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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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April 16, 2010

Speaker: Dr. Fedor Naumkin, Faculty of Science, Ontario Tech University

Title: Computational exploration of new polyatomic systems

Abstract: Computational Chemistry tools enable one to formally construct and reliably investigate stability and properties of various molecular systems including those not yet existing. This can help direct further experimental efforts to realistic and promising (even if sometimes unusual) species, rather than run extensive series of potentially expensive (and perhaps unjustified) attempts. Reviewed here is a class of novel stable and metastable systems represented by molecules trapped in complexes and clusters. Some of them are predicted to exhibit unexpected features such as counterintuitive coordination of carbon atoms, huge dipole moments, etc. Among possible applications of such systems are new materials, tunable catalysts, sensitive optical sensors, molecular electronics, and others. (This is joint work with P. McNelles and G. Kocchar)