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Canada’s leading magazine for the chemical sciences and engineering.

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    7th World Congress of Chemical Engineering

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    2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry


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    Feature Ar ticles/Ar ticles de fond

    The Rubber Handbook Enters the Computer Age Marvin D. Silbert, FCIC, and Leonard G. Walker, MCIC

    Modlisation molculaire : thorie et/ou exprienceRle du scientifique modlisateur

    Armand Soldera, MCIC

    R E M E M B E R W H E N

    Guest Column/Chroniqueur invit . . 2Life is ChemistryTerrance Rummery, FCIC

    Personals/Personnalits . . . . . . . 3

    News Briefs/Nouvelles en bref . . . . 5

    Chemfusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10Aim High Joe Schwarcz, MCIC

    Book Review . . . . . . . . . . . . 11Pain and Profits

    Chemical Shifts . . . . . . . . . . .12

    Chemputing . . . . . . . . . . . . .14Marvin D. Silbert, FCIC

    CIC Bulletin ICC . . . . . . . . . .22

    CSC Bulletin SCC . . . . . . . . . .28

    CSChE Bulletin SCGCh . . . . . . . 31

    Student News/Nouvelles des tudiants . . . . . . .34

    Local Section News/Nouvelles des sections locales . . . .35

    Careers/Carrires . . . . . . . . . .36

    Events/vnements . . . . . . . . .37

    ACCN NOVEMBER/DECEMBER NOVEMBRE/DCEMBRE 2005 Vol. 57, No./no 10A publication of the CIC/Une publication de lICC

    T a b l e o f C o n t e n t s / T a b l e d e s m a t i r e s


    Editor-in-Chief/Rdactrice en chefMichelle Piquette

    Managing Editor/Directrice de la rdactionHeather Dana Munroe

    Graphic Designer/InfographisteKrista Leroux

    Editorial Board/Conseil de rdactionTerrance Rummery, FCIC, chair/prsident

    Catherine A. Cardy, MCICCathleen Crudden, MCIC

    John Margeson, MCICMilena Sejnoha, MCICBernard West, MCIC

    Editorial Office/Bureau de la rdaction130, rue Slater Street, Suite/bureau 550

    Ottawa, ON K1P 6E2613-232-6252 Fax/Tlc. 613-232-5862


    Subscription Rates/Tarifs dabonnementNon CIC members/Non-membres de lICC : in/au Canada CAN$55; outside/ lextrieur du Canada US$50. Single copy/Un exemplaire CAN$8 or US$7.

    LActualit chimique canadienne/Canadian Chemical News (ACCN) is published 10 times a year by The Chemical Institute of Canada / est publi 10 fois par anne par lInstitut de chimie du Canada.

    Recommended by The Chemical Institute of Canada, the Canadian Society for Chemistry, the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering, and the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology. Views expressed do not necessarily represent the official position of the Institute, or of the societies that recommend the magazine.

    Recommand par lInstitut de chimie du Canada, la Socit canadienne de chimie, la Socit canadienne de gnie chimique et la Socit canadienne de technologie chimique. Les opinions exprimes ne refltent pas ncessairement la position officielle de lInstitut ou des socits constituantes qui soutiennent la revue.

    Change of Address/Changement

    Printed in Canada by Gilmore Printing Services Inc. and postage paid in Ottawa, ON./Imprim au Canada par Gilmore Printing Services Inc. et port pay Ottawa, ON.Publications Mail Agreement Number/No de convention de la Poste-publications :40021620. (USPS# 0007-718)

    Indexed in the Canadian Business Index and available on-line in the Canadian Business and Current Affairs database. / Rpertori dans la Canadian Business Index et accessible en ligne dans la banque de donnes Canadian Business and Current Affairs.

    ISSN 0823-5228

    My term as ACCN editorial board Chair will end in December, and I want to thank board members and the magazines staff for their contributions and service. ACCN has continued to improve in quality and content over the past several years, and Board members and staff are to be congratulated for this steady progress.

    The high quality of the CICs magazine is all the more remarkable in that only one staff member is involved full-time, and the major-ity of articles are contributed by volunteer writers. I thank the latter, past and future, for sharing their scientific and engineering knowledge with us.

    I am pleased to announce that Joe Schwarcz, MCIC, will assume the editorial board chair in January 2006. I am sure you know Joe from his highly informative and entertaining column featured monthly in ACCN.

    Looking to next year, the board has instituted some changes. This current issue has Marvin Silberts final column on Chem-puting, and we want to thank Marvin for his informative articles over the past several years. In 2006, a new section on regulatory affairs, of special interest to our industrial and govern-ment-employed members, will be included in several issues. Also, the focus on our monthly theme will be reduced to two to four articles per issue to provide more space for coverage of other topics, for example current news, career information, and individual research stories.

    Of the ten themes planned for next year, one I think particularly important has the tentative title, Chemistryfrom the Central to the Shrinking Science? The first aspect, central science, refers to the importance of chemistry as the bridge between physics and biology, and the crucial role chemistry plays

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