Robin Rogers of McGill University has been appointed to the latest Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals. Rogers comes to Canada from The University of Alabama, where he was the Robert Ramsay Chair of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Green Manufacturing. McGill U will receive up to $10 million in funding over seven years to support Rogers’ and his team’s research.

This past September, carbohydrate chemist Mario Monteiro of the University of Guelph was named one of the 50 Most Influential People in Vaccines. Monteiro, whose research was the cover story of the May-June, 2014 issue of the Canadian Chemical News, is developing several vaccines. They include a diarrhea vaccine that has entered a Phase 1 human clinical trial, as well as a vaccine target for Clostridium bolteae, an autism-associated bacterium. The Top 50 was selected based upon votes from the vaccine industry.

Analytical chemist Jonathan Martin, a professor of analytical and environmental toxicology at the University of Alberta, was named one of the world’s most influential researchers in the 2014 Highly Cited Researchers list, compiled by Thomson Reuters. The list is made up of researchers who wrote the highest number of research papers ranking among the top one percent of most-cited papers by category and year, as indexed by the Web of Science Core Collection between 2002 and 2012. About 3,200 researchers were included in the list. 

This past September, the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) Board of Directors approved the appointment of Chris Schwarz as CIC Treasurer (2014-2015). John Vederas, FCIC, is the new CIC Vice-Chair, replacing Mario Pinto, FCIC, who resigned to take on a new position as NSERC president. Other members of the Board include the executive: CIC Chair Bruce Lennox, FCIC, and Past Chair David Fung. Officers include Youla Tsantrizos, President of the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC), Amarjeet Bassi, President of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) and Donna McMahon, President of the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology (CSCT). McMahon completes her term this year and will be replaced by Samantha Waytowich on Jan. 1.