Posts tagged: Awards

Brock wins the 2017 Eickwort

By , November 10, 2017

I am so happy to announce that zayedlab alum Dr. Brock Harpur won the 2017 George C. Eickwort award from the North American Section of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects… wow! this is a huge deal.

The late and great Dr. George C. Eickwort was a giant in the field – please read more about his illustrious life here. My PhD supervisor (Dr. Laurence Packer) was a colleague of Dr. Eickwort, and it was always fun listening to Laurence speak about George and the Eickwortian Legends! [my favourite story is the one where Laurence, George and I think Dr. Bill Wcislo were digging up sweat bee nests in the desert and broke the water lines to the Biosphere2]

The Eickwort award is annually given to a PhD student or recent graduate that “shows the most distinguished record of research and scholarly activity in the area of social insect biology.” Needless to say, given the amazing amount of talented social insect biologists in North America, this award is super competitive.  Brock Harpur did his MSc and his PhD in the lab, and we are all just super thrilled to seem him win this award.

Congrats Brock! Amazing achievement!

Harshil wins best ‘lighting’ talk at OE3C

By , May 23, 2017

Congrats to MSc Student Harshil Patel for wining best ‘lighting’ talk at the OE3C meeting hosted by Queens University last weekend.  Harshil presented on his BeeOmics research that strives to map out the genetics of hygienic behaviour and overwintering mortality in honey bees.

Congrats H

Harshil is third from the left. [Photo Credit - Oe3C]

Congrats to Harshil (third from the left) and other winners. [Photo Credit – Oe3C]

arshil!

Amro Awarded YU President Emerging Leadership Award

By , April 10, 2017

I was very honoured to receive the President’s Emerging Research Leadership Award as YorkU’s research gala last week.

some details here

Also got to celebrate some great achievements by colleagues from the Department of Biology and Faculty of Science.

Amro (middle) with Vice President of Research and Innovation, Dr. Rob Haché (left) and YU President Mamdoh Shoukir

Amro (middle) with Vice President of Research and Innovation, Dr. Rob Haché (left) and YU President Mamdouh Shoukri

 

Good showing by the Faculty of Science at the recent YU research celebration gala

Good showing by the Faculty of Science at the recent YU research celebration gala

Amro awarded the 2016 Hewitt!

By , October 14, 2016

I am very happy to report that I was awarded the Entomological Society of Canada’s Gordon C. Hewitt Award; awarded to researchers who have made an outstanding contribution to entomology in Canada within 12 years of their PhD [read the full citation in the September 2016 bulletin of the Society]. Charles Gordon Hewitt was an amazing Canadian entomologist and conservation biologist. His short and illustrious career included serving as Canada’s Dominion Entomologist, drafting Canada’s destructive insect and pest act in 1910, and aiding in the protection of Canada’s wildlife. More info on his career can be found on his wiki page.

I received the award during the recent International Congress of Entomology, held at Orlando Florida.  It was a very special experience.  Thank you ESC!

Amro

Amro receives the ESC's Hewitt Award, ICE, Orlando 2016

Amro receives the ESC’s Hewitt Award, ICE, Orlando 2016

The Entomological Society of Canada's Gordon C. Hewitt Award

The Entomological Society of Canada’s Gordon C. Hewitt Award

Erica sweeps bio undergrad awards

By , August 18, 2015

Very happy that Erica Shenfeld, who carried out her honours thesis research on Bee Genetics, won the Department of Biology’s C.W. Fowle and B. Rozario  prize, as well as the Mainguy Genetics Award.

The Fowel and Rozario prize is awarded to the most outstanding graduating student in Honours Biology as determined by the department. The award is based on grades, research potential and leadership activities within the department.

The Mainguy Genetics award is given to a 3rd or 4th year biology students who show extreme proficiency in Genetics, both in the laboratory and in the classroom.

Congrats Erica … you made us very proud!

Erica presenting her research on bee genetics at the Toronto Entomological Society, 2015

Erica presenting her research on bee genetics at the Toronto Entomological Society, 2015

New cohort of Undergrads join lab

By , May 22, 2015

May is a very fun time of the year. Spring is in full swing and the bees are happy. It is also a time when a fresh cohort of YorkU undergrads join the lab. This year we have two new summer NSERC USRA scholarship winners joining the lab, Danny and Pratik. We also have zayedlab veterans Harshil (research assistant, summer 2014, and Honors thesis 2014/15) and Research at York student Sani (bioinformatics research assistant) who will continue to work with us this summer.
Welcome and hoping for a very productive summer.

Pratik, Harshil and Danny

Pratik, Harshil and Danny

 

A night full of awards

By , November 15, 2014

Thursday November 13th 2014 was a very memorable day for me

It started on a great note with Nadia successfully defending her MSc thesis and graduating with ‘distinction’. We had a fun little celebration with some honey-inspired treats (including my new favourite… honey goat cheese!). The  lab then took-off to sing the night away at a nearby Karaoke bar (….and yes the rumours are true… i sang Madonna, Toni Braxton and Tracey Chapmen … we all have an #InnerDiva).

I then left the karaoke session early to attend the Faculty of Science‘s 2014 Award Ceremony. The night honours profs, graduate and undergraduate students in the faculty.

I received the Faculty of Science’s Early Career Research Award – a great honour considering the number of super-talented researchers the Faculty boasts. More touching however was the large number of awards that Zayedlab members received – 10

Here they are (in order of announcement)

Brock Harpur (PhD candidate) – Elia Scholarship (Jan – Aug 2014)
Brock Harpur (PhD candidate) – NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship  (Sept 2014)
Lior Krimus (Undergraduate) – York U President Honour roll
Lior Krimus (Undergraduate) – NSERC Undergrad summer research scholarship
Vijay Sandhu (Undergraduate) – NSERC Undergrad summer research scholarship
Harshil Patel (Undergraduate) – Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship
Lior Krimus (Undergraduate) – Dean of  Science’s Honour Roll
Harshil Patel (Undergraduate) – Dean of  Science’s Honour Roll
Vijay Sandhu (Undergraduate) – Dean of  Science’s Honour Roll
Keshna Sood (Undergraduate) – Dean of  Science’s Honour Roll

Lior has been working with us since last year on the Great Canadian Honey Bee Genome Survey. He and Vijay teamed up with Brock and Samir (visiting PhD fellow from Brazil) to study the genetics of several honey bee traits this year.  Harshil and Keshna are part of a massive study on the affects of agrochemicals on bee health this summer, a study led by now PhD candidate Nadia Tsvetkov.

I was truly honoured. It is one thing to write papers and get grants – but to see the team get some much accolades was both fantastic and humbling… It is truly a pleasure to get to interact with so many talented and enthusiastic students every day.

To members and almuni of the Zayedlab – thank you!

Amro

The summer 2014 field team: Phil, Harshil, Keshna, Vijay, Lior [L->R]

The summer 2014 field team: Phil, Harshil, Keshna, Vijay, Lior [L->R]

A master of distinction!

By , November 15, 2014

Congratulation to Nadia Tsvetkov for successfully defending her MSc thesis on learning and memory in honey bees. Nadia’s wrote a very nice review on the genetic of learning and memory in honey bees and conducted a very neat study on how social interaction influence learning and memory. She also led the development of a very neat assay to measure spatial memory in honey bees.

Her MSc degree was awarded with distinction (Top 5%).

Nadia has decided to stick around and do her PhD in the Zayedlab… She is currently leading a large scale study on how agrochemicals affect brain gene expression and behaviour of honey bees in Canada.

Congrats Nadia!

Nadia Tsvetkov, MSc

Nadia Tsvetkov, MSc

Brock wins CSEE talk prize!

By , August 1, 2014

Congrats to Brock for winning the 3rd place award for best student talk at the Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution’s meeting in Montreal last May. Brock presented some of his PhD research on population genomics of the honey bee.

Check out CSEE’s summer bulletin for the official announcement.

Ontario funds research on pesticides and bee health

By , April 27, 2014

Happy to report that the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture is funding our research on “The effects of sublethal neonicotinoid exposure on brain state and behaviour of honey bee workers”. We will study how exposure to some common neonicotinoid pesticides affect the brain state of honey bees, and how it affects aspects of their spatial memory and immunity.

Our research was one of five projects funded by Ontario to help investigate the province’s alarming bee declines.

Amro