Very enjoyable yesterday with a great showing from the team: Sarah, Tyler and
Tiago all presenting at the UVic Faculty of Science event. Congratulations to all students participating, and well done Tiago
(here with UVic president Kevin Hall) for taking home 2nd prize overall 🎉🎉🎉. Thanks to donors, organizers & judges for a great event

Great night at the event to celebrate Fraser Hof’s mentorship award. Congratulations, well deserved 🎉🎉🎉🎉

Very fun evening of PowerPoint Karaoke last week with UG student societies ChemSoc and BUGS battling it out for ⁦ supremacy. Thanks to presidents Tiago and Freya and fellow judge Peter Constabel (surprise ukulele performance!) and congrats to BUGS for sneaking a narrow W

Another great night out at Hermanns Jazz club for 's Cafe Scientifique, this time for Irina Paci's highly interactive & fascinating talk on model chemistry. Philosophy, building molecules, and a ton of audience questions

Latest preprint out: "Competitive Isomerization and Catalyst Decomposition During Ring-Closing Metathesis" from Charlie, Jie, Harmen, Florian, James, Reid, and Allen Oliver doi.org/10.26434/chemrxiv-2023

Chemistry's photo opportunity day is in Elliott 325 on Thurs 26 January from 2-3:30 pm. Come along for interesting objects to shoot and demos from Charlie Killeen, all welcome, phones are fine, no fancy cameras required

Icy start but a sunny day for a b(h)ike to Mill Hill with Ryan, Dave, and Daniel, who casually spotted about 50 birds I failed to see and was disappointed the only raptor he saw at the top was a bald eagle

Ever wondered why glassblowers wear special (dydimium) glasses when working? They filter out the bright yellow sodium emission - see the difference below as
UVic Chemistry's glassblower Sean Adams is at work

It is of course not a coincidence that the volume difference is 10^24, close to Avogadro’s number! Overall, it’s a fun short accessible teaching moment that can be easily shared with a class. Many thanks to undergraduate Jaspreet Sidhu for her assistance with this project.

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It uses a small globe and a 3D printed molecule as props: both differ in scale to us by a factor of 100,000,000, so they have been scaled up or down by 10^8 to bring them to a handheld size.

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New paper: “A billion times smaller than us: helping students comprehend the molecular scale” open access at doi.org/10.1515/cti-2022-0009. It details an analogy I’ve used with success in first year lectures to convey the immensity of scale differences between us and molecules 1/3

Fantastic UVic Science Café Scientifique talk at Hermanns Jazz club from Fraser Hof last night on A.I.-guided discovery of new antimicrobials, featuring some interventions from ChatGPT, including his 😂 closing statement

Welcome to new MSc student Jack Smart , joining us in time for the first group meeting of 2023 - an in-lab reorganization

First b(h)ike of 2023 on January 1 a favourite: Thetis Lake followed by a visit to the excellent Driftwood tasting room

A trek into a closed yesterday to check on water damage in my lab from a serious flood on the 4th floor (minimal! 😅). Campus looking pretty under an (unusual) thick layer of snow. Unexpected use of the spikes I bought on my recent Banff trip

On a lovely cold snowy day in Victoria BC, always good to be reminded of the bigger picture - this from ShowYourStripes.info.

Congratulations to Tanner Thiessen, who successfully defended his MSc this morning! 👏👏👏
Many thanks to John Burke for external duties and to my colleague Dave Berg for serving on Tanner's committee.

Cocktails were a red & white theme: Kir Royale, Boulevardier with spherical clear ice, mulled wine, dry ice cranberry margarita, LN2 frozen strawberry daiquiri

Group party this weekend gone - thanks to the team for making it a very warm & fun occasion and great to see a nice turnout from local alumni. Nerdy cocktails, layered LN2 ice creams, quiz and ranked gift exchange all featured

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