Meet the CIC Board Chair

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Paul Smith, the new chair of Chemical Institute of Canada Board of Directors, is Vice President of Xerox Corporation and Centre Director of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada. In that capacity he has played a key role in turning this global research facility in Mississauga into a global innovation hub for the development of...

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Nominations for new award being accepted until September 1

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After Wilfrid Laurier University chemistry Professor Hind Al-Abadleh became vice-chair of CIC’s Environment Division several years ago, among the priorities she identified was the need for a new award. “Our division makes up about 10% of members of the CIC, but we only had one award,” she says, referring to the one sponsored by multinational...

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Kim Baines steps into new director role

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The Canadian Society for Chemistry’s Working group for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (WIDE) has become a permanent committee and the group’s director, Kim Baines, MCIC, has been named as its chair. This move, which was part of the CSC’s most recent board meeting, was highlighted as part of a formal commitment to equity, diversity, and...

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Honouring the memory of Margaret Ann Armour

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A new award, spawned by discussions with the late Margaret-Ann Armour, FCIC, now preserves her memory as a way for the CIC’s Chemical Education Fund to support educators in the chemical sciences. The suggestion for this award dates from 2017, when she expressed her enthusiasm for such an award. “Fundraising was progressing last summer when...

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Meet CSC’s new President

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Steven Holdcroft, the new President of the Canadian Society for Chemistry and chair of the Board, recently took a few questions from CIC News. What has motivated your participation with CSC, which has now culminated in this post on the Board? I have always welcomed the chance to work with an organization that offers a...

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A global appeal to young chemists

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International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN) is seeking Canadian candidates to serve as national delegates to this international body, which strives to provide mentorship and community to participants at the earlier stages of their careers. “It’s a way for young chemists around the world to unite and to have their say in how chemistry moves forward,...

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Sharing resources through Commonwealth Chemistry

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The newly created Federation of Commonwealth Chemical Sciences Society — known simply as Commonwealth Chemistry — has quickly built on its commitment to share infrastructure and information for its membership. Among the most recent examples: members of the Canadian Society for Chemistry can gain unlimited free access to the Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship publication,...

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Marking virtual trails back into the lab

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On June 25th, 2020, Rashmi Venkateswaran, who manages the University of Ottawa’s teaching laboratories, will be delivering a CIC Talks on how laboratory chemistry will be taught in virtual settings. When universities begin their fall session, most students will be attending virtually, and for the most part, their experiences will replicate much of what they...

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Engaging in elemental exploration

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As the official administrators of the Periodic Table, the good people at IUPAC are pleased to share their intimate knowledge of its most arcane history and structural details, such as why plutonium’s symbol is Pu rather than Pl, or where you might be able to find some of the synthetic radioactive element americium at home....

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On-line teaching – by the book

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Join us at 12 pm Wednesday 17 June 2020 for CIC Talks, featuring University of Ottawa Chemistry Professor Alison Flynn. Go to CIC Virtual to attend this event on Zoom. When the next university semester begins this fall, there may be some classrooms on campus that actually contain people. But these will be in the...

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Young Professionals’ Meeting in May 2020

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We want to hear from you. Students, new graduates, and early career professionals are invited to join the Chemical Institute of Canada in our Young Professionals’ Meeting in May 21, 2020. This will be an opportunity to share ideas on how you would like us to support you better. Details are coming soon!

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Mental Health

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Navigating these uncertain times, especially without some of our usual in-person support networks, can take a big toll on mental health. While we are all focusing on taking care of our physical health during the COVID-19 pandemic by practicing physical distancing, washing our hands, and staying home as much as possible, we need to take...

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