It’s been a while…

It has been a few years since I have written anything on this blog. There are reasons… But this year I am on sabbatical leave, so perhaps I will get back to posting regularly. I’m spending the first two months of my leave working with Simon Rogers in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Simon has lots of good ideas about things rheological which I would like to understand better. So far, I’m getting involved in a couple of projects with Simon’s grad students relating to thixotropic suspensions and gelation. I’m also pursuing an idea of my own, which ties in nicely with some of Simon’s work.  Time will tell if it’s a good idea, or not, but it is so nice to have the time to work on it!

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Adam and Rob give 4th year thesis talks

Fourth-year students Rob Cianfarani and Adam Fortais give talks on their honors thesis projects this week. Adam talked about his work on developing a non-Newtonian blood mimicking fluid, which was co-supervised by John de Bruyn ad Tammy Poepping. Rob talked about his analysis of neutron scattering data on hydrogels made from polymer blends. His project was co-supervised by John and Jeff Hutter. Congratulations to both on finishing your theses and on your nice talks!  

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Here’s Adam…

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…and here’s Rob.

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 http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi and search for de Bruyn.