Research Chairs announced

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Recipients from the field of chemistry of the Government of Canada’s biannual Canada Research Chair program — created to attract some of the world’s most accomplished scholars —include the following:

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Grapevine

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Bruce Peachey, FCIC, and Christopher Yip were recognized as Honorary Fellows for exceptional contributions to engineering at the Engineering Institute of Canada’s (EIC) CCTC2015 conference and banquet held May 26 in Mo

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ACCN journalist wins award

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Canadian Chemical News (ACCN) contributor Anita Lahey of Toronto is this year’s winner of Engineers Canada Award of Journalism Excellence in Engineering. The award was presented May 24 in Saint John at the organization’s gala.

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Chemistry magic with Harry Potter

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The legend of Harry Potter apparated in real life into the Waterloo Summit Centre for the Environment (WSCE) in Huntsville, Ont. on April 29-30. The event was the first annual Harry Potter - Science and Magic! outreach program, organized by Brock..

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Glorious graphene

MATERIALS CHEMISTRY

The paradoxical observation “less is more” applies perfectly to carbon, for if you think coal and diamonds are valuable, just wait to get your hands...

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Chemistry with a cherry on top

FOOD CHEMISTRY

A half-century ago, Doug Goff grew up in a home in Truro, NS where the freezer usually held seven or eight flavours of ice cream and a sleeve of cones was nearby. Today, Goff is known as Dr. Freeze around the world for his pioneering research into making consistently better ice cream.

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Students should be taught to craft their own destiny

EDUCATION

The world has changed rapidly and many constants are being questioned, even the value of post-secondary education. The assertion that jobs and skills are of paramount importance and that universities do not meet current expectations is rampant despite the backdrop of longer-term, favourable employment rates of university graduates and their greater lifetime earnings and tax contributions. One cannot be overwhelmed by the deluge of claims of a highly educated “barista generation” — global labour markets are resulting in an overeducated workforce for the level required of a job, resulting ultimately in greater unemployment at the “less-credentialed” level.

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Then and Now

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Back in the 1950s, Dow Chemical promoted its glycols by highlighting the humectant and softening effect in cigarettes. Although cigarette advertising is anathema in society today, glycols and the role they play in smoking may be regaining respect.

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Science Rendezvous at SFU draws thousands

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On May 11, the faculties of Science and Applied Science at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Burnaby, British Columbia joined with the Vancouver Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada to celebrate a day of science and astronomy at Science...

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