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Faculty TA Award

Faculty members, do you have a TA who has gone above and beyond the call of duty? If yes, consider nominating that individual for the Faculty TA Award.

For your TA to be considered, please send an email to jennifer.hsu@utoronto.ca by Tuesday, February 19 with the name of your TA and brief description on why he/she deserves the award.


February 15, 2013

Volume 30, Issue 6

In this issue:

Grad Office
Chem Eng Events


Grad Office



  • Ph.D. Reading Committee Meeting – S. G. Govindarajan
    Date of Meeting: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 in WB215 at 10:30 am
    Committee: Chair: Prof. C. Q. Jia; Supervisor: Prof. V. G. Papangelakis, Prof. R. Mahadevan; Other Member(s): Prof. E. A. Edwards, E. Krause

  • Cross Canadian Catalysis Lecture
    Presenter: Keven J. Smith, University of British Columbia
    Topic: Hydrogenation and Dehydrogenation Kinetics and Catalysis for Hydrogen Storage on Organic Liquids
    Where: WB215
    When: February 19, 2013 | starts at 2pm


  • February 25: Final date to drop full-year or Winter session graduate (1000-level) courses without academic penalty

  • March 10: Final date to drop full-year or Winter session '500-level' courses without academic penalty

  • March 20: OGS application deadline for Visa Students

  • March 22: OGS application deadline for Domestic (Canadian Citizen and Permanent Resident) Students




Department Reminders

  • Special Lecture
    Presenter: Dr. Jonathan Aylott, Associate Professor, Analytical Bioscience, School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham
    Topic: Fluorescent nanosensors - measuring and modulating the cellular environment
    When: Thursday, March 21, 2013 | 12 pm – 2 pm
    Where: Room 215, Wallberg Building, 200 College Street
    For more information: Please click here
  • Acting Chair
    Professor Charles Jia will be Acting Chair from February 19 to 22 inclusive.

IT News

  • A bug in iOS6.1 allows unauthorized users to bypass the iPhone lock screen and access your data. Apple is expected to release a software update to patch this flaw. If you have an iPhone 4S, Apple has released iOS 6.1.1 to fix issues users are experiencing with 3G.
  • Adobe has recommended a workaround to temporarily protect users against a new critical vulnerability in Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat. The vulnerability is already being exploited—Adobe recommends that any users running Adobe Reader XI or later under Windows should enable Protected View (File -> Edit -> Preferences -> Security (Enhanced) ) for "Files from potentially unsafe locations." For users running older versions of Adobe, or using Adobe on non-Windows operating systems, resort to using another PDF viewer (Preview, FoxIt Reader, etc.) or only open PDF files from sources you trust.
  • Looking to upgrade to Office 2013? Note that while previous editions of Office would allow you to transfer the license from one computer to another (provided you uninstalled Office on the old computer first), Office 2013 locks the license to the computer it is installed on. This means that if your computer dies or you replace it with a new computer, you would need to purchase a new license of Office 2013.

Chem Eng Events

Click here for the Chem Eng Calendar


March 6, 2013 - LLE: James Rawlins, The University of Southern Mississippi, Bio Mass Utilization for Advanced Materials, WB116, 12:30-2pm

March 13, 2013 - LLE: Charles Haynes, University of British Columbia, Enhanced Technologies for Cancer Diagnostics Utilizing Sugar and Base-Modified Nucleic Acid Analogs, WB116 12:30-2pm

March 22, 2013 - 28th Annual Chemical Engineering Dinner: 89 Chestnut Street Residence, 6-10pm. Register online before March 4, 2013.

March 27, 2013 - LLE: Joachim Kohn, Rutgers University, Biomaterials Discovery: Combinatorial Methods, Rapid Collection and Computational Modeling, WB116 12:30-2pm

April 3, 2013 - LLE: David Graves, University of California at Berkeley, Biomedical Applications of Ambient Gas Plasma: The Confluence of Redox Biology and Plasma Science, WB116, 12:30-2pm

April 10, 2013 - LLE: R. Paul Singh, University of California at Davis, Human Stomach: The Ultimate Food Processor, WB116, 12:30-2pm


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