Graduate Students

contest winnersFrom left, engineering students Shibin Pennickara, Hajjar Al-Hasna Ahmad Rizal, Yanting Liu, and Stephanie Shaw took top honours in the Water Environment Association of Ontario student design contest.

Design contest win secures free trip to New Orleans for engineering students

A group of fourth-year engineering students will get an all-expenses paid trip to New Orleans this fall after taking top honours in a contest that required them to design a new wastewater treatment plan for a rapidly growing region north of Toronto.

Nigel and Anna HusseyNigel Hussey, shown here with his wife Anna, holds up a satellite tag like the one he attached to a Greenland shark in the Canadian Arctic. The device detached and floated all the way to Wales, where it was found by Mari Williams.

'High-tech message in a bottle' travels more than 6,000 km

Call it a high-tech message in a bottle.

A satellite tagging device used to record migratory data that was attached to a Greenland shark in the Canadian Arctic in 2012 was recently found washed up on a beach in southwest Wales—just a short distance away from the spot where the wife of the researcher who planted it used to spend her summers.

Roman and DmitryRoman Maev and Dmitry Gavrilov pose with their thermographic analysis equipment at the Institute for Diagnostic Imaging Research.

Physicists use high-tech methods to analyze priceless art works

Walk in to the Louvre, take a flash photo of the Mona Lisa and chances are you’ll be promptly escorted out by some rather unhappy security guards. Besides obvious copyright and security concerns, museum curators take a dim view of light from flashbulbs hitting the priceless art works for which they’re responsible.

Max NelsonProfessor Max Nelson has mapped out the brewing traditions of ancient Europe based on the various ingredients and additives that were used to make beer.

Researcher traces history of brewing beer in ancient Europe

More sophisticated beer enthusiasts may already know their favourite beverage was being made in places like Egypt and Mesopotamia as far back as 5,000 years ago. They may also incorrectly assume it was eventually brought from there to Europe as civilizations spread out and evolved, according to Max Nelson.

grasshopper teamNawaf Almutairi, Sameen S. Ali, and Said Said hold up their Grasshopper yard waste lawnmower grass clippings bag.

Students design innovate time-saving way to collect lawnmower clippings

It’s only a short matter of time before lawnmowers start firing up and area homeowners are dumping their grass clippings into yard waste bags.

Now a group of engineering students has developed a simple yet ingenious way to make the whole process a lot easier: they’ve put the yard waste bag right on to the mower.

lampreyRound gobies, zebra mussels, Asian carp and lamprey, like the ones shown here, are just a few of the many types of invasive species studied by the Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network.

Aquatic invasive species network expands its reach

A university-headquartered national research network devoted to stopping the spread of aquatic invasive species will soon expand its reach all the way from the shores of South of Africa to the coast of Spain.

Rachel HassonRachel Hasson won a best oral presentation award at Ontario Biology Day for her research on the relationship between temperature and the spring arrival dates of migratory birds.

Bird migration research earns top honours for fourth-year biology student

Based on the award-winning research of a fourth-year biology student, it should be a safe bet that most migratory birds will be a little late this spring getting back to the area from down south.

After analyzing 18 years of bird banding data, Rachel Hasson discovered that nine varieties of song birds, ranging from orioles to warblers, were arriving back to southern Ontario anywhere from three to eight days early, depending on the change in temperature in any given year.

used computersChemicals called PBDEs are commonly used as flame retardants in things like televisions and computers and may have harmful effects on the environment, according to a visiting scientist who will lecture here Thursday.

Flame retardant chemicals' impact on environment subject of keynote address at GLIER colloquium

A wide variety of chemicals used in household goods ranging from furniture to fabrics might be effective at preventing fires, but new types of “replacement” flame retardants are being released into the environment and their long term consequences are still unknown, according to a scientist who will deliver a guest lecture here Thursday.