Business student recognized for youth leadership

Kristy McLean says she was “very honoured” to receive a Youth Leadership Award from Windsor’s mayor during a riverfront celebration of the 121st anniversary of the city’s founding, May 20.

“I am very appreciative to be recognized for contributing to the quality of life and standard of living of our community,” says McLean, just finished her third year of studies at the Odette School of Business and just beginning a term as president of its Enactus chapter.

Symposium to consider rights of workers

The nature of employment is evolving, says the Law Commission of Ontario in its December 2012 report on vulnerable workers and precarious work.

“The standard employment relationship based on full-time, continuous employment, where the worker has access to good wages and benefits, is no longer the predominant form of employment, to the extent it ever was,” the report says. “Today more work is precarious, with less job security, few if any benefits and minimal control over working conditions.”

Zebrafish show promise for better cancer treatment delivery

Tiny tropical fish much like minnows may hold the key to helping oncologists deliver more personalized and effective methods of treatments to their cancer patients.

That’s the aim of Indrajit Sinha, CEO of Biomedcore, a Tecumseh medical diagnostics company that worked with biology professor Lisa Porter on setting up an experimental system to grow cancer cells in zebrafish and see how they respond to a variety of drug therapies.

Acting grad winning attention for Shaw turn

Now in her fifth season with the Shaw Festival theatre company, UWindsor acting grad Ijeoma Emesowum (BFA 2008) is winning praise as one of a group of young women at the heart of this year’s program.

Globe and Mail drama critic Robert Everett-Green included her in an article shining a spotlight on the festival’s New Woman—strong, complex young female characters.

Workshop to explore nature of healthy soil

Soil is much more than just the brown stuff plants need to grow. It is an ecosystem, a recycler of raw materials, a home to billions of organisms, and the medium that gardeners love to dig their hands in.

Just in time for Victoria Day, the traditional start of Canada’s gardening season, a free public workshop this weekend in the Campus Community Garden will explore soil health and how it can be improved.

Public lecture to explore organic electronics

Organic electronics is generating interest not only in the science community but in the business world as well. Its current market of about one billion dollars is expected to grow to $45 billion by 2016.

In a free presentation entitled “Organic Electronics: From Serendipitous Discovery to Market,” Holger Eichhorn will provide some of the facts behind the buzz.

High school science students building bridges to careers in engineering

The biggest discovery she made in a day exploring the field of engineering is the crucial importance of communication, says Lily Wu.

A grade 11 student of enriched physics at Vincent Massey Secondary School, she joined about 120 classmates at the Centre for Engineering Innovation on Friday, May 10. It was the fourth year for the event, which emphasizes hands-on activities to educate the youths about the profession.

Hundreds enjoy close encounters of the scientific kind

The wonders of science were on display Saturday to hundreds of visitors attending Science Rendezvous at the CAW Student Centre. Volunteer presenters organized activities and exhibits in a range of disciplines, from chemistry, physics and biology to computer science, astronomy, forensics and engineering.

Windsor was one of a number of sites across Canada participating in the festival, showcasing world-class research happening at the nation’s universities and other institutions.