Our Department gathered this fall to celebrate the careers and contributions of several retiring or departing faculty members: Bill Taylor (aquatic ecology), Niels Bols (cell biology), Colin Mayfield (microbiology), Matt Vijayan (cell physiology), and Owen Ward (microbiology).
Colleagues Brian Dixon, Ralph Smith, and Barb Butler took turns sharing stories and reflecting on the careers of Niels Bols, Bill Taylor, and Owen Ward, respectively. The goodbye speeches for those we were able to celebrate in person were both touching and memorable.
Well, it's beginning to feel a lot like <insert favourite seasonal holiday here>. To help us prepare for the month of December, here is the newest entry for our (in)famous "Guess that baby" contest. Do you know which of our Biology faculty, staff, instructors, or technicians was this adorable just a few years ago?
Batches of competent cells, over 100 ligations of twenty one BioBricks into vectors, numerous experiments, and a handful of all-nighters all done over the past five months won the Waterloo team a Gold Medal and the Best Poster award at the iGEM Regional Jamboree this year.
Professor Emeritus William Taylor has won the 2013 Career Achievement Award from the Canadian Council of University Biology Chairs. This award recognizes his tremendous contributions to the field of biology, teaching and university service.