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Papers and Presentations

  • Graduate student Krista Mahoney and Dr. Sue Moore, Faculty of Medicine, have identified a new gene mutation in epilepsy. Their paper, Variable neurologic phenotype in a GEFS+ gamily with a novel mutation in SCN1A, was published in June in the journal Seizure.
  • Varatharajan Vamadevan, M.Sc. candidate in Food Science, Department of Biochemistry, was awarded first place in the Graduate Student Competition (Carbohydrate Division) at the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) Conference held in Anaheim, California, June 6-9, 2009. His presentation was titled The impact of heat-moisture treatment on the molecular structure and properties of normal and waxy potato starch. At the same meeting, Ying (Joy) Zhong, PhD candidate in Food Science, Biochemistry, received the second place award from the Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods Division for her paper on Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities of EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) derivatives. IFT is the largest society for food science and technology with some 20,000 members worldwide from academia, industry and government professionals in food and nutrition, among others. The research work of Varatharajan and Joy are supervised by Dr. R. Hoover and Dr. F. Shahidi, respectively.
  • Dr. Michael Doyle, an associate professor in the Counselling Centre, presented a paper describing an online academic screening instrument for at-risk students at the 35th McGraw-Hill Ryerson National Teaching and Learning Conference, titled First Year in Focus: Engaging Students in First Year and Beyond. The presentation, which was held on May 14 at Simon Fraser University, represents ongoing academic support programming with his colleague, Dr. John Garland.
  • Dr. Virginia Harger-Grinling, French and Spanish, with co-author and frequent collaborator Chantal Jordaan, presented the following papers: Violence and the Sublime in Patrick Suskind's Perfume at International Arts and Humanities Association congress in Honolulu, Hi., Jan 9-12, 2009; and Robbe-Grillet et les limites de l'artifice, an invited paper at Robbe-Grillet Colloque (Robbe-Grillet: Balises pour le 21e siècle, Ottawa, May 31-June 3 2009 (first author Chantal Jordaan).
  • Professor Keith Nicol, an associate professor in Geography and Environmental Studies at Grenfell College, recently gave two presentations. At the Annual Canadian Avalanche Association conference in Penticton, B.C., May 6-8, 2009, he presented a paper titled Avalanche Awareness Programs in Newfoundland for the Winter of 2009. He also presented a poster session at the Canadian Association of Geographers conference at titled Use of Springs for Drinking Water in Western Newfoundland. This conference ran from May 26-30, 2009 at Carleton University in Ottawa.