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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Solar guru shines message on Chemistry Week in Edmonton

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Harry Gray, Arnold O. Beckman professor of chemistry and founding director of the Beckman Institute at the California Institute of Technology spoke to hundreds of university and high school students as well as the general public last October as part of National Chemistry Week. Gray’s lecture, “Powering the Planet: Solar Fuels,” presented solutions to the...

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National Chemistry Week slimes Ottawa

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The Chemical Institute of Canada Ottawa Section celebrated last October’s National Chemistry Week by making slime for attendees to the Canada Science and Technology Museum. More than 100 parents and kids received a hands-on chemistry lesson by Bell High School student volunteers who demonstrated slime-making techniques. The event, funded in part by the CIC Chemical...

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Grapevine

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Gregory Jerkiewicz, professor of chemistry at Queen’s University and Editor-in-Chief of Electrocatalysis, has been appointed to the Advisory Board of FC Cubic, the Fuel Cell Cutting-Edge Research Center Technology Research Association. FC Cubic is supported

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Blunt answers to lack of business innovation in Canada

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This past April and September a number of demonstrations were held across Canada under the banner of “Stand Up for Science.” These efforts generated a lot of media coverage with a call on the federal government “to make a strong commitment to science in the public interest.” While any media attention for science is welcome, this sound bite is clearly intended to get the public wondering and maybe worrying: What is...

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CIC advocates for student and research­ funding

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As part of its ongoing commitment to advocacy, the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) has submitted a brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (FINA). The recommendations include increasing the number of fully funded PhD students and post-doctoral fellows in the natural sciences and engineering, as well as increasing funding to granting...

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Grapevine

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After six years at Université de Sherbrooke, Eli Zysman-Colman was appointed this past July to a prestigious EaStCHEM Research fellowship at the University of St. Andrews at St. Andrews, Fife.

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Students enjoy lectures­ in the great outdoors

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This year’s Annual Symposium of Inorganic Chemistry of Quebec (SACIQ), held this past August, was the opportunity for chemistry students from Quebec and around the world to enjoy the great Canadian outdoors. The students gathered at La Mauricie National Park to listen to a lecture by Serge Gorelsky of the University of Ottawa while enjoying...

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Oil spill lesson

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The Chemical Institute of Canada Edmonton Section hosted an evening with Merv Fingas, whose lecture, “Ocean Oil-Spill: The Deepwater Horizon Blowout – Chemistry and Lessons” enlightened an audience of graduate students, academics and industrial fellows on Sept. 26. Fingas, the former Chief of the Emergencies Science Division of Environment Canada, discussed the $60-billion cleanup efforts...

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Two CIC board members elected to IUPAC

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Russell Boyd, FCIC, a Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) past chair and professor of chemistry at Dalhousie University in Halifax, has been elected to a two-year term on the board of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)...

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