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Lab February/March 2016

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R&D News ......................... 1 Appointments .................... 5 Pharma Notes .................... 7 New Products .................. 15 App Reviews ..................... 18 Calendar .......................... 19 P h a r m a c e u t i c a l c l i n i c a l c h e m i c a l f o o d e n v i r o n m e n t w w w . l a b o r a t o r y f o c u s . c a february/march 2016 volume 20, number 1 Publications Mail Registration Number: 40052410 mcGill astroPhysicist wins herzberG Gold medal leading experts on neutron stars, the ancient remnants of the most massive stars in the Milky Way. Using the largest and most power- ful radio and X-ray telescopes in the world, Dr. Kaspi studies the physical behaviour of these types of stars, pulsars and magnetars. Her research group has had major impacts in the field of astrophysics, including unique tests confirm- ing Einstein's long-held theory of general relativity and discovering the fastest rotating star. Her team's 2002 landmark discovery of power- ful X-ray bursts from an enigmatic class of star essentially doubled the number of known magnetars in our galaxy. She is also the first woman to win the award. In addition to the Herzberg Cana- da Gold Medal, NSERC also award- ed prizes to other researchers for outstanding university-industry partnerships, ground-breaking dis- coveries, excellence in multidisci- plinary research, and fellowships to enhance the career development of outstanding and highly promising scientists and engineers. These award recipients include: NSERC John C. Polanyi Award: Barbara Sherwood Lollar, University of Toronto The Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Sci- ence and Engineering: Shana Kelley, University of Toronto, and Edward H. Sargent, University of Toronto NSERC Gilles Brassard Doctoral Prize for Interdisciplinary Research: Yasser Gidi, McGill University E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellow- ships: Elena M. Bennett, McGill University, Curtis P. Berlinguette, The University of British Colum- bia, Zhongwei Chen, University of Waterloo, David Sinton, University of Toronto, Mark Vellend, Univer- sité de Sherbrooke, and Stephen I. Wright, University of Toronto Synergy Awards for Innovation: Category 1: Small- and Medium- sized Companies: Emil M. Petriu, University of Ottawa, Industrial partner: Rami Abielmona, Larus Technologies Corp. Category 2: Large Companies: J. David Miller, Carleton University, Industrial partner: Greg Adams, J.D. Irving, Limited Ottawa, ON – McGill University astrophysicist Dr. Victoria M. Kaspi has won the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, awarded by the Natu- ral Sciences and Engineering Re- search Council of Canada (NSERC). The prize, which comes with a $1 million research grant, has been awarded annually since 1991 to recognize "sustained excellence and overall influence" of research conducted in Canada. Dr. Kaspi is one of the world's improve nucleic acid extraction Page 6 His Excellency presents the 2016 Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering to Victoria Kaspi. Credit: MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall, OSGG. continued on page 3 Protein Quality control in sPr and bli Page 8

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