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AGM 2014 — Featuring Jillian Buriak

The CIC Edmonton section’s Annual General Meeting will be held May 13, 2014 at the U of A Faculty Club (Papaschase room).

The schedule is as follows:

5:30 PM Networking
6:00 PM Dinner
6:30 PM AGM
7:00 PM Guest speaker: Dr. Jillian Buriak

Dinner Menu
Salad: Tomato Bocconcini
Main course options: Prime Rib of Beef OR Half breast of Chicken Catherine OR Vegetarian Lasagna
Dessert: Tiramisu. Kahlua sauce

Cost: $35 for members; $40 for non-members; $30 for students

RSVP to Lucio Gelmini <> to reserve a spot. Deadline for RSVP is May 9th, 2014.

Powering the Planet: 2050 and Beyond
Do you have children, or at least know one? If so, then you might want to think about what kind of world the next generation will inherit. By 2050, the world’s population is expected to reach 9 billion people; of these 9 billion people, the majority (6 billion) will be new, or almost new, energy consumers, just coming online. Where will this energy come from? For humanity to have a chance at a secure and viable future, this question must be answered. A powerful new way of thinking about energy is emerging worldwide, but is largely ignored in our ‘grid-centric’ society (particularly Canada, to our detriment); we will discuss this new emerging wave, and how it could be a leap forward for civilization. Interestingly (but not surprisingly to chemists), chemistry is absolutely central to making it all come together.

Biography of Jillian Buriak:

Dr. Buriak leads the Materials and Interfacial Chemistry Group at National Research Council’s National Institute for Nanotechnology, and is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Alberta. She is a leading expert in semiconductor surface chemistry, and is developing new methods to integrate catalysts, molecular electronics and sensing elements with technologically important semiconducting and conducting materials. Her group investigates the use of organometallic and inorganic chemistry on silicon surfaces, and works to demonstrate the fabrication of nanoscale structures that have a broad range of potential applications.

Jillian was born in Toronto, Ontario. She attended Harvard University and graduated with an A.B. in 1990, and then taught high-school science in the Fiji Islands on a Catherine Innes Ireland Fellowship from Harvard. In 1991, she began her doctoral studies in chemistry under the guidance of John A. Osborn at the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France. After obtaining her PhD in 1995, she was awarded an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship and conducted two years of post-doctoral work at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California with M. Reza Ghadiri. She moved to Purdue University in 1997 as an assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor in 2001. Dr. Buriak returned to Canada in 2003 to join NINT and the University of Alberta.

Map to Faculty Club:

Edmonton Regional Science Fair Photos!

Here’s a link to the full set of photos of the amazing young chemists at the 2014 Edmonton Regional Science Fair.

Clandestine Drug Labs

Clandestine Drug Labs
(The real “BREAKING BAD” as told by an officer who looks for Walter White)
RCMP Sergeant Rick Goldstein

DATE: Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
TIME: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
PLACE: University of Alberta – Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS)
ROOM: CCIS L1–140 (Lower Level)

All welcome to attend!

Sergeant Goldstein, of the RCMP Clandestine Lab Enforcement and Response Team will present his experiences regarding both large- and smallscale illicit drug production in Alberta. The presentation will explore a broad range of chemical and drug related issues including the types of laboratory and classroom instrumentation, glassware, and starting materials commonly sought by organized (and dis-organized) criminal groups.The talk will address the serious hazards of common drug production not only to the potential producer or “cook”, but also to others who may inadvertently encounter such chemical production. The dangers to civilians and neighborhoods from the products, by-products, solvents, and toxic gaseous emissions will be covered. Also included in the talk will be the general biological effects of the most popular street accessible compounds and specifically how these drugs are designed to cause addiction in the human brain. The presentation is aimed at a wide audience of laboratory managers, health and safety officials, students, researchers and primary investigators.

For more info please contact Dr. Ryan McKay:

Chemistry of Super Heroes & Super Villains (TONIGHT!)

Dr. Yann Brouillette, a chemistry professor in Montreal, Quebec, is the head writer for the Canadian super hero comic book series Heroes of the North. Using his extensive knowledge of chemistry, he analyzes super powers using chemical evidence, looking at the science behind the science fiction!

The presentation is free to anyone who comes dressed-up as their favourite super hero or super villain. (Details)

TIME: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm

LOCATION: Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre, Telus World of Science

The event is brought to you by Red Deer College/Foundation, the Red Deer College Student Association, & the Edmonton local section of the Chemical Institute of Canada.

CIC Members, contact Lucio Gelmini ( for tickets.


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