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Jonathan Thiessen

e-dition - October 19, 2007

UWinnipeg Undergrads Prevail at Physics, Chemistry  Conferences

University of Winnipeg undergraduate students in Physics and Chemistry enjoyed great success at recent national conferences.

Jonathan Thiessen, B.Sc. (Hons) ’07 (pictured above) placed second in two oral competitions for Physics undergraduate, Master's and PhD students at the 2007 Canadian Association of Physics (CAP) congress.

He was first recognized in a competition on medical physics, followed by his impressive placing in an overall physics competition. Presentations were rated on originality/novelty, content, style/format and clarity.

Thiessen's presentation at CAP entitled "Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Behavioural Test Comparisons in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease" was based on research he performed with UWinnipeg Physics Professor Melanie Martin during the summer of 2006. An extended abstract of this work was published  in the July-September 2007 Physics in Canada, with alumni Kathryn A. Collister and Laryssa M. Kurjewicz, and Dr. Marc R. Del Bigio, Dr. Benedict C. Albensi and Dr. Melanie Martin as co-authors.

At the Spring 2007 UWinnipeg Convocation, Thiessen was awarded the silver medal for honours science. He was also the recipient of an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Assistant award and worked with Dr. Martin last summer.

Thiessen is currently enrolled in an M.Sc. program in Physics at the University of Manitoba, and continues to conduct research with Dr. Martin. He received an NSERC-CGS scholarship and an Alzheimer’s Society Graduate Student Fellowship to continue research in the area of neuro-imaging and Alzheimer's Disease.

Chemistry Students Triumph
Chemistry students also fared well in recent conference competitions. At the Western Canadian Undergraduate Chemistry Conference held in Saskatoon, Corie Horwood, B.Sc. (Hons) ’07 took top place in Analytical Chemistry and best overall oral presentation for her paper entitled "Studies on Photographic Materials using Spectroscopy." This work was carried out in the laboratory of Dr. Doug Goltz. Horwood, Gold Medalist for Honours Chemistry at Spring 2007 Convocation, received an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award and worked last summer in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Alberta. She also obtained an NSERC-CGS scholarship for graduate study.

Undergrad Chemistry Students Grab Top Awards
At the 90th Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) Conference and Exhibition, Drew Hawranik, Emilie Coudiere and Chad Iverson respectively earned 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place poster awards in the undergraduate Biochemistry Division. All three students carried out their work in the laboratory of Dr. Athar Ata.

Hawranik, B.Sc. (Hons) ’07 presented a poster entitled: "Phytochemical studies on Pagiantha dichotoma." As the recipient of an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, he is continuing his work with Dr. Ata with as a graduate student.

Coudiere, B.Sc. ’07 whose poster was entitled "Chemical Studies on Agaricus bisporus," is hoping to attend medical school. Iverson is continuing his undergraduate studies at the UWinnipeg. His poster was entitled "New Bioactive Steroidal Alakaloids from Buxus hyrcana."

Finally, UWinnipeg alumnus Jordan Betteridge, B.Sc. (4-year) ’05, who is completing his Master’s degree at the University of Manitoba under the supervision of Dr. Ata, was one of several poster awardees in the Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Division graduate poster competition at the CSC conference. His poster was entitled: "Antibacterial Activity-Exhibiting Natural Products from Sphaeranthus indicus."

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