The Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) will be hosting the 47th Southern Ontario Undergraduate Student Chemistry Conference on Saturday March 30th 2019! We are honoured to welcome all undergraduate students who will be participating in the conference this year. SOUSCC provides undergraduate research students in chemistry, biochemistry and related areas with the opportunity to present their research to their peers, university faculty, and government and industrial researchers. This year's conference will begin with a plenary lecture by Prof. Myrna Simpson (University of Toronto Scarborough), followed by oral presentations in various themed symposia - including one in chemistry education, and one in green & sustainable chemistry. There will be an afternoon poster session, as well as a banquet and awards ceremony to close the conference. Registration will be open from February 1st, 2019 to March 6th, 2019. On behalf of UTSC, we look forward to welcoming you here in March!
Myrna Simpson (University of Toronto Scarborough).
Myrna Simpson obtained her B.Sc. in Chemistry & Mathematical Sciences (1993) and Ph.D. in Environmental Soil Chemistry (1999) from the University of Alberta. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Chemistry at The Ohio State University, she moved to the University of Toronto in 2002. In 2004, Myrna co-founded the Environmental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Centre which is the only high field NMR facility in Canada solely dedicated to environmental research. This facility has grown to include 3 NMR (500MHz) spectrometers and >25 NMR probes which have supported pioneering research on the mechanisms related to contaminant fate and toxicity, and the composition and turnover of natural organic matter in various ecosystems. In addition, Myrna has developed mass spectrometry methods that also examine environmental processes at the molecular-level. She has been awarded a NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement two consecutive times (2010 & 2015). Myrna has also received International awards including the IUSS PM Huang Award (inaugural recipient) and the SETAC/RSC award for Environmental Science. Over her career, she has made several distinguished contributions to the field of environmental chemistry and has authored/co-authored over 175 journal publications which have been cited >6700 times (h-index of 47). In 2014, Myrna was the lead editor for “NMR spectroscopy: A versatile tool for environmental research”, which aims to inspire the next generation of environmental scientists to use NMR spectroscopy in their own research.
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