The AGM is open to all ACPBC members and will include:
the business of electing the Directors and Officers;
the audited financial statements for 2019 – 2020;
ratification of the Audit committee for 2020 – 2021;
announcement of membership for the Nominating, Membership and Registration, Professional Affairs, and Discipline committees;
the report of the Board of Directors.
Although a virtual meeting does not allow face to face interactions with new members and old friends, it does play an essential role in the development of professional chemistry in BC. We hope you will make every effort to attend.
The ACPBC is pleased to announce that Ryland Giebelhaus is the winner of the 2020 ACPBC Undergraduate Student Scholarship. Ryland is in his fourth year Honors Chemistry program at UBC Okanagan. In addition to his outstanding academic achievements, he is the current President of the Chemistry Course Union at UBCO and was lead organizer of the 2019 Western Canada Undergraduate Chemistry Conference held at UBCO in May 2019. Read more about Ryland’s accomplishments here.
The COVID19 emergency has challenged all of us. The ACPBC thanks all those members who find themselves on the front line of this emergency – chemists in the public health response system, laboratory chemists, manufacturers, and researchers driving to find a therapy for this new disease. We also thank those following the Public Health directives even as they face disruptions in their professional practice and business activities in support of the environmental and human health of British Columbians.
The regular operations of the association continue to function with some delays. We have opened a new mailing address so that applications and membership renewals can continue to be accepted. There are no additional delays in the processing of applications except in cases of applicants with educational credentials from outside Canada; these applicants are requested to contact the Registrar directly before submitting an application. The website information will be updated regularly.
The ACPBC is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sharon Brewer P.Chem. as Registrar of the Association. Dr. Brewer is an award-winning analytical chemist and educator in the Department of Chemistry of Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. As Registrar she is responsible for maintaining the public roster of members including all aspects of adjudicating applications and renewals of membership. She takes over from Dr. Tom Fyles P.Chem. who has served as Registrar since 2007.
Congratulations Sharon on your new appointment! Thank you, Tom, for your years of service!
The ACPBC Undergraduate Student Scholarship, in the amount of $1000, is awarded annually to an ACPBC student member enrolled in third or fourth year of an undergraduate Chemistry program at a British Columbia university. The award is equally based on academic performance in all completed Chemistry courses and service to the Chemistry profession. The application deadline is February 28, 2020. The award will be announced by the end of March. See the poster.
Further details on the scholarship application and an application form are given here.
UNESCO has declared 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table. This is the 150th anniversary of Dmitri Mendeleev’s publication of the “Periodic System” that organized the known elements into a periodic system that predicted the existence of ten unknown elements. The periodic table is not a theory, just a way to organize facts that any theory of elements must explain. Mendeleev’s publication kicked off a storm of discovery in the late 1800’s that continues to the present day – 4 new elements were named in 2016. Read more about the history and impact of the Periodic table.
Or take a 6 question quiz to test your knowledge of the elements!
Andy Brunning, at his website Compound Interest, has posted a Chemistry Advent Calendar. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas you’ll be amused by his notes on the people that contributed to modern chemistry.
Enjoy a new tidbit every day! Guaranteed no additional calories.