Monday, March 23, 2009

Three chemistry professors awarded for teaching excellence...

On March 10, 2009, three of our faculty were given awards for excellence in teaching and mentoring. Avinash Thadani, who teaches organic chemistry, obtained the Highest Weighted Means Teaching Score Award for a chemistry professor. Siyaram Pandey, who teaches intermediate and advanced biochem courses, was selected as the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance (UWSA) Teacher of the Year, 2007. Lana Lee received the 2007 Excellence in Mentoring Award, for her personal, academic and professional guidance of students interested in entering professional programs such as medicine.

Pictured left to right (front row) are Lana Lee, Siyaram Pandey, Dean Marlys Koschinsky and Avinash Thadani.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Public seminar: Cancer Cells, Enemies Within: Natural Compounds as Novel, Non-toxic Weapons Against Cancer

Cancer Cells, Enemies Within: Natural Compounds as Novel, Non-toxic Weapons Against Cancer
A free presentation with Dr. Siyaram Pandey
Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
at the University of Windsor
Thursday March 12, 2009 at 7:00 pm
Canada South Science City
893 Marion Avenue, Windsor

Have you ever wondered ...
What goes wrong in normal cells to cause them to become cancerous?
What challenges face researchers as they develop chemotherapy treatments?
Is there a natural, non-toxic approach to fighting this deadly disease?
Join Dr. Pandey as he discusses these issues and talks about the ground-breaking research he conducts with his team at the University of Windsor, working to develop natural non-toxic therapies to fight cancer.

Presented as part of the Youth Science & Technology Outreach Program (YSTOP). An excellent opportunity for young people and their families to interact with researchers. For more information call 519-973-3667

Student's research could lead to new sensor technology

Student's research could lead to new sensor technology

Research published by a UWindsor doctoral candidate in biochemistry could lay the groundwork for new technology with applications in everything from early detection of cancer to sensing dangerous chemicals in enclosed areas.

Suzie Durocher’s work involves detecting thiols—volatile, sulphur-containing organic compounds that can be found everywhere in nature. Thiols have high and low molecular weights; in human blood, it’s essential to maintain a balance between them to regulate circulatory and respiratory functions.

Durocher was the lead author on a paper recently published in the Journal of American Chemical Society called "Disulfide-Linked, Gold Nanoparticle Based Reagent for Detecting Small Molecular Weight Thiols." The paper was co-authored with UWindsor professors Bulent Mutus and Chitra Rangan, Caroline Hamm of the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre, and Silvia Mittler and Asad Rezaee from the University of Western Ontario.

The paper outlines a process that could be used to develop a sensor to test for toxic or smaller weight thiols, which are more abundant and have finer control over many human functions.

It’s intellectual property that could be adapted in a variety of settings to test for the presence of toxic thiols, Dr. Mutus said. Petro-chemical workers, for instance, could wear badges on their uniforms that can change colour to indicate the presence of dangerous chemicals such as hydrogen sulphide in the air. It could also be used to develop a sensor that detects health problems like cancer based on thiol content in blood samples.

Durocher’s academic advisors raved about the quality of her work.

"She’s so good that Dr. Mittler will often send her students over here to learn from Suzie," Mutus said.

"It’s amazing that student could be a first author in this journal," said Rangan. "The quality of the data is excellent."

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Department of Chemistry Year End Banquet


The Chemistry Club is planning a banquet on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 6:30p.m. at the Caboto Club.

Tickets for students will cost $25.00, and for Faculty and Staff - $30.00.

Please contact Ben Cooper before April 7th, 2009 for tickets.His office/lab is room #352, or email address: cooper11@uwindsor.ca