CCEC EDI programming catalyzes conversations, but will it catalyze change? That’s up to all of us.

EDI
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The Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference (CCEC) 2020’s special equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) programming brought EDI to the forefront of the conversations happening in the Canadian chemical engineering community. This special program was presented at CCEC in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). With a plenary panel, symposia presentations, and an interactive...

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And the winners are…

CELEBRATE
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NSERC recognizes outstanding chemistry and chemical engineering research This year’s winners of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada prizes include some remarkable researchers in the chemical sciences and engineering. NSERC announced last week its annual awards to Canadian scientists and engineers, plus industry partners. Molly Shoichet, MCIC, took home Canada’s most prestigious...

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Inorganic chemistry division student awards

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This is a call for nominations for the 2021 Award for Graduate Work in Inorganic Chemistry (AGWIC) and the 2021 Award for Undergraduate Research in Inorganic Chemistry (AURIC).  These awards recognize excellence in inorganic chemistry research at the graduate and undergraduate levels, respectively.  In both cases the awards are meant to recognize an outstanding STUDENT...

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CCWESTT Conference

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The 18th biannual CCWESTT Conference will be held this year in a new online format for the month of November 2020. The CIC is not directly involved in this conference, but we encourage our members to check out the details. What is CCWESTT? The Canadian Coalition for Women in Engineering, Science, Trades, and Technology (CCWESTT)...

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Systems and Control Division AGM

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The Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering’s (CSChE) Systems & Control Subject Division will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams at 3pm EST (noon PST) on November 5. Dial-in phone numbers are also available for audio participation. All division members or CSChE Stats & Control community adherents (i.e. you forgot to...

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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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