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Myrna Simpson Inaugural Recipient 2015 PM Huang Award

Myrna Simpson Inaugural Recipient 2015 PM Huang Award

Myrna Simpson is the inaugural recipient of the PM Huang Award from the International Union of Soil Sciences. The Award was created to honor the long and productive career of Prof. Huang of the University of Saskatchewan and Myrna was selected for her work in soil organic matter – mineral – microbe interactions.

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Professor Scott Mabury

Professor Scott Mabury

Over the last decade, the production and use of environmentally persistent long-alkyl-chain fluorocarbons such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) has been significantly reduced with the final aim of elimination and some researchers and environmental groups are now calling for the elimination of short-chain replacements as well. Professor Scott Mabury approaches the problem differently – his research group is working to develop a fluorinated surfactant that will completely defluorinate to form carbon dioxide and fluoride ions under normal environmental conditions. While also pleased to see the fluorochemicals industry clean up their chemistry, Mabury believes that instead of focusing on banning chemicals, researchers should be encouraged to develop new, non-persistent alternatives that maintain the same desirable properties as the persistent fluorochemicals. As he recently noted to Chemical & Engineering News, “the challenge is not to deny the fundamental ability of chemists to be creative but to keep working at it.” Read the full story at Chemical & Engineering News: http://cen.acs.org/articles/93/i28/Shrinking-Case-Fluorochemicals.html

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