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Congratulations to Morgan Lehtinen on receiving the 2021 SGS Award in Leadership, Innovation, and Community Engagement!

Photo: Morgan LehtinenWe are pleased to announce that Morgan Lehtinen, PhD Student in the Liu Group, is the recipient of 2021 SGS Award in Leadership, Innovation, and Community Engagement! This award recognizes exceptional graduate students who are making a meaningful difference in the world while also demonstrating the highest standards of academic excellence. Congratulations!

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Congratulations to Matt Sanger, PhD student in the Jessop Group & Kyle Boniface, Queen's Alumni, on the recent publication of their work in Nature Chemistry

Photo: Matt SangerGrad student, Matt Sanger and grad alumnus Kyle Boniface of the Jessop group are celebrating the publication of their work in Nature Chemistry in a joint paper with Walter Leitner and his team at RWTH in Germany. The paper describes a heterogeneous catalyst that switches its selectivity when CO2 is introduced or removed, even though CO2 is not involved in the catalyzed reaction.

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A statement in response to the attack in London, Ontario, on June 6th, 2021

Dear Queen’s Chemistry Community,

On behalf of the Department of Chemistry, I want to express the horror that we feel in response to the act of anti-Muslim hate that occurred in London, Ontario, last Sunday. This department is moved to state unequivocally that we condemn terror and racism in all its forms. While we mourn the loss of a family, we are also called to action.

This terrorist attack comes after increasing incidents of anti-Muslim, anti-Asian, and other racially motivated acts over the past year. We are also undergoing a reckoning with the traumatic legacy of Canada’s residential schools.

Diversity is a source of strength for our department. Building on our anti-racism statement from last year, we wish to reiterate that we are resolutely committed to creating and maintaining a safe working and learning environment. We are also committed to self-education and outreach. Specific actions include:

  • We are establishing a Code of Conduct that will ensure discriminatory behaviours and language are not acceptable in our department.
  • We are implementing equity modules into safety training.
  • We are creating Chemistry Graduate Awards for underrepresented groups in our department.

If anyone, including staff, faculty, and students, feel they need support or help in any way, please feel free to contact the Department Head at any time. You can also reach out to the Department’s Ombudsperson or Student Wellness Services for support.

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The Royal Society of Chemistry has declared Igor Tadeu da Cunha's paper in Green Chemistry to be a Hot Paper

Photo: Graphic from Igor Tadeu da Cunha's paperIgor reported a new low-energy way to separate organic products from water. That's important because biomass conversion to organic products usually produces a mixture of product & water. Removing the water is the most energy-costly step in the entire conversion process. If you would like to view the paper, please visit the Royal Society of Chemistry website.

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The Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences collaborative study was published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Photo: The collaborative work of Allingham, Craig & Evans labs The collaborative work of Allingham, Craig & Evans labs was published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. This publication demonstrates the ability to produce a truncated synthetic derivative of the actin-targeting marine toxin mycalolide B impairs ovarian cancer cell motility and invasion of extracellular matrix.  This is an important and exciting step toward developing a new class of cancer therapeutics that can inhibit cancer metastasis.  Cancer metathesis accounts for approximately 90 percent of the annual deaths, and this approach is an important step in dealing with this dreadful disease. 

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Congratulations to Anne Petitjean on receiving the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching!

Photo: Dr. Anne Petitjean & GroupCongratulations to Anne Petitjean on receiving the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching! The Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching is awarded to a Queen’s teacher who shows outstanding knowledge, teaching ability, and accessibility to students. Inspiring, dedicated, and supportive are words many students use to describe Dr. Petitjean, who is known for going above and beyond to help her students succeed in the classroom and the lab. Dr. Petitjean’s teaching greatness was featured in the Queen’s Alumni Article.

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Congratulations to Dr. Diane Beauchemin who was awarded the 2021 OUSA Award for Teaching Excellence!

Photo: Dr. Diane BeaucheminEach year, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance nominates a professor who demonstrates outstanding teaching qualities to receive the Award. Through descriptions from Dr. Beauchemin’s students, she was able to present difficult course material in an engaging manner while advocating on your students' behalf through remote learning and promoting an interest in research! In addition to this achievement, Dr. Beauchemin was also the recipient of the Chemistry DSC's 4th Year Excellence in Teaching award!

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