Culture shift

RESEARCH

Last May, the National Research Council (NRC) announced that it was “open for business” and would “work with Canadian industries to bridge...

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Human urine teeming with chemicals

BIOCHEMISTRY

A team at the University of Alberta has published the human urine metabolome, a list of more than 3,000 chemicals detectable in the urine of an average, healthy person. The database will help everyone from environmental toxicologists to doctors...

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Patents must clearly identify­ the inventors

INTELLECTUAL MATTERS

Over the past year, I have attempted to explain some of the basics of patent law. I have regularly mentioned the three basic tenets for obtaining a patent for an invention: the invention must be new, inventive and useful. While these tenets accurately describe...

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Then and now

HISTORY
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The growth of corporate giant Alcan in 20th century Canada was closely linked to two things: the evolution of the world’s most versatile metal — aluminum — and Quebec hydroelectricity, which provided...

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Blunt answers to lack of business innovation in Canada

BUSINESS
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This past April and September a number of demonstrations were held across Canada under the banner of “Stand Up for Science.” These efforts generated a lot of media coverage with a call on the federal government “to make a strong commitment to science in the public interest.” While any media attention for science is welcome, this sound bite is clearly intended to get the public wondering and maybe worrying: What is...

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Grapevine

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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After six years at Université de Sherbrooke, Eli Zysman-Colman was appointed this past July to a prestigious EaStCHEM Research fellowship at the University of St. Andrews at St. Andrews, Fife.

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Oil spill lesson

EDUCATION
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The Chemical Institute of Canada Edmonton Section hosted an evening with Merv Fingas, whose lecture, “Ocean Oil-Spill: The Deepwater Horizon Blowout - Chemistry and Lessons” enlightened an audience of graduate...

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Two CIC board members elected to IUPAC

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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Russell Boyd, FCIC, a Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) past chair and professor of chemistry at Dalhousie University in Halifax, has been elected to a two-year term on the board of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)...

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Chen wins Catalysis Lectureship­ Award

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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Aicheng Chen, professor of chemistry at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont. and a Canada Research Chair in Materials & Environmental Chemistry, is winner of the 2013 Canadian Catalysis Lectureship Award from the Canadian Catalysis Foundation. Chen has made significant...

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A magical 50th anniversary at Carleton U

EDUCATION
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This past September, Carleton's chemistry department hosted a chemical magic show to help celebrate the Faculty of Science’s 50th anniversary. Flashy demonstrations of nitrocellulose, thermite, acetylene combustion and the...

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EnviroAnalysis 2013 joins the CIC fold

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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Hundreds of environmental chemists from across the country gathered in Toronto this past September for EnviroAnalysis 2013, North America’s premier conference in environmental analysis and monitoring. Held biennially since...

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