A carbon free fuel: Hydrogen can

CHEMISTRY FOR ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
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The Embassy of Canada in Berlin and the National Research Council of Canada, in collaboration with Natural Resources Canada, will be hosting a free virtual event, “A Carbon Free Fuel: Hydrogen Can,” at Falling Walls/Berlin Science Week on November 6th, 2020. Hydrogen is a versatile carbon-free chemical fuel that could serve as an energy vector...

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Showcasing novel research and innovative development

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CCEC2020 will feature the fourth annual set of presentations under the Emerging Leaders in Chemical Engineering initiative, which invites selected speakers to deliver short presentations on some of the most exciting work they are pursuing in their respective fields. This year’s presenters are Associate Professor Gisele Azimi of the University of Toronto’s Department of Chemical...

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Second thoughts on critical thinking

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Join CIC Talks on Wednesday, October 7th for a presentation by Paulette Vincent-Ruz, a postdoctoral associate in chemistry education at the University of Michigan. She will be exploring the subtleties of chemical thinking, an important variation of critical thinking that she insists must be informed by an appreciation of the socio-cultural nature of science. She...

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Thanks, COVID

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It may seem hard to remember what the world was like at the beginning of 2020. And for those of us labouring in the digital trenches, it seems hard to recall the world before CIC ViRTUAL. Was there ever a time when our website was not packed with webinars addressing all facets of the chemical...

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LGBTQ+ STEM Conference

COMMUNITY NEWS
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2SLGBTQ+ and ally CIC members James Gauld, John Hayward, Tricia Carmichael, and Marcus Drover at the University of Windsor are involved in organizing the LGBTQ+ STEM Conference, which will be happening virtually from Oct. 5-9th, 2020. This year’s conference is building off the successes of last year’s inaugural event, and will bring together STEM professionals...

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For graduate students, locked down can mean locked out

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Ambitious students may regard graduate school as a dream come true, but for many of them, COVID19 has turned it into a nightmare. The pandemic has physically isolated them from their work and colleagues, often creating financial trouble, compromising their ability to conduct research, and limiting their prospects for professional development. The extent of these...

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Rallying for resources

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Statistics Canada reports that about a quarter of the Canadian population holds some kind of post-secondary degree but for members of the country’s Indigenous community, that figure drops to just one in 10. This distinction serves as a reality-check for Alex Veinot, who is completing his PhD in chemistry at Queen’s University. As a member...

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A forest full of research possibilities

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For many CIC members, FPInnovations will be familiar as the name of a private, not-for-profit organization that supports work in Canada’s forestry sector. With research laboratories and technology transfer offices across the country, chemists and chemical engineers have access to hundreds of staff members to help them tackle a wide range of challenges facing one...

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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, FCIC, 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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