Further studies on the salt effect published
October 25, 2016
Chen’s paper on the effect of different salts and salt mixtures on aqueous phase partitioning of organic compounds has just been accepted for publication in Environ. Sci. & Technol.. Chen also presented a poster on this work at the 35th Annual Conference of the American Association for Aerosol Research in Portland, Oregon, last week.
Matt and Chen successfully defend their PhD theses
October 5, 2016
Matt Binnington defended his thesis “Modeling and measuring environmental contaminant exposure among Canadian Arctic indigenous humans and wildlife” on August 24. Chen Wang similarly defended her thesis on “Phase partitioning during the formation of secondary organic aerosol” on September 6. Congratulations to both!
Stephen’s papers published in ES:PI and ES&T
September 26, 2016
Stephen graduated with a MSc this summer and his thesis on modelling the PCB exposure of NHANES participants and what we can learn from it with respect to the relationship with body mass index has already been published in a pair of papers (1, 2).
Matt’s recent modelling papers published in Environment International
June 20, 2016
The core modelling work from Matt’s thesis research has been published in a pair of papers in Environment International, describing how we simulate the exposure of indigenous Arctic Canadians to environmental contaminants. We then apply these models by exploring the benefits (improved nutrition) and risks (potentially greater contaminant exposure) of different traditional food substitution scenarios.
Abha awarded departmental award for excellence as teaching assistant
June 13, 2016
Abha was recognized with this year’s DPES TA Awards for Teaching Excellence. Congratulations!
Abha presenting at CSC Halifax
June 6, 2016
Abha went to Halifax for CSC 2016 taking place from June 5 to 9. She gave a presentation on her work investigating the sources and transport of benzotriazoles, a group of emerging contaminants, in urban watersheds.
New Faces in the Research Group this Summer
May 2, 2016
Batual (left) and YuHao.
We welcome Batual Abdul Hussain, who is entering her second year in the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Specialist Co-operative program. This summer she is completing a TD Undergraduate Research Opportunity Fellowship involving research within the Rouge Valley National Urban Park.
We also welcome YuHao Chen, who is entering his fourth year in the Environmental Chemistry specialist program at UTSC. He is being supported by a Centre for Global Change Science scholarship.
David’s work on passive air sampling of mercury vapours published
David’s work on passive air sampling of mercury vapors has led to two recent papers: A critical review of earlier efforts to develop such passive samplers can be found here, and our new sampler design is described here.
Matt participates in Inuvik Beluga Summit
March 8, 2016
Matt participated in the Beluga Summit in Inuvik presenting results from his analysis of nutrients and contaminants in muktuk and uqsuq.
Frank Gobas from Simon Fraser University visits Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences
November 12, 2015
Back: Jon, Tife, Tinge, Li, James, Chen, Abha, David, Matt, Hidetoshi, Ying, Frank Wania. Front: Stephen, Don, Frank Gobas.
Frank Gobas from Simon Fraser University was visiting the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at UTSC on Nov. 12 to deliver a seminar on “New Developments in the Environmental Risk Assessment of Commercial Chemicals.” It was an opportunity for him to reconnect with his supervisor (Don Mackay) and with students he supervised (Jon Arnot, James Armitage).