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Queen’s University received two new NSERC CREATE grants, each for $1.65M

NSERC Announcement

On July 16th the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced that Queen’s University received two new NSERC CREATE grants, each for $1.65M. The CREATE program will provide teams led by Queen’s associate professors Stephen Brown (Chemistry) and James Fraser (Physics) with support for the training of graduate and undergraduate students through the development of two innovative training programs, (1) in water and watershed sustainability, and (2) in materials for photonics and sensing, respectively. In total, 7 research chemistry groups (Brown, Crudden, Loock, Nunzi, Oleschuk, Stamplecoskie, and Wang) are benefitting directly from this support.

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Congratulation to PhD Student, Soren Mellerup for being awarded the Banting PDF!

Soren MellerupCongratulation to PhD Student, Soren Mellerup for being awarded the Banting PDF! The fellowship will be held at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg in the working group of Prof. Dr. Holger Braunschweig. The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program, funded by the Government of Canada, provides funding to the best postdoctoral applicants who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-based growth.

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Congratulations to David Simon who won First Place in the Graduate Student Poster Award Competition!

David Simon & Richard OleschukCongratulations to David Simon, PhD student in the OIeschuk group, who won 1st place in the Graduate Student Poster Award Competition! This award was presented by the Analytical Chemistry Division of the Chemical Institute of Canada at the 101st Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition held in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Dr. Jessop's Water Purification Technology is Closer to Commercial Reality

Dr. Philip Jessop (Photo by Bernard Clark)Dr. Philip Jessop's water purification technology, also known as forward osmosis, is one step closer to commercial success. This highly energy efficient technology removes many pollutants and impurities from waste water. The technology could be of great interest to the chemical industry, municipalities, factories, etc. and would change the waste water to fresh water available for re-use or discharge. Dr. Jessop's technology was featured in the Queen's Gazette and to learn more about this technology, please visit the Forward Water website.

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Congratulations to Diane Beauchemin on receiving the Gerhard Herzberg Award!

Dr. Diane Beauchemin receiving the Herzberg awardThe 2018 Gerhard Herzberg Award is given to a Canadian spectroscopist in recognition of distinguished scientific contributions to the field of spectroscopy, either fundamental or applied. It is typically awarded to recognize the career achievements of a prominent scientist. Dr. Beauchemin is the first woman to receive it, congratulations! Diane Beauchemin received the 2018 Gerhard Herzberg Award from the Canadian Society for Analytical Sciences and Spectroscopy held on June 11 to 13, 2018 in Toronto. Along side Dr. Beauchemin's award, her students received recognition and awards as well; Ph.D. student Lily Huang received the 2018 Glass Expansion Graduate Student Travel Award; M.Sc. student Calvin Palmer got the 2nd poster prize, and M.Sc. student Andrew Williams got the 1st poster prize!

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Congratulations to Suning Wang on receiving the Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision and the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentorship!

Dr. Suning WangThe Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision is to recognize those outstanding supervisors who demonstrate excellence in advising, monitoring and mentoring graduate students through their training. Dr. Wang is the inaugural winner of the CAGS Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentorship; this award was instituted to highlight and celebrate mentors who exemplify excellence in this form of pedagogy; please visit the CAGS website to read and watch a video of Dr. Wang's achievement. Dr. Wang has supervised 23 PhD and 15 Masters students while maintaining an active research profile as a Professor, Queen's University Research Chair and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Wang inspires her students to have an inquisitive mind and independent spirit in the research and exploration of chemical science. In the words of one of her students, "it is this combination of personal and professional investment in her students as individuals that make Dr. Wang a truly exceptional graduate supervisor." Dr. Wang's achievements were also featured in the Queen's Gazette.

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Science Rendezvous happening Saturday, May 12th!

Science Rendezvous PosterScience Rendezvous took place on Saturday, May 12th at the Rogers K-Rock Centre! Indeed there was a lot going on, in addition to the magic show (featured on CKWS), there will be laser demonstrations from the Loock group, some hands-on events for kids, drones, robots, police shows, ASAP science, and much much more!  Click here (PDF, 11.2 MB) to view the full event flyer. Science Rendezvous was featured in the Queen's Gazette.

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