Meet CSC’s new President

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Steven Holdcroft, the new President of the Canadian Society for Chemistry and chair of the Board, recently took a few questions from CIC News. What has motivated your participation with CSC, which has now culminated in this post on the Board? I have always welcomed the chance to work with an organization that offers a...

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A global appeal to young chemists

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International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN) is seeking Canadian candidates to serve as national delegates to this international body, which strives to provide mentorship and community to participants at the earlier stages of their careers. “It’s a way for young chemists around the world to unite and to have their say in how chemistry moves forward,...

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Teaming up in the trenches of on-line teaching

COMMUNITY NEWS

Post-secondary chemistry instructors across the country have generally reconciled themselves to teaching in on-line settings for the foreseeable future and most of them are preparing to deliver all kinds of course content in this way. Depending on the size of their institution, however, some of these individuals may not have access to the knowledge or...

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Meet the National Office Team: Kyra Van Den Bos

COMMUNITY NEWS

What do you do at the CIC? I am the Managing Editor of The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering (Can. J. Chem. Eng.), which is the premier journal of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering. That means I am primarily responsible for ensuring that all activities leading to publication are achieved in a timely fashion. This includes...

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Canada Research Chair-holder honoured by CSChE

RECOGNITION

Ajay Dalai, FCIC, a Distinguished Professor in the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, is the 2020 recipient of the R. S. Jane Memorial Award. This annual distinction, inaugurated in 1960, commemorates the outstanding contributions of the late Dr. Robert Stephen Jane by honouring others who have made their own exceptional achievements...

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Taking stock of a working group that has worked

COMMUNITY NEWS

Although the current COVID crisis means CCCE is not taking place in Winnipeg this month, The Canadian Society for Chemistry’s Working Group on Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (WIDE) continues to build on the legacy of past conferences and develop new standards for future events. “The CSC put EDI forward as a strategic initiative in 2016...

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LOGIC – now virtual!

COMMUNITY NEWS

The fourth annual Leaders Overcoming Gender Inequality in Chemistry (LOGIC) conference, focused on equity, diversity and inclusion in chemistry, is generally held as an in-person satellite meeting the weekend before the CCCE. However, due to the growing cases of COVID-19 across Canada, and the commitment of LOGIC organizers to the safety and well-being of our...

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Nano-scale innovation makes an outsized impact

COMMUNITY NEWS

The same technology that safeguards the authenticity of the bills in our purses and wallets has provided a new medium for creative visual expression, thanks to an innovative collaboration between artists and the engineers who originally developed that technology. The roots of this work lie in the Bank of Canada’s never-ending quest to make the...

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Chemistry community confronts coronavirus

EDUCATION

University of Ottawa Chemistry and Biomolecular Science Professor Alison Flynn, MCIC, has had a longstanding interest in the way her chosen discipline is taught and the tools that instructors devote to that purpose. Her efforts led to her joining the prestigious ranks of the 3M Teaching Fellows in 2017 and she has been especially enthusiastic...

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Pandemic pedagogy

EDUCATION

We live in an age of disruption. The sharing economy has likely changed your behaviour around booking hotels, riding in taxis, or ordering food. These massive transformations have been made possible through a combination of technology and human creativity. Yet, nature has once again demonstrated its awesome power as the ultimate agent of disruption. COVID-19...

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Challenging complex problems with complex research

CHEMISTRY FOR ENERGY & THE ENVIRONMENT

In February, Phil De Luna, who directs the National Research Council of Canada’s (NRC) new Materials for Clean Fuels Challenge Program, attended Globe 2020, a business and innovation event dedicated to sustainable technologies. The Vancouver-based conference, which is now in its 30th year, touts itself as the largest such summit in North America, drawing participants...

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Debating the current and future state of science communication

CAREERS & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

As the ranks of the world’s professional journalists have been decimated over the past few decades, so too has their ability to report the work of science to an audience that extends beyond the scientific community itself. If you are part of that audience, you may not have noticed, because there appears to be more...

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