Free Online Course on Sustainable Development & Environmental Stewardship for Engineers

Engineers Canada partnered with Polytechnique Montréal to develop a free massive open online course (MOOC) based on our National Guideline on Sustainable Development (SD) and Environmental Stewardship (ES) for Engineers: https://engineerscanada.ca/publications/national-guideline-on-sustainable-development-and-environmental-stewardship. It’s been taken by nearly 4,600 people worldwide with great reviews and uses engineering case studies from across Canada to demonstrate the practical application…

Debating the current and future state of science communication

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…

Life in chemistry, as told by those living it

Few things can change a student’s mind like hearing the voice of experience, especially if the speaker is being brutally honest. For his part, Nobel laureate Martin Chalfie did just that when he told an audience at Queen’s University about the roots of his own scientific career. “I worked in a lab as a junior…

Reaxys PhD Prize 2020

There are only four weeks left for ambitious young chemists at the Chemical Institute for Canada to apply to the Reaxys PhD Prize 2020! Remember, anyone who is currently doing a PhD in the chemical sciences or who completed their PhD after January 1, 2019 is eligible to enter. The submission deadline is March 11….

Coming to terms with openness in science

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,…

Discover the publishing process: Peer review

This is Part 3 of Can. J. Chem. Eng.’s Discover the Publishing Process series of CIC News stories. As a society-owned journal, we are offering our CIC community behind-the-scenes information on how journal publishing works. Read the other stories on publishing tips and initial submission. In this installment of Can. J. Chem. Eng.’s primer on…

Discover the publishing process: Initial submission

This is Part 2 of Can. J. Chem. Eng.’s Discover the Publishing Process series of CIC News stories. As a society-owned journal, we are offering our CIC community behind-the-scenes information on how journal publishing works. In the first story in this series, we provided some tips from our publishing experts on things like why you…

Calgary Local Section – Student Chapter – Internship Panel

Students who recently completed their internship working at Nova Chemicals, Imperial Oil, BioMarin, and InterPipeline will talk about the places your degree can take you and answer questions you may have. They’ll cover topics such as the skills that will make you successful, tips on how to land your dream internship job and the roles…

Discover the publishing process: Early career publishing workshop

The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering is starting a new series of CIC News articles providing an inside look at publishing for everyone in our chemical sciences community. As a society-owned journal, we want to provide our members with behind-the-scenes information about how publishing in a journal works, from the early stages of writing all…

NSERC introduces new research funding options

This year’s Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in Halifax features a professional development session that will introduce participants to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s new Alliance Grants program. The new initiative, which was formally launched earlier this year, replaces and combines several familiar research funding streams. This single program consolidates awards that were formerly…

Powerful and overlooked: The importance of communication in science

The year is 2019, and the way humans communicate with each other has drastically changed. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media applications have taken over our lives; some people spend hours looking at their cellphones and seconds looking into another person’s eyes. You can immediately call and talk with someone on the other side…

Verifying the virtues of volunteering

Over the last 4 years, I have made the Chemical Institute of Canada – Toronto Section a major part of my volunteer work. As I approach the end of my graduate degree, I wanted to share with the CIC membership how volunteering with the CIC has helped shape who I am today and changed the trajectory of my career.