The CIC’s professional development courses are set for Sept. 17-18, 2013 in Toronto. In addition to popular courses on Laboratory Safety and Process Safety, a new course on Lean Sigma will be offered by the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology in partnership with Leading Edge Group. Combining principles of Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma process management, the course is designed to help process managers increase both efficiency and product quality. For more information go to www.cheminst.ca/career/courses.

The application deadline for this year’s CNC-IUPAC awards is Oct. 16, 2013. Established in 1982, the awards help Canadian scientists and engineers who are within 10 years of earning their PhD present a paper at a Canadian National Committee for the International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry-sponsored conference outside Canada and the United States. The awards are co-financed by the Canadian Society for Chemistry’s Gendron Fund and CNC/IUPAC’s company associates. Submit an application at http://www.cnc-iupac.ca/awards_e.html
or Français: http://www.cnc-iupac.ca/awards_f.html.

The application deadline for the 2014 CCUCC Chemistry Doctoral Award is Sept. 14, 2013. The award acknowledges outstanding achievement and potential in research by a graduate student whose PhD thesis in chemistry was formally accepted by a Canadian university in the 12-month period preceding the nomination deadline. For further information, email awards@cheminst.ca or go to www.chemistry.ca/awards.

The It’s Chemistry, Eh?! annual competition is just around the corner. This popular YouTube contest challenges students in Canadian high schools to communicate chemistry concepts in a fun and creative way. Suggested topics include the benefits of chemistry in everyday life and busting a commonly held myth about chemistry. Submissions are judged on educational value, accuracy of content, quality of information, ability to effectively communicate ideas, creativity, relevance to the theme and production value. The winners receive prize money to put towards their education. The submission period is from Oct. 15 to Nov. 29.