Outreach & Alumni


Outreach and Alumni Activities in 2019-20

UBC Chemistry Alumni Reunion & Awards Ceremony

Save the Date! The 3rd annual Chemistry Alumni Reunion is taking place on:

Saturday, October 5th 2019
Chemistry Building Room B250 (B-Block)
2036 Main Mall


Registration 1:00pm I Award Presentation 1:15pm I Guest Speakers 2:15pm I Reception 4:00pm


This is a free event with food and door prizes!

Guests and children are welcome to attend. Advance registration is required.

Register at the link here.



Guest Speakers:

Life as an Early Career Academic, and My Journey to Get Here


Young Alumnus Award 2019






Ashlee Howarth obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2009, and then went on to do her PhD in inorganic materials chemistry at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Michael O. Wolf. Before joining the faculty at Concordia, she completed an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Northwestern University with Joseph T. Hupp and Omar K. Farha. In 2018, Ashlee was recognized by Forbes Magazine as a “30 under 30” in Science for her contributions to research in the field of wastewater treatment, and the detoxification of chemical warfare agents. At Concordia, with a team of 15 undergraduate, graduate, and visiting researchers, the Howarth group is focused on the design and synthesis of rare-earth metal–organic frameworks targeting applications in wastewater remediation and chemical sensing.


Watching Paper Dry: New Materials Inspired by Beetles and Butterflies








Mark MacLachlan completed his B.Sc. degree in Honours Chemistry at UBC in 1995. Afterwards, he completed a Ph.D. degree in inorganic materials chemistry at the University of Toronto. Following a 2-year post-doc position at MIT in in supramolecular chemistry, Mark returned to UBC as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to professor in 2011 and, since 2015, has held the Canada Research Chair in Supramolecular Materials. His research spans from organic chemistry to solid-state nanomaterials, with a focus on biomaterials. Mark is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and former NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship recipient.


From Scientist to Journalist: A Reporter’s Notes from Berlin, Washington DC and Further Afield

Alumni Award of Distinction 2019






Sarah Everts is the CTV Chair in Digital Science Journalism at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication in Ottawa. Prior to that she spent more than a decade in Berlin, Germany, reporting on science and technology for a variety of publications including Scientific American, New Scientist, Smithsonian, Chemical & Engineering News and others. She has a Master of Science degree from UBC, a Master of Journalism degree from Carleton University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph.