For graduate students, locked down can mean locked out

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Ambitious students may regard graduate school as a dream come true, but for many of them, COVID19 has turned it into a nightmare. The pandemic has physically isolated them from their work and colleagues, often creating financial trouble, compromising their ability to conduct research, and limiting their prospects for professional development. The extent of these...

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Global pandemic spawns global classrooms

Like so many educators around the world, I’ve spent more time than usual this summer thinking about what September would bring. Unlike March 2020, when we were engaged in a rushed response to the unfolding global pandemic, the Fall semester would reflect purposeful planning on the part of institutions and administrators, departments and individual faculty....

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The loneliness of the long-distance instructor

For fans of the television show Mary’s Kitchen Crush, a major appeal is watching the animated host make the most of found ingredients to create dazzling results, doing it all with a healthy dose of enthusiasm. That same appeal applies to Trent University Assistant Professor Deborah Durbin’s general chemistry students, who this summer have been...

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Chemistry clicks for the latest Lionel scholar

This year’s winner of the Lionel High School Scholarship proudly flaunts her passion for chemistry and all that it implies. “I have been a science nerd since the dawn of time,” says Emma Pflanz, who recalls making it to the all-school finals of a science fair competition with her Grade 4 entry about how the...

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Marking virtual trails back into the lab

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On June 25th, 2020, Rashmi Venkateswaran, who manages the University of Ottawa’s teaching laboratories, will be delivering a CIC Talks on how laboratory chemistry will be taught in virtual settings. When universities begin their fall session, most students will be attending virtually, and for the most part, their experiences will replicate much of what they...

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Engaging in elemental exploration

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As the official administrators of the Periodic Table, the good people at IUPAC are pleased to share their intimate knowledge of its most arcane history and structural details, such as why plutonium’s symbol is Pu rather than Pl, or where you might be able to find some of the synthetic radioactive element americium at home....

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