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Chemistry & Biochemistry

Student researchers inspired by legacy of cancer patient

Every morning when they go to work in their Essex Hall biochemistry lab, PhD students Pam Ovadje and Dennis Ma get an inspirational reminder of why they’re there. Mounted on the door to that lab is a plaque dedicating the space to the memory of Kevin Couvillon, who died at the age of 26 in November 2010, after a three-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia.

Presentation to address development of plant-based medicines

Professor Praveen K. Saxena will deliver a presentation entitled “Introducing Novel Natural Health Products into the Canadian Market: An integrated system for developing safe and effective plant based medicines,” on March 5 at Leamington’s Roma Club.

The presentation is sponsored by the University of Windsor’s Vice-President, Research, in collaboration with the Windsor Essex Economic Development Commission and is of especial interest to researchers and enterprises involved in the agri-food and natural product industries.

Nanotechnology the topic of public lecture Wednesday

Nanotechnology is miniaturization taken to the extreme, down to the size of atoms and molecules. Its applications impact a wide range of products from the textile, personal care, pharmaceutical, and electronic industries.

Award-winning chemist Tricia Carmichael will describe nanotechnology in general and in applications such as self-cleaning nanopants in a free public lecture Wednesday, January 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Canada South Science City.

Video shares Celebration of Teaching Excellence

Math and statistics professor Rick Caron calls chemistry professor emeritus Roger Thibert one of his favourite people. That is why he was so honoured to be named one of the inaugural recipients of the Roger Thibert Teaching Excellence Award, Monday at the Celebration of Teaching Excellence.

“I thought, if I’m going to get a teaching award, this is the one I want,” Dr. Caron said. “I feel such a kinship with the man for his dedication to his students.”

UWindsor research projects draw support from cancer centre foundation

Three research projects involving a total of eight researchers from the University of Windsor, Windsor Regional Cancer Centre, Windsor Regional Hospital, and McGill University will share a total of $206,000 in funding from the Windsor & Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation.

The grants are made under the 2011 Seeds4Hope program, which supports innovative local cancer research.

The foundation’s president, Norma Brockenshire, said she was proud to support the work of the medical and research community.