• Thesis Defences Dec 11 – 16, 2019 Chemistry and Earth Science

    PhD thesis defence

    Zineb Ras Ali, Doctor of Philosophy candidate in the Department of Chemistry, will defend her thesis titled “Magnetically Interesting Coordination Complexes Based on Macrocyclic Ligands” on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 at 12 p.m. in GSB305.

    The examination committee includes Wendy Ward, Chair; Melanie Pilkington, Supervisor; Louise Dawe, External Examiner (Wilfred Laurier University); David Crandles, Internal External Examiner; and Georgii Nikonov and Travis Dudding, committee members.

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Paria Azadi Namin, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Chemistry, will defend her thesis titled “Synthesizing Self-Healing and Recyclable Silicones Using the Diels-Alder Reaction as a Cross-Linker: Investigation of Various Dienes and Dienophile Systems ” on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 at 11 a.m. in WH 147.

    The examination committee includes Miriam Richards, Chair; Paul Zelisko, Supervisor; Melissa A. Grunlan, External Examiner (Texas A&M University); and Travis Dudding and Melanie Pilkington, Committee Members.

    PhD thesis defence

    Ringaile Lapinskaite, a Doctor of Philosophy candidate in the Department of Chemistry, will defend her thesis titled “Synthesis and Derivatization of Amaryllidaceae Constituents – Narciclasine and Pancratistatin” on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 at 1 p.m. in Sankey Chamber.

    The examination committee includes Wendy Ward, Chair; Heather Gordon, Supervisor; Louis Barriault, External Examiner (University of Ottawa); Vincenzo De Luca, Internal External Examiner, and Costa Metallinos and Paul Zelisko, Committee Members.

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Justin Thomas Pentesco, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Earth Sciences, will defend his thesis titled “Assessing environmental controls for candidate microbial ichnofossils in hydrothermally altered basaltic tuffs of Upsal Hogback, NV” on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. in MC H313.

    The examination committee includes Edward Sternin, Chair; Mariek Schmidt, Supervisor; Lindsay J. McHenry, External Examiner (University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee); and Francine McCarthy and Frank Fueten, Committee Members.

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  • Experiential education exemplified through Earth Sciences field trip

    The cold weather didn’t stop a group of students from making a trip up north this April.

    Hernan Ugalde, Adjunct Professor for the Department of Earth Sciences, led the group of nine students to 10 different locations in the Bracebridge area as part of a field trip for ERSC 4P01 – Advanced Structural Geology.

    After securing a Teaching and Learning Innovation (TALI) grant, Ugalde planned out the trip so his students could apply the concepts they learned in class to real-world scenarios.

    In its third-year prerequisite, students focus more on the basic concepts of how rocks fracture and deform from a strain or stress point of view. This course further teaches students about additional concepts regarding the deformation of rock, with more of an emphasis on ductile deformation (i.e. how rocks fold) and the field recognition and description of all these features.

    “Geology is all about recognizing features in the field,” said Ugalde. “And while you can show pictures of how things look like in real life, that is never the same as seeing them on a fresh or weathered rock face.”

    “Most of the time you have a combination of features (e.g. a fold that has been deformed by joints or fractures after), and you can’t really replicate these features with photos on the screen,” he added.

    One week before the trip, Ugalde travelled to the area and scouted out locations for the students to examine. At each location, students are given a brief explanation on the geological context for that site and are then asked to look at the rock face and give an overview of what they saw (e.g. what kind of rocks, what kind of deformation features).

    Students then took measurements with their compasses which were later processed through compilation diagrams. These diagrams give an idea on the main directions of stress that each site has suffered. The measurements also help in forming a 3D view from the outcrop itself and provide insight into important quantitative measurements as well.

    As a follow-up, the students who attended the trip work on a report that will provide a summary of the location, geology, sketches, measurements for all 10 sites.

    The trip itself is an example of the many experiential education opportunities that are available for students in the Faculty of Math and Science both inside and outside the classroom.

    What Students Have to Say:

    “I found it very beneficial to apply the theoretical knowledge learned in lectures and labs, to real-life situations you would see in the workforce.” – Brendan Llew-Williams

    “I feel that I have learned more than I have over a semester of learning. Being able to visualize and find diagnostic properties within a rock formation rather than looking at diagrams from a lecture was, to me, so much more beneficial.” – Thomas Henley

    “The field trip was invaluable, especially for structural geology.  Some of the concepts learned in a lecture setting aren’t easily grasped until you can see them in real life.” – Nate Sabourin



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  • Exploring Careers in Biology

    The first-ever Exploring Careers in Biology event will take place Wednesday, March 6 in Pond Inlet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    Students will engage with industry professionals at this round table networking event to gain insight and advice from people who are currently working in the field.

    Registration for the event is now open and has been limited to 50 spots. Additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list and notified should a spot open up for them.

    Food will be available. Door prizes to be presented.

    Register today.

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  • August 2: Master of Science thesis defence

    Biological Sciences student Moustafa Zeidan will defend his Master of Science thesis, “Testosterone’s regulation of the HPA axis differs for adolescent and adult male rats” by via conference Thursday, August 2 at 11 a.m. in MC H313.

    The examination committee includes Kirill Samokhin, chair; Ashley Monks, external examiner (University of Toronto); Cheryl McCormick, supervisor; Gaynor Spencer and Glenn Tattersall.

    August 2 Thesis Defence

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  • July 12: Chemistry Seminar Series – Henning Jacob Jessen

    Department of Chemistry – Seminar Series

    Henning Jacob Jessen
    Chair of Bioorganic Chemistry
    Institute of Organic Chemistry
    Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg Germany

    DATE: Thursday, July 12

    TIME: noon


    Chemistry Seminar Series – July 12

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  • July 30: Chemistry Seminar Series – Marcus Tius

    Department of Chemistry – Seminar Series

    Marcus A. Tius
    Associate Member
    Cancer Biology Program
    University of Hawaii Cancer Centre

    DATE: Monday, July 30

    TIME: noon

    LOCATION: H313

    Chemistry Seminar Series – July 30

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  • Celebrate 50 Years of Earth Sciences

    Originally founded in 1968 as the Department of Geological Sciences, 50 years later, it’s time to celebrate!
    As a graduate of one of our programs, we hope that you’ll join us during Homecoming Weekend in September to reconnect and reminisce with fellow alumni, faculty and staff. We’ve arranged several events specifically for you and you won’t want to miss out!

    50 Years of Earth Sciences Symposium
    Date: Friday, September 21, 2018
    Time: 2 to 6pm
    Location: Pond Inlet, Brock University

    Learn what your fellow graduates have accomplished since graduating from Brock. We also encourage everyone to share memories of their years at Brock at the Symposium, with opportunities to socialize with one another, students, faculty and staff throughout the afternoon.
    A cash bar will be available and light refreshments will be provided.

    Earth Sciences Networking Brunch
    Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018
    Time: 11am to 1pm
    Location: Pond Inlet, Brock University

    Join us for a complimentary bite to eat – the day after our Symposium – before you head out to participate in other Homecoming activities. Share your insights and experiences with current students and recent graduates and meet the geoscientists of tomorrow as well as your fellow alumni in a more casual setting.


    See you in September!

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  • July 17-20: Women in Physics Canada 2018 Conference

    The 7th edition of the Women in Physics Canada conference (WIPC2018) will feature interactive workshops to help you further your career, an entire afternoon dedicated to diversity issues in physics, discussion panels and scientific talks from an array of physics disciplines!

    $5000 in travel funding available – Present your funding demand before May 20, 2018.

    DATE: July 17-20, 2018

    LOCATION: Universite de Sherbrooke, Quebec

    For more information: Women in Physics Conference

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  • FMS Prof presented invited plenary lecture

    Professor Hichem Ben-El-Mechaiekh (Department of Mathematics and Statistics) presented an invited plenary lecture at the international conference OTHA 2018: Modern Methods, Problems and Applications of Operator Theory and Harmonic Analysis – VIII, 22-27 April 2018, Rostov-on-Don, Russia

    The title of his talk was “Generalized Variational Inequalities Without Convexity”.

    OTHA is one of the largest first-class international analysis conferences in Russia. It is sponsored by the Southern Federal University, the Don State Technical University, the Russian Foundation of Basic Research, and the International Society for Analysis, Its Applications and Computation. This was its 8th edition.

    LINK to website

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  • FMS Student Among Winners at International SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition


    WINDSOR, May 7, 2018 – The Supply Chain Advancement Network in Health (SCAN Health), proudly hosted by the Odette School of Business, University of Windsor is pleased to announce the winning teams of the inaugural SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition. Outstanding students from leading business schools around the world are recognized for their exceptional innovative thinking and practical approaches to scaling supply chain transformation across the United Kingdom’s National Health Services (NHS) Scan4Safety initiative to 148 trusts of NHS England. Congratulations to the winning teams:

    1st Place – Tied
    Mariska van der Feen, Tessa Jansen, Eva Jelovčan (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
    James J. Hall, Olivia Poulin, Matthew McGarr, Michael Tolentino (Brock University)

    Michael is a Biomed student at Brock University.

    3rd Place
    Scarlett Kelly, Chris Smith (Dalhousie University)

    Prizes courtesy of TECSYS Inc. are awarded to the top three teams. Winners also receive an invitation to the Annual SCAN Health Global Networking Event in Alberta, Canada on June 5, 2018. This exclusive event provides an opportunity to engage with global leaders from industry, health systems, government and academia to examine key dimensions of supply chain infrastructure to improve health system sustainability, population health and economic growth.

    Proposals were judged by an esteemed international panel including Chair Dr. Kevin Schulman of Duke University (US), joined by Mr. Robert Drag of Salisbury NHS (UK), Mr. Desmond Griffiths of Electromac (CAN), Mr. Richard Martin of TECSYS (CAN), Dr. Liz Mear of the Innovation Agency (UK), Mr. Graham Medwell of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS (UK), Dr. Libby Roughead of the University of South Australia (AUS), Dr. Karin Schnarr of Wilfrid Laurier University (CAN) and Dr. Dave Williams, Canadian astronaut, physician and CEO (retired).

    This unique virtual competition enables emergent leaders from business schools around the world to compete and demonstrate their exceptional skill, knowledge and innovative ideas to advance health sector supply chain innovation. The competition encourages cross-disciplinary teams from business and health sciences to collaborate to build leadership capacity in health sector supply chain. To further strengthen knowledge of business processes in health systems each team has access to a panel of internationally renowned leaders and experts in health system supply chain and logistics strategy. The next SCAN Health Virtual Business Case Competition will launch Fall 2018. Details and updates can be found at

    About SCAN Health

    SCAN Health is an international knowledge translation organization funded by the Government of Canada, Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) and hosted by the University of Windsor’s Odette School of Business. Spanning five countries, including Australia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada – and with over one hundred partners from industry, healthcare, government and academia – SCAN Health will advance global capacity to adopt and scale best practices in healthcare supply chain to offer traceability of products and care processes from bench to bedside to patient outcomes.

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    SCAN Health Media Contact:
    Kathryn Cox
    (905) 213-8384

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