This week I went to the PhD examination of Jeremy Koch, one of Randy Ewoldt’s students. Jeremy’s thesis was about how air bubbles and particles move in vibrated or rapidly accelerated yield-stress fluids. Experiments on glass beads, Carbopol, and concrete. Interesting work, and Jeremy handled questions very well. It was interesting for me to see how a PhD exam works at UI. I was allowed to – and did – participate in the exam, for example, which would not be allowed at Western. Congratulations to Dr. Koch, and thanks for the champagne and cake afterwards!
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!
Yesterday we had a visit from Kathryn Grandfield, from McMaster University’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering. She’s interested in electron microscopy and biomineralization, and gave a colloquium on “3D Electron Microscopy: Basics and Applications to Biointerfaces.” Very cool stuff.
I enjoyed the CAP congress this year. There seemed to be more than the usual number of papers on topics related to the research we do, and the quality of the talks was high. Brock Laschowski, a student from our Kinesiology department with whom I collaborate, won a prize for his poster on the effects of oar mechanics on rowing speed. I pinned up Grace’s poster and managed to talk to a few people about it, but I had to judge student posters so I was busy for most of the session. Cameron’s talk was scheduled at the same time as mine, so I didn’t see it. He tells me it went well, though. My own talk was well-received, but Friday morning is not the best time to present. One complaint: The choice of beer at the Sunday night reception was limited to B** and B** Lite, neither of which count as real beer in my view.
The Phys 4999 honors thesis talks are taking place this Wednesday, April 10. Cameron will be giving a talk on his research on “Oscillating Objects in Non-Newtonian Fluids” at 11:00 in PAB 100. Please attend if you can.
This morning John is attending a “Focused Data, Computing & Simulation Workshop” at University Hospital. The workshop is intended to bring together people who may be able to contribute to musculo-skeletal research at Western.
John gave the Physics and Astronomy Department Colloquium yesterday. His talk was on “Restricted diffusion in soft matter and elsewhere”.