Taking a hard look at safety culture in academic laboratories

CHEMISTRY FOR SOCIETY

The celebrated 19th-century German chemist Justus von Liebig famously advised his protegé Augustus Kekulé that it was necessary to ruin one’s health in order to succeed in chemistry. Liebig could have merely been telling his student that overwork, poor eating habits, and a lack of sleep come with the job, but this advice could also...

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Wrestling with wine and water

RESEARCH & INNOVATION

For all the economic and social benefits that the wine industry has brought to Ontario’s Niagara peninsula region, this expanding sector has also introduced a major environmental challenge to the way local municipal wastewater treatment plants go about their business. At the end of each summer these facilities see a sudden spike in material generated...

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Early Career Chemists – Apply to attend the Inaugural Commonwealth Chemistry Congress

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The inaugural Commonwealth Chemistry Congress (CCC) is to be held at the University of the West Indies, in Trinidad and Tobago, from 18–21 May 2020. The Congress aims to create partnerships for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, strengthen scientific capacity, inspire and elevate the role of the chemical sciences to society and policy makers, and celebrate achievements in our...

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About CNC-IUPAC

CIC MEMBERS

The Canadian National Committee for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (CNC-IUPAC) was formed in 1993 and is supported by the National Research Council (NRC) and the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC).  The CNC-IUPAC is the Canadian identity for IUPAC, the world authority on chemical nomenclature and terminology and more. It is a leader...

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Meet the National Office team: Claire Duncan

CIC MEMBERS

What do you do at the CIC? I am the production editor for The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. While guiding articles through the production process and compiling issues, I work closely with our authors and our typesetting team at Wiley. I sometimes copy edit articles, but more typically work on them once they have...

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Meet the National Office team

CIC MEMBERS

What do you do at the CIC? My name appears as the writer on many of the articles for Canadian Chemical News, but I also serve as the editor, which means I am involved in the handling of most of the items you see there. This process starts with prowling a wide range of news...

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End of the year, end of the decade

CIC MEMBERS

Yes, we know the decade that has become known as the “teens” will not officially end until December 31, 2020. But now is when we all stop using “201x” as the format for writing the year, so this feels like a fresh start. Before that happens, however, please join us for a quick look back...

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Meeting in the Maritimes

CONFERENCES

The 69th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference took place in Halifax in October. The event adopted the theme, “Synergy and Innovation through Community Engagement”, with conference tracks addressing current work in advanced materials, process development, industrial research, and natural resources. There were dedicated programs for students as well as for industry, with an overall emphasis on...

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Making connections in Quebec

CONFERENCES

The 102nd Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition took place in Quebec City at the beginning of June. It was an opportunity for more than 2,500 CIC members to explore the many different aspects of the chemical sciences, from innovative laboratory technology to expanding their career options. Among the major themes was that of EDI —equity,...

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Recognizing the best

CIC MEMBERS

The CIC has a long tradition of showcasing the talent this country produces in the chemical sciences, as a review of this year’s award winners will confirm. The list includes University of Toronto Professor Molly Shoichet, who was honoured by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) as that organization’s 2019 Distinguished Woman....

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Irradier pour la santé

CHEMISTRY FOR HEALTH

Radioactivité. Le terme peut alarmer, évoquant tout de suite des catastrophes comme celle de Tchernobyl. Or, des substances radioactives, appelées isotopes médicaux, sont utilisées chaque jour dans les hôpitaux pour faire de la radio-imagerie. Selon l’Agence internationale de l’énergie atomique, « 80% des examens d’imagerie médicale diagnostique effectués dans le monde font appel au molybdène-99 (99Mo)...

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Coming to terms with openness in science

CAREERS AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

From November 13th to 15th, I was able to attend the Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) in Ottawa as a CIC News Correspondent. I didn’t know what to expect, but my interest grew as the program was revealed. There were two panels that addressed the topic of open access and open science which, as I learned,...

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