ChemCon 2017 at Memorial University

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The 42nd annual Science Atlantic Chemistry Conference (ChemCon 2017) was held in St. John’s at Memorial University of Newfoundland May 4-6.The conference hosted more than 140 participants including undergraduate and graduate students as well as professionals from academia and industry. Over the course of three days, students gave oral and poster presentations that showcased the diverse chemistry research happening in Atlantic Canada

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In Memoriam of Norman H. Sagert

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April 25, 2017 The CIC would like to extend its condolences to the family of Norman H. Sagert of Winnipeg, Manitoba, who died April 19, 2017, at the age of 81.  Sagert is remembered for his warmth and modesty as well as his innovative solutions to chemical engineering in Nova Scotia. Some of his accomplishments...

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Safeguarding the central science

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At the time of confederation in 1867, chemistry was already well on its way to becoming a mature and powerful scientific discipline that would usher in profound changes in our world, from life-saving medicines and food production technologies to the kaleidoscope of materials that underlie the electronic marvels around us. The Canadian Chemical News asked three...

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New Prescription

PHARMACEUTICALS

Humanity’s search for medicinal agents undoubtedly extends into our prehistoric past. Only since the 19th century, however, has this endeavour taken on the full trappings of scientific investigation. While plenty of diseases continue to afflict us, a huge portion of the world’s population now enjoys an unprecedented quality of life in terms of health, for...

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Responsible Care

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Between November 1995 and June 1996, 109 Haitian children inexplicably developed acute renal failure, hepatitis and pancreatitis, leading to coma and death. Of the 87 youngsters who remained in Haiti for medical care, 85 of them died. Eleven were transported to the United States for intensive care; of these, three perished. A multi-national Acute Renal...

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The Greening of Chemistry

GREEN CHEMISTRY

Ask most people in the chemistry community and they'll tell you green chemistry seems to be everywhere these days. Depending on the context, this is either mentioned with pride...

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Simply the Best

HISTORY

In chemistry, as in every branch of science, major breakthroughs happen rarely. Knowledge creation more typically comes from the incremental advances of diligent scientists toiling in obscurity.

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Sparks of Genius

EDUCATION

Chemistry research in Canada pre-dates Canada itself. In the 1840s, decades before confederation, British ex-pat Henry Holmes Croft became the first chemistry professor at the University of King’s College, the precursor...

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Petrochemical Heartland

HISTORY

Hewers of wood and drawers of water is the oft-repeated narrative used to describe Canada’s historical reliance on natural resources. It is true that Canada has been, and continues to be, dependent upon the land’s natural bounty: oil and gas, coal, hydropower, fish, forestry, silver, copper, gold, diamonds, molybdenum, potash and rare earth elements. Yet,...

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The Canadian discovery that sparked a global industry

CHEMFUSION

On May 4, 1892 Thomas Willson, a Canadian inventor, placed some calcium oxide (lime), coal tar and aluminum oxide in a container and heated the mix to a high temperature. Willson was hoping to produce metallic aluminum, an expensive commodity at the time. The thinking was sound. Coal tar — basically carbon — was known...

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Innovative gel douses an entrepreneurial fire

BUSINESS

At first glance the YouTube video looks like yet another reminder that some people have too much time on their hands. And in this case one of those hands is covered in an opaque gel, while the other holds a blowtorch with the flame set directly on that hand for what seems like far too long.

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McGill U and École Polytechnique co-host Research Day

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The fifth annual Chemical Engineering Research Day, organized by the chemical engineering departments at McGill University and École Polytechnique de Montréal, was major success. The March 15 event contributed to the training, networking and visibility of graduate students, giving them the opportunity to mingle with colleagues and professionals.

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Simon Fraser University hosts Chemistry Career Night

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Simon Fraser University, in conjunction with the Vancouver CIC Local Section, co-hosted the fourth annual Chemistry Career Night for SFU undergraduate students enrolled in at least one chemistry course. The students received advice on which career opportunities awaited them in the chemistry sector upon graduation.

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Record number of delegates at York U’s annual chemistry conference

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The Department of Chemistry at York University in Toronto hosted the 45th Southern Ontario Undergraduate Student Chemistry Conference (SOUSCC) this past March. It was the largest-ever SOUSCC, with more than 135 speakers and almost 200 delegates. Some included first-time participants from the University of Ottawa and Nipissing University in North Bay, Ont.

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Undergrads network with chemical engineering professionals at U of T

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This past March, the University of Toronto and the Chemical Institute of Canada co-hosted the annual Sector Info Night, inviting chemical engineering alumni from various areas of expertise to speak with undergraduates about their future career plans. This year’s speakers gave a brief presentation about their respective fields, which included: air quality control, environmental engineering, metallurgy, process engineering and consulting. 

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Professional Chemists Sign Mobility Agreement

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Professional Chemists can now transfer their professional registration between provinces across Canada. The Federation of Canada’s Professional Chemists (FCPC) announced today that provincial chemists’ organizations have adopted a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate mobility of professional chemists between provinces.

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2017 3M National Teaching Fellowships

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3M National Teaching Fellowship is Canada’s most prestigious recognition of excellence in educational leadership and teaching at the university or college level. The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and 3M Canada are pleased to announce the 2017 3M National Teaching Fellows:

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Jeffrey Dahn awarded the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal

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This year’s winner of the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering is Jeffrey Dahn of Dalhousie University. The Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, NSERC’s highest honour, recognizes research contributions characterized by both excellence and influence

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