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Through malls, schools, radio or TV, the NCW '92 message reached Canadians.

This annual cross-Canada celebration of science is helping many Canadians change their perceptions of chemistry and see it in a positive light

From the Yukon to southern Ontario, from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland, National Chemistry Week/Semaine nationale de la chimie (NCW/SNC) was celebrated in diverse fashion. Many who participated, either in planned events or by just stopping by a shopping mall display, had their eyes opened to the wonders of chemistry. This profile features NCW/SNC happenings across the country. Many events were linked with National Science and Technology Week (NSTW).


NSTW/NCW featured a two-day open house at Yukon College with over 25 exhibits drawn from areas of science and technology with local government and business as participants. On Friday, 150-200 students from local schools were bused in to the college for the day and on Saturday, the displays were open to the general public. The NCW display in the chemistry lab prepared by Louis Schilder had demonstrations/exhibits on pH, spectroscopy, electrochemistry, metal reactions, electrolysis, and copper plating. This event was sponsored by Industry, Science and Technology Canada, Yukon Government Department of Education, Yukon College and Yukon News Science.

Vancouver Island

Organized by members of the chemistry department at the University of Victoria, the week's activities began with a weekend booth at the downtown Eaton Centre. Students and faculty members manned a booth measuring the alcohol content of home brews using two gas chromatographs and pH's using a pH meter. Chemistry promotional material and handouts for the kids were also provided.

The event was advertised in the local paper and brought over 20 area brewers in for product analysis. The record alcohol content was a homemade wine at 16%. Many visitors and shoppers in the mall were interested in the topic and time was spent teaching the public about chromatographic analysis.

The week also featured two speakers. An evening talk by Martin Hocking, FCIC, on the environmental effect of polystyrene foam vs paper drinking cups, was informative and demonstrated the importance of careful analysis regarding the environmental impact of even the most commonly used products.

Walter Balfour, FCIC, presented a lecture on the history of chemistry as depicted on stamps. His talk was a special treat for those who have an interest in both chemistry and stamp collecting. Many interesting anecdotes associated with famous chemists were a highlight of the presentation.


Once again the Vancouver local section took part in a cooperative effort with the chemistry departments at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Simon Fraser University (SFU) in celebrating NCW. Their program was kicked-off with The Chemistry Show in the main demonstration area at Science World. Organized by Robert Thompson, FCIC, the theme presentations, Chemistry is Everywhere, were held at lunch time for seven days and approximately 1500 people from age 6 to 86 attended.

Thompson also was interviewed on Vancouver Now program on the community TV channel during NCW and the program was aired four times.

The first meeting of the season for the Vancouver section was held at the Harbour Centre Campus of SFU during NCW and it featured a public lecture by David M. Wiles, FCIC, of Plastichem Consulting, Victoria -- Chemicals are Good for the Environment. His talk illustrated the point with examples from the plastics industry, long considered environmentally unfriendly.

Science World was again the venue for three talks on insect chemistry. Judy Meyers spoke about Enthusiasm for Insects, Larry Weiler, FCIC, explained How Insects Communicate, and Ken Nauman discussed Social Insects. Following the lectures, visitors were allowed free admission to the Backyard Monsters Show which features large animated models of common backyard insects and an outstanding collection of mounted insect specimens.

An evening at UBC aimed at high school and first-year university students began with conducted tours of the chemistry laboratories and was followed by a panel discussion on Chemistry Today. The presentations were attended by about 250 people and ranged in topic from solid state chemistry to the application of chemistry in medicine and the pulp and paper industry. Panelists were D. Dolphin, FCIC; E. Ogryzlo, FCIC; and C. Orvig, FCIC (all of UBC); and C.-L. Lee, MCIC, of Paprican. Following the discussion, NCW promotional materials - bookmarkers, periodic tables and copies of Discover Canadian Chemistry (DCC) were given away.

The section would like to acknowledge the financial support of the departments of chemistry at UBC and SFU.


Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) instructor Bob Clarke presented six teaching-type magic shows to local elementary and junior high schools. Colleague Susan Banks spoke to an attentive group of students at Bishop Grandin High School about careers in chemistry and chemical technology.

Martin Kirk, MCIC, organized a road show at a local shopping mall which included a glass blowing demonstration, simple experiments on natural materials and household chemicals, an eye-opening crystal garden and a demonstration of the properties of liquid nitrogen. Balloons and slime were given away. The slime was a hot item and the production of it at times could not meet the demand.


Helium-filled NCW balloons, large displays, giveaways and contests drew the attention of passing shoppers to an unfamiliar sight -- a real, live chemist, complete with white lab coat and safety glasses, amidst beakers, bottles and a brightly grinning jack-o-lantern. On Friday, October 16, the chemist holding the attention of appreciative crowds was Mike Korney, MCIC. This was the kick-off event of NCW witnessed by several thousand Edmontonians -- a three-day chemistry display booth, Chemistry: Its All Around Us, placed prominently at Kingsway Garden Mall. Hourly demonstrations on the following two days were provided by Hubert Taube, MCIC, Steve Twa and Ed Barone. They entranced the audience with interesting chemical reactions: exothermic and endothermic reactions used in commercial hot and cold packs, luminescence, synthesis of Nylon 610, and acid-base chemistry of household products.

Another crowd-pleaser was the chemical education software written by J.S. Martin, MCIC, and E.V. Blackburn, MCIC, of the University of Alberta. Shoppers were encouraged to try the chemical compound deduction games to test their current knowledge of chemistry and to build on it. Many positive comments were received, even from those legions of people who claimed to have slept through chemistry class.

The displays attracted a steady stream of people who stopped to watch videotapes of chemistry demonstrations, recycling, water treatment and forensic chemistry; examine crystal structures under the stereoscope; and view static displays and posters from local chemical industries and other groups. There was also a quiz and the answers were found on the posters or were available from those manning the booth and draws for prizes were made at regular intervals.

The Strathcona Industrial Association AWARE Bear, with high school student Matt Harker inside, was at the display on Saturday, promoting the Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CAER) program.

This year, the Edmonton section held its first NCW Crystal Growing Competition organized by Merv Lynch and Kay Simpson, MCIC, which involved area high schools in a challenge to grow the best single copper sulfate crystal. The winners were Dana Magnan and Elise Denis of Maurice Lavallee High School who received an elegant trophy (donated by the Alberta Ministry of Technology, Research and Telecommunications) and the top three teams all received commemorative T-shirts from Tim Bulmer, MCIC, of Syncrude Research. All entries were on view at the chemistry display for the weekend.

Local chemists gave talks on topics as diverse as plastics, treatment of city water and chemicals in the home to students at area junior high schools during the week. Speakers were delighted with the enthusiasm of the students, some of whom even expressed interest in a chemistry career. Teachers were impressed with the ability of the volunteers to hold the interest of the students. The efforts of Merv Lynch of the Catholic School Board were instrumental in organizing these sessions.

Much appreciated financing for the above events came from Dow Chemical, Raylo, Canadian Oxy, Syncrude, and the CSC. Thanks are also due Matheson Gas, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Dow, University of Alberta, Norwest Labs, Shell, Synphar, Celanese, Kingsway Garden Mall, Sony, Candy Express, and Shopper's Drug Mart who donated equipment, chemicals, giveaways and/or space.

North Saskatchewan

For the second time, the department of chemistry at the University of Saskatchewan held an open house during NCW. It was limited to a preregistration of 45 persons -- Grade 12 students and science teachers. Students and teachers from all over Saskatchewan attended the event. Students were able to preselect three tours offered in six areas of research and in undergraduate laboratories.

Following the tours, a coffee and donut discussion period was held. During this time, several general chemistry texts were awarded as door prizes. The event has received very favorable comments and is likely to become an annual event.

The Saskatoon community television channel broadcast several chemistry-related videos. A 15-minute panel discussion revolving around the video Big Fears, Little Risks was recorded and played following each broadcast of the video. The video raised interesting points, but the panel discussion helped to put some of the issues the video raised into proper perspective. The panelists were a toxicologist, an environmentalist with a chemistry background, and a chemistry professor with an interest in environmental chemistry.

Also, two talks were presented by author and forensic chemist, Murray Malcolm (Murder in the Yukon, 1982; The Pursuit of Ernest Cashel, 1984; and Armchair Wil, the Musings of a Man of Leisure, 1986); one during the normal seminar period in the department of chemistry and the other for the general public at the Frances Morrison Library. Both presentations were well attended, and the library was especially pleased to offer a lecture by a chemist who was also an author.

South Saskatchewan

Activities in the Regina area centered on a local crystal growing competition to select an entry for the National Crystal Growing Competition. Students from the University of Regina assisted by visiting the seven participating local schools and providing academic assistance on request. The winning entry from Grade 9 students at Michael A. Riffel High School was sent on to Ottawa where the crystal was judged to have the highest quality, but too low a mass to win.

In celebration of NCW, the University of Regina sponsored the 1992 VanCleave Lectures with guest speaker Tony Warren of UBC. He presented two public lectures on Chemical and Biochemical Approaches to Determining How Microorganisms Degrade Cellulose and Molecular Genetic Approaches to Determining Cellulase Structure and Function at the university.


To celebrate NCW and NSTW, Whiteshell Laboratories Chemistry Division, Pinawa, supported by Education Partnerships and Public Affairs at AECL Whiteshell and the Manitoba local section, organized a very successful specialized chemistry tour of the AECL Research facilities. Fifty-two students from Grade 12 chemistry classes in Lac du Bonnet, Pinawa, and Whitemouth were divided into small groups to visit six different chemistry research projects chosen to show the varied applications of chemistry and some practical uses in the form of marketable products.

The tour involved the following projects and tour hosts: accelerator facility -- Chris Sanders, radiation applications; radio iodine facility -- Roger Portman, research chemistry; fuel leaching experiments Simca Stroes Gascoyne, fuel waste technology; spectra smart/comfocheck -- Andy Gerwing, analytical science; electrochemistry experiments and surface analysis -- James Betteridge, MCIC, fuel waste technology; and organic analysis lab -- Roy Taylor, MCIC, and Noemi Chauqui-Offemans, analytical science.

From comments made over a pizza lunch provided by the Manitoba section and Education Partnerships, the day was judged a success.

The University of Manitoba hosted the annual Student Awards Night in association with NCW. Students from Brandon University, University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba were presented awards by Peter Letkemann, FCIC, Harold Hutton, FCIC, and Norman Hunter, MCIC, of the respective universities. CIC Manitoba section Awards were given to Doug Letkemann (Brandon), Tim Hiebert (Winnipeg), and Nancy Rosenthal (Manitoba -- Honors) as the best students proceeding into fourth year.

The evening concluded with a very interesting talk by Ron J. Hrynchuk of the Chemistry Section, Winnipeg RCMP Forensic Laboratory entitled Forensic Chemistry -- Truth Through Science and Integrity.


This local section, in co-operation with the University of Windsor, presented a show Chemistry at the Capitol. The group rented the Capitol Theatre in downtown Windsor and invited local elementary school students to come for shows during NCW. Over 600 elementary students from across the city witnessed half-hour shows on chemical actions and reactions.

Using explosions (created in metal pots on the stage when oxygen, dust and flame coincided), the theme from 2001, flowers fast frozen in liquid nitrogen at -200|degrees~C and then shattered like glass, a banana that drove a nail into a board, a hydrogen explosion that lit up the theatre, rolling clouds of color in flasks, and dry-ice smoke clouds, the students came away saying "It was awesome." There was even an experiment to try at home with baking soda, detergent and vinegar that produces an amazingly messy foam.

Bulent Mutus, MCIC, one of the organizers of the show said "We wanted to excite the kids about science." And that they did.


The Sarnia section continued its NCW tradition of presenting a view of chemistry to elementary school students throughout Lambton County. About 20 volunteer chemists, chemical engineers and chemical technologists travelled to schools to present a set of simple demonstrations and provide introductory career information about the chemical professions.

The demonstrations carried out were paper chromatography on filter paper to compare the composition of inks from colored markers and acid-base identification of common household samples (vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice) using a pH indicator derived from boiled red cabbage leaves.

Information on educational requirements and a survey of starting salary levels for the different professions were also presented. The program was prepared in consultation with the local school board members responsible for science subjects.

The section gratefully acknowledges the support of Dearborn Chemicals, Dow Chemical, and Imperial Oil in the success of their school program.


The Challenges of Environmental Chemistry was the topic of a talk by Nelson Belzile, MCIC, of Laurentian University which began NCW festivities in Sudbury. A large audience attended and a stimulating discussion followed showing that all chemists are concerned with environmental issues.

During the week, a Grade 11 chemistry class from Espanola High School made chemical 'magic' for large classes of Grade 7 and 8 students from the local A.B. Ellis and Sacred Heart Elementary Schools. The older students did demonstrations such as the nylon rope trick, mixing of lead nitrate with potassium iodide, preparation of hydrogen using calcium and water, making oxygen using hydrogen peroxide and manganese dioxide and the effect of sulfurous acid on potassium permanganate solution to captivate their audiences.

The students asked the Grade 7 and 8 pupils questions and prizes of NCW balloons, NCW buttons, NSTW rulers and NCW bookmarkers were given to those who answered correctly. Both groups of students enjoyed the project and organizer Ken Naples, MCIC, hopes to expand the program next year to Grades K through 6.

The week concluded with a day-long display at the Southridge Mall where a visual demonstration on phase separation was the attention grabber. Periodic tables, ore samples, process flow diagrams for the mineral industry and a pamphlet put together by the Section on the role of chemists in industry and the world of academia were given to passersby. Volunteers were on hand during the event to answer questions and discuss issues concerning the chemical profession.


The Eaton's Centre in Guelph was the scene for an exhibit organized by David Tutty, MCIC, of Uniroyal Chemical Inc. The well-attended display featured industrial and research material.

Professors from the department of chemistry at the University of Guelph visited six area high schools giving short talks about one of their interests, explaining the need for NCW and how it hopes to raise awareness of science and chemistry in Canada, and provide a successful launch to the first annual Guess the Number of Molecules in the Flask Contest.

Each student was given a contest entry form to register their guess of the number of molecules in the flask. The compound this year was water. About 40 entries were returned to the university and Kevin Judge of Cambridge, a student at St. John's-Kilmarnock School, submitted the winning entry guess of 5.418 x |10.sup.24~ molecules (actual = 5.480 x |10.sup.24~).
Financial Statement
CETF $ 3000.00
RSC 2000.00
CSC 14106.90
CSChE 3500.00
4th Chemical Congress of N.A. 842.74
Science Culture Canada 9000.00(*)
Industrial Contributions 10420.00
DCC Newsletter (P&D) 20471.55
Crystal Competition 1127.92
Resource Book 671.89
Handouts 6169.47
Communication & Supplies 2293.86
Local Section/Student Chapter Support 2550.00
Translation 497.00
Staff Time 9077.95
* SCC Grant of up to $21,000 awarded for the 1992-93 fiscal

For his efforts, Kevin earned $350 (from contributions by BDH Inc., Monsanto Canada Inc., Varian Canada Inc., and the department of chemistry and biochemistry at the university), a Hewlett Packard programmable scientific calculator donated by that company, and a book entitled Serendipity: Accidental Discoveries in Science courtesy of John Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd. Second and third place cash prizes were also awarded. This contest is sure to grow as an annual event of the section.


This year the Toronto section organized a crystal growing contest for local high schools in connection with the national competition. Twelve schools took part with eight successfully producing crystals. Judging was performed live at the Ontario Science Centre and the entry from Marc Garneau C.I. was judged the biggest and the best.

A tour of the Ontario Hydro Research Division Analytical Services Laboratories was also organized. About 25 people toured the facility including students from Seneca College.

The section appreciates the co-operation of the Ontario Science Centre and Ontario Hydro in arranging their NCW activities.


The Hamilton section focused on various projects to mark NCW. Students from seven area schools participated in the crystal growing competition. The contest resulted in a tie between teams from Beamsville District Secondary and Laura Secord Secondary schools. The members of the winning teams received special T-shirts as did members of the team from Parkside High who grew the highest quality crystal. All of the participants received certificates to recognize their achievement. The section is grateful to judges Colin Lock, FCIC, Jim Britten, and Zhixian Wang of McMaster University.

A display at the Hamilton Public Library was held in the week preceding and during NCW. It initially emphasized the scope of chemistry and its impact on our lives. Once the NCW crystals were available, the display was modified to highlight this event.

On Friday, October 23, David Humphreys, FCIC, assisted by Michelle Joch, presented his Magic of Molecules demonstrations to a general audience at McMaster University. As always the show was a crowd-pleaser as Humphreys urged his audience to be explorers and investigate the wonderful and useful chemical discoveries. An appropriate share of explosions kept young eyes riveted. The evening was sponsored by McMaster and the Hamilton section.

The Canadian Society for Chemical Technology (CSCT) student chapter at Mohawk College held a club fair during NCW. The chapter's display promoted activities of the club in addition to marking the importance of NCW.


Rideau Centre was the scene of the kick-off event for NCW activities of the Ottawa section on October 17. During the day, more than 500 shoppers stopped to witness Chemistry in Action which included booths from a number of local organizations and on-stage demonstrations by Donald Wiles, FCIC (Carleton University) and David Vessey (Association for Bright Children). Members of the Quality Engineering Test Establishment (Department of National Defence) built a colorful display for the CIC booth using pieces of glassware commonly used in the lab. Shoppers were asked to guess the names of the various components and prizes were awarded for the most correct answers.

On Monday, the Royal Society of Canada's McNeil Award winners, David Harpp, FCIC (McGill University); Joseph Schwarcz (Vanier College), and Ariel Fenster, MCIC (Vanier College), presented two shows at the Canadian Museum of Nature. The afternoon show had approximately 100 high school students from the Elmwood School for Girls attending a lecture entitled Fun with Chemistry and the evening venue featured the Magic of Chemistry show for members of the general public. An attendance of 75-100 was a bit disappointing, but those who saw the show had fun and learned about the wonders of chemistry.

Volunteers visited more than 70 elementary schools in the region during NCW to perform demonstrations and talk to the students. Many of the demonstrations were designed to allow students to repeat them at home using common household items. The program continues to be extremely popular, in fact, the problem is to find enough volunteers to accommodate all the requests from schools.

An intermediate school program was piloted at three schools in the Carleton Board of Education during this year's NCW. The program consisted of two 40-minute hands-on workshops for Grade 8 classes: The Chemistry of Crime and The Chemistry of Smells. Teachers commented on the fact that the students remained captivated for the entire period and the success of the event has led to the desire to develop a program for Grade 7 classes for next year. For NCW '93, this project of the section will definitely be expanded.

Activities for high school students included tours of 14 area laboratories for about 315 students and their teachers, and a local crystal growing contest involving 12 area schools as the precursor to the national competition. First prize was awarded to Heidi Ahrens from Ecole Secondaire Grande-Riviere in Aylmer, QC, and a prize for the crystal of highest quality was given to students from Plantagenet High School in Plantagenet, ON.

On December 1, the Ottawa section hosted a volunteer appreciation dinner at the Cathay Restaurant and Tavern. About 50 volunteers enjoyed a Chinese buffet and shared their NCW experiences.

Close to 100 volunteers found their own reward by participating in the section's NCW program, but specific organizations must be acknowledged: National Research Council of Canada, University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Algonquin College, and the Association for Bright Children. The generous contribution of the following sponsors is much appreciated: ACP Chemicals Inc., BDH Inc., Canadian Museum of Nature, Canlab, CSC, Fisher Scientific, The Guelph Chemical Company, Loeb Inc., Northern Telecom, Perkin-Elmer Canada, Rideau Centre, and Varian Canada.


To complement the science education outreach programs to local schools organized by Merck Frosst, this year's NCW focused on a new audience. The program entitled Festival '92: Room to Discover was designed to bring an appreciation of science to the nonscientific employees at the Merck Frosst Centre for Therapeutic Research.

"Employees want to have an understanding about the science which goes on here," says Naomi Yergey, who organized the NCW celebration at Merck.

The idea was to design a program to tell the story of drug development somewhat like one might experience on a trip to a science museum. It had to be fun and allow participants to discover some interesting things for themselves. Everything was explained in down-to-earth terms and left room for lots of hands-on activities.

The project was a huge amount of work accomplished by many volunteers, but one warehouse employee summed the results up nicely, "When my friends or family ask me what we do here, I always just answer that we make drugs. Although I have worked here for several years, and have read about things in the company newsletter, no one had ever taken the time to really teach me what the science was all about. This program made it real. Now I understand more about what we do and how we do it. That means a lot to me. Thank you."


Comme a l'habitude, dans le cadre de la Semaine nationale de la chimie, l'Association des etudiant(e)s en chimie de l'Universite de Sherbrooke a organise le |4.sup.e~ Colloque annuel des etudiant(e)s en chimie du Quebec. Cet evenement bien couvert par les medias locaux a encore une fois ete couronne de succes avec la participation d'environ deux cent personnes.


La section Saguenay de l'Institut de chimie du Canada annonce le gagnant regional du concours de croissance du plus beau et plus gros monocristal de sulfate de cuivre. Sous la supervision de leur professeur, Gaetan Gilbert, les etudiants Luc Gilbert, Antoine Desgagne et Robin Guenard, de la polyvalente Jean-Dolbeau de Dolbeau, ont reussi a faire croitre un monocristal de sulfate de cuivre jusqu'a 176,86 grammes. Ce faisant, ils se sont familiarises avec differentes techniques de manipulation de laboratoire tout en decouvrant jour apres jour la beaute de la croissance d'un cristal comme cela se passe dans la nature. Leur 'joyau' s'inscrit par le fait meme au niveau national de ce concours.

Les six autres ecoles participantes, la polyvalente de Normandin, du Lycee du Saguenay, du Seminaire de Chicoutimi, de l'ecole St-Patrick de Jonquiere, de la polyvalente Des Rivieres de Forestville ainsi que de la polyvalente Des Berges de Grandes Bergeronnes ont soumis de magnifiques cristaux suite a leur experience d'une duree de trois semaines. La section apprecie particulierement les Produits ACP Ltee de St-Leonard pour avoir fourni le produit de depart ainsi que les cinq juges benevoles qui one donne un peu de leur temps pour cette bonne cause.


Fredericton: High school students from Boiestown, Fredericton, St. Stephen and Woodstock celebrated NCW by accepting an invitation to visit the chemistry department at the University of New Brunswick-Fredericton (UNB) on October 23. The tour organizer was Paul Munro.

Chemistry undergraduate students conducted tours of the department and other science facilities for the incoming students. Several students had the opportunity to attend a mathematics and/or science lecture.

The visit concluded with a presentation by the undergraduates of interesting and dramatic chemical demonstrations ranging from basic chemistry to experiments conducted in senior years of a chemistry degree program. The UNB students also reflected on what it is like to be a science student at the university. Finally, Fritz Grein, FCIC, department chair, ended the day by thanking the teachers and students for their visit and inviting the students to return to UNB. He urged the students to consider a career in science or technology.

The day was rewarding and entertaining for all involved and the undergraduate society may even put their chemical show on the road later in the school year.

Saint John: At New Brunswick Community College, chemical technology students visited local elementary schools, including one French school, and ran chemical activities for the youngsters. Condensed reports from the technology students on their visits follow.

A team of two NBCC students, Corrie Hackett and Angela Orchard, and instructor Matthew McKim, MCIC, visited a Grade 4 class at the Rothesay Elementary School during NCW. They taught the class about acids, bases, and salts by testing different water samples (using litmus paper, titration, and the use of a swimming pool test kit to determine chlorine content). The class was very interested and impressed by the demonstrations and the demonstrators felt that they had positively contributed to the children's understanding of this area of chemistry.

Cette annee, les etudiants, ont decide de faire de petites experiences avec une cinquieme annee a la seule ecole francaise (Centre Scolaire Samuel de Champlain) de la ville de Saint-Jean. Une eleve de la premiere annee de ce programme, Michelle Girouard, Johanne McInnis (etudiante, 2e annee), et leur professeur de chimie, Matthew McKim, MCIC, ont participe a cette activite. Une classe de 24 eleves les ont recus. Ils etaient tres excites et contents de les voir. Ensemble ils ont fait des experiences avec de l'eau, et les enfants ont decouvert que l'eau pouvait contenir du sel (chlore) ou chlorure. Les enfants ont ecrit un petit rapport et ont fait un dessin pour demontrer ce qu'ils ont appris.

Moncton: NCW started with the official opening of a chemistry and biochemistry kiosk in the faculty of science building by Brian Newbold, FCIC, which was open all the week.

A mini-symposium with the theme Chemistry -- A Human Science was held at the university featuring three invited speakers: Victorin Mallet, FCIC, dean of the faculty of science who spoke on water quality and its analysis; Celine Gagnon, biochemistry, who talked on biochemistry and its importance to society; and Simona Badilescu, chemistry, who presented important contributions that some less well-known female chemists made to the progress of science. The symposium was followed by a reception.

Finally to wrap up the week, a very successful chemistry kiosk was set up in the Champlain Place shopping mall in Dieppe. The display attracted over 2500 people who were fascinated by the colorful demonstrations and the eye-catching experiments performed. The kiosk was operated by 17 students and professors working in two-hour shifts. The experience was enjoyed by all and brought a grand conclusion to a stimulating and rewarding NCW.

Dans le cadre de la SNC, a eu lieu l'ouverture officielle d'un kiosque de chimie et biochimie par le professeur Brian Newbold, FCIC, a la Faculte des sciences.

Un mini-colloque de vulgarisation, dont le theme fut La chimie - une science humaine se tenait a l'Universite, avec la participation de trois conferenciers invites. Victorin Mallet, FCIC, doyen de la faculte des Sciences, a parle de la qualite des eaux et de leurs analyses; Celine Gagnon, professeure de biochimie, a livre un discours sur la biochimie et son importance dans une societe moderne; et Simona Badilescu, professeure de chimie, a fait une presentation sur des femmes chimistes moins connues et leurs contributions importantes au progres de la discipline. Le colloque fut suivi d'une reception a la Faculte des sciences.

Enfin, un kiosque de chimie a ete installe au centre d'achats Place Champlain a Dieppe, qui a connu beaucoup de succes et a attire-environ 2500 visiteurs fascines par une serie de demonstrations dynamiques et des experiences stimulantes. Dix-sept etudiants et etudiantes, et professeurs ont travaille au kiosque a tour de role. En somme, la SNC fut une reussite pleine de recompense pour l'effort fourni.

Wolfville: Working with faculty advisor, John M. Roscoe, FCIC, and department chair, Michael E. Peach, FCIC, Jack MacLeod (NCW local coordinator and student) of Acadia University arranged a mixed program for NCW'92 consisting of speakers, a poster contest, a crystal growing competition, and a special NCW theme issue of Acadian Letters.

Kelvin K. Ogilvie, FCIC, vice-president (academic) began the week with a talk entitled From the Avon River to the Gene Machine, tRNA, and Ganciclovir for an audience of 50-60.

Again a group of 50 to 60 enjoyed a panel discussion moderated by Peach on Careers in Chemistry. Panelists were Nancy Morse-Fisher, (Efamol Research Institute), Sharon G. Roscoe, MCIC (Food Science, Acadia), W. David Jamieson, FCIC (Fenwick Laboratories), and Wally Prokopiw (Horton District High School).

A third session open to the public featured Richard Zurawski, well-known to Maritimers as the ATV weatherman and host of the children's science program Wonder Why? on the CTV network. Zurawski is a trained physicist and his lecture was targeted to a general audience Who Says Science is Scary?. The talk was well received by another group of about 60 people.

A poster contest was organized for Grades Primary through 6 in the Kings County School Board under the theme What do chemists do?. Entries depicted chemists helping the environment, women in chemistry and chemists trying to find a cure for asthma. Only two submissions showed things blowing up.

Participation in the crystal growing championship was also part of NCW at Acadia. Two local schools participated and the winner was the entry from Adrian Cabilio and Toby Herman from Horton District High.

Finally, a special issue of the Chemistry Club newsletter, Acadian Letters, was organized to highlight NCW. Josef Takats, FCIC, NCW National Coordinator 1991-92, provided an introduction and articles dealt with NCW related events and Canadian chemistry.

The success of NCW in Wolfville was due to sponsorship from the NS-Canada Co-operation Agreement, office of the vice-president, academic at Acadia, Associated Alumni of Acadia University Visiting Lectureship Fund, and the CSC. Bigger and better activities for NCW '93 are planned to build on this successful week.

Halifax: Two main NCW activities took place in Halifax and the first actually took in all of the Maritime provinces. The CBC Radio lunchtime phone-in program, Maritime Noon with its regular host Costas Halavrezos, had three expert guests to answer listeners questions about chemistry: T. Stanley Cameron, FCIC (chemistry, Dalhousie University), Ray Cote (School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Dalhousie), and Sharon Roscoe, MCIC (School of Nutrition and Food Science, Acadia University).

The program began with a short discussion about household chemistry to 'prime the pump' with questions and within two minutes of the topic introduction, all five phone lines were full with callers from all three provinces. Questions were diverse: What is the smell of baking bread? Why can't a metal container be used to make Koolaid? Why is dried egg a good adhesive? Why are the bubbles from shampoo always white, regardless of the color of the shampoo? The panelists and the listeners had a very interesting hour, and CBC Radio was left with the impression that their listeners would like to see such a show repeated.

The second activity centred around the official opening of the renovated chemistry building at Dalhousie. The $9.8-million extension and renovation of the chemistry building, (parts of which date to 1912) which began in 1985, was opened by Howard Clark, FCIC, president and professor of chemistry at Dalhousie. This was followed by a presentation by faculty and staff entitled Our Favorite Molecules introduced by Russell Boyd, FCIC, Department Chair.

Short illustrated (and demonstrated) presentations on favorite molecules were done by: Mary Anne White, MCIC (|H.sub.2~O); Joe Anacleto (|C.sub.60~); Neil Burford (|S.sub.4~|N.sub.4~); Amanda Doherty (nylon); and Don Arnold, FCIC (carvone). The 'chosen few' molecules allowed illustrations of beauty (snowflakes, structure of |C.sub.60~), symmetry (different odors of carvone enantiomers), and dramatic reactions (burning of |H.sub.2~ to give |H.sub.2~O; detonation of |S.sub.4~|N.sub.4~). This attracted considerable attention from an audience of over 150, including chemists from the community, high school teachers and students, and the general public. The presentations were followed by a reception and tours of the renovated building.

Corner Brook: Once again, the Grenfell College chemistry department organized an essay competition for high school chemistry students in western Newfoundland and Labrador. This year's topic An Important Chemical Compound brought entries on water, hydrogen peroxide, salt, caffeine, iron oxide, ammonia, benzene, DNA, rubber, silicon dioxide, aspirin, insulin, oral contraceptives, and even such obscure substances as zirconium dioxide and Splenda|R~, a replacement for the artificial sweetener, NutraSweet|R~.

From the large number of entries, judges Patrick Monaghan and Geoff Rayner-Canham, FCIC, chose Krista Sacrey of Holland Memorial High School, Norris Point, as the first place winner. Second place went to Jennifer Spracklin of Herdman Collegiate, Corner Brook, while Neil Hackett of St. Peter's Academy, Benoit's Cove and Angeline Chong of Regina, Corner Brook, took third and fourth places, respectively. Eight special merit awards were also presented.

It is pleasing to note the involvement from small, isolated schools and this year's winner is from such a location. Also of interest is the high proportion of women students among the award winners and this has been so in each year of the competition. Yet, to date, none of the women have chosen a career in chemistry.

In the previous two years, the winners were brought to Grenfell for a day of chemistry-related talks and activities, but this year budget cutbacks caused the cancellation of this very rewarding part of the competition. Local awards were presented at the appropriate school and more distant winners were notified by mail.

The organizers of the competition recognize the valuable support of the chemistry teachers at the participating schools who encouraged their students to enter the contest.

St. John's: Organized by the Chemical Education Group at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) with Janice Kelland, MCIC, and Murray H. Brooker, FCIC, as co-coordinators, NCW featured a variety of events.

Information entitled The Elements Discovered was sent to all schools in the province with the Newfoundland Teachers Association bulletin. The flyer encouraged teachers to dedicate time to NCW and to use an enclosed periodic table, i.e., give it to the students and let them become familiar with the names and symbols for the elements. Ideas for specific activities were included (research the origin of the names of two elements; where do you find the following pure elements in your home or car -- aluminum, copper, lead, mercury, tungsten, oxygen, argon, silicon, gold, silver?). A sheet on National Mole Day was sent to all junior high schools and one on International Mole Day to all high schools, both featured ideas for marking October 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m.

Ten members of the department of chemistry visited 18 schools (elementary through high schools) and performed chemistry demonstrations (mostly Chemistry in the Kitchen) for about 1400 students. Jennifer Chun, ACIC, accompanied the science roadshow Set Square on Wheels which was organized by the Newfoundland and Labrador Science and Technology Advisory Council in conjunction with NSTW. Along with nine other scientists representing their own specific interests, she took her display on the Color of Chemistry to over 2500 students ranging in age from nine to seventeen years.

The MUN Chemistry Club students also held a Chemistry Open House which was announced in the information to the schools above and in the newspaper. About 300 visitors enjoyed the varied display and the volunteers involved followed the event with a well-deserved pizza party.

NCW/SNC '92 was certainly a national success; it brought chemistry to Canadians. The variety of events indicates that NCW/SNC celebrations can be as creative as the individuals involved whether on a small or a large scale. Building on this achievement is the task for all of us during NCW/SNC '93 to be held from October 17 to 23, 1993. The new NCW logo appears below. Look for it!
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Date:Feb 1, 1993
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