“Buttergate” puts palm oil supplements on the stand

When Calgary-based food writer Julie Van Rosendaal asked followers in a social media post last month whether they too were finding butter was no longer soft at room temperature, her “buttergate” musings went viral. But the questions she raised about butter’s chemistry were perhaps just as intriguing as the media storm she unleashed.

Mapping metals in feathers

Researchers shine a (very) bright light on duck feathers, revealing a sensitive technique for environmental monitoring. Like the proverbial canary in a coal mine, birds of all kind can act as sentinels for toxic metals in the environment. Now agricultural and environmental scientists are discovering that birds – or more accurately their feathers – can…

From COVID-19 to climate change

The CIC recently sent Queen’s University PhD chemistry student Bailey Smith to the virtual 2020 Canadian Science Policy Conference. Smith sampled panels on topics ranging from a green recovery to parallels between COVID-19 and climate change. Below, she offers her take on what she heard. By Bailey Smith One of the conference’s major themes was…

Science-based decision-making

Chemist partners with City of Kitchener on innovative air pollution study It’s not every day a chemist gets to directly affect government policy. So Wilfrid Laurier University chemistry Professor Hind Al-Abadleh, MCIC, is understandably excited about her school-based air pollution study in Kitchener. Al-Abadleh launched a pilot air-quality monitoring project earlier in 2020 in partnership with…

CIC Talks – Saving solvents

Speakers: Andrew Dicks, Leanna Smid, and John Russell (University of Toronto) After being introduced to the principles of green chemistry by Professor Andrew Dicks, undergraduate students Leanna Smid and John Russell were inspired to apply them to the challenge of recycling the solvents used in teaching laboratories. Their efforts resulted in SoluSave, a start-up company…

LAST DAY TO REGISTER: 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…

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…