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Quantum Leaps

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Axel Becke has a lot in common with Albert Einstein. Just like the famous physicist, Becke was born in Germany and made his greatest scientific contributions...

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Chemists honoured with Killam Prize Fellowships

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This past April, the Canada Council for the Arts announced the recipients of the 2015 Killam Program. This included six Killam Research Fellowships, three of which went to chemists. The fellowship is valued at $840,000, which will be distributed...

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Grapevine

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This year’s winner of the Chemical Institute of Canada Beaumier Award for High School/Cégep Chemistry Teachers is Yvonne Clifford of Jacob Hespeler Secondary School in Cambridge, Ont. The national award is sponsored by the CIC’s Beaumier Churcott Fund and recognizes...

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CIAC’s Responsible Care Report

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This past April, the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) released its Responsible Care Performance: Delivering on our Commitments in Toronto at Chemistry 2015, the Canadian industry’s premier safety and sustainability conference. ...

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CSACS holds thesis competition

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The Centre for Self-Assembled Chemical Structures (CSACS) 13th annual conference took place this past May at McGill University. About 220 participants attended the conference and 49 posters were shown. Speakers included Zhenan Bao of Stanford University...

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You can never be too thin

MATERIALS CHEMISTRY

Tony SpringThorpe holds his thumb and forefinger about a centimetre apart, then offers this revealing quip about his long and distinguished career, “For more than 40 years I’ve been doing epitaxial growth and in that time I’ve grown this much material.” This is how SpringThorpe sums up a lifetime of laying down thousands upon thousands...

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An economist’s take on Canadian science

POLICY PUNDIT

In Alberta, ATB Financial is a household name and so is Todd Hirsch, its chief economist. What makes ATB Financial well known in the province is the wide range of services provided through almost 200 branches and more than 100 agencies, telephone and Internet banking and automated banking machines. With more than $37 billion in...

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Trade secrets can protect better than patents

INTELLECTUAL MATTERS

I  love sushi, especially when it comes with a large heap of wasabi. What, you may ask, does this have to do with chemistry? Well, not much actually, although I guess you could consider the green paste that we generally call “wasabi” a chemical composition. It wasn’t until much later in life that I realized...

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1951 Chemistry in Canada

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Spectrochemical analysis, which is an integral instrument in many university and industrial chemistry laboratories, rests — like so many modern-day innovations — upon the shoulders of giants. The giant, in the case of spectrochemical analysis, is English physicist and mathematician Sir Isaac Newton, who in 1666 discovered that the white light of the sun could...

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Opium and laudanum history’s wonder drugs

PHARMACEUTICALS

Victor Frankenstein, who incidentally was a medical student and not a doctor, was very disturbed when the creature he created killed his friend Henry Clerval. Unable to sleep, he dosed himself with laudanum, perhaps the Victorian era’s most popular medicine. Laudanum was a 10 percent solution of opium powder in alcohol, widely used to treat...

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UBC Okanagan plays host to undergraduate conference

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The 29th annual Western Canadian Undergraduate Chemistry Conference (WCUCC) was hosted by the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna this past May. More than 50 undergraduate students from Western Canada showcased 30 oral and 19 poster presentations. The top oral presentation prize went to Benjamin Boswell of the University of British Columbia for “Studies...

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