A showcase for solutions

CONFERENCES

Students could be seen squirming in their seats while Shafiq Jaffer, MCIC, listed the world’s woes. As Vice-President of Corporate Science and Technology Projects in North America for the French energy giant TOTAL, his career has given him a front-row seat for some of the biggest challenges facing our civilization: climate change, finding energy sources...

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NSERC introduces new research funding options

CAREERS & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

This year’s Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in Halifax features a professional development session that will introduce participants to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s new Alliance Grants program. The new initiative, which was formally launched earlier this year, replaces and combines several familiar research funding streams. This single program consolidates awards that were formerly...

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Take a quick conference overview

CONFERENCES

CIC graphic designer extraordinaire Krista Leroux has made it easy for you to navigate the busy itinerary of the upcoming Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, which takes place in Halifax from October 20-23.

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Guts and glory

CHEMISTRY FOR HEALTH

Emma Allen-Vercoe touts her motto as “My microbes told me to do it”. The phrase captures the essence of her work as a professor in the University of Guelph’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, where she has spent more than a decade exploring the daunting biochemical frontier that makes up the human gut. This all too familiar part of our anatomy — which most of us would prefer to think of as a simple black box that turns food into feces — harbours an anaerobic environment known as the microbiome.

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Pursuing policy

CIC MEMBERS

Thomas Baker, FCIC, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Catalysis Science for Energy Applications at the University of Ottawa, recently became a faculty affiliate with the university’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP). This position will allow him to participate in ISSP governance meetings, where he can contribute to setting priorities for this multi-disciplinary academic body’s work on teaching, research, and outreach.

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Science Literacy Week gets under way

CIC MEMBERS

Next week, September 16-22, is Science Literacy Week, an annual celebration of scientists and science communication that is taking place in locations across the country. Keep an eye out for events in your community. The local library may have a themed display of science books that come recommended by other readers. Science centres, museums, and...

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Countering corrosion

MATERIALS & TECHNOLOGY

Anyone who works with metal recognizes the constant threat of corrosion, a problem that becomes especially profound for structures installed in the world’s oceans. In this complex chemical setting, the breakdown of metallic stability represents a leading safety hazard, which is why it sits uppermost in the mind of Faisal Khan, MCIC, who holds the...

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A Maritime meeting this fall

CONFERENCES

Labour Day is coming up fast, along with the early registration deadline for the 69th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference on September 9th. The event will take  place October 20-23 at the newly opened Halifax Convention Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where participants will have an opportunity to hear from some of the leading people in...

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Microfluidics turns to multipoles

RESEARCH & INNOVATION

The past two decades have been a heyday for the field of microfluidics, which has adapted highly accurate etching methods from the information technology industry to create miniaturized arrays where reactions can occur with minimal amounts of reagents. The resulting “lab on a chip” has set the stage for entirely new categories of analytical hardware,...

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Measuring milk’s many micronutrients

RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Milk may be among our most familiar and venerable parts of the human diet, but its complex chemistry still holds a few mysteries and surprises. Most analyses have focused on the macronutrients, the proteins, fats, and carbohydrates that make up this product. The latest generation of metabolomics methods, however, bring powerful technologies such as mass...

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