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Canadians Spotlight the Chemical Profession.

National Chemistry Week/Semaine nationale de la chimie casts a warm chemical glow across the country.

Enthusiasm was high as National Chemistry Week/Semaine nationale de la chimie (NCW/SNC) kicked off its eleventh year on October 15, 1999. The week began early this year with the first national launch event, recognizing Thomas L. Willson for his discovery of the commercial processes for making carbide and acetylene, at a ceremony hosted by The Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) in conjunction with the American Chemical Society (ACS). The site of Willson's home and lab at 188 Metcalfe Street in Ottawa, ON was chosen as an international historical chemical landmark, as part of the ACS's contribution to the International Chemistry Celebration that was taking place throughout 1999. Representatives from CSC hosted a reception and plaque unveiling ceremony at the Chateau Laurier Hotel for CSC and ACS guests. The plaque has been placed on a building close to the site of the original house. A commemorative booklet on Willson and his work has been published, written by Martha Whitney Langford, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. Copies of the booklet are available from the CSC Head Office at 130 Slater Street, Suite 550, Ottawa, ON, KlP 6E2 or by E-mail:


Corner Brook: The Grenfell College Chemistry Essay Competition for high school students in western Newfoundland and coastal Labrador ran for its twelfth year. The topic 'My Favourite Chemical Element' attracted essays on common elements such as carbon, oxygen, gold, phosphorus, hydrogen, lead, silver, iron, and chlorine, and some on less common elements including iridium, plutonium, tungsten, and zirconium.

The 1999 competition winner was Melanie Reader, a student at Pasadena Academy, Pasadena, who wrote on silicon, tracing the history of its discovery, its chemistry, and its uses, with an emphasis on the biochemical role of the element. (See an excerpt of the essay on p.13.) Second prize was awarded to Cagney Genge of Canon Richards High School, Flowers Cove, a school on the northern peninsula of Newfoundland. In her essay, she focused on the unique properties of helium II and discussed the high thermal conductivity of the gas in terms of kinetic molecular theory. Third prize winner was also a student at Pasadena Academy, Fraser Turner, who wrote on mercury. As judge of this competition, Geoff Rayner-Canham, FCIC has been delighted by the many essays that refer to the research having sparked that individual's interest in chemistry. There are numerous dedicated high school chemistry teachers in this part of the country, one of whom is Gary Wilcott of Pasadena Academy. As annual readers of the NCW/SNC review may recall, his students have a particularly high success rate in the competition, due in part to his own enthusiasm for chemistry.

St. John's: The Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) Chemistry Club, the Chronics, was responsible for two chemistry exhibits. Yes, at MUN they do everything twice, and half a month later. This year the event was held with a chemistry exhibit in the university's food court with the theme 'Do you really know what you are eating?' Some people seemed to believe that there are chemical free foods. Also, International Mole Day, which fell on Saturday, October 23, was celebrated. On November 4, it was all repeated for approximately 4,000 school children from the St. John's region. Exploding hydrogen bubbles were very popular but dry ice and liquid nitrogen were the big hit, What a way to break up lettuce for a salad! Students are always attracted to lasers and this year there was a spectroscopy and laser exhibit to commemorate the Nobel Prize to Ahmed Zewail for his studies of chemical reactions on the femto second time scale, 0.000000000000001 seconds.

Chris Flinn spent a day in Bay Robert's doing chemistry demonstrations for students at Ascension Collegiate and the Amalgamated Academy.

Other communities: Programs take place throughout the province of Newfoundland. Grand Falls-Windsor area for example highlighted career opportunities in chemical engineering with a special focus on the pulp and paper industry. An environmental chemist/engineer discussed education and training requirements, roles and responsibilities in the workplace. Students are involved in this type of activity through an on-line chemistry class which allows increased involvement from the rural schools.

Connie Powell, MCIC of Roncalli High School carries on distance education chemistry studies to remote parts of the Northern Peninsula and Labrador South and these students took part in many NCW/SNC activities and were provided with educational and promotional materials.

Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown: The Student Chemistry Society of the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) took their celebrations, chemical demonstrations and displays, to the heart of the UPEI campus, raising the profile of chemistry within the university community. Students of all disciplines marvelled at such demonstrations as the clock reaction and the fluorescent rainbow. Educational material provided was also distributed to the science teachers of the Island schools.

Nova Scotia

Wolfville: As an introduction to NCW/SNC, local high school students were invited to a seminar by Hermes Chan, senior vice president of MedMira Laboratories. His presentation focused on the opportunities available to chemistry graduates in health related areas such as diagnostic testing in which MedMira specializes.

The high school students also participated in the Regional Crystal Growing Competition. The winning crystal was a submission from East Pictou Rural High School. The week concluded with an open house for high school students at which three chemistry shows were presented to appreciative audiences. Both the chemistry undergraduates and faculty of Acadia University provided demonstrations of typical undergraduate experiments and were available for informal discussions with the high school students on such issues as the nature of university studies in chemistry, campus life, and careers related to chemistry. They also held a draw at the open house for NCW/SNC mouse pads.

New Brunswick

Moncton: Students from the Universite de Moncton built a newsstand containing information on basic chemistry, research going on in Moncton, and lab techniques. This gave them the opportunity to show chemistry to a wide variety of people at the university.

Sackville: The chemistry department at Mount Allison University decided on an all-out approach to this year's NCW/SNC. Led by Adrian Culf, the week got underway early on Monday morning with the hoisting of the NCW/SNC banner over the entrance to the chemistry building. There the banner fluttered all week long undaunted by the infamous Tantramar breezes before eventually falling prey Thursday evening to undoubtedly jealous Arts student pranksters.

Each noon hour in the week saw a series of well-attended chemistry demonstrations in the chemistry department's reading room. The general public of the greater Moncton area was kept constantly informed of the local events by Ernie Steeves, the morning DJ (and Mount Allison science student) of the easy listening radio station, C103-FM in Moncton.

Tuesday morning, Gulf and Irma Hoogendoorm (lab supervisor) went to Salem Elementary School in Sackville where eager Grade 4 students enjoyed the interactive chemical demonstrations. That afternoon and evening Culf and three intrepid Mount Allison third year students, Laura Bussey, Kristal Guckert, and Alison Hakkert, journeyed to Amherst, NS to a shopping mall for a public display of information and more chemistry demonstrations.

The following day's high point was a visit from David Kong, a former MountAllison student and now a product development scientist at Diagnostic Chemicals Ltd. (DCL) in Charlottetown. He gave a talk entitled 'DCL -- An Island Success Story', which was well attended by faculty and students alike. In the evening, Kong accompanied faculty members Culf and Andrew Grant, MCIC to the campus radio station where Karl Vernes, a postdoctorate from Darwin, Australia, was hosting his weekly Wednesday evening Science Show. The discussions on the air featured NCW/SNC, the Maritime and Atlantic chemical industry, and chemistry public relations issues. The chat was interspersed with songs that had connections with chemistry in an evening that turned out to be not only informative but also fun-filled.

A visit of 30 students from Riverview High School accompanied by their enthusiastic teacher, Ian Fogarty -- another former Mount Allison chemistry graduate was next. Culf and Hoogendoorm again took the stage with chemical demonstrations including the reactions of alkali metals with water, a demonstration missing from the present day high school curriculum.

The week was scheduled to wind down with lunchtime demonstration experiments but the momentum that had been built up was such that it overflowed into the next week when Culf and Hoogendoorm visited Marshview Middle School. The 90 students on hand were as enthusiastic as the elementary, high school, and university students had been for the interactive chemistry experiments presented by the two busy and energetic champions of chemistry.

Ship pagan : Le secteur des Sciences de l'Universite de Moncton -- Campus de Shippagan a souligne encore cette annee, la SNC/NCW et la Semaine Nationale des Sciences, et de la Technologie (SNST), en organisant de nombreuses activities. Les professeurs, aides par les etudiants, ont monte des kiosques soulignant les grandes realisations canadiennes en chimie, en physique, en biologie, en mathematiques, et en technologie. Les kiosques ont ete installes au niveau de la passerelle du campus. Signalons que les materiaux (tel que posters, ballons, tableaux periodiques, t-shirts, macarons, etc.) portant sur la SNC/NCW ont ete remis par le secteur aux ecoles secondaires Marie-Ester de Shippagan et Nipisiguit de Bathurst afin qu'elles puissent souligner a leur niveau cet evencement national important.

Djamel Djaoued, MCIC a ete interviewe dans le cadre de la SNC/NCW et de la SNST, par l'animateur Yvon Duguay de la Radio CKRO, la radio de la peninsule acadienne. Durant cette interview, il a demontre que la semaine prepare les jeunes a affronter la nouvelle economie axee sur le savoir en leur fournissant les outils et l'information necessaries pour qu'ils puissent faire des choix eclaires sur leur avenir. Pour ce faire, la SNC/NCW et la SNST tentent de demystifier les professions scientifiques, en demontrant plus que jamais le cote fascinant de ces disciplines et en faisant connaitre les possibilites de carrieres en sciences, technologie, genie, et mathematiques.

Djaoued et Daniel Hetu, MCIC ont ete invites par Louis Robichaud, directeur du department de sciences a l'ecole secondaire Nipisiguit de Bathurst (ESN), pour faire des presentations portant sur la chimie aux etudiantes et etudiants de l'ESN. La conference, intitulee "" les sulfites dans les aliments: sont-ils dangereux? "" a eu lieu devant une centaine d'etudiantes et d'etudiants de [12.sup.e] annee. La conference s'est terminee par une causerie sur les professions scientifiques ainsi que sur les programmes de sciences offerts par l'Universite de Moncton -- Campus de Shippagan. Quant a Hetu, sa conference intitulee "" L'atome, cet insaisissable "", a ete presente devant trois groupes d'etudiantes et d'etudiants de la [10.sup.e] annee. Le but de cette conference etait de demontrer pourquoi la chimie est souvent percue comme une science abstraite.

Une table ronde portant sur "les organismes modifies genetiquement OMG)" a ete organisee. La table ronde debuta par une presentationde Robichaud. Par la suite Diane Saucier fit un court expose sur la biologie de la cellule et les differentes techniques de manipulation genetique. Elle presenta des extraits d'un reportage realise par Envoye Special (TV5). Par la suite, trois panelistes presenterent leur point de vue. Marielle Cormier-Boudreau fit part de ses preoccupations en tant que consommatrice. Annie Fergusson de l'Aquarium et Centre marin nous presenta son point de vue en tant que biologiste a la direction de programmes visant l'amelioration genetique chez les salmonides. Finalement, Etane Yombo, professeur de philosophie, souleva la question ethique que pose la manipulation genetique ainsi que le controle de l'industrie du transgenique par quelques multinationales. Apres les exposes, les personnes presentes eurent l'occasion d'echanger avec les panelistes. L'activite fut donc appreciee par tous. D 'autant plus que le theme fait l'objet d'une preoccupation grandissante au Canada et partout dans le monde.

Le comite organisateur ainsi que La plupart des participants sont d'accord pour dire que l'edition 1999 de la SNC/NCW et de la SNST fut une reussite totale.

St. George: NCW/SNC at Fundy High was a week filled with exciting activities! The chemistry class started their celebrations with the tie-dyeing of t-shirts which they then silk-screened with their NCW/SNC logo (designed by one of their classmates). During the morning announcements for the week, a chemistry trivia question was raised. Winners were drawn later that day and prizes donated by local merchants were awarded.

Throughout the week, noon hour was a busy time. Chemistry students put on daily magic shows in the cafeteria lobby and displayed their term projects/experiments in the school lobby. Projects included: the effect of acid on bones, calorimetry, chromatography, and diaper absorbency.

A list of 50 chemistry-related items was given to each homeroom as part of a scavenger hunt. Of these items 20 were food items identified only by their chemical formula. These were collected and donated to the local food bank. The winning class received a pizza party.

The week's activities concluded with the celebration of National Mole Day one day early! A four slab cake was assembled and decorated in the cafeteria lobby and displayed throughout the lunch hour. During afternoon break it was cut by the NCW/SNC mascot, Marvin the Mole, and distributed to all staff and students of Fundy High!

Fundy High's NCW/SNC activities were shown on the provincial news show, NB Now.

Saint John: The Canadian Society for Chemical Technology (CSCT) Student Chapter at the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC-SJ) held a number of events on the theme of wellness to mark NCW/SNC.

Students started by participating in a "beach sweep" of a local shore line. The Honourable Kim Jardine, New Brunswick Minister of the Environment, and her family joined the students.

The students took on their favourite food in an effort to increase interest in nutrition and to support their community. Samples of french fries from local fast food outlets were extracted using a Soxhlet apparatus to determine their respective fat contents. A 50/50 draw was held to guess which fry had the highest content, with the proceeds donated to a local food bank.

A display of simple water based chemistry experiments were conducted in a local mall by the students and the science of slime (alum and polyvinyl alcohol) was explored with Grade 4 students during a visit to Forest Hills Elementary School.

Students from the chemical technology program gave local high school students demonstrations of alcohol related chemistry. Displays included industrial fermentation of alcohol, fractional distillation, and quality control of alcohol products (acidity and sugar and water contents). A "breathalyzer" was constructed using a sparger, NCW/SNC balloon and spectrophotometer to demonstrate the forensic applications of chemistry.

The Aitken Bicentennial Exhibition Centre promoted NCW/SNC and National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) simultaneously. The theme 'Science and Technology: Naturally!' lends itself well to promoting not only the provinces natural resources but also chemistry, chemical engineering, and chemical technology. The exhibit featured natural resources focusing mainly on the mining, forestry, and oil industries with displays on a conservation of plant and wildlife theme, as well. Various aspects of these industries which rely on the chemical profession for such processes as the flotation method of recovering minerals during ore processing were discussed.


Chibougamau: Le departement des Sciences de la nature du Centre d'etudes collegiales a Chibougamau (CECC) soulignait SNC/NCW et SNST. Le theme retenu cette annee etait [less than][less than] un siecle de science et de technologie [greater than][greater than]

Outre l'exposition dans le presentoir de I'entree principale du CECC illustrant les principaux evenements scientifiques et technologiques du siecle, les professeurs du department ont organise trois activities particulieres. Les etudiants de [2.sup.e] annee inscrits en sciences de la nature ont visite les installations du poste Chibougamau d'Hydro-Quebec. Puis, deux groupes de [6.sup.e] annee de l'ecole Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire sont venus passer une demi-journee au Centre. Ils ont inities par les etudiants de [2.sup.e] annee en sciences de la nature a differents aspects de la biologie, de la chimie et de la physique. Finalement, vendredi de la meme semaine, les etudiants de [1.sup.ere] annee se sont rendus a Chapais afin de visiter l'usine de cogeneration. Durant cette semaine, un tirage a organise. Les gagnants des differents prix sont: Caroline Desjardins (poster de 100 ans de sciences), Denis Leblanc (dictionnaire illustre), Dave Bouchard et Guillaume Giguere (gilets de la Societe canadienne de chimie).

Chicoutimi : A l'Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi (UQAC), les etudiants ont participe un colloque intituleee [less than][less than] Les outils informatiques et l'enseignement de la chimie [greater than][greater than]. Il y avait plusieurs conferenciers venant des cegeps de Jonquiere, de Baie Comeau, de Trois-Riveres, et de la compagnie Alcan International Ltee. En plus, plusieurs etudiants ont participe au concours national de croissance des cristaux.

Sherbrooke: Le colloque annuel des etudiants et etudiantes de [] cycle en chimie de l'Universite de Sherbrooke attire des etudiants de toutes les universites du Quebec a chaque annee. C'etait encore un grand succes.

Lennoxville: Time is reserved during NCW/SNC each year at Champlain Regional College for discussions on recent advances in or applications of chemistry with the chemistry program's students. Prizes are awarded to students with the best grades in a term test held during the week. Posters, prepared by some of the students, are also on display.

Montreal: The AstraZeneca R&D Centre promoted chemistry to all of its staff through lunchtime demonstrations, handing out promotional literature. Students from the local cegeps were invited to visit the Centre's chemistry department.

McGill University's popular lecture series was the highlight of the week. Pierre Laneuville, Royal Victoria Hospital, presented 'Can Canadian Tainted Blood Scandals be Prevented'. This was followed the next day by James Feaust, University of Durham, England's 'Chemistry of Disorder' which highlighted the causes of order and disorder in conjugated polymeric devices. 'What Scientists Do and Do Not Know' (Brian Alters, Science Education, McGill University), 'How complicated can materials get: the case of [PbSnF.sub.4] (Georges Denes, MCIC, Concordia University), 'Otto Maass Squares' panel discussion, and 'Studies Towards Palau: Amine and Cobalt-Mediated Stereoselective Cyclopentene Formation' (Regis Dolaine, McGill University) were also held. The final event for the week was a visit to Boehringer-Ingelheim (CAN), Bio-Mega Research Division in Laval, QC. The department also encouraged faculty and students to wear a tie, scarf, t-shirt or jacket with a chemical theme during the week to win a prize. Posters and ba lloons adorned the chemistry building.

Westmount: Dawson College's open house included displays and a chemistry magic show put on by students. The school's chemical technology program was publicized and high school students and their parents were invited to discuss career opportunities to help them plan for the future. Instruments, text books, and the website were all on display.


Kingston: "They're so cute, cuddly and yummy! But even gummy bears can get angry - violently angry. Last Tuesday night, they got particularly irritated, and upset enough to growl." This is how The Queen's Journal (October 26, 1999) described events taking place at a demonstration night hosted by the Queen's University chemistry department Student Council at the university. Spectacular demonstrations such as underwater fireworks, the spontaneously combusting gummy bear, the oscillating methanol explosion, and the exploding soap bubbles were seen. The audience was amazed and the volunteers who performed in the show had a great time doing the show.

Volunteers from the Council went to various public schools to demonstrate the fun of chemistry to young budding chemists. This year, 'Chemistry in the Kitchen', the 1997 NCW/SNC Kingston public school demo theme, was brought back. Extinguishing a candle with baking soda, and the bottle rocket were two of the highlights, which the children enjoyed.

Brockville: The students of the Brockville campus of St. Lawrence College displayed science projects at their school.

Ottawa: The Ottawa CIC/CSChE Local Section concentrated this year's efforts on a mall display at Bayshore Shopping Centre. Rashmi Venkateswara, University of Ottawa, department of chemistry, enthraled the audience with her chemistry shows, Once again, the public's participation in making slime was the highlight of the event, with many children returning to make two and three batches, each one a different colour. Other exhibitors included the CIC and the Association of the Chemical Profession of Ontario.

Espanola: This year's activities proved to be a resounding success, with eight chemical shows spread over three elementary schools and one high school. Another very successful show was put on by Jean Louis and his Grade 9 and 10 students, in French, at the Ecole de SteJoseph.

Demonstrations extended to two special classes at Espanola High School where students performed hands-on experiments involving indicator changes using different acids and bases. The colour changes were very impressive and made the whole experience an unforgettable one for those participating.

Toronto: A visit by Leslie Barton, MCIC to Queensway Christian College began the week. She gave out prizes in the Periodic Table Recitation Competition for students from Grade 1 to 8. She performed the "iodine snake" experiment (involving the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide in the presence of potassium iodide and dish washing detergent) to the great joy of the younger students, then went on to give a series of small demonstrations to the Grade 11 chemistry students, including the dramatic "flaming peanut" experiment (a piece of pasta rather than a peanut, combusted in molten potassium chlorate), which flared up dramatically just as the alarm rang for a fire drill.

Kara Rosenquist; Len Walker, FCIC; and Barton, set up a 'Mole Day at the Mall' display at Sherway Gardens Mall in Etobicoke. They gave away the ever popular furkins and other promotional items, and helped young children perform "ink rainbow" (paper chromatography) and cooking chemistry experiments. The display had a continuous flow of interested participants and spectators throughout the day.

The Toronto CIC/CSChE Section also ran a crystal growing competition for local schools. The best crystal overall came from North Albion Collegiate Institute (third place team nationally). A close runner-up also came from North Albion. The "whopper prize" went to Brebeuf College School. Their crystal had a mass of 121.15 g.

Markham: NCW/SNC was highly successful at Middlefield Collegiate Institute, There were daily puzzles given over the morning announcements dealing with symbols, moles, and other chemistry related questions. These were well received and NCW/SNC material was given away as prizes. In addition, a contest page including ten activities ran the entire week. These winners were awarded the grand prizes of t-shirts, etc., which provided incentive and a reward for students who got involved.

Over 30 students were in groups growing crystals. Judging this year's crop was difficult and the final decision was to send both the largest and the most perfect of the crystals that were grown to Guelph for the national judging.

The "Science Show" has expanded over the years. This year three feeder elementary schools each sent about 100 Grade 8 students to view a science show in biology, chemistry, and physics. The students were divided into three groups and each group moved through the department for a 20 minute show in each discipline. These shows were well received and the student lab assistants, ranging from Grade 9 to OAG, who performed them had a fabulous time.

The week was great fun. The entire science department thoroughly enjoyed the interaction with a wide variety of students and there was enormous interest in the puzzles.

Scarborough: The University of Toronto at Scarborough invited chemistry students from all of the local high schools to join them in a day of 'Discovering Chemistry'. Faculty members and students volunteered their time to provide the high school students with lab tours, course and career information related to the field of chemistry, and hands-on experiments.

Cambridge: Each day at Jacob Hespeler Secondary School, four OAG chemistry students planned demonstrations to present to the school. Highlights included demonstrations with liquid nitrogen, explosions with methane and acid base reactions as well as some choice ignitions with potassium chlorate and potassium permanganate. The students were responsible for choosing their own demonstration as well as ensuring the safety of their audiences. Fifty to 75 people attended each day's event. This was the first year the high school has actively participated in NCW/SNC and they assuredly will continue to host these shows each year due to the overwhelming enthusiasm of this year's event.

Port Colbourne: NCW/SNC 1999 proved to be an energetic and enthusiastic celebration. The OAG chemistry class at Lakeshore Catholic High School organized the week with a variety of activities. The Grade 9 and 10 students were treated to a fun, uplifting and educational assembly. There was great participation from the audience. A video showing Francesca Martin, MCIC, making her famous and unforgettable liquid nitrogen ice cream, students doing chemistry demonstrations - bubble magic, flames, etc., and various interesting definitions of chemistry from the school community, was a crowd pleaser. The traditional fact of the day was given as a part of the 'Did You Know?' files and a group of students from each Grade level was chosen to participate in a science activities contest. Some of the molecule animals that were built were of high qualily and great fun was had by all. Displays of chemistry projects, element posters, and chem smiles as well as a chemistry display area was set up for the week in the cafeteria. I t was a great week at Lakeshore Catholic High School and the school Looks forward to next year.

London: The University Student Centre at University of Western Ontario was the site of a chemistry display. Featured experiments were slime and sniff and smell.

Thunder Bay: Lakehead University chemistry faculty and students visited a number of secondary schools in the region. The visits included discussions on what chemistry is and what careers are available to those who wish to be chemical professionals. Demonstrations on energy were also carried out.


Winnipeg: In recognition of the outstanding achievements in chemistry and biochemistry by students in Manitoba, the Manitoba CIC Local Section held Student Awards Night, at the campus of the University of Manitoba. Awards and scholarships, including several from the CIC, were presented to undergraduate and graduate students from Brandon University and the Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg.

Shirley Treacy from the RCMP Forensic Laboratory in Winnipeg then presented a lecture entitled "The Drugs of Date Rape'. This provided some interesting legal and chemical insights into a serious social issue which, judging from the lengthy question period which followed, was well appreciated by the audience.

The department of chemistry at University of Manitoba also set up an exhibit in the lobby of the chemistry building to display NCW/SNC posters and to distribute chemical careers brochures, pocket periodic tables, and NCW/SNC brochures. To attract students to the exhibit, a draw was held with a number of NCW/SNC t-shirts given way.


Saskatoon: NCW/SNC activities seen in past years were put on hold for 1999 as the North Saskatchewan CIC Local Section played host to the 1999 Chemical Engineering Conference in October. Chemical engineers, chemists, and chemical technologists from the city worked together to put on this conference. For a detailed account of the conference see ACCN, January 2000, pp. 23-30.


Calgary: The department of chemistry of the University of Calgary organized the traditional mall chemistry show at the Northland Village Shoppes. More than 80 volunteers from the department, the Calgary CIC Local Section, APEGGA, and Calgary Science Network were on hand to amaze the audience by bringing to life 15 interesting displays and a number of eye-catching demonstrations and hands-on activities. From household chemicals to computer aided drug design, from self-inflating and deflating balloons to appearing and disappearing images suspended in a liquid, from red glowing glassblowing to freezing liquid nitrogen demonstrations, from a benevolent volcano to a malevolent fog flask, and much more. The event attracted over 1,000 spectators of all ages who actively participated and shared with the volunteers the wonders of "fun chemistry".

Lethbridge: The annual chemistry demonstration show for visiting high school students and members of the university community was held at University of Lethbridge. The highlight was Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture where hydrogen balloons were detonated to the music, instead of the traditional cannon.

Medicine Hat: Brad Pavelich, MCIC, Medicine Hat College made visits to local elementary schools, presenting chemistry demonstrations, leaving behind NCW/SNC buttons and balloons for all.

Drayton Valley: Two hour hands-on events were hosted for students in Grades 3 to 5 in the Drayton Valley district. Students were introduced to making slime and ice cream, building batteries and crystals, and working with acids and bases and various chemical reactions.

Edmonton: The Edmonton CJC Local Section celebrated NCW/SNC 1999 with Mall Science, the crystal growing competition, and the NCW/SNC T-Shirt Design Contest.

As in past years, Mall Science generated much traffic at the NCW/SNC display areas. Volunteers from the University of Alberta, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Grant MacEwan Community College, Concordia University College, McNally Composite High School, and from corporations and businesses were in four malls (West Edmonton Mall, Londonderry Mall, Fort Mall, and Northwood Mall) to perform chemistry demonstrations and to share their love of chemistry with the public. Visitors and participants alike had a fun time, and the volunteers from the CIC Local Section enjoyed the camaraderie with their APEGGA colleagues. This year's demonstrations included popular stand-bys as well as new experiments: acid-base equilibria, indicators, household chemicals, metal plating, PVA slime (polymer cross-linking), paper chromatography, surface tension and air pressure, and molecule models.

High school students were invited to participate in the crystal growing competition. Six crystals were submitted from Edmonton area high schools. The winning crystal was grown by Austin Cheng and Jeff Leung of Harry Ainlay Composite High School. Cheng and Leung each received a Prentice Hall Molecular Model Kit, a crystal champ t-shirt, and an award certificate.

Thanks to chemistry teacher Ian Phillipps, of McNally Composite High School, for his idea for a NCW/SNC T-Shirt Design Contest. Phillipps invited students to submit a graphic design with a chemistry theme. Ten designs, creatively illustrating diverse aspects of chemistry, were submitted. The winning design was created by Noella Yeung of Old Scona Academic High School. Runner-up was Stella Luk, also of Old Scona Academic High School. Yeung and Luk each received a t-shirt imprinted with their own design, chemistry textbooks, and an award certificate.

British Columbia

Kamloops: NCW/SNC and NSTW were marked at the University College of the Cariboo (UCC) with a Science and Technology Night. A wide range of displays were presented in the Science Building as well as in the Trades and Technology Centre. Chemistry professors Jim Davies, MCIC and Norm Reed, MCIC, along with help from many of the students, presented the 'Wonder of Chemistry' magic show for the largest, standing-room only audience ever. Separate hands-on displays were very popular with the general public. Kids of all ages participated in the rocket races, with prizes for the greatest distance covered. Other displays involved modelling a temperature inversion in the Thompson River Valley, and the chemistry behind water treatment plants. The Chemistry-Biochemistry Club at UCC initiated NCW/SNC with an interactive display at Aberdeen Mall. Students presented several of the displays from Science Night, with the addition of computer-based molecular modelling.

Abbotsford: The 4th Annual UCFV Chemistry Lab Skills Contest for high school students was hosted by University College of the Fraser Valley (UCFV). This event continues to be popular with local students and this year teams representing 11 different high schools participated. Competitors were required to complete two experiments: the quantitative analysis of an unknown oxalate salt using a redox titration and the synthesis of copper (I) chloride. A team from Yale Secondary School placed first in both experiments and was, therefore, declared the overall winner. The runner-up in both experiments was the team representing Abbotsford Senior Secondary School. At the end of the contest, participants were treated to a chemistry magic show presented by UCFV staff and led by Aileen Ablog.

Vancouver: The Vancouver CIC Local Section participated in the crystal growing competition for its fifth year. Seven schools submitted crystals for display and judging at Science World. Judges from Simon Fraser University had a busy afternoon doing a detailed examination of each crystal. Southridge School in Surrey, BC submitted this year's winning crystal. Point Grey Secondary School grew the best quality crystal.

In addition to the crystal competition, two chemistry demonstration shows entitled "The Three Profs' Most Excellent Chemistry Adventures' were presented in the Science World Demonstration Theatre. Ross Hill, FCIC; Andrew Bennet, MCIC; and Gary Leach, MCIC, all of Simon Fraser University, were The Three Profs. The show was well received by a large audience of young people and their families. The show had many new features which delighted the youngsters.

The chemistry department at Langara College celebrated NCW/SNC in conjunction with the College Open House held on October 21. Every chemistry student received a pocket periodic table to kick off the week. A draw for a NCW/SNC t-shirt, which was open to all students enroled in a chemistry course, was held. To enter the students had to answer a skill testing question (How many sulfur atoms are there in 9.97 fg of rhombic sulfur?) The response was excellent, with entries from the beginning to the senior chemistry students. A Magic Show was held, featuring Dr. Zorg (Andrew Mosi, MCIC) and his able assistant (Kelly Sveinson). The general public, Langara chemistry students and even a class from the Langara daycare centre watched flaming soap bubbles, magic one-pot brownies (sugar with sulfuric acid), and a spectacular thermite reaction with a jack-o-lantern ending. (See the Langara chemistry website at for more details.) The show was topped off by liquid nitrogen ice cream.

Chemistry students prepared the largest periodic table in Vancouver (25 feet long). Students from five classes each prepared a data sheet (one letter size sheet) about an element, which were then assembled into the long form of the periodic table. The display has continued to attract attention. All in all, everyone (instructors and students alike) had fun celebrating.

Surrey: Involvement within the College was the focus for Kwantlen University College. Students competed in the chemical olympics where prizes were awarded. The school's employees received the 'Chemistry Question of the Day', again competing for prizes. Furkins and pocket periodic tables were the favourites. The third event conducted was a demonstration session for students and staff.

Victoria: There were two events in Victoria, the Regional Crystal Growing Competition for Vancouver Island and a general interest talk given by Sandy Kirk, FCIC on 'Chemistry and Wine Making'.

The crystal growing competition was the island's most successful thus far as they had more submitted crystals than ever before (ten). The best crystal was submitted by Erin Schofield (Carihi Secondary School, Campbell River) which had a score of 73 (quality 8.5; weight 6.23 g). Word is spreading on Vancouver Island about this annual event.

The second event was a Local Section sponsored talk in midweek by Sandy Kirk, FCIC, an expert and well-known amateur wine maker (and also recently-retired University of Victoria chemistry department faculty member), on 'Chemistry and Wine Making'. This highly popular talk introduced wine making to a lay audience complete with samples. Many interesting aspects of the wine making process were highlighted including the need to control pH and "acidity".

Reg Mitchell, FCIC gave his highly entertaining Dr. Zonk's Chemistry Magic Show to select high school students and teachers who were on the University of Victoria campus during the week participating in the Science Olympics.


Enthusiasm for NCW/SNC grows each year as evidenced by this recount of the 1999 activities. The article profiles only a cross section of the activities which took place during the Week. The 2000 NCW/SNC Team is working hard to drive next year's events and have already held their first planning meeting. For more information on NCW/SNC 2000 or to provide feedback or suggestions on events, contact: Program Manager, NCW/SNC, The Chemical Institute of Canada, 130 Slater Street, Suite 550, Ottawa, ON, KIP 6E2; Tel: 613-232-6252; Fax: 613-232-5862; E-mail: Check out the web site at

The NCW 2000 Team

Marc Dube, PEng, MCIC

Dube is an assistant professor in the department of chemical engineering at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON. His research interests are in polymer reaction engineering, biomaterials, and applied statistics. He is interested in learning skills and change management. He is currently the vice-chair of the Ottawa CIC/CSChE Local Section. Dube represents chemical engineers on the NCW/SNC Team as well as being a member of the National Engineering Week Steering Committee.

Roxanne LeBlanc-Lemieux

LeBlanc-Lemieux is currently second vice-president of the Science Teachers' Association of Ontario (STAO). She received her BSc in honours chemistry at Concordia University (1975) and did graduate studies in chemistry at the University of British Columbia (1975-1980). LeBlanc-Lemieux is a chemistry teacher at College catholique Samuel-Genest, an Ottawa high school with a specialized science program. She mentors students of this program for several science activities such as the NCW/SNC Crystal Growing Competition, the Ottawa-Carleton Regional and National Science Fairs, and the Connaught Student Biotechnology Exhibition. She will be an important link with pre-university students.

Peter Nikic

Nikic graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Social Science and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours). Following graduation, he began his professional career as a political aide working with several members of Parliament and as a communications advisor with the Reform Party. Following several years working in politics, he started a communications consulting business and has worked as a public affairs consultant with the Canadian Chemical Producers' Association for over three years. His interests include coaching basketball at the high school level, radio programming, and writing. Nikic will serve as NCW/SNC's liaison with the chemical industry and provide advice on communications.

Cathy Cardy, MCIC, cCT

Cardy is the president of the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology for 199 8-2000 having served on the Society's Board of Directors since 1995. She graduated from the chemical engineering technician course at Mohawk College and obtained her BSc from the University of Waterloo. Cardy was employed as a technologist at two universities prior to beginning her career at Imperial Oil in Sarnia, ON. Employed in the laboratory until 1997, Cardy moved to the position of quality leader for the Basic Chemicals Manufacturing Division where she ensures that the Division manages and links quality, safety, and business controls.

Joe Schwarcz, MCIC

Since childhood, Joe Schwarcz has been fascinated by science, magic, and the theatre. He received both his BSc and PhD degrees from McGill University. He has taught chemistry at the college and university level since 1973. In 1999, he was appointed as the first director of McGill University's new Office for Chemistry and Society which is dedicated to presenting scientific information to the public, to educators and to the student body in an accurate, balanced, easily digestible and responsible fashion. (See the article below for more detail.) He developed a course on 'Chemistry in the Modern World', presents public Magic of Chemistry Shows as well as hosting a weekly radio phone-in show, appearing on television and writing chemistry columns for several newspapers such as the Washington Post and Montreal's Gazette.

Don Wiles, FCIC

Wiles was born and educated in Amherst, NS, receiving his BSc at Mount Allison University. He worked at Eldorado Mining and Refining, in Port Hope, ON as a radium chemist. He later received his MSc from McMaster and PhD from M.I.T. in nuclear chemistry. Wiles became an assistant professor at Carleton University in 1959 where he still has his office. He has held many positions in the CIC, such as chair of the Ottawa Local Section in 1964 and again in 1995, councillor Eastern Ontario, and CSC director of education. He has also been involved with the CIC National High School Chemistry Examination. Wiles previously helped local schools with his 'Ask a Chemist' site on the internet.

Gale Thirlwall-Wilbee

Thirlwall-Wilbee graduated from Carleton University with her BA in geography. She has been involved with NCW/SNC, from the implementation side, on and off from its early years. Thirlwall-Wilbec took on the role as program manager, NCW/SNC on a full-time basis in 1994. Her duties involve coordinating the creation and production of promotional material as well as distributing information and supplies to local coordinators.

Gale Thiriwall-Wilbee is the program manager, NCW/SNC with The Chemical Institute of Canada. She annually compiles this review article with the help of the many NCW/SNC local coordinators across the country. See the box on p. 23 for their names. You can reach Gale at

Excerpt from "Silicon: My Favourite Chemical Element"

Silicon, which has the chemical formula Si and was named for the Latin word for flint, is the most abundant mineral found on earth. However, it is not commonly written about as an essential nutrient. In fact, silicon is very

important because it is all around us so we cannot stop from consuming it. It is found in the soil and is a common mineral that is required, along with calcium, for the development and maintenance of strong bones. Its most common associations are with computer chips and surgical implants. This essay will explore the effect that silicon has had on our world since its discovery in the early 1800s.

Who first discovered silicon and how?

There is much confusion and debate surrounding who truly first discovered silicon. History books show that in 1800, an English chemist by the name of Sir Humphrey Davy first thought that silicon was a compound and not an element. Later, in 1811, Louis Thenard, probably prepared impure amorphous silicon by heating potassium with silicon tetrafluoride. However, it is a Swedish physicist by the name of Jons Jacob Berzelius who is generally credited with the isolation and discovery of silicon. In 1823, he succeeded in preparing amorphous silicon by the same general method as used earlier, but he purified the product by removing the fluosilicates by repeated washings. Later, in 1854, a French chemist named Henri Sainte-Claire Deville was the first to prepare crystalline silicon which is the second allotropic form of the element.

So Why is Silicon So Important?

It is very clear that silicon is important in the technological world because of all of the uses it provides. Without semiconductors like silicon, we would not have such electronic devices like lasers, solar cells, LEDs (which are used in digital watches and calculators), and the transistor, the basis of the electronic microchip, which have all enhanced our lifestyle.

We have also seen how important silicon is in the body. Silicon promotes firmness and strength in the tissues. It is present in the arteries, tendons, skin, connective tissues, nails, hair and eyes. The mineral is necessary for the production of collagen, which helps to hold the body tissues together, and glycosaminoglycan. Silicon is also important for the function of the enzyme prolyhydroxylase and enhances cell regeneration. This mineral is also present with the chondroitin sulfates of cartilage, and it works with calcium to help restore bones.

Although deficiency in humans has not been seen, the absence of silicon in animals has resulted in abnormalities. There have been bone, collagen, ligament and tendon abnormalities and it has been related to heart disease. Studies have revealed retarded growth and poor bone development in young rats fed a silicon-deficient diet. Rabbits showed more atherosclerotic arterial plaques when fed diets low in silicon.

Silicon is not an essential mineral but it does improve our bodies. A 1993 study found oral and external application of silicon improves the condition of aging skin, hair, and nails in women. Silicon increased the thickness and strength of the skin, improved wrinkles, and gave hair and nails a healthier appearance.

Another reason why silicon is important is that it is thought to radiate or transmit energy in its crystalline structure, as in quartz crystal. It is thought by some to be able to deeply penetrate the tissues and help to clear stored toxins and purge the body of aluminum. Consequently, some have described the 'silicea' tissue salt as acting like a 'microscopic surgeon'.

Unfortunately, silicon does have some negative qualities Silicon used in implants may cause silicon to leak into the body. Silicon has also been linked to a variety of diseases. When large quantities of silicon-containing dust is inhaled by such workers as miners and stonecutters, the respiratory disease known as silicosis may develop. Other reactions to overdose toxicity may be malignant tumour formation and normal lung tissue being replace with nodular connective tissue patches. High levels of silicon and aluminum have been found in persons with the Alzheimer's disease. Yet, at this point, aluminum is considered to be more of a threat for toxicity than silicon. The best way to prevent these diseases is to keep our diets low in silicon intake and to continue to study it more closely.


This essay has given a detailed description of the element silicon. It has been a fascinating topic to research and I have learned much about the importance of silicon in our daily lives. Since its discovery, it has evolved to become one of the world's most useful elements. This, along with the fact that silicon must be manufactured in a factory, may account for why prices for silicon are so high. Regular grade silicon (99 per cent) costs about $0.50/g while silicon 99.9 per cent pure costs about $50/lb. The most valuable form of silicon, hyperpure silicon, can be purchased for as much as $100 per ounce. Overall, there are many areas to study about silicon because it is such an interesting topic to research. In conclusion, I am sure that this element will remain just as important in the future as it has been since its discovery.

Melanie Reader

Pasadena Academy

Promotional Materials NCW/SNC 1999

The distribution of NCW/SNC promotional material was carried out through coordinators in Local Sections, at universities, high schools and elementary schools. Industry also got involved. The following is a list of promotional material distributed throughout 1999: 13,030 copies of Discover Canadian Chemistry/Pleins feux sur la chimie, a newsletter for senior high school students; 665 copies of Exploring Chemistry, a newsletter for junior high school students; 126 copies of Merveilles de la chimie, the new French edition of the booklet, 657 copies of Discovering Chemisty, a booklet geared to children in Grades four to six; 107 copies of its French equivalent Pour Decouvrir de la chimie; 268 copies of the American Chemical Society's WonderScience; 657 copies of Wonderful Water, a guidebook for children in kindergarten through Grade three; 107 copies of Merveilles de l'eau, the French version of the booklet; 691 English postcards (series of three experiments); 122 French postcards (series of three experiments); 6 408 Posters (chemistry, chemical engineering and chemical technology themes); 720 periodic table posters; 554 NCW/SNC UV cards; 107 NCW/SNC decals; 1788 NCW/SNC balloons; 615 NCW/SNC bookmarks; 1,188 NCW/SNC buttons; 2,163 furkins (a fuzzy purple mascot of NCW/SNC who has a pink nose and wears his/her safety glasses); 458 NCW/SNC fridge magnets; 35 NCW/SNC caps; 93 NCW/SNC nylon lunch bags; 53 NCW/SNC mouse pads; 43,781 pocket periodic tables; 203 NCW/SNC t-shirts; 46 French careers brochures as well as 678 National Chemistry Week/Semaine nationale de la chimie brochures.

Sponsors for promotional material include: Dow Chemical Canada Inc. who sponsored the complete Discover Canadian Chemist Chemistry/Pleins feux sur la chimie project from start to finish including a mailing of two copies of the booklet plus additional information to all high school science department heads across the country; Merck Frosst Canada who sponsored the reprinting of Wonderful Water and Merveilles de l'eau for distribution to schools and coordinators; Bayer Inc. who produced the pocket periodic tables and periodic table poster; The Chemistry at Work! Poster for 1999 was sponsored by Dominion Colour; The Chemical Engineering at Work! Poster for 1999 was sponsored by Shell Canada. Canadian Society for Chemistry, Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering and the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology, all provided sponsorship towards NCW/SNC material. We wish to thank these sponsors for their generous support in financing specific projects.

NCW/SNC promotional material is available at any time during the year, supplies permitting. For more information please contact: NCW/SNC Manager, 130 Slater Street, Suite 550, Ottawa, ON K1P 6E2; Tel: 613-232-6252; Fax: 613-232-5862; e-mail: or check out the website at www.cheminst.calncw.

1999 National Crystal Growing Competition

Murphy's Law always seems to find a way to influence the outcome of the Canadian Crystal Growing Competition. This year we nearly got away unscathed. The only hiccup was a labour dispute in Quebec between the teachers and the government, which lowered the participation rate. But not too much -- the two top submissions came from Quebec.

The system of having the contest run from a website and schools ordering their starting material directly from our supplier seems to have worked quite well, although transportation into the far north still is a bit of a problem. Non-web groups are also encouraged to get involved in the competition.

This year's material was our old friend copper sulfate, which had not been used for some time. At this point, I wish to express thanks to Anachemia Science for continuing to be the supplier and for packaging and distributing the starting material. NCW/SNC subsidized the transportation charges.

Minor modifications in the calculation of scores were made such that values now are expressed in an absolute form: as a percentage of a theoretical maximum. We can now compare apples and oranges (I lied -- actually, copper sulfate, Rochelle salt, and alum) and results year by year.

So, who were the winners out of the 12 submissions? The top crystal came from Stephane Lapierre at Polyvalente Manikoutai in Sept-IIes, QC. Michele Belanger was the encouraging teacher. The crystal weighed 62.82 g(maximum 150 g), had a quality score of 8.63 (out of 10), and received an overall score of 72.2 per cent. The second place crystal was prepared by Vicky Giroux at Polyvalente des Abenaquis, in StProsper de Beauce, QC. It weighed in at 67.81 g, had a quality score of 8.18, and an overall score of 68.9 per cent. In third place was the 56.05 g crystal submitted by Omar Jackson and Nana Otoo from North Albion Collegiate Institute of Etobicoke, ON. Brian Gadsby is their teacher. Combined with a quality score of 8.23, it was given an overall score of 66.3 per cent.

An additional prize was awarded to the best quality crystal, which scored 9.43. It was grown by Tamlin Reed and Darren Jones of Southridge School in South Surrey, BC. Their teacher is Kiersten McCaw.

The remaining crystals in order of rank came from Ottawa, ON; Pembroke, ON; Edmonton, AB; Miramichi, NB; Vancouver, BC; Cambridge, ON; Thorburn, NS; and Campbell River, BC.

There is evidence of teacher loyalty to this competition. The winning teacher in Vancouver used to supervise crystal growing when she taught in Montebello, QC.

These competitions do not just happen. Beside the students and teachers at the bench, there is a group of volunteers who conduct a great deal of background coordination. I'd like to thank the following for their tremendous support this year: Carol Haley, MCIC and Cheryl Hogstead (Anachemia Science); Gale Thirlwall-Wilbee (NCW/SNC program manager); Leslie Barton, MCIC; Barb Blackwell, MCIC; Josee Brisson, MCIC; Denis Bussieres, MCIC; Beryl Deuel, FCIC; Heather Dundas; Dave Guzonas, MCIC; Louis Lapierre; Ian Phillips; Marc Savard, MCIC; John Roscoe, FCIC; and Peter Wan, FCIC (Regional Coordinators); and George Ferguson (National Judge). The results of this contest can be found at (.../ex-el-9-9.).

1999 was a busy year for crystal growing. In addition to the NCW/SNC contest, we participated in an International contest spearheaded by Harry Powell of Cambridge University UK. That contest utilized alum. The submitted crystals were judged at the XVIIIth International Union of Crystallography Congress and General Assembly held August 4-13, 1999 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Canada did very well, placing 2nd to 5th. The results were published earlier in ACCN, January 2000, p. 37. Also, see,XL00.html for the results.

Will we be back in 2000? You bet! Already you can find us on the move at

Chris Young, MCIC

National Crystal Competition coordinator


The second Chemical Engineering contest took place, with "Chemical Engineering -- the power behind the funl", sponsored by Sheel Canada. High school students were again challenged to list five areas, other than the oil and gas industry, where chemical engineers work. The winner of this year's contest was Dominic Thibodeau of Ecole Ste-Marie in Princeville, QC. Dominic received a Shell melton/leather varsity jacket.

Looking at NCW/SNC Through the Public's Eyes

The Teacher's Comments

One teacher, Bernard Eng, from Webbwood Public School summed up the demonstrations done in his class as follows:

Retired secondary school science teacher Ken Naples, MCIC just does not seem to want to be out of the classroom. On the afternoon of October 26, he visited my Grade 7-8 class at Webbwood Public School, supposedly for "about an hour". Equipped with boxes of containers, chemicals, and an assortment of other science necessities, he demonstrated a number of principles dealing with matter and energy.

In one experiment, students were surprised to say the least when flames and smoke resulted when sodium and potassium were added to beakers of water. This was just one of the many experiments Naples used to fan the flames of curiosity among the students. When the students asked for the theory behind what was going on during the various chemical interactions, Ken simply replied, "You'll find out when you get to high school." What was to be an hour demonstration ended only when the students were informed by the secretary that their buses home would wait no longer.

Indeed, the students of Webbwood Public were fortunate that Mr. Naples has retired but not retreated from his love of chemistry and teaching. Ken, thanks for the excellent demonstration that afternoon. As well, I appreciate the fact that you didn't set my classroom on fire while successfully igniting the curiosity of our future chemists.

Bernard Eng

Teacher, Webbwood Public School

Webbwood Public School Students' Quotes

"I didn't know the potential energy of sugar until he blew up a gummie bear. It was really cool!" - Steve Patterson

"I thought it was excellent. I am dying to go to high school to find out the answers to the experiments that we did." - Alisha Finch

"It wasn't just a demonstration -- it was a magic show." - Mike Green "Awesome show! I was amazed at how much fun science is." - William Gunson

"I thought it was a lot of fun and exciting for the whole class. The experiments were fascinating!" - Kirby Bentley

"I thought that the demonstration was entertaining because I never saw anything like that before. I'm wondering what caused those reactions." - Skye Pachecco

"It was just like the shows on TV. No, it was even better. It was awesome!" - Zachary Delisle

"When he showed us the foamy attack, it made me think Whoa, I can't wait to get to high school." - Chris Proctor

"Best professor since Einstein!" - Chris Hunsperger

"The blasting, laughing, gasping scientist!" - Shawn Sorenson

"Cool science experiments were the order of the day!" -Allan Thaxter

"I thought that Mr. Naples was amazing. He showed us how to make hydrogen. I just can't wait to get to high school." - Melissa Gilbert

"He was funny. I hope he comes back to our school again!" - Anita Kennedy

To Our Volunteers

NCW/SNC National Coordinator, Norman Hunter, FCIC and Program Manager, Gale Thirlwall-Wilbee would like to thank all those who volunteered their time and services in the schools, at shopping malls, plants, science centres, in the hush and at all of the other locations where NCW/SNC events were held. Unfortunately, there are too many of you to name. You are the heart of NCW/SNC, who help to realize the goal of making Canadians more aware of chemistry and related areas in everyday life. Congratulations on another year well done!

A special vote of thanks to the following individuals who contributed materials for this profile and who took on the role of coordinator of events for the area listed in brackets: David Adley (Dawson College, department of chemistry); Patrick Ang (Queen's University, department of chemistry); Mary Ashun (Queensway Christian College, department of chemistry); Leslie Barton, MCIC (Toronto Local Section, includes local universities and colleges); Doug Bickley, MCIC (University College of the Cariboo, department of chemistry); John Breau, MCIC (Sudbury Local Section, includes Laurentian University, Cambrian College); Josee Brisson, MCIC (Section locale de Quebec inclus Universite Laval, department de chimie); Murray Brooker, MCIC (Memorial University of Newfoundland, department of chemistry); Gerald Brydon, MCIC (Dawson College, department of chemical technology); Cheryl Cheung (Queen's University, department of engineering chemistry); Jennifer Clarke (Amalgamated Academy); John Corrigan and the UWO Chemical Soc iety (University of Western Ontario, department of chemistry); Adrian Gulf (Mount Allison University, department of chemistry); Beryl Deuel, FCIC (Vancouver Local Section includes University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University); Peter Dibble, MCIC (University of Lethbridge, department of chemistry); Yahia Djamel Djaoued, MCIC (Universite de Moncton a Shippagan, department de chimie); Majda Djordjevic (Calgary Local Section, includes University of Calgary, department of chemistry and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, department of chemical technology); Patrick Draper; MCIC (Champlain Regional College); Denis Duchesne (ecoles secondaires de Hull); Eithne Dunbar (St. Lawrence College, department of chemistry); Heather Dundas (Yukon College, Innovators in the School); Steve Gamache (Centre d'etudes collegiales Chibougamau) ; Francois Garneau, FCIC (Section locale de Saguenay, inclus l'Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi, department de science fondamentales); Sharon Gillies (Canadian Association for Girls in Science at the University College of the Fraser Valley); Gary Glover (Strathcona-Tweedsmuir); Christina Gottardo (Lakehead University, department of chemistry); David Greisman (Jacob Hespeler Secondary School); Dave Guzonas, MGIC (Deep River Local Section); Joy Harrison (Frank Maddock High School); Pierre Harvey (Universite de Sherbrooke, departement de chimie); Jody Heiskamen (Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School); Carole Kaszel (AstraZeneca R&D); Tina Kieffer (Aitken Bicentennial Exhibition Centre); Roger Kirchen (Edmonton Local Section, includes University of Alberta, department of chemistry, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, department of chemical technology, Grant MacEwan Community College, department of chemistry); Jim Kreuger (Kivallig Divisional Education Council); Nan Laird (Science 2000, Ottawa); Louis LaPierre (Universite de Moncton, department de chimie et biochimie); Arthur Last (University College of the Fraser Valley, department of chemistry); Raymond Legge (University of Waterloo, department of chemical engineering); Stephen Mackie, MCIC (University of Prince Edward Island, department of chemistry); Peter Mahaffy, MCIC (The King's University College, department of chemistry); Francesca Martin, MCIC (Lakeshore Catholic High School); Matthew McKim, MCIC (New Brunswick Community College, department of chemical technology); Eric Mead, FCIC (SIAST, Kelsey Campus, department of chemical technology); Ken Naples, MCIC (Espanola High School); Joe O'Neil, MCIC (University of Manitoba, department of chemistry); Mary Osyany (Sydney Academy); Robert Pallen, MCIC (Concordia University, department of chemistry); Bob Perkins, MCIC (Kwantlen University College, department of chemistry); Connie Powell, MCIC (Roncalli High School); Walter Prokopiw (Horton High School); Geoffrey Rayner-Canham, FCIC (Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, department of chemistry); Christine Rogers (Longara College); Glenn Rogers (Distance Learning Chemistry School District 5); John Roscoe (Acadia University, department o f chemistry); Kara Rosenquist (Toronto Local Section, includes local universities and colleges); Lyle Sadavoy (Middle field Collegiate Institute); Dawne Smith (College of the North Atlantic Engineering Technology); Ron Smith (high school teacher); Alain St-Amant, MCIC (Ottawa Local Section, includes Carleton University and Ottawa University departments of chemistry and engineering, Algonquin College, department of chemical technology); Maura Tait (Fundy High School); URCSS (University of Regina, department of chemistry); Ann Verner (University of Toronto at Scarborough, department of chemistry); Peter Wan, FCIC (Vancouver Island Local Section, includes University of Victoria, department of chemistry), M.A. Whitehead, FCIC (McGill University, department of chemistry) and; Wendy Willett (Kugluktuk High School).

Many thanks to Norman Hunter; FCIC, department of chemistry, University of Manitoba who completes his two-year role as NCW/SNC's national coordinator. Hunter worked on the production of two new editions of the ever popular Discover Canadian Chemistry/Pleins feux sur la chimie. We appreciate his hard work in these projects as well as his other duties carried out in conjunction with the NCW/SNC program manager in organizing the Week.
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