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It is with great sadness that Dr. Natalie (nee Goudreau) Cann, 51, passed away on Sunday, December 15th, 2019.

Photo: In memory of Dr. Natalie CannIt is with great sadness that Dr. Natalie (nee Goudreau) Cann, 51, passed away on Sunday, December 15th, 2019. Flags will be lowered to half-mast on campus Friday, December 20 for our former faculty member in the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Arts and Science, Dr. Natalie Cann, who served as department head from July 1, 2012 until June 30, 2016.

Natalie will be sadly missed by her husband Brian and her two children, Alexander and Jennifer; sisters Carol Lévesque (Léo-James), Joanne Thomas (Allan) and Janet Cormier (Gérard); many nieces and nephews and extended family members. Family and friends are invited to share memories at the visitation on Thursday, December 19th, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and Friday, December 20, 2019 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at Wartman Funeral Home - Kingston Chapel. A memorial service to celebrate her life will follow at 11:00 am in the chapel on Friday December 20, 2019. Natalie’s family express their deepest gratitude to all the staff and personnel at Kingston General Hospital as well as other health professionals that cared for Natalie over the past year and a half.

If desired, memorial donations to the Cann Foundation @RBC, Breast Cancer Research or University Hospital Kingston Foundation (UHKF) Cancer Care Centre at KGH would be appreciated by Natalie. Online condolences at Wartman Funeral Home

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Dr. Chantelle Capicciotti was selected as the 2019 Ferrier Lecturer for her group’s research in the field of carbohydrate synthesis and chemical glycobiology.

Photo: Dr. Chantelle Capicciotti presenting the Ferrier Lecture in New ZealandDr. Chantelle Capicciotti was selected as the 2019 Ferrier Lecturer for her group’s research in the field of carbohydrate synthesis and chemical glycobiology. Invited Ferrier Lecturers, who are recognised internationally in chemistry or a related field, are brought to New Zealand to lecture and engage with postgraduate students. The Ferrier Lecture is given at Victoria University of Wellington and at Universities across New Zealand each year in honour of the late Professor Robin Ferrier. It was Robin Ferrier’s particular belief that young chemists could benefit greatly from mixing with leaders in their field.

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Congratulations to Victor Snieckus on receiving the Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision!

Photo: Dr. Victor SnieckusCongratulations to Victor Snieckus on receiving the Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision! The 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.

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Congratulations to Susan Blake for being awarded the Distinguished Service Award!

Photo: Sue BlakeCongratulations to Sue Blake for being awarded the Distinguished Service Award for this year. The award was presented honouring her extraordinary achievements and in recognition of her exemplary service to Queen’s over an extended period of time. Ms. Blake has been a mainstay at Queen’s University since graduating with Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1975, holding various roles in the Chemistry Department before joining the Faculty of Arts and Science in 1999 as Director of Student Services.

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Queen’s Chemistry Innovation Council returns to the Department

Photo: QCIC EventPhoto: QCIC EventPhoto: QCIC Event

Many members of our QCIC came to Queen’s on Oct. 17th and 18th to participate in our student poster session, dinner and day-long meeting with departmental representatives on the state and future of the chemistry department. The QCIC was founded in 2001 as an advisory board to our chemistry department. Consisting mostly of alumni who have, since their graduation, progressed into positions of influence, the QCIC has been supporting our department in countless ways – some deliver courses, others coach graduate students, or make substantial donations. This year, the dinner was held in Chernoff Hall in the 4th floor lounge and the after-dinner speaker was alumnus Anton Toutov Founder & Chief Science Officer, Fuzionaire and Fuzionaire Diagnostics.

 

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2019 Queen's Alumni Review features many faces of Chemistry

Photos from left to right, Matthias Hermann, Cathleen Crudden and Victor Snieckus. Credit of 2019 Alumni ReviewBe sure to check out the 2019 Queen's Alumni Review to see the many faces of Chemistry; Matthias Hermann, PhD student in the Oleschuk group, talks about inventing a portable spectrometer to detect toxic metals in water. Dr. Cathleen Crudden talks about pushing the boundaries of science. Lastly, Dr. Victor Snieckus discusses the importance of fundamental science and the magic of chemistry. Photo credit of the Queen's Alumni Review.

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Congratulations to Soren Mellerup, Queen's Chemistry alumni, who won the 2019 CAGS Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award

Photo: Dr. Soren MellerupSoren Mellerup, a recent PhD graduate from the Suning Wang group, has won the 2019 AGS (Canadian Association for Graduate Study) Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award. This award is given to two top doctoral students by CAGS per year in recognizing the student distinguished contributions to research. To read more, please visit the CAGS website.

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