International Year of the Periodic Table, 2019

This past April 15th, 2019, we joined the worldwide celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT2019) with the event called “More than just an iconic image”. We were glad to welcome over more than 50 participants from different ages, backgrounds, and disciplines. In this public event, participants had the opportunity to listen to three short presentations provided professors from the University of Saskatchewan, Prof. Michael Bradley from the Department of Physics & Engineering Physics, Prof.  Michel Gravel and Prof. Ron Steer, both from the Department of Chemistry. The talks were aimed to address the importance of the periodic table from three different angles: physics, chemistry, and arts.

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(Left) Prof. Bradley, Prof. Steer, Prof.  Gravel and PhD candidate Josseline Ramos-Figueroa (right)

During the event, the USask-Women in Chemistry group and its mission was briefly introduced by graduate student Paul Omozojie Aigbogun. Following, PhD candidate Josseline Ramos-Figueroa hosted this celebration by talking to the public about the purpose of this event and by introducing each of the speakers at the event. After the talks were presented, Josseline introduced to the public the USask-WiC outreach initiative to inform our community about the periodic table and the chemical elements by displaying a Periodic Table poster around campus, thus promoting interest among the university community in science. In addition, Josseline also invited members of the public to join our “Draw of the Chemical Elements” to win some cool prizes about the Periodic Table.

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All participants enjoyed from pizza and pop provided by USask-WiC as well as coffee and donuts provided by VWR. They also had the opportunity to win some swag prizes kindly sponsored by VWR. 20 lucky participants took home a small swag bag containing among other things a VWR coffee mug!

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We thank all the participants, graduate student association, university student groups, speakers, and our own USask-Women in Chemistry members without whom the event would not have been such a great success! Here pictures of the USask-WiC group together with the wonderful speakers.

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Thanks! See you at our next event!