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News & Upcoming Events

Regenerative Medicine Conference Puts Spotlight on U of T Engineers

The Canadian RM community met in Toronto this week for its annual scientific conference: the Till & McCulloch Meetings, named for the University of Toronto researchers James Till and Ernest McCulloch who discovered transplantable stem cells in 1961. The conference was a who’s who of world-renowned researchers affiliated with U of T, including engineering professors Molly Shoichet (ChemE, IBBME) and Milica Radisic (ChemE, IBBME). Read more.

ChemE Grad Student Leads Winning Ultimate Frisbee Team at National Championship

Competing against Canada’s top university-level ultimate teams, the Torontula women’s team (co-led by ChemE MASc student Samantha ‘Cheto’ Cheung) earned the title of national champions after winning their second gold medal in three years. Torontula was victorious at the Canadian University Ultimate Championship (CUUC), that took place from October 16-18. Read more

ChemE Grad Student to Represent U of T at International Chess Tournament

MEng student Sowjanya Sowrirajan has been selected by the University of Toronto Chess Team to represent U of T at the PAN-AM Games in Ohio, Clevland from December 26-30. Congratulations Sowjanya!

Special Talk on Thu, Nov 12

Francesca Coletta, Collaborative Projects Officer at the Research Fund Raising Division from Potitecnico Di Torino in Italy, will be giving a presentation entitled, HORIZON 2020: Opportunities for EU-Canada Collaboration within the European Research and Innovation Programme 2014-2020. The seminar will take place on Thursday, November 12 from 11am-12pm in WB407.


November 6, 2015

Volume 32, Issue 42

In this issue:

Grad Office
Research Publications


Grad Office


MASc DEPARTMENTAL ORAL - A. V. Legoretta Siañez

Date of Meeting: Monday, November 9 in WB115 at 2pm
Committee: Chair: Prof. E. J. Acosta; Supervisor(s): Prof. L. L. Diosady; Other Member(s): Prof. C. Q. Jia

PhD Reading Committee Meeting – J. E. Zuliani

Date of Meeting: Wednesday, November 11 in WB115 at 9am
Committee: Chair: Prof. A. Chan; Supervisor: Prof. C. Q. Jia, Prof. D. W. Kirk; Other Member(s): Prof. K. Lian (MSE)

PhD Reading Committee Meeting - B. Bradley

Date of Meeting: Thursday, November 12 in WB215 at 2pm
Committee: Chair: Prof. J. C. Paradi; Supervisor: Prof. Y-L. Cheng, Prof. J. Stein (Co-Supervisor); Other Member(s): Prof. T. Chan (MIE), Prof. J. Orbinski (Balsillie School of Int'l Affairs)

PhD Reading Committee Meeting - E. McGee

Date of Meeting: Thursday, November 12 in WB115 at 11am
Committee: Chair: Prof. E. J. Acosta; Supervisor: Prof. L. L. Diosady; Other Member(s): Prof. Y-L. Cheng, Prof. V. Rao (Nutritional Sciences)


Date of Meeting: Friday, November 13 in WB215 at 10am
Committee: Chair: Prof. E. J. Acosta; Supervisor(s): Prof. M. Radisic; Other Member(s): Prof. A. McGuigan, Prof. M. Sefton

JDE 1000H: Ethics in Graduate Research Seminar

Time and date: 2-5pm on Tuesday, November 10
Location: BA1160

Registration is not required. Attendance will be recorded at the seminar. MASc, PhD and MHSc students are required to attend the ethics seminar during the first year of registration in their program.

How to Become an Outstanding Student Seminar Fall 2015

Presenter: Michael Sefton
Time and location: Wednesday, December 2 (regular time slot: 12:30pm) in WB116
Subject: Hypothesis formulation and testing

SGS Sessional Dates and Deadlines

Visit the SGS website for important dates and deadlines.

NSERC CGSM 2016-17

Student deadline: Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Graduate unit deadline to SGS: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Value/duration: $17,500 for one year
Level of study: To support Master’s or, in some cases, doctoral programs in Canada
Required legal status: Domestic students (Canadian citizen or permanent resident)
Results: Week of April 1, 2016 via Research Portal

Question for CGSM NSERC please contact Kelly Nolan (kelly.nolan@utoronto.ca). Please contact Stacey Kwan (staceym.kwan@utoronto.ca) for questions regarding CGSM CIHR.

2016-2017 Autism Scholars Award

Student Deadline to SGS: Tuesday, December 1, 2015*
Value/Duration: Master’s - $18,000; Doctoral - $20,000
Level of Study: Master’s or Doctoral
Required Legal Status: Domestic (Canadian citizens or permanent residents)
Results: April 2016 by agency

Questions for Autism Scholars Award please contact Stacey Kwan (staceym.kwan@utoronto.ca).

2016-2017 Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Award

Student Deadline: Tuesday, December 1, 2015*
Value/Duration: Master’s - $25,000 plus $1,000 research allowance; Doctoral - $35,000 plus $2,000 research allowance; Postdoctoral - $50,000 plus $5,000 research allowance
Level of Study: Master’s, Doctoral or Postdoctoral
Required Legal Status: Domestic (Canadian citizens or permanent residents)
Results: April 2016 by agency

Applicants must submit their application to the CHE Graduate Office (WB212) by 5pm on December 1. Questions for Autism Scholars Award please contact Stacey Kwan (staceym.kwan@utoronto.ca)

2016-2017 Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowships

Student Submission Deadline to SGS: Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Value/Duration: $4,000 USD
Level of study: Master’s and Doctoral
Required Legal Status: International (Citizens of Canada and the United States are ineligible)
Results: Summer 2016 by agency

Each applicant must apply to the SGS Graduate Awards Office by 4pm on December 1. Any questions? Contact SGS Graduate Awards by emailing graduate.awards@utoronto.ca or calling 416-946-0808.

2016 John Charles Polanyi Prizes

Award Overview

Applicant Deadline to Graduate Unit: Tuesday, December 1, 2015*
Graduate Unit Deadline to SGS: Monday, December 7, 2015
Value/Duration: $20,000
Level of Study: Postdoctoral or has faculty appointment
Required Legal Status: Ontario resident
Results: November 2016 by agency

Click here for details.

*Applicants are to submit their application to CHE graduate office WB212.


Research Publications


Peclet Number Dependence of Mass Transfer in Microscale Segmented Gas-Liquid Flow
Abolhasani, M., Kumacheva, E., Günther, A.
Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research 2015, 54 ( 36 ) pp. 9046 - 9051.

The role of 'togethering' in developing teamwork relationships and shared meaning
Sheridan, P.K., Kinnear, P., Evans, G., Reeve, D.
ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings, 122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Making Value of Society (122nd ASEE Annual 0 Conference and Exposition: Making Value for Society)

The Cas6e ribonuclease is not required for interference and adaptation by the E. Colitype I-E CRISPR-Cas system
Semenova, E., Kuznedelov, K., Datsenko, K.A., Boudry, P.M., Savitskaya, E.E., Medvedeva, S., Beloglazova, N., Logacheva, M., Yakunin, A.F., Severinov, K.
Nucleic Acids Research 2015,
43 ( 12 ) pp. 6049 - 6061.

Comparison of pufftopography, toxicant exposure, and subjective effects in low- and high-frequency waterpipe users: A double-blind, placebo-control study
Cobb, C.O., Blank, M.D., Morlett, A., Shihadeh, A., Jaroudi, E., Karaoghlanian, N., Kilgalen, B., Austin, J., Weaver, M.F., Eissenberg, T.
Nicotine and Tobacco Research 2015,
17 ( 6 ) pp. 667 - 674



Click here for the Chem Eng Calendar


Wednesday, November 11 - LLE, Open Source Science: A Road to Industry Engagement and Funding, Aled Edwards, University of Toronto, 12:30-2pm, WB116

Wednesday, November 18 - LLE, Engineering Fracking Fluids with Computer Simulation, Eric Stefan Shaqfeh, Stanford University, 12:30-2pm, WB116

Wednesday, November 25 - LLE, Molecular Bioinspiration and Interfaces, Markus Linder, Aalto University, Finland, 12:30-2pm, WB116

Thursday, November 26 - Scholars & Leaders Reception, 6-8pm, Massey College

Friday, November 27 - Chem Club Dinner and Dance, 6-10pm, Atlantis (955 Lakeshore Blvd W)

Wednesday, December 9 - LLE, Aggregation-Induced Emission: Together We Shine, Ben-Zhong Tang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 12:30-2pm, WB116

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - LLE, Research in an Industrial Catalysis World: A Lifelong Adventure, Stuart Soled, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co., 12:30-2pm, WB116

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - LLE, Bioconversion of Methane by Aerobic Methanotrophic Bacteria, Mary Lidstrom, University of Washington, 12:30-2pm, WB116

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - LLE, 2015 AEESP Distinguished Lecturer, The Interplay Between Chemicals and Microbiomes; An Environmental Biotechnology Perspective, Nancy Love, University of Michigan, 12:30-2pm, WB116

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - LLE, Making the Environment Part of the Next Generation of Urban Water Infrastructure, David Sedlak, University of California, Berkeley, 12:30-2pm, WB116

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - LLE, Thermodynamics in Cryobiology: How Math Can Save Knees, Janet Elliott, University of Alberta, 12:30-2pm, WB116


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