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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Meet the National Office team: Ki-Youn Kim

CIC MEMBERS

What do you do at the CIC? I am the office’s Community Development Coordinator, which means I wear many different hats. Sometimes you will find me working with our members in student chapters, local sections, and subject divisions, where I am always trying to foster a strong sense of community. When our national conferences get...

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Battling “buddy”

CHEMISTRY FOR SOCIETY

As if collecting the sap of maple trees and transforming it into syrup were not challenging enough, sugar bush operators can find all their hard work ruined in its final stages by an off-flavour that goes by the ironic name of “buddy”. Although the suspected cause is some organic constituent absorbed by sap as it makes its way through the inner recesses of the tree, this problem has remained unexplained and unpredictable.

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2019 – Year in Review

CIC MEMBERS

As we launch our 2020 CIC membership campaign, we are creating a conversation around what membership means and how being a CIC member can help you grow, learn, connect, and recognize in your development as a chemical sciences professional. To give you a sense of what we do at the CIC, here is an update on the exciting initiatives and dialogues we have had over the last year.

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Meet the National Office team: Hamish McPherson

CIC MEMBERS

What do you do at CIC? I am the Communications Coordinator. Among other things, I’m the one who assembles the bi-weekly newsletter that arrives in every member’s inbox. I also handle social media platforms, e-mail campaigns, and sponsorship for our two big conferences, CCCE and CCEC. How has your background led up to this work?...

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Trash becomes treasure for green chemistry group

CIC MEMBERS

Several dozen chemists and their colleagues spent a couple of hours one Saturday this fall cleaning up a west end park in Toronto as part of what can only be described as a Green Chemistry grassroots movement. The group descended on Trinity Bellwoods, near Dundas and Ossington, where they picked up some 15 kg of...

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Join Us and Grow

CIC MEMBERS

What does membership mean to you? Belonging, community, integration. These words reflect the essence of membership for the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) with members joining...

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Career advice from emerging leaders: a PhD student perspective

CONFERENCES

Among the highlights of the 69th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, which took place in October in Halifax, was a set of diverse presentations that made up the annual Emerging Leaders in Chemical Engineering plenary session. This prestigious event showcased the perspectives of four leading early-career researchers in 10-minute TED-Talk-style presentations. Each of them offered a vision of the...

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A showcase for solutions

CONFERENCES

Students could be seen squirming in their seats while Shafiq Jaffer, MCIC, listed the world’s woes. As Vice-President of Corporate Science and Technology Projects in North America for the French energy giant TOTAL, his career has given him a front-row seat for some of the biggest challenges facing our civilization: climate change, finding energy sources...

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