Asteroid 273230 de Bruyn

John has an asteroid named after him! The International Astronomical Union has named asteroids after the Chairs of the
Departments of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Western Ontario dating back to 1989, John included. Paul Wiegert, a faculty member in our department who discovers asteroids for a living, proposed this, so thanks a lot, Paul! If you want to know everything there is to know about my asteroid, go to and search for de Bruyn. 

Society of Rheology meeting

John and Grace attended the annual meeting of the Society of Rheology in Montreal last week. It was an excellent conference, as usual. Grace presented a poster entitled “Decrease in viscosity of polyisoprene solutions on addition of multi-walled carbon nanotubes.” John was a co-author on Grace’s posters, and on contributions by collaborators from UBC and Brazil. He was also on the Program Committee for the conference, and chaired one of the sessions.