Keeping tabs on the Table

MATERIALS & TECHNOLOGY

Although the early alchemists have been stereotyped as gold-diggers eager to transmute lead into something with a better cash value, what they were really after was an orderly description of the materials that make up our world. While the gold thing never really worked out, alchemy’s loftier vision was ultimately realized with the conception of...

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End of the year, end of the decade

CIC MEMBERS

Yes, we know the decade that has become known as the “teens” will not officially end until December 31, 2020. But now is when we all stop using “201x” as the format for writing the year, so this feels like a fresh start. Before that happens, however, please join us for a quick look back...

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Meeting in the Maritimes

CONFERENCES

The 69th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference took place in Halifax in October. The event adopted the theme, “Synergy and Innovation through Community Engagement”, with conference tracks addressing current work in advanced materials, process development, industrial research, and natural resources. There were dedicated programs for students as well as for industry, with an overall emphasis on...

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Making connections in Quebec

CONFERENCES

The 102nd Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition took place in Quebec City at the beginning of June. It was an opportunity for more than 2,500 CIC members to explore the many different aspects of the chemical sciences, from innovative laboratory technology to expanding their career options. Among the major themes was that of EDI —equity,...

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Recognizing the best

CIC MEMBERS

The CIC has a long tradition of showcasing the talent this country produces in the chemical sciences, as a review of this year’s award winners will confirm. The list includes University of Toronto Professor Molly Shoichet, who was honoured by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) as that organization’s 2019 Distinguished Woman....

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Meet the National Office team: Ki-Youn Kim

CIC MEMBERS

What do you do at the CIC? I am the office’s Community Development Coordinator, which means I wear many different hats. Sometimes you will find me working with our members in student chapters, local sections, and subject divisions, where I am always trying to foster a strong sense of community. When our national conferences get...

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Battling “buddy”

CHEMISTRY FOR SOCIETY

As if collecting the sap of maple trees and transforming it into syrup were not challenging enough, sugar bush operators can find all their hard work ruined in its final stages by an off-flavour that goes by the ironic name of “buddy”. Although the suspected cause is some organic constituent absorbed by sap as it makes its way through the inner recesses of the tree, this problem has remained unexplained and unpredictable.

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Meet the National Office team: Hamish McPherson

CIC MEMBERS

What do you do at CIC? I am the Communications Coordinator. Among other things, I’m the one who assembles the bi-weekly newsletter that arrives in every member’s inbox. I also handle social media platforms, e-mail campaigns, and sponsorship for our two big conferences, CCCE and CCEC. How has your background led up to this work?...

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Trash becomes treasure for green chemistry group

CIC MEMBERS

Several dozen chemists and their colleagues spent a couple of hours one Saturday this fall cleaning up a west end park in Toronto as part of what can only be described as a Green Chemistry grassroots movement. The group descended on Trinity Bellwoods, near Dundas and Ossington, where they picked up some 15 kg of...

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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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