Happy early New Year to all supporters of the Dieni Research Group! 2014 was a very busy year for us, and now that it’s almost over, we wanted to take a moment to reflect upon everything we accomplished during those 12 months.

Publications

We had 3 peer-reviewed manuscripts accepted for publication in 2014:

  1. Bessemer RA, Butler KMA, Tunnah L, Callaghan NI, Rundle A, Currie S, Dieni CA, MacCormack TJ. Cardiorespiratory toxicity of environmentally relevant zinc oxide nanoparticles in the freshwater fish Catostomus commersonii. Nanotoxicology in press. Link
  2. Dieni CA, Storey KB (2014) Protein kinase C in the wood frog, Rana sylvatica: reassessing the tissue-specific regulation of PKC isozymes during freezing. PeerJ 2:e558. Link | Free PDF available (Open Access journal)
  3. Dieni CA, Callaghan NI, Gormley PT, Butler KMA, MacCormack TJ (2014) Physiological hepatic response to zinc oxide nanoparticle exposure in the white sucker,Catostomus commersoniiComp Biochem Physiol Toxicol Pharmacol 162: 51-61. Link

More manuscripts are currently in-preparation and we hope to submit these fairly early in 2015.

Chris’ publications were cited 30 times in 2014, according to Google Scholar.

Teaching

Chris taught 2 courses this year at 2 different institutes (more on the 2nd institute later):

  1. Biophysical Techniques and Applications (BIOC 3202), Fall 2014, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON
  2. Signal Transduction (BIOC 4031), Winter 2014, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB

The outcome of the 2014 JEA Crake Teaching Award in the Faculty of Science was decided shortly before the May 2014 convocation. Though Chris was sadly not selected as the winner by the selection committee, it was a great honour simply to have been nominated and to have received such strong support from both students and fellow faculty. Take a look at the supporting teaching dossier that Chris submitted following his nomination.

Students

Neal Callaghan and Pat Gormley both convocated at the May 2014 convocation. Neal was awarded a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Biochemistry, with distinction, and Pat was awarded a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Chemistry. Neal also won the Biochemistry award for an outstanding graduating student from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, announced at the “Last Lecture – Grad Class” on March 20th.

Seminars

In late March, Chris gave an invited seminar as part of the University of New Brunswick Biology Seminar series entitled “Trail of breadcrumbs: Discovering the molecular mechanisms of nanotoxicity in fish.”

Recognition

Chris was featured in the Winter 2014 issue of Concordia University Magazine, briefly describing his inaugural Carleton University Alumni Association Young Alumni Achievement Award. In a similar time-frame, Neal was featured in the Honours Profile section of The Argosy Mount Allison student newspaper.

New university

Following his completion of the 2-year McCain Fellowship at Mount Allison, Chris relocated to Ottawa and began a contract instructorship at Carleton University, where he taught the aforementioned Biophysical Techniques and Applications (BIOC 3202) over the Fall 2014 semester.

Thanks to everyone who supported us and kept up with our news! We hope to see you in 2015.

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