Three chemists named to the Order of Canada

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On Nov. 17, 2016, Governor General of Canada David Johnston presented one Companion, 12 Officers and 29 Members with the insignia of the Order of Canada. Among these were three chemists: University of Toronto geochemist..

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New CSChE grant supports student chapters

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In Sept. 2016, the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) established the CSChE Student Chapter Grant Fund, which provides up to $300 in support for student chapter initiatives and scientific endeavours. The University of Alberta Chemical Engineering..

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On the road again

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From 2002 until 2014, Geoff Rayner-Canham, FCIC, together with environmental chemistry students from the Grenfell Campus of the Memorial University of Newfoundland in Corner Brook, visited schools in Labrador, Newfoundland, Quebec and Nunavut with their Chemistry Outreach program..

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Queen’s U and RMC host research poster day

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For the second year running, chemical engineering students from Queen’s University and the Royal Military College of Canada came together to present their work at the Queen’s Chemical Engineering Research Poster Day this past September.

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Grapevine

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Jastina Aujla, Crofton House School in Vancouver, is the recipient of the first Lionel High School Chemistry Scholarship. The scholarship was established to assist a high school student who shows an interest in science in his or her transition to study chemistry or biochemistry at a post-secondary institution (two–year college or cégep pre-university program or...

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NRC celebrates its centennial

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The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is celebrating a century of innovation. Founded in 1916, the NRC was a modest committee of university and industry leaders looking to mobilize science and technology in the national interest.

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CSChE and CGCEN 2016 award winners

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The Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) has announced its 2016 award winners. Official presentations took place at the 66th CanadianChemical Engineering Conference in Québec City this past October.

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Greenspon’s brain chain

POLICY

In a world where work and research are increasingly unfettered by national borders, Canadian policy needs to shift to accommodate this new reality, says Public Policy Forum president Edward Greenspon. The Public Policy Forum (PPF) was founded three decades ago in Ottawa by federal civil servants to raise the level of policy-making and governance. An...

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Celebrating a chemistry conference centenary

EDITORIAL

A “Celebration of Chemistry” is a most appropriate theme for the 100th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CSC 2017) taking place in Toronto May 28-June 1, 2017. This landmark event coincides with Canada’s 150th anniversary and the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) is forecasting a national and international audience of more than 3,000 attendees and...

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Renaissance man

CLASS DISTINCTION

Université Laval’s Antoine Marceau says that chemical engineering is key to Canada’s economic prosperity. Photo credit: Amélie Marceau  When Université Laval chemical engineering student Antoine Marceau was growing up, his friends would start chatting, as kids do, about the latest shows they were watching on television. Marceau could only look at them blankly. “I had no...

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Never underestimate the importance of patenting

INTELLECTUAL MATTERS

As the old adage goes, all good things must come to an end.  And so, with some sadness, I report that this will be the final Intellectual Matters. In my first column several years ago, I mentioned that one of my goals for writing a column in each issue of the Canadian Chemical News (ACCN)...

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Then and Now

CHEMISTRY IN CANADA 1972
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The Allied Chemical & Dye Corporation, the precursor to Allied Chemical Canada, Ltd., was formed in 1920, an amalgam of five United States chemical companies established in the 1800s by Washington Post publisher Eugene Meyer and William Nichols of General Chemical. In 1928, Allied opened a synthetic ammonia plant and quickly became the world’s leading producer...

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Chemistry career sparked by the sting of capsaicin

CHEMFUSION

My early years were spent in Hungary so it should come as no surprise that my first venture into the world of chemistry involved paprika. Bread smeared with goose fat was a popular childhood delight, always topped with a sprinkling of paprika. No worries about cholesterol back then! One day, however, I got a spicy...

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Flight risks

ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY

A herring gull colony is no place for the faint of heart, says Robert Letcher, research scientist with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and Head of the Environmental and Analytical Chemistry Research Group in the Wildlife and Landscape Science Directorate.  Letcher speaks from experience. To those unfamiliar with herring gulls, their colonies — such...

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Out of Thin Air

SEQUESTRATION

Vox, the popular United States media site, had an insightful column this past September about what the world needs to do if it has any hope of keeping planetary warming in check.  Step one: kick fossil fuels off the power grid. Step two: Electrify everything. The idea is to take anything that currently relies on...

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