Faculty accomplishments

Biology professor co-authors chapter in new book on dragonflies and damselflies

Professor Mark Forbes, the Canada Research Chair in ecological parasitology and wildlife conservation, has co-authored a chapter in a recently released book entitled Dragonflies and Damselflies: model organisms for research in ecology and evolution (published by Oxford University Press) and edited by Alex Cordoba-Aguilar. The book chapter was co-authored with Tonia Robb, one of Forbes’s recently graduated PhD students. Dragonflies and Damselflies documents the latest advances in odonate biology and relates these to a broader ecological and evolutionary research agenda. Despite being one of the smallest insect orders, dragonflies offer a number of advantages for both laboratory and field studies. In fact, they have been crucial to the advancement of our understanding of insect ecology and evolution. This book provides a critical summary of the major advances in these fields.

John Chinneck releases new book on feasibility in optimization models

John Chinneck’s book, Feasibility and Infeasibility in Optimization, was released in December 2007. Issues of (in)feasibility have become much more important in recent years as advances in computing have allowed the construction of much larger and more complex constrained optimization models. Is there even a feasible solution for a problem with many complex constraints? How can you find a feasible solution quickly? What should you change if the model has no solution? This is the first book to draw together the body of research on these and related questions, including a brief look at work in constraint programming. It also collects surprising spin-off applications of new algorithms in this field for use in medicine, computational biology, machine learning, etc. Chinneck is a professor in the department of systems and computer engineering.

Retired journalism professor studies affect of terrorism threats on response to mass casualty incidents

Professor Emeritus Joe Scanlon has been invited to join Michael Lindell of Texas A & M and Kim Shoaf of the Pacific Public Health Training Center to study whether 9/11 and the perceived terrorist threat has affected how the U.S. health community prepares for and responds to mass casualty incidents, especially where victims are contaminated. They will be working with Erik Auf der Heide of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a CDC agency in Atlanta, to design techniques for field study.

Over $100,000 in new CFI funding to develop real-time biomedical data processing systems

Assistant Professor Michel Dumontier, of the department of biology, institute of biochemistry and school of computer science, and co-investigator Assistant Professor James Green, of the department of systems and computer engineering, have obtained $114,628 in funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI). Their research towards personalized medicine aims to improve the effectiveness of a drug treatment by considering an individual’s genetic background and current health indicators. This CFI project will enable the researchers to develop real-time biomedical data processing systems using the high performance Sony PlayStation 3 CELL BE processor, ultimately leading to new diagnostic and therapeutic solutions that will improve the health and safety of Canadians.

Algonquin Souvenir showcases provincial park’s landscape

Award-winning naturalist and nature photographer Michael Runtz has spent decades exploring Algonquin Provincial Park and chronicling its flora and fauna in all seasons. Some of his best work has now been compiled in Algonquin Souvenir, a stunning pictorial which is the first of his eight books to be strictly photographic in nature. With 96 full-page colour photographs, the book includes images of landscape as well as typical Algonquin Park flora and fauna. Runtz lecturers on natural history and ornithology for the department of biology.

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