Roland Andersson farewell message

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After 19 years (1998-2017), Roland Andersson, FCIC, will be stepping down as executive director of the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) on December 31, 2017. Here he reflects on his time at the CIC and highlights team-based achievements.

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MUN students take the excitement of chemistry to Inuit community

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During the week of Thanksgiving, Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) students Chaim Andersen and Yu-Ru Lee, together with professor of chemistry Geoffrey Rayner-Canham, FCIC, took the MUN Grenfell Campus Chemistry Outreach to Jens Haven Memorial School in Andersen’s Inuit home community of Nain. “I feel it is important to give back to my community and my...

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Winners of the CSChE2017 Student Competitions

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We are please to announce the winners of the student competitions from the 67th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference (CSChE 2017): Graduate Student Poster Competition, 3-Minute Elevator Pitch Comeptition, Hatch Plant Design Competition, Robert G. Auld Student Competition and Reg Friesen Student Paper Competition. Congratulations to all participants for very strong entries in each of the competitions!

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Assessing the aging of aerosols

ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY

Our planet’s lower atmosphere is one very busy place, chemically speaking, as climate researchers have discovered. They are developing a new appreciation of complex processes such as cloud formation and radiative forcing, which determines how much light from the sun can reach the earth’s surface and how much heat can escape.

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CIC announces new executive director (Ian Jobe)

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Dr. Ian Jobe, MCIC, has been appointed as the new executive director of the CIC and its constituent societies (CSC, CSChE, CSCT). Ian’s almost thirty years of experience in the chemistry and chemical science industry, background and experience in R&D and technology and non-profit leadership, governance, and management made him the best candidate to lead the CIC national office team. Ian will officially begin as the CIC executive director on January 2, 2018.

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Royal Society of Canada 2017 award winners include chemists Chen and Lautens

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The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) has announced its 2017 award winners which includes chemists Zhongwei Chen and Mark Lautens. The RSC has also named its new Fellows (including Dennis Hall, Mario Leclerc, Stephen Loeb, Milica Radisic, Laurel Schafer, Frank Wania and Jiujun Zhang) and members of The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists (including Joule Bergerson, Frank Gu and Ute Kothe).

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A teaching moment

EDUCATION

College and university professors need to collaborate­ with high school teachers­ to better prepare students for post-secondary education. First off, let me say how absolutely fabulous it was to receive the 2017 Beaumier Award for High School/CEGEP Chemistry Teachers. It is a huge honour that will stop me from slacking off any time soon. To...

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Molecular architect

EDUCATION

Samantha Smith of the University of Toronto­ is devising­ new catalysts and ligands­ to enhance the creation of chemicals in industry and the pharmaceutical sector.  Samantha Smith sees many similarities between an architect who designs buildings and a chemist who undertakes molecular architecture. Smith, who is nearing the end of her PhD studies in organometallic...

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Dangerous chemicals lurk in holistic medicine

CHEMFUSION

Divide some laboratory rabbits into three groups. Feed one group normal rabbit chow, the second group a high-cholesterol diet and the third a high-cholesterol diet supplemented with 0.2 percent curcumin. After eight weeks take blood samples, sacrifice the bunnies and examine their aortas for atherosclerotic deposits. That’s a typical animal experiment to test the potential...

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