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News Archive 2009


Point Pleasant Shoreline Cleanup
Friday, January 30, 2009
This past fall, members of the Dalhousie Biochemistry Students' Society (DBSS) executive took part in the Point Pleasant Shoreline Cleanup (as part of the TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup). The cleanup was organized and led by biochemistry student Amy Florian. The council members spent an amusing afternoon scavenging the shore along with almost 100 other Dalhousie students. Their combined efforts resulted in more than 50kg of trash in just a few hours!

G. Volkmann awarded ASBMB Travel Award
Monday, January 12, 2009
Gerrit Volkmann is a PhD candidate with Dr. Paul Liu. He has been awarded the 2009 Graduate/Postdoctoral travel fellowship from ASBMB to attend the ASBMB 2009 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA. Congratulations Gerrit!

M. Leger Awarded European Scholarship
Monday, January 12, 2009
Michelle Leger is a My PhD student in the Dr. Andrew Roger lab. She has been awarded a PhD scholarship from the "Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg".


A. Tsaousis Awarded Prestigious Fellowships
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Dr. Anastasios Tsaousis has been awarded two prestigious postdoctoral fellowships: an EMBO postdoctoral fellowship and a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship from the European Commission. Anastasios is a Postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Andrew Roger's lab.

M. Gray - Professor Emeritus
Thursday, February 05, 2009
The Department would like to recognize the appointment of Dr. Michael Gray to the position of Professor Emeritus.


NSERC Studentship Accepted by A. Banks
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Aaron Banks, a third year student, proposes to investigate Improving Understanding of Non-ideal Triple-helices of Collagen funded by a NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award for the Summer of 2009 in Dr. Jan Rainey's research group.

P. O'Connell Builds Artificial Arm
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Paul O'Connell visited Ecole St.Catherine's School, 3299 Connolly Street, Halifax on Feb 20, 2009 contributing to the Let's Talk Science Partnership Program.

A. Florian receives Governors' Award
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Amy Florian (Honours Biochemistry/French), Kaylyn Fraser, Emily Rideout and Eric Snow were recognized with Governors' Awards "as the best student leaders on campus," said Bonnie Neuman, vice-president, student services, at a reception yesterday in the Rowe Building atrium. The students listened as their many accomplishments were outlined by Dalhousie President Tom Traves and then accepted a plaque from Jim Spatz, chair of Dalhousie's Board of Governors.


D. Gaston Awarded Travel Grant
Friday, May 22, 2009
Dan Gaston, PhD student in the Andrew Roger group has been awarded a competitive travel award to the annual Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution meeting in Iowa City in June.

Paul Briggs, M.Ed.!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Congratulations to Paul Briggs, our Instructor in charge of teaching labs, who received his Masters of Education degree from Mount Saint Vincent University at their convocation on May 16.

Tyler Reddy Wins Poster Award
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Kudos to Tyler Reddy, a PhD student in Jan Rainey's lab, who received one of the poster presentation awards ($250) from the Faculty of Medicine at the Grad Student Research Day held on May 12.

Beckman Coulter Awards
Friday, May 15, 2009
Congratulations to Kyle Phipps and Craig Steeves, our two recipients of the first annual Beckman Coulter awards for best Biochemistry & Molecular Biology posters in the Graduate Student Research Day competition held on May 12. Each award is valued at $250, to be officially presented by the Beckman Coulter representative at a later date. Thanks also to our judges (Sangeeta Banerji, Oleg Bogachev, and Murray Schnare), who had a difficult time choosing among the many excellent posters.

Rick Singer Wins FGS Award
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Congratulations to Rick Singer, who is the 2009 faculty recipient of the Faculty of Graduate Studies Distinguished Service Award. The award, announced at the FGS meeting on May 7, recognizes "long-standing and extraordinary service to graduate level education at Dalhousie". There could be no better candidate for this honour than Rick, who has been our Graduate Coordinator since the early '90s, and has presided over tremendous growth in what is currently the largest graduate program in the Faculty of Medicine.

E. Polvi Accepts NSERC Summer Studentship
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Elizabeth Polvi, a second year student, proposes to investigate Analysis of yeast plasmid segregation proteins funded by a NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award for the Summer of 2009 in Dr. Melanie Dobson's research lab.

R. McDevitt and K. Rosen: Community of Scholars Award Recipients
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
The ninth annual Faculty of Medicine Community of Scholars Dinner on April 22, hosted by the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation, was the venue for recognizing the contributions of two of our Department members.


B. Bigelow Recognized for Outstanding Service
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Barb Bigelow in the Biochemistry Office is one of the 2009 Rosemary Gill Award recipients. This is one of the most prestigious non-academic awards on campus, recognizing outstanding service to students in areas that would not normally be considered part of the daily work. In the department, we have been affectionately calling on Auntie Barb to solve a myriad of student-related issues for many years.


B. Karten Earns Ara Parseghian Award
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Dr. Barbara Karten has successfully competed for a one year grant from the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation to support her continuing work in Niemann-Pick Type C disease.

Department Welcomes Arrival of C. Slamovits
Thursday, July 23, 2009
The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology welcomes Claudio Slamovits and his family to Halifax after a cross-Canada drive from British Columbia. Claudio has been awarded a new researcher CFI grant.

C. Too Awarded Two-Year CBCF Research Grant
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Dr. Catherine Too has been awarded a two year Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Atlantic Chapter) grant.

G. Dellaire Earns CBCF Grant
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Graham Dellaire was recently awarded a one-year grant from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Atlantic. His group will be studying chemotherapy resistance in Breast Cancer.

C. Stairs - NSERC Awardee
Thursday, July 23, 2009
An NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award was recently bestowed on Courtney Stairs for work to be completed this summer in Dr. Andrew Roger's lab.


Tremblay & Langelaan Receive Travel Awards
Monday, August 31, 2009
Marie Tremblay and David Langelaan, of Dr. Jan Rainey's Lab, had both been awarded travel awards to attend the Chemical Biophysics Symposium held in Toronto in April 2009. Congratulations Marie & David!

M. Tremblay Receives a Travel Award
Monday, August 31, 2009
Marie Tremblay, of Dr. Jan Rainey's Lab, received a travel award from the Canadian Society of Biochemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biology (CSBMCB) to attend the 52nd Annual CSBMCB Meeting in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, which was held in June 2009. Congratulations Marie!

G. Volkmann Defends Ph.D. Thesis
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
On August 24th, Gerrit Volkmann, conducting his research with Dr. Paul Liu, successfully defended his Ph.D. Thesis entitled:"Protein Cleavage, Labeling and Cyclization using Non-Canonical Split-Inteins". Congratulations Gerrit!

S. Abdelmagid Defends Ph. D. Thesis
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
On July 23rd, Salma Abdelazim Abdelmagid, conducting her research with Dr. Catherine Too, successfully defended her Ph. D. Thesis entitled:"The Role of Prolactin- and Estrogen-Inducible Carboxypeptdase-D and Nitric Oxide Production in Breast Cancer Cell Survival". Congratulations Salma!

A. Sharma Successfully Defends Ph. D. Thesis
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
On July 24th, Adrian Kumar Sharma, conducting his research with Dr. Ford Doolittle, successfully defended his Ph. D. Thesis entitled:"Insights into the Ecology and Evolution of the Light-Harvesting Microbial Rhodopsins". Congratulations Adrian!


Stacy MacDonald Defends Her MSC Thesis
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
On August 27th, Stacy MacDonald, conducting her research with Dr. Carmichael Wallace, successfully defended her MSc Thesis entitled:"Exploration of Cytochrome c Structure-Function Relationships with Site-Directed Chemical Modification"


D. Walsh Wins Patrick Prize
Thursday, October 29, 2009
David Walsh has been awarded the prestigious Patrick Prize recognizing the outstanding research of a Ph.D. student in a graduating class. David completed his degree in Ford Doolittle's research group.

Former Biochemistry Student Endows Summer Research Funding
Thursday, October 22, 2009
As reported in the recent Dalhousie Magazine (vol 26, no. 2), former biochemistry graduate Faye (Naugle) Sobey (B.Sc. '53) has established a $1-million endowment to support summer research experiences for Dalhousie undergraduate science students. The new Faye Sobey Student Undergraduate Research Endowment will fund up to 10 students annually for summer research projects. This assistance from a former student from our Department is greatly appreciated!

Cumulative Accolades - Faculty
Monday, October 05, 2009
Congratulations to Rick Singer on receiving the Faculty of Graduate Studies Distinguished Service Award, and to David Waisman on receiving an NCIC grant. Carmichael Wallace and John Archibald both received NSERC grants and Neale Ridgway received an HSF grant. Congratulations to Paul Briggs on receiving his M.Ed. from Mount Saint Vincent University in May.

Cumulative Accolades - Students
Monday, October 05, 2009
Congratulations to the following students: Terry Colbourne, Barry Kennedy, Gerard Gaspard and Marissa LeBlanc received NSHRF Student Research Awards; Tyler Reddy, David Langelaan and Barry Kennedy each received an NSERC CGSD award; Carolyn Robinson received an IWK award; Dan Gaston received a travel award to the SMBE conference in Iowa City in June; Marie Tremblay and David Langelaan both won travel awards to the Chemical Biophysics Symposium in Toronto in April; Tyler Reddy received a poster award at the Graduate Student Research day, and Kyle Phipps and Craig Steeves won the Beckman-Coulter poster awards; Elizabeth Polvi received a NSERC summer award, while Helen Chuang received a Beattie Research studentship. Kendra Cann recieved a postdoctoral fellowship award from NSHRF.

Cumulative Accolades - Event Organizers
Monday, October 05, 2009
Thank you to Barb Bigelow for organizing our Convocation reception, and to Peter Murphy for assistance on Graduate Research Day.

Welcome Dr. Aarnoud van der Spoel!
Monday, October 05, 2009
We extend a hearty welcome to Aarnoud van der Spoel, who has joined us as an Assistant Professor with a major appointment in the Dept. of Pediatrics. Following his graduate training in The Netherlands, Aarnoud was a postdoctoral fellow and then senior research associate at the University of Oxford, where he developed his research interests in the pharmacology and disorders of glycosphingolipids.


C. Steeves Defends MSc Thesis
Friday, November 27, 2009
Craig Steeves successfully defended his Masters of Science in Biochemistry Thesis on Tuesday, November 24.

C. Hart Recognized as CIS Academic All-Canadian
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Catherine Hart was recognized in the Academic All-Canadian Luncheon on November 18 for her commitment to varsity athletics (Track and Field middle distance runner) and high academic standing. This was her second year to receive the award.


C. Hawes Defends Masters Thesis
Friday, December 11, 2009
Cory Micheal Hawes successfully defended his Masters of Science in Biochemistry Thesis on Monday, December 12:

David Langelaan has won a Student Travel Award
Thursday, December 03, 2009
PhD Student David Langelaan has won a highly competitive Student Travel Award from the Biophysical Society to attend the 54th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA in February, 2010.