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Alumni News:

Don’t forget to take the Chemistry Alumni Survey which closes Oct. 31st

As we get ready to launch e-Distillations, our new Alumni e-Newsletter, we want to know what you think! We also want to find out more about what our Chemistry alumni are up to professionally, and what you’re interested in hearing about from the Department, so please take a few minutes to visit the brief survey listed on the e-Distillations letter you recently received. Those who take part could win a $100 UofT Bookstore Gift Card, as long as you complete the survey by October 31, 2014. We look forward to hearing from you!

Awards:

Dvira Segal, Doug Stephan and Lewis Kay Awarded CRC Chairs

Dvira Segal, Doug Stephan and Lewis Kay Awarded CRC Chairs

Three of our faculty members have been awarded CRC Chairs; two renewals and one first time Chair. Twenty-five CRC Chairs were awarded at the University of Toronto with Ed Holder, Canada’s Minister of State for Science and Technology in attendance. Doug Stephan has successfully renewed his Canada Research Chair in Catalysis and Materials, while Lewis Kay has successfully renewed his in Proteomics, Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics. Dvira Segal has been awarded a first time Canada Research Chair in Theoretical Chemistry. Further information can be found at: uoft.me/CRC-Chairs. Congratulations Dvira, Doug and Lewis!

In the News:

Judith Poë and Andy Dicks co-chaired the IUPAC 23rd International Conference on Chemistry Education which was held July 13-18 in Toronto.

Judith Poë and Andy Dicks co-chaired the IUPAC 23rd International Conference on Chemistry Education which was held July 13-18 in Toronto.

The conference, which had not been held in Canada since 1989, attracted over 450 registrants from 40 countries. Plenary lecturers included Bassam Shakhashiri of the University of Wisconsin and past president of the American Chemical Society, whose address was highlighted by vibrant demonstrations; University of Toronto Nobel laureate, John Polanyi, who addressed “How Discoveries are Made and Why it Matters”; Hsin-Kai Wu of the National Taiwan Normal University, who presented her research on the use of representations in chemistry teaching; Diane Bunce of the Catholic University of America and recipient of the ACS George C. Pimentel Award for Chemical Education who spoke on the use of teaching technology for research into learning; and Jorge Ibáñez of the Universidad Iberoamericana and founder of the Mexican Green and Microscale Chemistry Center, who described the minimization of energy expenditure in electrochemical systems. In addition, there were 8 keynote speakers distributed over the 26 symposia, 9 hands-on workshops and 10 exhibitors. Further coverage of the event can be found at uoft.me/ICCE.

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