Chameleon chemist

EDUCATION

When Jennifer Murphy was growing up in Portugal Cove, NL, her father would take her cod jigging, a uniquely Newfoundland way of fishing that involves throwing a piece of baited line with hooks into the water, then letting it sink. As the line is retrieved, it is tugged...

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Renaissance man

CLASS DISTINCTION

Université Laval’s Antoine Marceau says that chemical engineering is key to Canada’s economic prosperity. Photo credit: Amélie Marceau  When Université Laval chemical engineering student Antoine Marceau was growing up, his friends would start chatting, as kids do, about the latest shows they were watching on television. Marceau could only look at them blankly. “I had no...

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Flight risks

ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY

A herring gull colony is no place for the faint of heart, says Robert Letcher, research scientist with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and Head of the Environmental and Analytical Chemistry Research Group in the Wildlife and Landscape Science Directorate.  Letcher speaks from experience. To those unfamiliar with herring gulls, their colonies — such...

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Mitigation made to measure

PETROCHEMISTRY

On June 21, India launched the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre with 20 satellites aboard, including one made by the Canadian firm GHGSat that measures greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sites, using algorithms to interpret, store and manage the data. Photo credit: GHGSat On the first day of summer...

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Rare student

CLASS DISTINCTION

Jackson Knott nabs the 2015 Award for Undergraduate­ Research in Inorganic Chemistry from the Canadian Society for Chemistry for his work developing­ rare earth-containing complexes.

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Rarefied air

EDUCATION

Particulate matter holds special interest for atmospheric chemist Graydon Snider, who is not only a Dalhousie University postdoctoral fellow but a competitive long-distance runner.  Last summer, Dalhousie University’s Graydon Snider was on the roof of a half-built office building in Bangladesh setting up a nephelometer — an air sampler device — to measure the concentration...

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Tough Times

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Annicia Phu sports a cauliflower ear, a souvenir from her years as a competitive wrestler in high school in Calgary. Jammed fingers and bruises were also commonplace — not only in wrestling but rugby, another full-contact sport she embraced as a student. Besides being “a great way to relieve stress,” the competitions also forced Phu...

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