2011 Marks the International Year of Chemistry

CBU Puts Celebrations Into Full Throttle

Cape Breton University is joining the global celebration to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC 2011), a year devoted to chemistry and its role in the well-being of society. The year will be filled with events that promise to bring chemistry to the masses. Under the theme of Chemistry – our life, our future, IYC 2011 supporters will offer a number of interactive and educational activities to the public that will interest people of all ages.

Members of the Cape Breton Island community can expect several events throughout the year as CBU’s Department of Chemistry begins to launch its schedule. “IYC is happening all over the world, and we are ecstatic to engage the local community in chemistry,” says Stephanie MacQuarrie, Assistant Professor, Organic Chemistry and IYC Committee Organizer at CBU. “We are planning to have an event at least once a month with the goal of exciting people about chemistry as so many facets of it are all around us in daily life .”

MacQuarrie notes IYC 2011 is a United Nations sponsored worldwide event promoting diversity and woman in science. CBU is actively involved in all Canadian events including Science Rendezvous and local and regional science fairs. The committee also has plans for a Chemistry trivia night, a Women in Science luncheon and much more.

Introduced by the International Union of Applied and Pure Chemistry, IYC 2011 is intended to reach across the globe, with opportunities for public participation at the local, regional, and national level. Planners hope that the Year of Chemistry will increase the public’s appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs, ignite chemistry interest in youth and generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry. Equally as important, IYC 2011 will celebrate the 100th anniversary of both the Mme. Curie Nobel Prize and the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies.

“There are also a number of national initiatives and activities that offer opportunities for involvement. CBU’s Chemistry faculty and students from the Chemistry Society are planning to work with local high schools to encourage increased levels of student participation. The more people who champion chemistry the better,” she says.

For more information visit www.chemistry2011.org.