News from the Faculty of Science
Remembering Greg Bahun
It is with profound shock and sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Greg Bahun, Chemistry & Chemical Biology. Greg has been a familiar friendly face in the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology since his undergraduate days. His love for organic chemistry was apparent in his choice of research group; he was the first student to join the Adronov group. Shortly thereafter he took on the important role of Instructional Assistant for the large second year organic chemistry courses, CHEM 2OA3 & 2OB3. In this role, he mentored and encouraged innumerable undergraduate students with his humour and easy approachable manner. Greg was also a mentor and friend to many of our graduate students, through his role as the Teaching Assistant Coordinator and his general love of life. He was a constant participant in the Department’s social activities, including his ongoing support of its baseball teams, and enthusiastic participation in Trivia Night at the Phoenix, Halloween parties, Golf Days, and all things that brought people together. He will be dearly missed by the faculty, staff and students who have worked with him. His funeral will be held in Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday. More details about Greg's life can be found here.
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New technique may better detect cystic fibrosis in newborns
Researchers have identified new biological markers of cystic fibrosis (CF), a genetic disease which affects children and young adults, leaving them with lifelong health complications including digestive problems and persistent lung infections.
The findings, published in the journal ACS Central Science, shed new light on the underlying mechanisms of CF. They may could lead to improved prognosis and better therapies for a disease which is quite variable, affecting different children in different ways, say researchers.
“There are chemical signatures in sweat that tell us an infant has CF even when they do not exhibit any symptoms,” says Philip Britz-McKibbin, lead author of the study and a professor in the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology at McMaster University. “We set out to discover whether there were chemical indicators detected in sweat that could complement the gold standard for CF diagnosis: the sweat chloride test.”
Faculty congratulates Science’s newest member of College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists
Paul McNicholas, Mathematics & Statistics, is among the latest cohort to be elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. He is one of the first people in his field to be elected. McNicholas, Canada Research Chair in Computational Statistics, works to develop approaches that extract as much quality information as possible from big, complex or otherwise ‘tricky’ data, which is key to solving emerging problems in areas as diverse as genetics, disease diagnostics, management science and terrorist behaviour. He was also recently appointed director of the MacDATA Institute.
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