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Molly Shoichet Named Fellow of FTERM

Professor Molly Shoichet was recently name a Fellow of the International Fellows of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (FTERM). FTERM was created to recognize distinguished leaders who have helped shape the tissue engineering and regenerative medicine field.


March 11, 2013

Volume 30, Issue 9

In this issue:

Grad Office
IT News
Chem Eng Events


Grad Office



Date of Meeting: Thursday, March 21, 2013 in WB115 at 12:00 pm
Committee: Chair: Prof. D. W. Kirk; Supervisor(s): Prof. V. G. Papangelakis; Other Member(s): Prof. C. Q. Jia


Date of Meeting: Thursday, March 21, 2013 in PGB Seminar Room (Rm 107) at 10:00 am
Committee: Chair: Prof. C. Q. Jia; Supervisor(s): Prof. M. Diamond; Other Member(s): Prof. S. Andrews (Civil)



IT News

  • The departmental wiki has relaunched! It can be found at https://wiki.chem-eng.utoronto.ca – if prompted, accept the security certificate and enter your UTORid and password to access the wiki. Contact Joanne (joanne.mcclintock@utoronto.ca) with any questions, problems, content suggestions, or if you would like a wiki set up for your research group.
  • There have been several critical Java and Adobe Flash updates released recently to patch actively exploited security holes. If you haven't already, it is strongly recommended to update your Java/Flash to the latest versions, and/or disable them on your computer if you don't actively use them.
  • Computer security isn't just a matter of software—physical security matters too. To protect your computer from theft, consider the use of a cable lock to secure your computer to a desk or other difficult-to-move object. The University Bookstore and campus police also sell metal anti-theft plates ("STOP tags") for $20, which you stick to your computer and register the computer in the "STOP" program. If your computer is stolen, the tag is impossible to remove without leaving a permanent tattoo, increasing the chances that your property will be reported to STOP and returned to you. View the brochure for more information.
  • The ChemEng website (and other websites within the university and Faculty of Engineering) will be unavailable on March 14 from 5-8pm as the university's Web Services Team performs scheduled maintenance and server migration.



Students can Write Their Way to a $1,000 Award

Ontario students who are passionate about engineering and public policy are encouraged to enter the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy’s (OCEPP) 2013 Student Essay Competition. The competition is open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students registered at an Ontario university. This year, students will choose from five essay questions provided. There are separate categories for undergraduate and graduate students, and the winner in each category will receive a $1,000 award and registration to the centre's 2013 Public Policy Conference, to be held in Toronto on May 31. Competition rules and winning papers from past competitions can be viewed from the “For Students” page of the OCEPP website.

Departmental Town Hall

The Department will be hosting its first Town Hall meeting on Monday, March 18 from 12-1pm in WB 242. This is an opportunity for our students to provide feedback regarding their curriculum, student experience, etc. Please help spread the word and encourage them to register before Wednesday, March 13.

Eco-Tec is Hiring

Eco-Tec, a company that manufactures innovative products and solutions related to industrial water and chemical treatment systems, is hiring for the following positions: Regional Sales Manager - Asia and Supervisor, Technical Services. Interested candidates are asked to send their resumes to careers@eco-tec.com quoting job #701-RSMA for the Regioal Sales Manager - Asia position or job # 605-STS for the Supervisor, Technical Services position.

Adminstrative Staff Meeting

The administrative staff meeting has been re-scheduled to Wednesday, March 20 at noon in WB215. If you have any agenda items you wish to include, please send them to Arlene Smith.


If you are having any telephone problems at all (i.e., static, can't call out, light problems, etc.), please contact telephone repairs at 82000 and report the problem. If you are having problems with people calling you and just getting a busy signal, before you call 82000, try this - pick up your handset and dial 116. If you hear three quick beeps and then nothing, the problem may be solved. Have someone call you to check. If that doesn't clear the problem, then call 82000.

CEGSA Goes Curling

Thursday, March 14 from 4-6pm at the East York Curling Club. Sign up here http://tinyurl.com/cp7tgke to join in on this very fun and Canadian sport for just $5 per person! No experience required. Limited space.

Persian New Year Lunch

Come and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch of Persian food (meat & vegetarian options) with CEGSA on Thursday, March 21 from 12-2pm in the common Room (WB247).

LOT Goes Running

LOT|Chem Working Group is participating in Harry's Spring Run-Off in High Park on Saturday, April 6. If you would like to run or walk the 5km event, email cecilia.konney@utoronto.ca before Monday, March 11, 2013. Participation fee is $50.


Chem Eng Events

Click here for the Chem Eng Calendar


March 13, 2013 - LLE: Charles Haynes, University of British Columbia, Enhanced Technologies for Cancer Diagnostics Utilizing Sugar and Base-Modified Nucleic Acid Analogs, MB119 12:30-2pm

March 22, 2013 - 28th Annual Chemical Engineering Dinner: 89 Chestnut Street Residence, 6-10pm. Registeration now closed.

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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