TRU Science

Abstracts and Biographies

Winter 2022

Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:00 pm in S373

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January 27

Mateus Fandino, TRU

Title: The CHIME Telescope


Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, and we live next to the BEST telescope in the world for mapping where this hydrogen resides. This talk is a general presentation of CHIME (Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment), the science it was built to uncover, the telescope itself, an introduction to radio interferometry, and the underlying measurement technique. The talk will finish with an update on recent scientific results from the telescope.

February 3

Lindsay Blackstock, TRU

Title: Balancing Taste and Toxicity in Aspartame Sweetened Tap Water Based Beverages


Disinfecting water is a critical public health measure. It is essential to prevent the transmission of waterborne pathogens. However, disinfectants can react unintentionally with organic materials in water to form disinfection by-products (DBPs). Population studies have consistently identified a potential association between chronic consumption of disinfected drinking water and adverse health outcomes. Exposure assessments are often focused on the presence and formation of DBPs at the drinking water treatment plant. An emerging field of DBP research has found that residual disinfectants in tap water can also react with organics during food and beverage preparation. This talk will present new findings on the formation of DBPs in tap water sweetened with the artificial sweetener aspartame.

February 10

Anusha Venkataraman, TRU

Title: Atomic Force Microscopy: Making Smaller Stuff Do Bigger Things


This talk is an introduction to the world of nanotechnology, where the smallest of things can make the biggest of difference. Nanotechnology is the study of ultra-small structures. It is a platform that includes electronics, physics, biology, chemistry, material science, and engineering. The talk will focus on the fundamental ideas and revolutionary applications of nanoscale self-assembled structures such as carbon nanomaterials and metal-molecular networks and how they provide an avenue for engineering electronics at the molecular level.

February 17

 No Seminar 

February 24

No seminar, TRU closed for semester break


March 3

Title: TBA



March 10

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March 17

Title: TBA