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News & Upcoming Events

Greg Evans Elected a Fellow of the AAAS

Professor Greg Evans has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. The honour recognizes his distinguished contributions to air pollution research and his leadership in engineering education. Read more.

Engineers Create New Technology for Understanding Cancer Growth

A team of U of T engineers, including Professors Alison McGuigan and Krishna Mahadevan, is unrolling the mysteries of cancer - literally. They have developed a way to grow cancer cells in the form of a rolled-up sheet that mimics the 3D environment of a tumour, yet can also be taken apart in seconds. The platform, described in a new Nature Materials paper, offers a way to speed up the development of new drugs and therapies and ask new questions about how cancer cells behave. Read more.

How Canada Reversed the ‘Brain Drain’

In the 1990s, we feared a “brain drain” to the United States. But star recruits in science and engineering, such as Professor Yu-Ling Cheng, have changed the equation by staying in Canada. Read full Toronto Star article.

ChemE Prof Grows Tiny Hearts for Research

Tiny bits of human skin are being transformed into miniature, beating hearts in a scientific medical breakthrough a University of Toronto researcher believes will not only save lives but alter the course of drug testing forever. The rod-shaped, elastic-like, thumbnail-sized patch of tissue is only about 6mm long but expands and contracts just like a beating heart. It’s a feat that its creator, Professor Milica Radisic, originated from human skin biopsies, such as newborn foreskin tissue. Read full story from the Hamilton Spectator.

Alumni Win WXN Top 100 Awards

Jeanette Southwood (8T6, MASc 8T8) and Siobhan Robinson (0T9) have won Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards presented by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN). Read more.

From Canadian Petro-Chemical Consultant to Washington, DC

Most people are familiar with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the evening news. Others, like ChemE alumnus Stephen Selk (7T6), actually work there. Since 2013, he has been a supervising program analyst at DHS. U of T Engineering’s Jamie Hunter spoke with Selk about his anti-terrorism role at the DHS, being taught by Marshall McLuhan at U of T, and how an explosion on Toronto’s waterfront in the 1980s really set his career in motion. Read interview.

Engineering for Educators Builds Bridges with Local Teachers

Last Friday, more than 40 high school science and math teachers from across the Greater Toronto Area joined U of T Engineering for a series of interactive and collaborative workshops on teaching and learning. Among the group of teachers were two of our alumni. Read about the day and what they got from it.

Special Seminar on Mon, Nov 30

Professor William C. McCaffrey from the University of Alberta's Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering will be presenting The Northern Integrated Biorefinery: Optimizing Heterotrophic Algal Growth on Monday, November 30 in WB215 starting at 1:30pm.

Special Seminar on Mon, Dec 7

A special seminar co-sponsored by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development, Nutritional Sciences of the University of Toronto and SOCAAR will take place on Monday, December 7 from 12-1:30pm in room 106 at 155 College Street. Dr. Adrienne Ettinger will present on Environmental, Nutritional, & Genetic Influences on Maternal-Fetal Transfer of Chemicals during Pregnancy: Implications for Transgenerational Susceptibility to Chronic Disease. Dr. Ettinger is a formally-trained epidemiologist with interdisciplinary training in biostatistics, environmental health sciences, and human nutrition.


November 27, 2015

Volume 32, Issue 45

In this issue:

Grad Office
Research Office


Grad Office


PhD Reading Committee Meeting - T. Plint

Date of Meeting: Tuesday, December 1 in WB215 at 1:30pm
Committee: Chair: Prof. C. M. Yip; Supervisor: Prof. T. Bender; Other Member(s): Prof. D. Seferos (CHM)

PhD Reading Committee Meeting - S. Payne

Date of Meeting: Tuesday, December 1 in CCBR 8th Floor Meeting Room at 2pm
Committee: Chair: Prof. M. Radisic; Supervisor: Prof. M. Shoichet; Other Members: Prof. C. Morshead, Prof. A. Nagy

PhD Reading Committee Meeting - X. Jin

Date of Meeting: Monday, November 30 in WB115 at 10am
Committee: Chair: Prof. A. Jones (Inst. Paper Chemistry); Supervisor(s): Prof. H. N. Tran, Prof. M Bussmann; Other Member(s): Prof. S. Chandra (MIE)

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 Office


Request for Letters of Intent (LOI) - Accelerator Grants in Genomic Medicine 2016: Whole Genome Sequencing, Analysis, and Informatics in Health

LOI Deadline: December 11, 2015
LOI Decision: January 15, 2016
Application Deadline: March 11, 2016
Application Decision: April 22, 2016
Funding Start: May 1, 2016
LOI form at: www.mclaughlin.utoronto.ca

Pre-submission enquiries are welcomed to encourage potential applicants to understand the intended scope including matching funds. For enquiries or direct submissions contact:
Steve Scherer, PhD, Director, McLaughlin Centre
Email: stephen.scherer@sickkids.ca; Phone: 416-813-7613; or
Hin Lee, PhD, Program Manager, McLaughlin Centre
Email: hin.lee@utoronto.ca; Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 309335

Research Publications

Temperature-Invariant Aqueous Microgels as Hosts for Biomacromolecules
Mastour Tehrani, S., Lu, Y., Guerin, G., Soleimani, M., Pichugin, D., Winnik, M.A.
Biomacromolecules 2015, 16 ( 10 ) pp. 3134 - 3144.

Structure-function analysis identifies highly sensitive strigolactone receptors in Striga
Toh, S., Holbrook-Smith, D., Stogios, P.J., Onopriyenko, O., Lumba, S., Tsuchiya, Y., Savchenko, A., McCourt, P.
Science 2015, 350 ( 6257 ) pp. 203 – 207.

Surface studies of magnesium oxide-based catalysts modified with X2 or MgX2 (X = Br, I)
Iwanek, E., Ulkowska, U., Gli?ski, M.
Surface and Interface Analysis 2015, 47 ( 11 ) pp. 1001 - 1008.

Naturally-derived and bioinspired materials
Leach, J.B., Shoichet, M.S.
Journal of Materials Chemistry B , 3 ( 40 ) pp. 7814 - 7817.



Click here for the Chem Eng Calendar


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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