April Society News
CIC and CSC 2012 award winners
The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) and the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) award winners will be honoured at either the 95th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in Calgary May 26-30 or the 62nd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference Oct. 14-17 in Vancouver.
The CIC winners are:
John Grace, FCIC, University of British Columbia, Montreal Medal, sponsored by the Montreal CIC Local Section and the CIC, for his contributions to the chemical community. Grace was chair of the CIC and president of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE), an adviser to Natural Resources Canada, as well as chairing NSERC Committees and participating on the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. He was editor of Chemical Engineering Science and participated on other editorial boards.
Raymond J. Andersen, FCIC, University of British Columbia. CIC Medal, sponsored by the CIC, for his research in chemistry of biologically active marine natural products.
Charles Mims, MCIC, University of Toronto. Catalysis Award, sponsored by the Canadian Catalysis Foundation for his investigation of catalytic and surface reaction mechanisms of significance to the energy sector.
Dietmar Kennepohl, FCIC, Athabasca University. Award for Chemical Education, sponsored by the CIC Chemical Education Fund, for his commitment to excellence in post-secondary education. Kennepohl’s research in chemical education extends outside the classroom, with concentration on the use of innovative online and distance delivery methods.
Jon Abbatt, University of Toronto. Environment Division Research and Development Award, sponsored by the CIC Environment Division, for his research in atmospheric chemistry with a focus on aerosol chemistry.
Françoise Winnik, Université de Montréal. Macromolecular Science and Engineering Award, sponsored by NOVA Chemicals Corp., for her research in amphiphilic polymers.
The CSC winners are:
Yvan Guindon, FCIC, Clinical Research Institute of Montreal. Alfred Bader Award sponsored by Alfred Bader, HFCIC, for his research on synthesis of natural products of the polyketides family.
Frank van Veggel, MCIC, University of Victoria. Award for Research Excellence in Materials Chemistry, sponsored by the CIC Materials Chemistry Division, for his research on luminescent nanoparticles.
Todd Lowary, MCIC, University of Alberta. Bernard Belleau Award, sponsored by Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Canada) Inc., for his research in synthetic chemistry with a particular emphasis on carbohydrate chemistry.
David Marcoux, MCIC, for research carried out at Université de Montréal under adviser André Charette FCIC, now at Harvard University. Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Doctoral Research Award, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd., for graduate work focused on the synthesis and use of tetrarylphophonium salts as a solubility control group in organic chemistry.
Louis Barriault, University of Ottawa. Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Research Excellence Award, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd., for his research in asymmetric synthesis, development of new synthetic methods and total synthesis of complex natural products.
Charles Yeung, MCIC, for research carried out at University of Toronto under adviser Vy Dong, now at Harvard University. Canadian Council of University Chemistry Chairs (CCUCC) Chemistry Doctoral Award, sponsored by the CCUCC, for graduate work focusing on the development of new catalytic methods using carbon dioxide as an organic feedstock.
Rina Carlini, MCIC, Xerox Research Centre of Canada. Clara Benson Award, sponsored by CCUCC, for her research in processes for preparation of nanopigments.
Janusz Pawliszyn, FCIC, University of Waterloo. E.W.R. Steacie Award, sponsored by the following CIC divisions: Analytical; Physical, Theoretical and Computational; Inorganic and Organic, for research in the design of highly automated and integrated instrumentation for the isolation of analytes from complex matrices and the subsequent separation, identification and determination of these species.
Dennis Salahub, FCIC, University of Calgary. John C. Polanyi Award, sponsored by the Physical, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry Division, for his contributions to the development of quantum chemical methodology and its applications to systems of ever-increasing complexity.
Aicheng Chen, MCIC, Lakehead University. Keith Laidler Award, sponsored by the Physical, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry Division, for his research on structure and reactivity of nanostructured catalysts at the molecular level.
Pierre Thibault, MCIC, Université de Montréal. Maxxam Award, sponsored by Maxxam Analytics Inc., for his research in bioanalytical chemistry and mass spectrometry.
Stephen Loeb, FCIC, University of Windsor. Rio Tinto Alcan Award, sponsored by Rio Tinto Alcan, for his research in supermolecular chemistry.
Mario Pinto, FCIC, Simon Fraser University. R. U. Lemieux Award, sponsored by Gilead Alberta ULC, for his research in bioorganic chemistry, providing potential applications for the control or treatment of bacterial and viral diseases.
Mark Stradiotto, MCIC, Dalhousie University. Strem Chemicals Award for Pure or Applied Inorganic Chemistry, sponsored by Strem Chemicals Inc., for his research focusing on the development of highly effective ancillary ligands for use in challenging cross- coupling reactions.
Yingfu Li, MCIC, McMaster University. W.A.E. McBryde Medal, sponsored by AB Sciex, for his research on aspects of aptamer and DNAzyme based biosensors.
New CIC Fellows
The Chemical Institute of Canada has awarded 2012 Fellowships to three individuals:
Catherine Cardy, FCIC, Imperial Oil (CSCT)
Ajay Dalai, FCIC, University of Saskatchewan (CSChE)
Pierre Beaumier, FCIC, CanAlt Health Labs (CSC)
Fellowships are awarded annually in recognition of CIC members who have made outstanding contributions in their field.
Half a century with CIC
Congratulations to those who have achieved 50 years of membership the CIC.
Joseph Atkinson, FCIC, Toronto
Hans Baer, FCIC, Ottawa
John Dalton, MCIC, Kelowna, B.C.
Jacques Desnoyers, FCIC, Québec City
Morris Givner, FCIC, Halifax
J. Hardy, MCIC, Vegreville, Alta.
Rainer Minzloff, MCIC, Dartmouth, N.S.
Robert Nelson, MCIC, Richmond, B.C.
Walter Sowa, MCIC, Toronto
Otto Strausz, FCIC, Edmonton
Robert Thompson, FCIC, Vancouver
Zdenek Valenta, FCIC, Fredericton
Galen Van Cleave, MCIC, Victoria
EIC honours CSChE members
Two CSChE member were recently honoured by the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) at its annual awards dinner, held late February in Ottawa. Phillip (Rocky) Simmons, MCIC and CEO of Eco-Tec Ltd. of Pickering, Ont. was awarded the K. Y. Lo Medal, given annually to an individual and member of the Engineering Institute of Canada who has made outstanding contributions internationally in the field of engineering. Marc Arnold Dubé, FCIC and professor of chemical engineering at the University of Ottawa, was among the members inducted as fellows of the EIC for exceptional contributions to engineering in Canada.
Attracted to chemistry
The CIC Chemical Education Fund has awarded a $5,000 grant to Attraction chimique, a travelling exhibit that aims to reverse the sometimes-negative view that the public has about chemistry. Created by the Département de chimie de l’Université Laval, its goal is to have people appreciate this thrilling science as essential to everyday life.
Attraction chimique was officially launched last August at the Pavillon des sciences (Science Pavillon) of Expo Québec 2011 in Québec City. To date, the exhibit has travelled to about 20 events in and around Québec City, including the Salon Éducation Emploi.
The exhibit illustrates the role of chemistry by presenting entertaining and interactive workshops. Visitors become a ‘chemist-for-a-day’ and perform real experiments. While participants range from the very young to the very old, children and teenagers are especially drawn to the exhibit.
Attraction chimique is divided into themes: the chemistry you eat; the science of fireworks; CSI: Québec and radioactivity and chemistry in Canada. This summer, a new theme, materials chemistry, will be added. Events are also being planned for Ontario and New Brunswick with a translated version of Attraction chimique. No dates have yet been set for outside Québec.
In addition to the grant, Attraction chimique is supported by the Ministère du Développement Économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation du Québec (MDEIE) and La Boîte à science.
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