Friday, July 25, 2014

Safety and SOPs

As part of its commitment to laboratory safety, the Department has recently launched several initiatives of which all faculty, staff and students need to be aware.

First, the Department has constituted a Departmental Safety Committee. The mandates of this Committee include reporting on safety to the Departmental Chair and council, reviewing safety-related incidents and complaints and recommending actions in response, pro-actively devising safety policies, and performing laboratory inspections. The Chair of this Committee and Departmental Safety Officer is Dr. Michael Boffa. The Committee's members are Nedhal Al-Nidawy (staff); Stephanie Kosnik (graduate student), Dr. Stephen Loeb (chemistry faculty) and Dr. Bulent Mutus (biochemistry faculty).

Inquiries regarding safety can be addressed to Dr. Boffa or to any of the committee members.

The second initiative is a Laboratory Safety Orientation Checklist that must be filled out by all existing faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students performing research. These checklists are intended to be a standardized platform to direct and document safety training for all Department members engaged in laboratory research.

Over the next few months, a departmental safety web page will be developed.

Please click here to visit the current incarnation of this page.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Mango Party, May 30

Dr. Pandey's Mango Party will take place May 30 at 3 p.m. in front of Essex Hall.

Donations will be accepted for the Canadian World Education Foundation, which supports the education of children of widowed mothers in Indian and Kenya.

All are welcome!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

NMR Workshop - May 22-23, 2014

NMR Workshop

The NMR facility is offering an Introductory Workshop for both graduate and undergraduate students, on the mornings of Thursday May 22 and Friday May 23 2014, from 9-12 each day.

This introductory workshop is geared toward undergraduate students, summer students and/or graduate students with limited (or no) NMR experience, who are expected to make use of the NMR spectrometers as part of their research projects.  The workshop is meant as a supplement to the "one on one" training that new students receive and will allow an opportunity to go into greater depth on many topics.  The schedule will consist of a lecture to start each day followed by hands-on learning sessions where participants will get the opportunity to make NMR samples as well as to collect and process NMR data.

The topics covered include:

  • How an NMR spectrometer works
  • NMR Magnet Safety
  • Preparation of NMR Samples
  • Set up of 1D 1H and 13C NMR Experiments
  • Processing and Presentation of NMR Data

The workshop is free of charge to members of the Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry; however, enrollment is limited, so please register soon!

Registration can be done on the NMR Facility Web page.

Go to to the "To register click here" link at the bottom of the page.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

5th Annual Nano Ontario Conference - Nov. 6 & 7, 2014, University of Windsor

5th Annual Nano Ontario Conference - Nov. 6 & 7, 2014 - University of Windsor 

Abstracts due Sept. 12, 2014
Registration deadline: Oct. 6, 2014

Click here to download a flyer for this event.

Conference Features:
• Industry panel discussion
• Highlighted presentations from the best contributed papers and invited talks from leaders in the field
• Interactive networking with the nanotechnology community from academia and industry
• Exhibition from industry and sponsors

Keynote speakers:

Tricia B. Carmichael, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Windsor, Windsor Ontario

David J. Lockwood, Principal Research Officer, National Research Council Canada, Institute for Microstructural Sciences, Ottawa Ontario

Gregory W. Auner, Strauss TEAMS Endowed Chair, Director, SSIM, Professor, Electrical and Computer, Biomedical Engineering, and the Department of Surgery, Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan

Lawrence T. Drzal, University Distinguished Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Director, Composite Materials and Structures Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing Michigan

Robert J. Nemanich, Professor, Department of Physics, Arizona State University, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Tempe AZ

Conference registration, accommodation, and abstract submission available at

If you would like to become a sponsor please contact Suong Mancini:

Sunday, April 27, 2014

59-410 final presentations: April 28 and 29

The final defences for 59-410 take place on April 28 and 29 from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM.  Coffee and refreshments are available at each break.  

Students, staff, family, friends and faculty are all welcome.

The full schedule is available by clicking here.

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.