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News Archive 2008


Adrian Sharma Wins CIHR CGSD Award
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Congratulations to Adrian Sharma (Doolittle Lab) on receipt of a prestigious Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral (CGSD) award from CIHR. Way To Go Adrian!

Paul O'Connell Wins CRTP Studentship
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Congratulations to Paul O'Connell (Waisman Lab) on receipt of a Cancer Research Training Program (CRTP) Graduate Student Traineeship Award.

J. Rainey and G. Dellaire Receive CFI Awards
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Congratulations to Drs. Jan Rainey and Graham Dellaire on their successful applications to the CFI New Opportunities competition. These awards will provide essential infrastructure for their research programs.

C. McMaster and D. Byers Receive CIHR-ET Grant
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Together with Dr. Don Weaver (PI), Drs. McMaster and Byers were awarded a CIHR Emerging Team grant entitled "Lipid Membrane Disruptors as Adjuncts to Antibiotic Therapy". This three year award will help maintain and expand their efforts to develop and commercialize antibacterial drugs in the IWK Health Centre.


Heidi Berry Joins Department and DSA
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Join us in officially welcoming Heidi to the department as a permanent employee in the Dalhousie Staff Association, fulfilling the requirements as our technician in charge of the undergraduate labs, computer technical support, and webmaster.

Department volunteers for Science Career Day
Friday, March 07, 2008
Dr. John Archibald, Amy Curwin and Heidi Berry visited Prince Andrew High School (Dartmouth, NS) for their Science Career Day on Thursday, March 6.

Chris Lane a New Dad!
Friday, March 07, 2008
Dr. Chris Lane (postdoctoral fellow in the Archibald lab) and his wife Megan have a new daughter, Riley Taylor Lane, born Friday March 7. Congratulations Chris and Megan!

Paul Briggs Appointed as Instructor
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Paul Briggs has been appointed to a new Instructor position in the Department. This faculty position will enable Paul to take on new roles and challenges in education, while remaining involved in development of our undergraduate science laboratory program.

David Byers wins DSU Graduate Teaching Award
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
David Byers has received the 2007-08 Dalhousie Student Union Graduate Studies Teaching Award, to be presented at a ceremony on March 11.


J. Archibald Wins Major CIHR & DMRF Awards
Thursday, April 24, 2008
John Archibald has won the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation "Award of Excellence In Basic Medical Research". This is awarded annually to a member of the Faculty of Medicine within their first eight years of appointment and was presented at the Community of Scholars Dinner on April 23rd. John has also received a CIHR New Investigator Award, which will provide external salary support for a period of 5 years. Congratulations John!

Student Success At NSERC
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Ryan Gawryluk and Jordan Pinder have received prestigious CGSD awards and have both renewed their Killam Scholarships. NSERC PGSM scholarships have been awarded to Ameer Jarrar, Meghan Bebbington and Alya Arabi, while David Langelaan and Tyler Reddy have received CGSM awards.

J. Archibald & M. Gray Receive NSERC SRO Grant
Thursday, April 24, 2008
John Archibald and Mike Gray have received an NSERC Special Research Opportunity grant entitled, "Impact of Secondary Endosymbiosis on Eukaryotic Genome Evolution.

D. Byers & S. Bearne Receive NSERC Grants
Thursday, April 24, 2008
David Byers and Steve Bearne were successful in renewal of their 5-year NSERC Discovery Grants, respectively entitled "Structure and Function of Acyl Carrier Protein" & "Role of Binding Determinants in Enzyme Catalipis".

New NSERC Equipment Awards
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Members of our Department have been awarded two RTI (equipment) grants from NSERC in the Fall 2007 competition. Drs. Byers, Bearne and Rainey have received funding for a spectrofluorometer with stopped-flow accessory, while Dr. Dobson, Singer, Rainey, Bearne and McLeod were successful in their application for a new phosphoimager.

Catherine Currell Wins Rosemary Gill Award
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Catherine Currell has been named winner of the 2008 Rosemary Gill Award, which celebrates a high level of commitment and service to students. The award will be presented at a reception hosted by President Traves to be held June 12th in the Victorian Lounge, Sheriff Hall.

S. Abdelmagid Earns Travel Awards
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
  1. The Cancer Research Training Program approved Salma's application for a travel award to attend the Gordon Research Conference on Prolactin and Growth Hormone. (Feb 10-15, 2008).
  2. The Endocrine Society selected Salma to attend the Endocrine Trainee Day at the 90th Annual Endocrine Society Meeting to be held in San Francisco (June 12-19). This is career workshop for trainees. As a selected attendee, she will receive a $500 travel award and complimentary registration to ENDO 08.


Welcome C. Currell: Our New Administrator!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Catherine Currell has joined the Department as our new Administrator (0.5 FTE). Catherine has many years experience at Dalhousie, with several years in the Dal Legal Aid Office. Welcome Catherine!

Grad Students Host CPA Visitors
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Peter Murphy, Natalie Donaher, Kyle Phipps, and Gerrit Volkmann put thirteen Charles P. Allen High School students to work today in an electrophoretic extravaganza.

L. Hug Earns a Governor General's Gold Medal
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
One of this year's recipients for the Governor General's Gold Medal winner for 2008 is Laura Hug. Two Gold Medals are awarded each year to two most outstanding masters graduates, graduating at the October 2007 and May 2008 Convocations, one in the natural sciences and engineering, and one in humanities and social sciences. The Gold Medal will be presented during the Faculty of Science convocation on May 22, 2008, during the afternoon ceremony. Congratulations Laura!!!


Ameer Jarrar & Rosemarie Kepkay Talk Science at J.L. Ilsley High School
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
On June 11th, Ameer Jarrar, a M.Sc Candidate in the Singer Lab and Rosemarie Kepkay, a former honors student in the Singer Lab now doing her M.Sc with Dr. Graham Dellaire and members of "Let's Talk Science", a science outreach group run primarily by graduate students at Dalhousie University gave a presentation at J.L. Ilsley High School with rave reviews. The teacher of the advanced Biology 12 Class, Katherine Gartner, said this about the presentation, "In short, it was fabulous and contributed greatly to enhancing my students' understanding of genetic mutation and cancer research. Not only did they have a great powerpoint presentation, they also engaged students with their questions to find out what knowledge the students have and proceeded to help them construct new knowledge without intimidating them with a lot of terminology. They both have potential to be terrific teachers/professors if today's presentation was any indication of their teaching abilities. My students were quite impressed with both of them. They were able to ask really good questions which indicated that they not only understood the presentation enough to ask questions, but they also had the desire and curiosity to do so." Great Job Ameer & Rosemarie!

Jordan Pinder Wins President's Award
Friday, June 20, 2008
The President's Award provides a competitive edge at Dalhousie University to attract and retain those PhD students who are successful in competition for national scholarships. The award covers tuition that is not covered by any other award, agency or government for up to the first two years. Jordan Pinder, PhD Candidate in the Dobson Lab, has won the President's Award. Congratulations Jordan!

Dahmane Ouazia Has Defended His M.Sc. Thesis
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
On June 10th, Dahmane Ouazia, conducting his research with Dr. Steven Bearne, successfully defended his M.Sc. Thesis entitled:"Assay of the Prostate Cancer Biomarker α-Methylacyl Coenzyme A Racemase (AMACR)". Congratulations Dahmane!

Amy Curwin Defends Her Ph.D. Thesis
Monday, June 09, 2008
On May 30th, Amy Curwin, conducting her research with Dr. Chris McMaster, successfully defended her Ph.D. Thesis entitled:"The Phospholipid Transfer Protein Sec14 Regulates Specific Endosome-trans-Golgi Transport Pathways". Congratulations Amy!


Faye Lunn Defends Her Ph.D. Thesis
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
On July 29th, Faye Lunn, conducting her research with Dr. Steve Bearne, successfully defended her Ph.D. Thesis entitled:"Kinetic Studies on Wild-Type and Mutant Escherichia Coli Cytidine 5'-Triphosphate Synthases and Inhibitor Development".

T. Silver & N. Donaher: Presentation Prizes
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tia Silver and Natalie Donaher, MSc candidates in the Archibald Laboratory, each received prizes for their presentations at PROTIST 2008, a joint meeting of the International Society for Evolutionary Protistology (ISEP) and the International Society of Protistologists (ISOP). The meetings was held at Dalhousie University July 21-26 and was attended by ~200 scientists from all over the world.

Student Research Awards
Monday, July 28, 2008
Eric Fisher, MSc Candidate in Roger McLeod's lab, and Suchita Nath-Sain, a PhD student in Paola Marignani's lab, have both been awarded Student Research Awards in our department.

CIHR Grants Awarded
Monday, July 28, 2008
CIHR Grants have been awarded to the following faculty members:

Dr. Andrew Roger
"Major Transitions in Eukaryotic Cell Evolution"

Dr. Kirill Rosen
"Anti-apoptotic Mechanisms that Mediate Ras Oncogene-driven Tumor Growth"

Dr. Roger McLeod
"Structural Determinants of Hepatic Apolipoprotein B Metabolism"

Congratulations to Tyler Reddy
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tyler Reddy, PhD candidate in Jan Rainey's lab, has received a travel award for his poster presentation at the Chemical Biophysics Symposium in Toronto.

S. Nath-Sain Awarded Best Poster
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Suchita Nath-Sain, PhD candidate working in the Marignani lab won Best Poster at the Graduate Student Research Day in the Faculty of Medicine, on May 13th 2008.

H.-S. Ro Receives CBCRA/NCIC Grant
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Dr. Hyo-Sung Ro was awarded a CBCRA grant entitled "Role of AEBP1 in regulation of mammary gland development and tumorigenesis via stromal-epithelial crosstalk". This new three year award will help expand their efforts in identifying molecular targets that may lead to novel anti-breast cancer therapies.


Craig Morton Defends His M.Sc. Thesis
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
On August 22nd, Craig Morton, conducting his research with Dr. Neale Ridgeway, successfully defended his M.Sc. Thesis entitled:"Determinants of nuclear-cytoplasmic localization for the rate-limiting enzyme in phosphatidylcholine synthesis". Congratulations Craig!

Successful M.Sc. Thesis Defence - M. Agnew
Friday, August 22, 2008
On August 18, 2008, Meghan Agnew of the Marignani lab successfully defended her M.Sc. thesis entitled: LKB1 Location and Function Following Exposure to Ionizing Radiation.

Suchita Wins Studentship Awards
Friday, August 22, 2008
Suchita Nath-Sain, PhD candidate in Paola Marignani's lab, wins a Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation PhD Studentship and a Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Summer Studentship Award.

P. Marignani Receives Grants for Projects
Friday, August 22, 2008
Dr. Paola Marignani receives Canadian Breast Cancer Foudation Operating Grant for her project entitled "LKB1 Activity in Breast Cancer." She has also been given a Nova Scotia Lung Association Grant for her project entitled "The Biological Role of LKB1 inLung Cancer".

David Langelaan Receives Awards
Friday, August 01, 2008
The Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation has awarded David Langelaan, of Jan Rainey's lab, the Research Skills Award to attend the NANUC NMR Camp in Farmington, Connecticut. This will be coupled with funding from NANUC, who targeted Jan Rainey's lab to receive free tuition for one of its students. David has also receives a travel award.


W. F. Doolittle - Professor Emeritus
Friday, September 19, 2008
The Department would like to recognize the appointment of Dr. Ford Doolittle to the position of Professor Emeritus.

A. Arabi Receives NSERC PGSM
Friday, September 19, 2008
Congratulations to Alya Arabi, who has received a National Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada award in Postgraduate Scholarship Masters.

J. Rainey Awarded NSHRF
Friday, September 19, 2008
Dr. Jan Rainey has received funding from the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation. Congratulations!

D. Waisman Receives Funding
Friday, September 19, 2008
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia has awarded Dr. David Waisman funding for his research. Congratulations!

Birth of Malcolm C. Rainey
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
We are pleased to announce the birth of Malcolm Clark to Mary-Ellen and Jan Rainey. He was born at 3:08 am on September 13th, weighing in at 7 lbs 3/4 oz.


M. Charman Wins Poster Presentation Award
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Congratulations to Mark Charman, MSc student in Barbara Karten's lab. He won a poster presentation award at the Canadian Lipoprotein Conference in Whistler, BC.


DMRF success for Jan Rainey
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Jan Rainey was awarded $23,000 in the most recent DMRF equipment grant competition for the purchase of a chemically-resistant lyophilizer.

Ford Doolittle receives CIFAR Honour
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
At a gala dinner hosted by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) in Toronto on Nov. 11, Ford Doolittle was honored for his outstanding contributions to the organization by being named a CIFAR Institute Fellow, an appointment that is rarely made.

C. McMaster: Heart & Stroke Foundation Awardee
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Chris McMaster recently received the prestigious Greg Ferrier Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.

Recent Births of Aspiring Biochemists
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Dave Byers is pleased to announce the birth of his granddaughter - Sophie Claire born December 13/08

T. Silver Successfully Defends M.Sc Thesis
Friday, December 12, 2008
On November 24th, Tia Silver, conducting her research with Dr. John Archibald, successfully defended her M.Sc. Thesis entitled:"Nucleomorph Genome Diversity in Chlorarachniophyte Algae".

J. Leigh Successfully Defends Ph.D. Thesis
Friday, December 12, 2008
On November 21st, Jessica Leigh, conducting her research with Dr. Andrew Roger, successfully defended her Ph.D. Thesis entitled:"Congruence in Phylogenomic Data: Exploring Artifacts in Deep Eukaryotic Phylogeny".

S. Nath-Sain Successfully Defends Ph.D. Thesis
Friday, December 12, 2008
On December 8th, Suchita Nath-Sain, conducting her research with Dr. Paola Marignani, successfully defended her Ph.D. Thesis entitled:"The Tumour Suppressor Kinase LKB1 Binds to the Estrogen Receptor alpha and Enhances its Transcriptional Activity".