The 2017 CMA Conference will be held in Kamloops, BC, between September 10 and 14 at the Coast Hotel & Conference Centre. Workshops include the topics of traceability and method validation. Conference tours include local laboratories and the New Afton underground gold mine.
October 20, 2017
Room Open at 16:30
Call to Order 17:00
Meeting Scheduled: 17:00-19:00
Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre
515 West Hasting Street, Vancouver BC
Room 7000 (Earl and Jennie Lohn Policy Room)
The AGM is open to all ACPBC members and will include:
the business of electing the Directors and Officers;
the audited financial statements for 2016 – 2017;
ratification of the Audit committee for 2017 – 2018;
announcement of membership for the Nominating, Membership and Registration, Professional Affairs, and Discipline committees;
report of the Board.
In addition to contributing to building a strong and relevant professional association for Chemists in BC, this is a great opportunity to meet fellow members, make new contacts in the profession and catch up with old friends.
Dated: July 27, 2017
Like the Ancient Mariner, billions of people worldwide have poor access to clean drinking water. Desalination – filtering the salt from seawater using membranes with very small pores – offers one potential solution, and desalination technology is widely used in some Middle East countries. Current desalination membranes work but improvements are always needed. A recent report in the journal Nature Nanotechnology describes how very thin layers of carbon known as graphene oxide create a tunable sieve to remove salts from water.
Closer to home, and closer to practical use, is a system created by UBC engineers that uses bacteria to improve the performance of a conventional membrane filter. The system removes contaminants and pathogens by using a bacterial coating (a bio film) on the membrane surface to produce drinking water. Salt stills gets past this membrane, but this system can reuse contaminated fresh water for drinking and cooking.
With the good weather finally here, we’ve been thinking of heading to the swimming pool. And then we recalled the report earlier this year from the University of Alberta that detected a soft-drink sweetener in public pool water. No – it was not just a spilled beverage. Acesulfame K (ACE) passes unchanged into urine so finding ACE in public pools and hot tubs is a marker for how much peeing is going on. A lot it turns out – they found ACE in all the pools and hot tubs they tested. Not so sweet.
Or if you are thinking about heading to the river instead, there is ACE there too. Not only does ACE pass though people, it passes through waste-water treatment plants.
The 2017 CMA Conference will be held in Kamloops, BC, on September 10th to the 14th at the Coast Hotel & Conference Centre. Workshops include the topics of traceability and method validation. Conference tours include local laboratories and the New Afton underground gold mine.
A class of Australian students has reinvented the synthesis of the drug Daraprim as a class project. Daraprim is the HIV drug at the center of the drug pricing storm that blew up during the 2016 US election after Turing Pharmaceuticals increased the price fifty-fold. Although the students’ sample is chemically identical to Daraprim, it has a new synthesis so would require full safety testing and regulatory approval to get to market. Sad.
Seven high school chemistry labs in the UK were recently visited by the bomb squad to deal with an incorrectly stored chemical used by students. DNPH or dinitrophenyl hydrazine is usually stored with water because it is explosive when dried. The schools involved uncovered the problem as part of a national review of chemical storage at schools. DNPH is used for a color test to identify classes of chemicals in samples as part of chemists’ puzzle-solving training – a colorless DNPH solution makes a bright yellow solid when it contacts specific compounds. Elementary.
PerkinElmer and Simon Fraser University are providing a free symposium that brings together industrial, government, and academic researchers to discuss developments, challenges and future opportunities at the interface of the analytical sciences and nanotechnology.
Thursday, May 4th, 2017; 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Simon Fraser University Leslie & Gordon Diamond Family Auditorium, Burnaby Campus
8888 University Dr., Burnaby, B.C. Canada V5A 1S6 Registration and further information: Nanolytica-2017@SFU
Chemistry is the sensual science – and that includes odors both pleasant and unpleasant. A couple of recent news items caught our attention. Check out the following links to see what chemists know about the smell of old books … and the “fugitive odors” of sewage and other nasty smells.
7th Annual SABCS Conference on Contaminated Sites will be held September 28,2017
A CALL FOR ABSTRACTS for submitted papers is now open. Closing date is May 15 to provide ample time for planning and approvals.
The SABCS 7th Annual Conference and Workshop on Contaminated Sites is being held on September 28th and 27th 2017. We have secured the same convenient venues in downtown Vancouver. Mark these dates and locations in your calendar.
September 28, 2017 : SABCS 7th Annual Conference on Contaminated Sites