CIC and CSC 2014 winners announced

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The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) and Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) have announced the award winners for 2014. Official presentations take place at the 97th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in Vancouver, June 1-5 and the 64th­ Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in Niagara Falls, Ont., Oct. 19–22. Details about the winners’ research are available at www.cheminst.ca/awards.

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Grapevine

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This year’s winner of the 2014 Chemical Institute of Canada medal is Douglas W. Stephan, FCIC, of the University of Toronto. Stephan’s research targets innovative new technologies for the efficient production of desirable chemical products. His group develops new transition metal-based catalysts for hydrogenation, polymerization

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Grapevine

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Geoff Rayner-Canham, FCIC, of Memorial University and Tina Overton of the University of Hull, United Kingdom, authored the newly published Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry, 6th edition. The textbook includes a correlation of...

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Students sparkle at crystal awards

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Canadian high school students and teachers, including some international entries, competed last fall in the Chemical Institute of Canada’s annual National Crystal Growing Competition to create the best quality, largest and heaviest single crystal using sodium potassium aluminum sulfate (Na-K Alum). Regional and national prizes were awarded by competition sponsor Anachemia A VWR Company. Winners...

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2013 It’s Chemistry, Eh?! contest winners announced

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The 2013 It’s Chemistry Eh?! YouTube contest was an overwhelming success with 22 entries from high school students across Canada. The videos embraced such chemistry topics as the benefits of chemistry in everyday life to contributions by recognized chemists and busting chemistry myths. First place went to David Aukema for the video “Chemistry is Everywhere.” Marta...

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Then and Now

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On going concerns about Syria’s use of chemical weapons against its own civilians and Canada’s role in detecting and destroying the vast arsenal have renewed public interest...

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Centennial celebration at U of S

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The University of Saskatchewan Department of Chemistry celebrated 100 years of graduates during last October’s National Chemistry Week in Saskatoon. The event included a tribute to alumnus Henry Taube’s 1983 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, followed by a reception and poster session. Speakers at the centennial celebration included (L-R): Holly Severin, NOVA Chemicals; Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, FCIC,...

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Access to science journals reinstated

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The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and the American Chemical Society (ACS) have entered into an agreement that will provide access to chemistry journals at Canadian universities without a download-based model In 2012, the ACS proposed changing its pricing model to one that is based upon the number of downloads at each institution. This potentially...

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