Friday, April 18, 2014

Now hiring: tenure-track position in Environmental Chemistry - DEADLINE: May 19, 2014

Tenure-track position in Environmental Chemistry - DEADLINE: May 19, 2014

Click here to see this posting on our web site!

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Environmental Chemistry - DEADLINE: May 19, 2014
Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER) and the Department of Biochemistry and Chemistry

The Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER-UW) and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (Chem/Biochem) at the University of Windsor invite outstanding candidates to apply for a Tenure-Track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Environmental Chemistry, commencing as early as July 1, 2014 or soon thereafter. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

GLIER-UW and Chem/Biochem are research intensive units with active and vibrant graduate programs with diverse sources of external funding within the Faculty of Science. The successful candidate will have a joint-appointment with the two units in the Faculty of Science. To learn more about GLIER-UW and Chem/Biochem, please visit our website at and

The successful candidate will be expected to develop an active research program and mentor graduate students in aquatic nutrient chemistry dynamics as related to primary production in aquatic ecosystems and support GLIER-UW’s mission (aquatic resource sustainability with a focus on interacting multiple stressors). Particularly exciting opportunities exist for research on the eutrophication crisis in the lower Great Lakes, while expertise in large-lake nutrient stress in general would be an asset. Expertise and experience in analytical methods development, chemical cycling, bioavailability and modeling and their application to environmental research approaches are considered strong assets. Existing GLIER-UW faculty members work on aquatic environmental processes and issues and have strengths in ecological tracers, fisheries, conservation and evolutionary genetics, invasion biology, ecotoxicology, predictive ecology, biogeochemistry, large-system modeling and nutrient/metal/chemical dynamics.

The ideal candidate must possess a PhD, in Chemistry and/or Environmental science with subsequent interests in developing and delivering training in instrumental analyses related to analytical chemistry in environmental systems. Teaching duties will be assigned in Chem/Biochem and shared with graduate teaching and supervision duties within the GLIER-UW graduate program.

In addition, an outstanding record of research productivity, and a willingness to work in a highly collaborative and multidisciplinary research environment is expected. Significant financial resources and dedicated laboratory space are associated with this faculty position. The appointee will have access to state-of-the-art facilities including laboratories for trace organics and metals, heavy and light stable isotopes, applied molecular genetics and genomics/proteomics, toxicology, fish husbandry, GIS, computational simulation modeling, analytical and aqueous geochemistry and microscopy. In addition, a recently successful large infrastructure grant has established new facilities for advanced field and lab research, with particular focus on environmental stressors in the Great Lakes under the broad themes of biogeochemical function, genomics/proteomics and ecosystem tracers.

Applications will include:
  • a letter of application, including a statement of citizenship/immigration status;
  • a detailed and current curriculum vitae;
  • a two (2) page outline of research interests; and
  • the names of three referees.
The short-listed candidates may be invited to provide further information in support of their applications. To ensure full consideration, complete an online application by the deadline date of May 19, 2014.

Reference Letters to be sent to:
Dr. Daniel Heath, Director
Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, University of Windsor
401 Sunset Avenue, Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4
Phone: (519) 253-3000 X 2732, Fax: (519) 971-3616

- CLICK HERE to see the official posting on the faculty recruitment site

- CLICK HERE to complete an online application


Visit the University of Windsor HR site for more employment opportunities.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Foundation funding to support natural compound research

Providing a catalyst for positive change in the world is the operating principle of the Jesse and Julie Rasch Foundation. Widely-known for supporting a broad range of philanthropic projects, the foundation has just approved $80,000 in research funding for biochemistry professor Siyaram Pandey’s project, Evaluation of anti-cancer effect of various compounds against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

According to foundation chair Jesse Rasch, Dr. Pandey’s research into natural compounds in the fight against cancer is the type of work the organization has a mandate to support.

“I am an entrepreneur and I look at investing in research in the same way my company looks at investing in start-ups and venture capital,” Rasch says. “We provide seed money for interesting ideas that will hopefully be able to attract the larger grants once there is proof of concept to be able to fund clinical trials. We do what we can to get things kick-started.”

Rasch says a media article about Pandey’s dandelion root research caught the attention of the foundation and falls in line with other natural compound research they support.

To read the full story on the Daily News, click here.

There is also a Windsor Star story, that can be linked to by clicking here.

Chem Prom - May 2

Chem Prom happens:

Fri. May 2, 2014
Galileo Hall, Caboto Club
Doors open at 7 pm

Dinner, drinks and dancing!
Come shake off the winter chill!
Tropical dress optional!

Tickets are $30

See Corey, Zainab (Rm 276), Gyllian (Rm 268), Natalia (Rm 386-1) or Marlene (Rm 273-1) for tickets!

Friday, March 28, 2014

SOUSCC 42 @ UWindsor

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Windsor welcomes undergraduate students from across Ontario to the 42nd Southern Ontario Undergraduate Student Chemistry Conference on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

This conference provides an opportunity for undergraduates to present and discuss their research, to meet other chem students from across the province, and to interact with academic and industrial researchers.

For more information, visit the SOUSCC web site:

Monday, March 17, 2014

Pot Luck lunch: celebrating St. Patrick's Day and the arrival of spring!

Join us for Chemistry and Biochemistry’s


(A potluck is a gathering of people where each person or group of people may contribute a dish of food prepared by the person or the group of people, to be shared among the group.)

To celebrate: St. Patrick’s Day/Spring

When: Friday, March 21st, 2014, 12:00 noon-1:30 p.m.

Where: Conference Room, 273, Essex Hall

Students, Staff & Faculty Welcome


If you have a favourite dish you would like to bring, see Marlene or Cathy, or sign the sign up sheet in office!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Chemist discovers shellfish material that may help prevent algal blooms

Chemist discovers shellfish material may help prevent algal blooms 

Harmful algae blooms like the massive one that afflicted Lake Erie in 2011 are a serious threat to our waterways, but a chemistry researcher and his industrial partners are testing a new method of filtering agricultural wastewater with the help of an unexpected material: ground up shrimp and lobster shells.

Chitosan is a material made by treating crushed shellfish with sodium hydroxide, and professor Bulent Mutus is discovering that various forms are effective in lab tests at removing micronutrients, phosphates and metals like copper, zinc, and iron from greenhouse wastewater.

“There’s an inexpensive and plentiful supply of these materials, and we’ve been able to prove in concept that this can work,” said Dr. Mutus. “Now we’re just trying to scale it up in to an actual working filter that we can test in the field.”

Algal blooms are the result of an excess of nutrients, including nitrates and phosphates from household products and fertilizer used in agricultural and recreational settings, running off land into streams and rivers that drain in to warmer lakes. A large bloom could remove the water of oxygen fish and other aquatic wildlife need to survive.

To read more of this story, click here to see the full article on the Daily News.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Public lecture to shine light on x-ray crystallography

Public lecture to shine light on x-ray crystallography

X-ray crystallography can determine the arrangement of atoms in materials and make three-dimensional pictures of molecules— more than 25 Nobel prizes have been awarded on the basis of its use.

In honour of the centennial of the first Nobel prize awarded for this remarkable tool, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated 2014 as the International Year of Crystallography.

UWindsor chemistry professor Charles Macdonald will explain how X-ray crystallography works and illustrate some highlights discovered using this method in a free public lecture entitled “X-Ray Crystallography: A Century of Exploring the World at the Atomic Scale,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, at Canada South Science City.

This amazing avenue of discovery underpins major advances in physics, chemistry, material science, biology, medicine, engineering, and more. Dr. Macdonald’s lecture is sponsored by the Faculty of Science as part of the Science CafĂ© series, which offers discussion of important science research for the general public.

Click here to see the original story on the Daily News.