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August 14, 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 29

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Come to CGEN's Sep 6 event at Myhal Centre for Engineering Entrepreneurship & Innovation
The Centre for Global Engineering will be hosting the CGEN Forum on September 6th between 12-5pm at the Myhal Centre (55 St. George St.). This event is a great opportunity to learn about how engineering students and faculty at U of T are working with partners in the NGO and social enterprise sector to tackle the world's most challenging development issues, including food insecurity, infrastructure resilience, and sanitation through cutting-edge research.

Andrew won second place for his oral presentation at this year's Graduate Research Symposium. Learn about the Alberta native and his research on fuel cells.
More than half of drivers don't look for cyclists and pedestrians before turning right, reveals MIE study led by Nazli Kaya (MASc candidate) under the supervision of Prof. Birsen Donmez.

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Prof. Xinyu Liu wins a four-year CIHR Project Grant of $594K
The project is entitled "A Paper-Based Microfluidic Platform for Rapid Point-of-Care Diagnosis of Laryngopharyngeal Reflux." Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR), also known as "silent reflux," is the back flow of gastric juice into the larynx and pharynx, and affects 20-60% of the population in developed countries. In collaboration with Dr. Nicole Li-Jessen and Dr. Karen Kost at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), Prof. Liu's team will develop a paper-based microfluidic biosensor for rapid detection of three LPR protein markers in laryngeal secretions of patients. The device will help doctors to identify LPR patients without going through time-consuming laboratory tests and thus improve the quality of lives of the large population of LPR patients.

Profs. Milos Popovich and Axel Guenther win infrastructure grant for newly established centre that will tackle brain-related disorders

Principal investigator Prof. Milos Popovich, of Toronto Rehab and IBBME, and co-investigator Prof. Axel Guenther won a grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Research Fund to launch the UHN-led Center for Advancing Neurotechnological Innovation to Application (CRANIA). With support from other funding partners including U of T, the new centre will have an initial budget of $21 million. The grant will allow the Centre for Microfluidic Systems and its 200+ active users to benefit from new microfabrication equipment.


Guest Lecture Aug 15, 11am-12pm BA 2145: Building an artificial protective skin for emerging energy materials
Professor Guohua Chen from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University will be delivering a talk hosted by ChemE. The talk may be of particular interest to members of the MIE department.

Automotive UI 2018 Conference registration open

Registration is open for the 10th International ACM Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, which takes place Sep 23-25 in Toronto. The conference this year is chaired by Prof. Birsen Donmez. Follow the above link to learn more.


MASc oral exam | Tian Kong: "Mobile health screening and developing of paper-based male fertility diagnosis"
Date: Friday, August 17 | Time: 2:00 pm | Location: MB 101 | Exam committee: David Sinton, Amy Bilton, Xinyu Liu

MASc oral exam | Marina Curak: "Color Variation in Automotive Paint Films"
Date: Thursday, August 23 | Time: 12:00 pm | Location: BA 8256 | Exam committee: Sanjeev Chandra, Axel Guenther, Hani Naguib

MASc oral exam | Mohammadhasan Owlia: "Preventing Back Pain among Healthcare Workers using Realtime Movement-centered Feedback"
Date: Wednesday, September 5 | Time: 2:00 pm | Location: 550 University Ave, Toronto | Exam committee: Tilak Dutta, Karl Zabjek, Geoff Fernie, Tyson Beach

2018 Douglas R. Colton Medal: Deadline August 31
This award honours excellent microsystems and nanotechnology research by a faculty member, student, or alumnus who has completed a Master's or PhD degree in a Canadian university within the past three calendar years (2015-2018). This is an excellent opportunity for very new faculty as well as postdoctoral fellows and students. U of T postdocs and alumni won the award in 2013, 2011, 2006, 2001, 1999, and 1998.


Become LEED Accredited: An Invitation to Mechanical Engineering
LEED Green Associate (GA) Training taking place August 14 (6-9:30pm) and September 12 (6-9:30pm)
in BA 2175. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a sustainability scorecard for green buildings. Buildings can become LEED Certified, as can people! The LEED Green Associate is the only professional designation to show employers and clients you have certified knowledge in the field. Follow the above links for details and registration.


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