Autophagy mediator Beclin 1 as a suppressor of three-dimensional growth of ras oncogene-driven tumors"). The other is from the Cancer Research Society ("Death-Associated Protein Kinase-2 as a suppressor of beta-catenin-dependent malignant transformation of epithelial cells"). Kirill's applications scored second in both competitions!

Three Cheers For Jordan Pinder
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Three cheers for Jordan Pinder, a graduate student in Melanie Dobson's lab. Jordan recently received a Dalhousie President's Award,which covers tuition for new PhD students who have been successful in doctoral scholarship competitions at the highest level. Jordan has also been awarded a Killam Predoctoral Scholarship and an NSERC PGSD award. Way to go, Jordan!

November

Corey Knickle - 2006 Academic All-Canadian
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Each year Dalhousie recognizes varsity athletes who meet or exceed a GPA of 3.43 as CIS Academic All-Canadians.

An Honorary Award For Salma Abdelmagid
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Ph.D student Salma Abdelmagid received an honorary award for her poster presentation at the 2007 Nova Scotia Cancer Research Symposium held on Nov 6. 2007. Congratulations Salma!

December

Alex Berezkin Defends M.Sc. Thesis
Thursday, December 13, 2007
On November 27th, 2007, Alex Berezkin, conducting research with Dr. Kirill Rosen, successfully defended his M.Sc. Thesis entitled "Protein Kinase Chk2 as a Mediator of Death of Intestinal Epithelial Cell Triggered by Their Detachment from the Extracellular Matrix" Alex will formally receive her MSc degree from the University at the Spring Convocation. Congratulations Alex!

Melissa MacKinnon Defends Her M.Sc. Thesis
Thursday, December 13, 2007
On December 3rd, 2007, Melissa MacKinnon, conducting research with Dr. Christopher McMaster, successfully defended her M.Sc. Thesis entitled "The Role of Nuclear Protein Import on Phosphatidylcholine Synthesis" Melissa will formally receive her MSc degree from the University at the Spring Convocation. Congratulations Melissa!