Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Congratulations to Alex Gzyl, who successfully defended his M.Sc. thesis and will be continuing in the group as a Ph.D. student.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Welcome to Jonah Adelman, who is an NSERC USRA student.
Welcome to Mohammad Jomaa as a new graduate student who joined last fall.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Congratulations to Dong Zhang for successfully defending his M.Sc. thesis.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Thanks to all the undergrad and internship students who worked over the past summer.
Good luck to Jan Pöhls in his new ventures at McGill.
Welcome to Yu (Kate) Qiu (Chem 403) and Jonathan Trach (Chem 399).

Monday, June 11, 2018

Congratulations to Abishek Iyer who successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis and has now moved to University of California Riverside.
Welcome to all the summer students: Manon Heyberger, Louis Guérin, Alex Zabolotnii, Manvinder Lahl, Yu (Kate) Qiu, and Yiyang Ma.
Welcome again to Ebru Uzer.
Good luck to Dong and Alex on their visit to Technical University of Munich this summer.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Welcome to Jan Poehls as new postdoc from Dalhousie University.
Farewell to Ebru Uzer who is returning to Technical University of Munich.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Thanks to Florian Savina who completed his internship in our group.
Thanks to Hryhoriy Dmytriv who visited from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.
Thanks to Alex Zabolotnii who helped out in the group.
Welcome back Anton Oliynyk as new research associate. He managed to swim his way out of Houston.
Welcome to Amit Bhattacharya, Vidyanshu Mishra, and Dundappa Mumbaraddi as new graduate students.
Welcome to Yixuan Lin as new Chem 401 student.
Welcome to Lawrence Adutwum as new postdoc.
Welcome to Ebru Uzer who is visiting from Technical University of Munich.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Welcome to Harshil Pisavadia, Florian Savina, and Alex Zabolotnii who are working over the summer.
Welcome to Hryhoriy Dmytriv from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.
Welcome to Yuqiao Zhou from the Fujian Institute of Structure of Matter.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Congratulations to Mansura Khatun for successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis and Danisa Tabassum for successfully defending her M.Sc. thesis.
Welcome to Dong Zhang and Alex Gzyl as new graduate students.
Thanks to Helen Tang for completing her Chem 299 project in our group.
Thanks to Guillaume Zuber from Polytech Lyon who completed his internship in our group.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Congratulations to Anton Oliynyk and Krishna Ramachandran for successfully defending their Ph.D. theses. Anton will be starting his postdoc at the University of Houston in September 2016; he also has new eyes and new slippers. Krishna will be starting work at Shell Canada in Fort Saskatchewan in September 2016.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Welcome to Dong Zhang and Harshil Pisavadia, who are working as volunteers over the summer.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Welcome to Yingnan Zhang (new graduate student) and Emma Lee (Chem 299 student).

Monday, July 6, 2015

Welcome to Benoit Ruellan and Aurélien Boucheron, who are visiting from the Université de Rennes 1.
Welcome to Yesmine Elloumi and Da In Kim, who are volunteering this summer, and helping Krishna and Abishek.
Welcome back Mansura, who is returning from her maternity leave.
Congratulations to Xinsong, proud father of twin boys.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Welcome to Dr. Wenlong Yin.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Welcome to Harpreet Singh, who is working as a volunteer over the summer, helping Abishek.

Photographs from SCTE Genova:
We stayed at the Collegio Emiliani, the large yellow building by the harbour at Nervi.
This is the view from my window at the Collegio Emiliani.
What kind of story does this picture tell?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Welcome to Tim Schwalfenberg, who is working under the "Undergraduate Research Initiative".
Welcome to Clément Genet, who is visiting from the Université de Rennes 1.

Photographs from CSC Vancouver:
Stopping for lunch at Pyramid Lake at Jasper National Park.
Abishek enjoys riding the Skytrain.
A nice day by the harbour.
A nice day at Queen Elizabeth park.
Already arguing first thing in the morning at breakfast.
Enjoying our stay at Joyce's B&B in Kamloops.
Stopping for a break by waterfall on Highway 16 near Mt. Robson.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Welcome to Abishek Iyer, a new graduate student in the group.
Congratulations to Brent Rudyk on passing his Ph.D. defense.
Congratulations to Krishna Ramachandran on passing his candidacy exam.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Welcome to Kadar Djama-Kayad, who is visiting from the Université de Rennes 1.

Photographs from CSC Québec:
We are headed to the waterfront.
Mansura's poster.
Tiptoe, through the tulips.
The seat of French-Canadian power.

Photographs from last year's trip to Japser:
From the trailhead, up the staircase.
Best buds.
On Wilcox Pass.
Overlooking the Athabasca glacier.
What is the meaning of this?
At the toe of the glacier.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

More photographs:

North American Solid State Chemistry Conference (Hamilton, ON):
Stanislav pays rapt attention to the talks.
Stanislav pays rapt attention to a strange growth on Mike's face.
Andrew focuses on quenching his thirst.

Boniface Fokwa from Aachen pays a visit to Jasper:
A chilly morning at Pyramid Lake.
By the Athabasca river.

Day trip to Banff and Lake Louise following the CSC Conference in Calgary:
The B&B in Calgary just overlooks the Elbow River.
Arthur is waiting for everyone else...
... to take a staged photograph.
Meanwhile, Krishna and Anton wonder how cold the lake is.
And we all know how Krishna likes to pose.
Xinsong's daughter Joyce calms down for a second.

Krishna dons his fancy outfit.
Everybody likes to dance.

High-Temperature Materials Chemistry Conference (Beijing):
Mercouri Kanatzidis and Ling Chen enjoy a barbeque at the Fragrant Hills Hotel.
The Great Wall at Badaling is just awesome.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Recent group photographs:
How about a more modern rendition of the group photo?
Standing out by the quad.
And on the rotunda.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Welcome to Anton "Pal'tsi (Fingers)" Oliynyk and Dr. Xinsong Lin.
Arthur hiding in a cave in New Mexico.
Honourable professor with Mansura and Krishna.
Mike winning his Gold Medal.
Mike showing off his Magic Box.
Smart Car is happy.
Stanislav discovers there is more to life than Tim Horton's, Subway, or Edo's.
Find out what Eric and Arthur spotted for their prey.
They are hunting for leporids.
A big juicy one.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Welcome to Mansura Khatun, Krishna Ramachandran, and Scott Mullen.
Congratulations to Stephen Barry on passing his M.Sc. defense.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Congratulations to Peter on passing his Ph.D. defense.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A bunch of pictures from:

Trip to Boston and the Gordon Conference in Solid State Chemistry in 2010:
Peter and Arthur in parabolae.
Beneath the Prudential Tower.
Boston is threatened by Godzilla.
Peter probably needs to be highly medicated.
A fine day out of Boston harbour.
How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb.
Out of the darkness.
What really happened in the Revolutionary War.
Chef Boyardee (aka Mike Gaultois) tackles lobster and chocolate mousse.

Trip to Fujian province in February 2011:
At the prestigious Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter.
An important announcement.
San fang qi xiang ("three streets and seven alleys"), a preserved Tang dynasty neighbourhood in the centre of Fuzhou.
The main street.
A store front? ancient stuff.
How a scholar works.
Another ancient friend. I think he's a weaver.
Misty setting on Gulangyu ("drum wave islet").
One nation, two systems unite China!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Thanks to Alyson Baergen, who completed her Chem 401 project in September-December 2010, working on ZrCuSiAs-type phases.
Welcome to Mansura Khatun and Scott Mullens, who are doing Chem 401 projects in January-April 2011.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

As you may have noticed, the webpage disappeared for a few days. Apparently the thunderstorm from a couple of weeks ago blew up Bob McDonald's computer to smithereens! Miraculously Bob has salvaged many files (including X-ray data sets!) from the dead hard drive. Thanks, Bob!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Congratulations to Peter Blanchard, who won an Andrew Stewart Memorial Graduate Prize.
Congratulations to Arthur Mar, who won the Kathleen Klawe Prize for Excellence in Teaching of Large Classes.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Congratulations to Peter Blanchard, who passed his candidacy exam on July 30, 2009.
Eric Rivard and I hosted Sanshiro Komiya from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology at the New Asian Village.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Congratulations to:
(1) Haiying Bie, who successfully defended her PhD thesis on June 25, 2009. Haiying is headed to the Department of Biochemistry to take up her AHFMR Postdoctoral Fellowship with Prof. Michael James.
(2) Andrew Grosvenor, who begins his faculty position at the University of Saskatchewan on July 2009.
Farewell to:
(1) Eloi Dereeper, who returns to France after his internship.

From the Hamilton CSC conference in June 2009:
By the shores of fragrant Lake Ontario in Hamilton.
At the end of the conference relaxing at Bayfront Park near our B&B.
Stanislav is one step away from freedom in Niagara Falls.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Broken links to solid state chemistry groups have been repaired.
Please inform me if you wish to be updated on this list.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Welcome to:
(1) Stanislav Stoyko, who arrived as a new postdoctoral fellow from Lviv in January 2009.
(2) Brianna Slater and Brent Rudyk, who have joined the group earlier this year.
(3) Eloi Dereeper, who is spending three months here as an internship student from Rennes.

Congratulations to:
(1) Peter Blanchard for winning an NSERC graduate scholarship.
(2) Arthur Mar for winning a Teaching Award from the Faculty of Engineering.
(3) Brent Rudyk and Andrew Grosvenor, who are getting married (not to each other).

Monday, May 12, 2008

Here are some pictures taken during the visit of Prof. Bohdan Kotur from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv:
Bohdan and Arthur in my office.
At the Taste of Ukraine restaurant with George and Halyna Kotovych.
Come visit the world's biggest kielbassa in Mundare, AB.
Come visit the world's biggest pysanka in Vegreville, AB.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Congratulations to:
(1) Andrew Grosvenor, who successfully defended his PhD thesis on March 31, 2008. Andrew is headed to the Brockhouse Institute of Materials Research (McMaster University) to take up his NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship with Prof. John Greedan.
(2) Mike Gaultois, who won first prize for best inorganic oral presentation at the Western Canadian Undergraduate Chemistry Conference on May 2, 2008 at the University of Manitoba.
(3) Peter Blanchard, who won an Alberta Ingenuity MSc Graduate Scholarship.
(4) Stephen Barry, who won a Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship.
(5) Haiying Bie, who successfully passed her PhD candidacy exam on April 3, 2008.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Andrew had a good time in Belgium recently. Check out his $2000 tie!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Andriy is leaving (again!) to Ukraine in a couple of days. Here are some pictures from a recent camping trip to the Athabasca icefields.
Haiying is elated on Wilcox pass.
Peter is just ecstatic.
Arthur and Andriy are taking it easy.
At the toe of the Athabasca glacier.
Safely behind the fence at Athabasca Falls.
Why is Holger making fun of Haiying (at the Winnipeg CSC)?

Monday, March 13, 2007

Oksana Zelinska has returned to L'viv, who departed in December 2006.
Welcome to Peter Blanchard, who arrived in January 2007.
Arthur is much smaller than one of the Famous Five in Ottawa.
Arthur is sitting in the Arabian house in the Museum of Civilization.
Andriy is all saddled up with nowhere to go.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

More pictures from Halifax, taken by Andriy:
Oksana and Arthur pose in front of Theodore Tugboat at the harbour.
Oksana and Arthur with the big guns at the Citadel.
Oksana, Andriy, and Arthur join for a round at Alexander Keith's brewery.
Oksana, Andriy, and Arthur at Peggy's Cove.
Yes, there is a boat named after me at Halifax harbour.
And here is the quaint fishing village of Lunenburg.

And more pictures from Krakow, taken by Mariya:
The Ukrainian mafia in full force.
Pyotr, Oksana, Leonid, Mariya, Olivier, Arthur, and David near one of the old university buildings in Krakow.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Trip to Halifax for the CSC2006 conference:
At the Citadel with Andriy, Oksana, and Yurij.
Arthur poses with the guard.
Are they discussing science or are they arguing politics again?
Arthur is bigger than the lighthouse at Peggy's Cove.

Trip to Krakow for the SCTE conference:
Scenes from Wawel castle.
View of Krakow from inside the cathedral.
Inside the courtyard with Oksana and Leonid and Olivier and David.

Sunday, June 4, 2006

Here are further random pictures from France.
A little food and drink in my office in Rennes.
In front of the arc-melter are Mariya, Arthur, Sergei, and David.
From a little trip through the Loire valley, we stopped briefly in the town of Saumur.

Monday, May 1, 2006

Arthur has returned from France.
Here are some pictures from Rennes:
Near the university residence for visiting professors, where I stayed briefly, is the beautiful Parc du Thabor, a formal French garden.
On my way to the Saturday morning market, I stroll down rue Ste. Melaine.
Next I head down to Place Ste. Anne, home to countless itinerants.
Most Saturdays, there is some sort of a protest march in centre-ville, such as the Place de la Mairie.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Arthur has been on sabbatical leave at the University of Rennes1 in France since September. He is briefly in Edmonton over December and will return there again in January.
Andriy has returned again to Edmonton!

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Goodbye to Andriy, who returned to L'viv in December 2004. Welcome to Andrew Grosvenor, who arrived in January 2005, and Oksana Zelinska, who arrived in February 2005.

Here are some pictures that Andriy took from our trip to the Alberta/BC Inorganic Chemistry Colloquium, April 29 to May 1, 2004:
A lunch stop at Pyramid Lake in Jasper National Park.
A nice day atop the UNBC campus in Prince George, BC.
I think this is at the summit when we took the Jasper tramway during a blustery day on the way back to Edmonton.

Then here are pictures from the CSC conference in London, Ontario, May 27 to June 2, 2004:
We (Olivier, Nathalie, Frederic, Andriy, myself) are all soaking wet in Niagara Falls.
I think this is a bit upstream at the rapids, again in Niagara Falls.
I highly recommend Genny's Bed & Breakfast in London, Ontario.

Andriy, Frederic, and I took a short hike through Elk Island National Park on a soggy weekend:
"Look, Arthur," Frederic wonders, "I think Andriy is getting intimate with the moose."

An end-of-summer trip to Dinosaur Provincial Park and to Drumheller in southeastern Alberta in 2004:
Time for a rest!
"Look, Arthur," Frederic wonders, "I think Andriy is getting intimate with the dinosaur."
"Nah, the Tyrannosaurus Rex is pretty harmless."

Monday, November 22, 2004

My computer hard drive died over the summer so it has been slow going getting things re-organized again.
I attended the Intermetallics Workshop in Stockholm in September.
Anita Gerards was an intern student from the University of Dresden who visited in September.
Our new INEL powder diffractometer has now been installed and is operational.
Xing and Thomas treated us to a nice dinner at the Mikado restaurant. (Why is Shane looking so grumpy?)

Sunday, June 6, 2004

Welcome to the new arc-melter, installed recently.
Welcome to Frédéric Désévédavy, a student from the Université de Rennes 1, is completing his work internship in our group.
Welcome to Xing Wu and Thomas Tam, who are NSERC undergraduate summer research award students performing work in our laboratory this summer.
Arthur visited UC Davis in April, and then shortly afterwards, took Andriy and Frédéric to the A/BC Inorganic Chemistry Colloquium in Prince George, BC.
Arthur, Andriy, and Frédéric attended the CSC conference in London, Ontario, and went on a side trip to Niagara Falls.

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

A lot has happened this year.
Two undergraduate students, Karen Ridgway and André Workman, spent their summer working in the laboratory.
Arthur received the Faculty of Science Award for Excellent Teaching and the Faculty of Science Research Award at the University of Alberta.
In May 2003, Arthur visited the Université de Rennes 1 as a "professeur invité" hosted by Olivier Tougait.
Arthur attended several conferences this year, including the ACA conference in Cincinnati (July 2003), the CSC meeting in Ottawa (August 2003), and the ACS meeting in New York (September 2003).
Arthur is also now entering his second year as coordinator for General Chemistry, which has seen record enrolments this year at nearly 2700 students.
Chad gave me a lemon plant before his departure to Boston College this summer. The plant died, but rose again.
Robert Smith from University of Nebraska at Omaha visited our laboratory for a week in August to collect X-ray data while contending with a poison ivy rash.

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Welcome to Andriy Tkachuk, arriving from the University of Lviv.
Welcome back, Craig Muirhead, who is doing his honours research project this term in our group.
Thanks to Joleen Ostashek, who completed her honours research project on the La-Ga-In-Sb system last term.

Friday, June 7, 2002

Congratulations to Chad Lewis, who won best overall oral presentation at the 16th Western Canadian Undergraduate Chemistry Conference at the University of Calgary, May 9-12, 2002, as well as one of the poster prizes in the undergraduate poster session at the 85th CSC Conference in Vancouver, June 1-5, 2002.
The Road to Vancouver and back:
Arthur, somewhere near Kamloops, taking a break from driving from Edmonton to Vancouver
Arthur and Joel Haber on the ferry from Victoria to Vancouver.
Arthur plays tour guide for Holger Kleinke, Mark Morgan, and Joel Haber. Here they are at Queen Elizabeth Park.
The speakers of the Supramolecular and Solid State Inorganic Materials Symposium pose in front of Gage Towers before heading to a wonderful dinner that evening.
Fritz Franzen and Linda Nazar in a deep discussion during the poster session.
Holger Kleinke declares, "I'm so sexy...."
Posing in front of the rose garden.
Scott Kroeker and Danny Leznoff whooping it up at the Inorganic mixer. Chad Lewis, Bryan Rowsell, and Jason Anderson are not amused. (Is Chad going upscale now, forgoing beer for wine?)
Mark MacLachlan is about to pull something on the unsuspecting Susan Kauzlarich.
Dave Johnson and Susan Kauzlarich have an intense tête-à-tête.

Thursday, May 9, 2002

Farewell to "Rainbow" Chan, who has successfully defended her Chem 401 thesis and has now left for University of Toronto.
Welcome to Craig Muirhead, an NSERC summer undergraduate student now seeing the wonders of solid-state chemistry.
Andrea Sella on his last day in paradise.
Wing Yan Chan congratulating Arthur on receiving a Teaching Excellence award.
My favourite comic strip from Chad so far: "Chemsetta"

Thursday, February 28, 2002

Welcome back to Wing Yan ("Rainbow") Chan, who is working on a Chem 401 project.
Congratulations to Laura Deakin and Pierre-Nicholas Roy, proud parents of a daughter who arrived on January 14, 2002.
And in her honour, Chad offers a new, improved, colour version of his comic strip series: "Zincblende"

Tuesday, October 30, 2001

"Beer Time"

Saturday, October 27, 2001

New photos:

Chris Sheets, ready to tackle the world and do good things.
Gordie Miller on top of the world (overlooking Maligne Lake).

...And now some scenes from Rod and Arthur's excellent adventures in Calgary:
We mingled with the rich and famous (including our very own Wolfgang Jaeger).
While Marty Cowie is being distracted, I convince Rod Wasylishen to swipe Bob Crawford's award. (In the meantime, Wolfgang Jaeger has found an unclaimed digital camera).
Margaret-Ann Armour and Mickey Takats are absolutely taken by my charm and wit, but Joe Takats knows that Arthur is not to be trusted!

Sunday, October 14, 2001

"Week of Welcome"

Thursday, October 4, 2001


Friday, September 21, 2001

"Excuse me, Mr. TA..."

Friday, September 14, 2001

"Bob in ... Crystal Catastrophe!"

Monday, September 10, 2001

Debut of "Pirates of the Chemistry Department," a comic creation of Chad Lewis:

Sunday, August 26, 2001

Congratulations to Meitian Wang, who defended his Ph.D. thesis on August 17, 2001. External examiner Gordie Miller had a good time hiking around Jasper (photos to come). Meitian is off to work as a postdoctoral fellow doing protein crystallography with Mike James in the Biochemistry Department at U of A. The group went out for a Chinese banquet on August 24, 2001 where half of us had a good time and the other half did not know what to make of the oysters and crab. Good luck, Meitian, and remember we still have a review article to write up!

Best wishes to Chris Sheets, who is off to graduate studies at Northwestern University. He is frantically studying for his clearance exams now. Chris also won a poster prize at the 2001 Alberta/British Columbia Inorganic Chemistry Colloquium in Prince George, August 9-11, 2001.

Farewell to Yanna Stivar, a high-school student who worked for a few weeks in our group as part of the WISEST program.

Say hello to Shane Crerar, who started on August 13, 2001.

Sunday, June 10, 2001

Photos from Allison's going away party in March 2001:

We had a buffet dinner at Maurya Palace, an Indian restaurant in Millwoods.
Meitian said, "Mark, look -- Devon's about to throw up!"
Allison and Arthur are not amused.

We had a great time at the 84th CSC Conference in Montreal, May 26-30, 2001. History was made by having the first-ever "Solid State Chemistry" symposium (in name) held at a CSC conference.

Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt and Arthur atop the mountain, where we saw Holger "Ironman" Kleinke running around like a madman!
Devon cried, "Somebody, anybody, please come look at my poster!"
Jacques Barbier and Robert Hammond whisper sweet nothings to each other. Can you see Laura "Grandma" Hoistad rolling her eyes?
Chris Sheets bemoaning how tired and hungry he is.
Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt wondering how he will exact revenge on Arthur later. Can you see Laura "Grandma" Hoistad scheming again?
Laura Deakin shrugs, "I dunno why they're superconducting, they just are!"
Meitian's nervously laughing as he prepares for his talk the next day.
Claudia Felser expounds, "You see, electrons are like muffins...."
Holger Kleinke responds, "Hmm, I must have eaten a bad one then."
Rob Lam tells Dr. Cooke all about frustration, geometric and otherwise.
There was also a photo of John Greedan and Stephen Lee, but it was so awful, I will spare them the publicity.

Friday, May 11, 2001

Okay, a little bit of catchup here to do:

Allison Mills successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis on March 16, 2001. External examiner Ken Poeppelmeier really came here to do some serious skiing at Jasper and a good time was had by all. Allison has now gone off to the Laboratory of Crystal and Structural Chemistry, Bijvoet Center, Utrecht University. You can write to Allison at a.m.mills@chem.uu.nl to tell her not to bring back foot-and-mouth or mad-cow disease!

Congratulations to Meitian Wang for winning an Andrew Stewart Memorial Graduate Prize.  It is given to about 25 graduate students per year at the University of Alberta to recognize outstanding research accomplishments.  You may recall that Allison Mills also won this prize last year.

Congratulations to Chris Sheets for winning the prize for the best inorganic presentation at the Western Undergraduate Chemistry Conference at Simon Fraser University. Chris did a great job explaining how wonderful solid state chemistry is.

Undergraduate Chad Lewis has joined the group this summer and will put his arc-welding trade skills to good use in the laboratory. Mark Morgan and Chris Sheets are also working in the group this summer and continuing on with their projects.

Sunday, February 25, 2001

Photos from Rob's going away party in August 2000.

First, the group went to Julio's Barrio where Rob bought Arthur a few shots of tequila while they wondered whether anyone would show up. (They did, eventually.)
Devon, Arthur, and Allison just having a good time.
Rob continued carousing with Meitian.
... and cozied up to Allison.
... and Laura.
Pierre-Nicholas says, "Hey, Rob, lay off my girl."

Sunday, January 28, 2001

Welcome to the Chem 401/403 undergrad honours project students this term: Chris Sheets and Mark Morgan.

Photos from the past year and further back:

Rob's going away party 2.
Rob's going away party 3.
Devon Happy.
Devon Sad.
Allison, Devon, and Meitian.
Chris and Mark watching Meitian arcmelt.
Meitian at the microscope.
Arthur congratulating PN on his CFI award.
I don't know what PN is doing to Rod.
Arthur at the balcony of his new condo.
Waxing nostalgic -- the original grad students.
Mike somewhere in Boston.

Tuesday, January 2, 2001

Congratulations to Meitian for winning a "2001 Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Award" from the International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD)! The value of the award is US$2250.

Saturday, August 19, 2000

Rob has successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis. Has he sobered up from celebrations last night yet? We shall see.... He moves on to McMaster University next week in a cross-country drive across the Prairies. Pictures are sure to come....

A warm welcome goes to Devon Moore, who joined the group last week.

Sunday, July 23, 2000

Arthur moved into his new digs (both home and office) this month. If you have advice to give on redecorating, he'd appreciate it. The new condo looks great but lacks furniture and wall decorations. The new office has a great view of downtown Edmonton.

Lots of new pictures below!

Laura and Rob looking as proud as new parents of our PPMS.
Meitian doing some glasswork.
Allison looking so excited in the snow.
Arthur and Allison somewhere near Lake Minnewanka.
Arthur and Allison with our tag along friend Quinn (grad student with Joe Takats).
Wot an anomaly! A crystallographer who ain't grumpy!
Quinn (grad student with Joe Takats).
My hero Joe Takats.

Sunday, June 4, 2000

Check out some new photos!
Mike Sprague gazing forlornly at Laura Deakin.
Arthur Mar and Bob McDonald at Mike Ferguson's last supper.
Rob Lam drunk out of his skull and flirting with Paul Tiege and Steve "I've been here too many years" Trepanier.

Monday, May 15, 2000

Congratulations to Rob for winning a TA award! Go check the photo on the bulletin board next to the general office showing smiling Rob shaking hands with the Dean of Science.

Thursday, May 04, 2000

A banner day:

Meitian passed his Ph.D. candidacy exam today.

Since we all got out early from Meitian's exam, we then headed to the Faculty club to watch Allison graciously receive an Andrew Stewart Memorial Graduate Prize. "This prize is awarded in direct recognition of excellence in research at the doctoral level; it acknowledges outstanding accomplishment and potential in pursuit of new knowledge."

Graduate students wanted!

Mike Ferguson graduated in 1999.

Solid state chemistry is an exciting discipline! You can be part of the action too!
Are you tired of carbon and want to move on to more interesting elements?
Are you fascinated by the beauty and complexity of inorganic crystal structures?
Do you want to make brand new compounds that could have important electrical and magnetic properties?
If so, sign up right now!

Some potential projects include:
(1) Antimonide substructures in ternary alkaline-earth and rare-earth antimonides
(2) Magnetic and electrical properties of low-dimensional structures
(3) New Zintl phases



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