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Recent news (publications, seminars, conferences attended, awards, etc.) from members of the University of Toronto Chapter of Sigma Xi.


[2016.02.10]

image John Andraos writes:

My trip to Venice, Italy (January, 2016) involved finalizing two international projects in green chemistry in collaboration with my colleague Prof. Pietro Tundo of the University of Venice.

The first is Chemistry Beyond Chlorine approved by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). The project is devised to facilitate the development of industrially significant and implementable breakthrough technologies in the field of chlorine-free synthesis. Twenty-two contributors from 12 countries including China, India, Japan, Italy, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Romania, Israel, Iran, United Kingdom, United States, and Canada participated in an edited book on the subject which will be published by Springer in late 2016 (Chemistry Beyond Chlorine, ISBN 978-3-319-30071-9).

The second project is Green Syntheses Volume 2 published by CRC Press/Taylor & Francis (see image of flyer). Highlighting the importance of green metrics, the Green Syntheses series focuses on how to reliably substantiate and validate the level of “greenness” of chemical processes. We finalized our editorial board membership and discussed future strategies for the series. On the whole, the trip was very fulfilling intellectually and culturally.


[2014.06.24]

imageMember John Andraos along with Pietro Tundo have released Green Syntheses, Volume 1 (CRC Press). Highlighting the importance of green metrics, the Green Syntheses series focuses on how to reliably substantiate and validate the level of "greenness" of chemical processes, providing practical synthetic methodologies and metrics for a rigorous proof of "greenness."

For more information on this publication, visit:
http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781466513204


[2013.09.11]

Member Ihor Prociuk received an Arbor Award which recognizes outstanding personal service to the University of Toronto. Ihor is on the executive of UofT's Senior Alumni Association and gives tours of Robarts Library to students.


[2011.11.11]

Dr. Madhur Anand, chapter president, has an article in Science Careers, the careers component of the journal Science. You can read his article, In Person: At Summer Davros here.


[2011.11.03]

imageDr. Madhur Anand, chapter president, is one of the co-authors in a new book, Climate Change Biology. Climate Change Biology is the first major textbook to address the critical issue of how climate change may affect life on the planet, and particularly its impact on human populations. More information can be found here.




[2011.11.03]

Dr. Madhur Anand, chapter president, was recently appointed as Young Scientist of the World Economic Forum. She participated in the Summer Davos "Meeting of the New Champions" in Dalian, China in September 2011. More information can be found here.


[2011.10.12]

Gerald Penn is now Associate Chair, Research and Industrial Relations in the Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto. He develops research partnerships with industry, and coordinate proposals for major government infrastructure initiatives in the area of computer science.

Congratulations Gerald!


[2011.10.12]

image John Andraos' new book The Algebra of Organic Synthesis Green Metrics, Design Strategy, Route Selection, and Optimization (see below) is getting closer to publication. The proposed cover is at right. John is hoping for a release date around the end of this year.





[2010.11.09]

Environmental sciences professor and chapter president Madhur Anand is one of 10 Canadian scientists invited to take part in a 35-year anniversary celebration for CBC Radio's popular science show Quirks and Quarks.

She will participate in a taping of the show Tuesday night (Nov. 11) in front of a live audience at the Glenn Gould Studio at the CBC Broadcasting Centre in Toronto. She and the other guests will discuss the most significant developments, discoveries or changes that have taken place in their fields since the show started airing in 1975. The segment is scheduled to air on Quirks and Quarks Nov. 13. The holder of the Canada Research Chair in Global Ecological Change, Anand studies the effects of climate change on ecosystems. Her overall objective is to improve understanding of biodiversity structure and dynamics on a global scale, and to use this understanding to predict responses to accelerated change.


[2010.10.17]

John Andraos (Sigma Xi member of the University of Toronto chapter since 1999) is currently working on a new book: The Algebra of Organic Synthesis Green Metrics, Design Strategy, Route Selection, and Optimization. The book (from CRC Press) will be available in June 2011. The book is an outgrowth of his ambitious project to construct a database of synthesis plans fully quantified by green metrics analysis for pharmaceuticals, important natural products, dyestuffs, agrichemicals, and molecules of theoretical interest.

John Andraos has lectured at the Department of Chemistry, York University, where he launched the first industrial and "green" chemistry course in 2002. He is the author of 50 scientific papers in refereed journals and 6 book chapters on the subject of green chemistry metrics and education. John has given 15 invited addresses on green chemistry research and education.

For more information on the book, contact John Andraos or see the flyer from CRC Press.


[2009.10.13]

Dr. Madhur Anand, president of the University of Toronto chapter of Sigma Xi, has contributed a piece in the book The Shape of Content: Creative Writing in Mathematics and Science launched at U of T Fields Institute:
http://www.fields.utoronto.ca/programs/scientific/09-10/shape-of-content/


[2009.09.03]

Dr. Madhur Anand, president of the University of Toronto chapter of Sigma Xi, has been invited to serve as an expert for the Spirit of Competition Awards in the area of "Environmental Effects" in Renewable Energy. http://www.conradawards.org/

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