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John Valliant awarded the Brockhouse Canada Prize

Valliant Feb 2015Congratulations to John Valliant, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, who is a member of an interdisciplinary research team CycloMed9, awarded this year’s Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering. Drawing on the fields of nuclear medicine, chemistry, physics, regulatory affairs and clinical testing, the team discovered a way to make technetium-99m (Tc-99m) in hospital-based cyclotrons instead of in large nuclear reactors. The medical isotope is critical for imaging to diagnose patients with cancer and heart disease and is used in about 5,000 procedures each day in Canada.



Forget laying eggs, this frog gives birth to live tadpoles

fanged-frog-1Ben Evans, Biology, was instrumental in discovering a frog, the only known of roughly six-thousand species in the world, that gives birth to live tadpoles instead of laying eggs. Found on the tiny island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, known to scientists as a hotspot of biodiversity, the rare species of fanged frog first discovered in the late 1990s. Evans is a member of an international team that documented the frog’s evolution for years to make this and other discoveries. Evans was interviewed recently about his role in the research on CBC’s Quirks & Quarks.



iSci receives prestigious education award

Competing with submissions from 427 universities and enterprises from 43 countries and judged by a panel of 25 international experts, the Faculty of Science’s Integrated Science Program (iSci) was honoured with an 'Oscar of innovation in higher education' in December. The program, started in 2009, received a prestigious Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Award, winning a Presence Learning Award for its focus on student learning and outcomes.


Waves, winter and whitefish


While winter on a Great Lake isn’t the time or place most would chose to fish, for Joanne Wilson, Biology, it’s the best time to catch to catch the lake whitefish embryos that she and her team need. Funded by Bruce Power and NSERC’s CRD program, she is leading a five-year project looking at the impact of environmental stressors, such as warmer than expected water, on whitefish spawning habits. Whitefish are an important species for commercial fishing in the Great Lakes.



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