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44th Southern Ontario Undergraduate Student Chemistry Conference
April 2, 2016  Peterborough, ON

WCUCC 2016
30th Western Canadian Undergraduate Chemistry Conference
May 5 - 7, 2016

Chem Con 2016
41st Science Atlantic-CIC Chemistry Conference
June 2 - 4, 2016


What's New

The 99th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition was held in Halifax, NS​, from June 5 to 9 of 2016.

​2016 Analytical Chemistry Division Annual General Meeting and Annual Dinner took place on Tuesday, June 7, at the Keith's Brewery.  A total of 70 members attended the event and had a great time. 

The dinner was co-sponsored by SCIEX, Waters Corporation, Dalhousie University (TARC) and the ACD.​  A 2-Minute Thesis Presentation Contest also took place at the dinner, see the Awards page for names of the winners. Cash prizes for this contest were supported by Agilent Technologies


December 21

Tenure Track Faculty Position, Clinical Proteomics & Metabolomics

Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture and the Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Applications are invited for a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Mass Spectrometry-based analysis in proteomics and metabolomics with a particular focus on agricultural, rural, indigenous and occupational health. The research focus of this position will fall within the rural and agricultural mission and vision of the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture (CCHSA).  Applicants must have a PhD degree, a minimum of 2 years postdoctoral research experience, have a demonstrated record of research productivity, and be committed to undergraduate and graduate education. The successful candidate will be expected to establish and grow a research program in mass spectrometry with an emphasis in qualitative and quantitative proteomics, metabolomics, and small molecule analysis with preferred emphasis on clinical applications in rural and/or indigenous health and relationships between rural and agricultural exposures and human health. Previous experience in agricultural and rural health mass spectrometry-related research and in mass spectrometry facility development, operation, supervision and management is an asset. 

The candidate will be expected to establish a nationally leading research program, secure external research funding, work collaboratively with members from CCHSA, the Department of Medicine, and other units on campus, supervise postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, and participate in graduate and undergraduate teaching. As part of CCHSA’s CFI-funded National Agricultural Industrial Hygiene Laboratory and the Core Mass Spectrometry facility in the College of Medicine (Academic Health Sciences Building), mass spectrometry capacity at CCHSA will provide exciting opportunities for collaborative and leading research in the College of Medicine.  Furthermore, the six Health Sciences Colleges at the University of Saskatchewan, the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), the Canadian Light Source (CLS), the Innovation Place Research Park, and a number of national and provincial research institutes will provide further exciting opportunities for a broad range of collaborative research.

Located in the beautiful river city of Saskatoon, the University of Saskatchewan and its expanding Health Sciences sector are poised for unprecedented growth and transformation. The University, the College of Medicine, and CCHSA are committed to the well-being of the people of Saskatchewan, as documented in their respective Missions and Strategic Plans, and many opportunities exist for advancement in this area particularly as it relates to rural health. To learn more about CCHSA visit and to learn more about the College of Medicine visit 

Current salary bands at the University of Saskatchewan are as follows: Assistant Professor – $93,293 - $112,109; Associate Professor – $112,109 – $130,925 and Professor – $130,925 – $152,877. This position comes with a comprehensive benefits package which includes pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), academic long term disability, sick leave, travel insurance, death benefit, dental plan, extended health and vision care plan, employee assistance program and flexible health and wellness spending program.

Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, statement of interests and research plan, and the names and contact information for at least three professional references to:  Dr. Niels Koehncke, Director, Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture, University of Saskatchewan, 104 Clinic Place, PO Box 23, Saskatoon, SK, Canada S7N 2Z4; or email to:

The deadline for receipt of applications is December 30, 2016, with a potential start date of July 1, 2017.

October 14

Dear Analytical Chemistry Colleagues,
We would like to invite you to participate in the symposium "Active Learning in the Undergraduate Analytical Chemistry Curriculum" at the American Chemical Society Meeting in San Francisco (
April 2-6, 2017). 

Symposium Description:
Ample research has shown that the use of lectures in the classroom and cookbook experiences in the laboratory is not an especially effective way to promote learning.  Active learning exercises in which the lecture is replaced with collaborative group learning and students solve problems or undertake projects in the lab are more effective.  Speakers will address the use of active learning in the classroom and laboratory components of analytical chemistry courses.

The deadline for abstract submission is Monday Oct. 31, 2016.

Please send us an e-mail if you are planning to submit an abstract so we have an idea of the number of participants.
Also, feel free to contact us with any questions. 
We look forward to a session dedicated to sharing great teaching practices in the analytical sciences!

Instructions for abstract submission:
Got to
Select the 253rd ACS National Meeting in San Francisco meeting and log in (ACS ID)


  • Create New Submission
  • ANYL Division of Analytical Chemistry
  • Submit Title and Abstract (2500 characters or 300 words for the abstract)
  • Presentation Type (oral only)

Symposium (Active Learning in the Undergraduate Analytical Chemistry Curriculum)
Jill Robinson, Indiana University, Symposium Organizer (
Thomas Wenzel, Bates College, Symposium Organizer (

August 9

Prof. James Harynuk and his team at the University of Alberta have received a grant from the Partnership for Clean Competition to develop real-time screening methods for novel designer drugs and other controlled substances in doping control. Drug cheats have often stayed ahead of drug testing with new designer steroids, but the research by Harynuk and his team will aim to turn the tables by identifying suspicious compounds in blood and urine samples without foreknowledge of the identities of possible performance enhancing drugs. This new technology may be ready in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, and could be used to retroactively test samples from the current Olympic Games in Rio.

  1. CBC article
  2. CTV Primetime News

March 1

Congrats to the following 2016 CSC award winners:

(Left) Michael Quilliam, Maxxam Award

(Centre) Aicheng Chen, W.A.E. McBryde Medal

(Right) Michael Serpe, Fred Beamish Award

March 1

Congrats to Kevin Thurbide for winning the 2016 Canadian Journal of Chemistry Best Paper Award 

February 18

Hyungki Kim (UBC) is the winner of the 2016 ACD Undergraduate Travel Award.

Bal Ram Adhikari (Lakehead) is the winner of the 2016 Ryan-Harris Graduate Student Award.

Congratulations to both!

Analytical Chemistry

Chemical Institute of Canada