Pandemic pedagogy

EDUCATION

We live in an age of disruption. The sharing economy has likely changed your behaviour around booking hotels, riding in taxis, or ordering food. These massive transformations have been made possible through a combination of technology and human creativity. Yet, nature has once again demonstrated its awesome power as the ultimate agent of disruption. COVID-19...

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Chemistry community confronts coronavirus

EDUCATION

University of Ottawa Chemistry and Biomolecular Science Professor Alison Flynn, MCIC, has had a longstanding interest in the way her chosen discipline is taught and the tools that instructors devote to that purpose. Her efforts led to her joining the prestigious ranks of the 3M Teaching Fellows in 2017 and she has been especially enthusiastic...

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Challenging complex problems with complex research

CHEMISTRY FOR ENERGY & THE ENVIRONMENT

In February, Phil De Luna, who directs the National Research Council of Canada’s (NRC) new Materials for Clean Fuels Challenge Program, attended Globe 2020, a business and innovation event dedicated to sustainable technologies. The Vancouver-based conference, which is now in its 30th year, touts itself as the largest such summit in North America, drawing participants...

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Debating the current and future state of science communication

CAREERS & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

As the ranks of the world’s professional journalists have been decimated over the past few decades, so too has their ability to report the work of science to an audience that extends beyond the scientific community itself. If you are part of that audience, you may not have noticed, because there appears to be more...

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