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Seminar Series

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Laurier supports a series of seminars in the areas of chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics and environmental sciences. The main emphasis of this seminar series is on the interdisciplinary nature of science. The chemistry seminar series has become essential for advancing and enriching the research culture in the Faculty of Science in general and the Department of Chemistry in particular.

All graduate and undergraduate students (including those enrolled in CH490) are encouraged to attend the seminar series and enhance their conceptual understanding of science and sense of inquiry. As well, the seminars are intended to promote scientific interaction among the students, faculty and members of the scientific community by observing science in a broader interrelated context.

2018/19 Schedule

Seminars run on Friday afternoons between 3:30-5 p.m. in room N1044, Science Building. If no seminar title appears below, it is to be announced.

Fall Term

  • Friday, Sept. 14: Professor Robert Scott, Chemistry, University of Saskatchewan
    • Title of seminar: Studying Nanoscale Catalysts via in situ X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy
  • Friday, October 19: Professor James Wisner, Department of Chemistry, University of Western Ontario
    • Title of seminar: Photoswitchable Hydrogen-Bond Arrays
  • Friday, Oct. 26: Professor Ashlee Howarth, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Concordia University
    • Title of seminar: Metal-Organic Frameworks for Adsorption and Detoxification of Hazardous Analytes
  • Friday, Nov. 9: Professor John Allingham, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Queen's University
    • Note: Seminar held in BA202.
    • Title of Seminar:  The roles of kinesin motors in spindle dynamics and genome plasticity of Candida albicans
  • Friday, Nov. 16:  PDF Gabriella Macoustra, University of Wollongong, Australia
    • Title of seminar: TBA
  • Friday, Nov. 23: Professor Deborah Zamble, Biochemistry, University of Toronto
    • Title of seminar: How does nickel regulate transcription in bacteria

Winter Term

  • Friday, Jan. 11: Professor, Christopher Thibodeaux, Department of Chemistry, McGill University
    • Title of seminar: Biophysical and Mechanistic Studies of Peptide Natural Product Biosynthetic Enzymes
  • Friday, Jan. 18: Professor, Erica Pensini, Engineering, University of Guelph
    • Title of seminar: In Situ Trap and Treat o Surface and Subsurface Contaminants
  • Friday, Jan. 25: Professor Jennifer Littlejohns, Bioenergy Program Technical Lead, NRCC
    • Title of seminar: Review of Current State of Liquid Biofuels in Canada
  • Friday, Mar. 8: Professor Steven Smith, Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Queen's University
    • Title of seminar: Molecular basis of gene deregulation by the transcription factor E2A-PBX1 in acute lymphoblastic leukemia
  • Friday, Mar. 22: Professor James Wuest, Department of Chemistry, University of Montreal
    • Title of seminar: Putting Molecules in their Place.  Learning How to Control Order in Crystal and Other Materials
  • Friday, Mar. 29: Professor Yuhsuan Tsai, School of Chemistry, Cardiff University, UK
    • Title of seminar: Controlling protein function by genetically incorporated unnatural amino acids
  • Friday, Apr. 5: Professor Mark Workentin, Department of Chemistry, Western University
    • Title of seminar: TBA