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ACPBC Undergraduate Scholarship winner Ryland Giebelhaus

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.

Congratulations Ryland!

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ACPBC reponse to COVID crisis

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.

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ACPBC appoints a new Registrar

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!

 

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Undergrad students! Apply for the 2020 ACPBC Scholarship


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.

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Plan to attend the ACPBC Annual General Meeting

October 25, 2019

Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre

515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

Room 7000 (Earl and Jennie Lohn Policy Room)

 

Room Open at 16:30

Call to Order 17:00

Meeting Scheduled 17:00-19:00

Annual General Meeting

The AGM is open to all ACPBC members and will include:

  • the business of electing the Directors and Officers;
  • the audited financial statements for 2018 – 2019;
  • ratification of the Audit committee for 2019 – 2020;
  • announcement of membership for the Nominating, Membership and Registration, Professional Affairs, and Discipline committees;
  • the report of the Board of Directors.

If you are unable to attend the AGM in person you will be able to participate via a web conference. Contact the Registrar (office@pchembc.ca) to arrange access.

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International Year of the Periodic Table 2019

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!

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Chemistry Advent calendar 2018

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.

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Proposed revisions to the BC Field Sampling Manual

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy has posted additionals and revisions to the BC Field Sampling Manual concerning ambient air monitoring protocols.

All of the documentation proposed for inclusion can be found at the BC Field Sampling Manual website at:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/research-monitoring-reporting/monitoring/laboratory-standards-quality-assurance/bc-field-sampling-manual.

Input form stakeholders on these proposed changes are invited before November 22, 2018.  Please direct your comments and feedback to: Blair.Irwin@gov.bc.ca

Click here to view the CS e-link

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Plan to attend the ACPBC Annual General Meeting and pre-AGM conference

October 26, 2018

Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre

515 West Hasting Street, Vancouver BC

Room 7000 (Earl and Jennie Lohn Policy Room)


 Pre-AGM discussion on Chemistry in BC: Sectors and Careers

14:00 – 14:45     The chemistry sector in BC

Do we have one? We can certainly identify chemistry and chemists within a very wide range of sectors going by other names: environmental, pharmaceutical, governmental/regulatory, oil and gas, pulp and paper, mining and smelting, advanced materials, etc.  The contemporary buzz is that there is “strength in diversity” but there is also risk of isolation and assimilation.

The goal of this session is to give a snap shot of chemistry across sectors in BC and to highlight the issues that chemists face in each sector.

14:45 – 15:30     Break and networking

15:30 – 16:15     Preparing, registering, and supporting chemists in the BC economy

How can one prepare for a career in chemistry in BC?  The diversity of roles for chemists and the rate of change pose challenges for universities, and for the Association as we strive to keep up with who is a chemist. What are the commonalities across the sectors?  What career supports are needed at various stages?

The overall goal of the afternoon is to understand common themes that will assist the ACPBC in strengthening the profession in BC.

17:00 – 19:00      Annual General Meeting

The AGM is open to all ACPBC members and will include: the business of electing the Directors and Officers; the audited financial statements for 2017 – 2018; ratification of the Audit committee for 2018 – 2019; announcement of membership for the Nominating, Membership and Registration, Professional Affairs, and Discipline committees; and the report of the Board of Directors.

Unable to attend the AGM or the pre-AGM discussion in person?

If you are unable to attend the AGM or the pre-AGM discussion in person you will be able to participate via a web conference.  Contact the Registrar (registrar(at)pchembc.ca) by noon Oct 24th to allow time to make the arrangements.

Alternatively, you can select a proxy to attend the meeting on your behalf.  The proxy form is located on the website and should be returned to the registrar prior to the start of the meeting by e-mail or by the proxy at the meeting.

Documents related to the meetings are posted at: https://pchembc.ca/annual-general-meeting/

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