NSIS Public Lecture – 1 May 2017

Date: Monday, 1 May : 7:30pm
Location: Dalhousie University Club, 6259 Alumni Crescent (located just off South Street), Halifax
Speaker: Speaker: Tara Imlay
PhD Candidate, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University
Title: Where Have all the Swallows Gone?

Over the past 40 years, Breeding Bird Surveys have documented severe and widespread declines among species of aerial insectivores (birds that feed in flight on flying insects). The cause of this decline is unknown, but two likely drivers include changes in the availability of aerial insects during the breeding season, and/or changes in conditions on the wintering grounds and migration routes. Imlay’s research focuses on understanding how these potential drivers have impacted four species of swallows that breed in the Maritimes.

Imlay discovered her passion for biodiversity conservation while completing her BSc in Zoology at the University of Guelph. The 20th recipient of the Canadian New Noah training program, Imlay received a course in Endangered Species Recovery at the International Training Centre of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, and an internship in Mauritius, working with some of the world’s rarest species.

Please note the change in location from the NS Museum of Natural History to the Dalhousie University Club. The lecture will follow the NSIS Annual General Meeting and Dinner.

March 2017 issue of the NSIS journal is now available

The latest Issue of the Proceedings of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science (PNSIS), Volume 49(1) March 2017, is now available. Print copies have been distributed to NSIS members at the public lecture on April 2017.

The journal is also available in a digital version to members. Please visit our Publications web-page for more details.

NSIS AGM, Dinner, and Public Lecture – 1 May 2017

You are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting, Dinner, and Lecture of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science on Monday, 1st May 2017 at the University Club, Dalhousie University, 6259 Alumni Crescent, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Schedule of Events:

5:00pm  156th Annual General Meeting of the NSIS

6:00pm  Dinner

7:30pm  After-dinner public lecture by Tara Imlay, Dalhousie University – Where Have all the Swallows Gone?

To attend the dinner please complete and mail the attached form with your cheque, made out to the NS Institute of Science to:

Treasurer, Nova Scotian Institute of Science
c/o Reference and Research Services, Killam Memorial Library,
6225 University Avenue, PO Box 15000,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2

The deadline for the receipt of payment for the banquet is 21 Friday April 2017, as the banquet venue requires adequate notice to prepare for this event.

NSIS Membership

NSIS invites anyone interested in science to become a member of the Institute. The benefits of joining the institute are described on our Membership Page. For further information, please contact us at the Institute’s email address: nsis@chebucto.ns.ca.

If you wish to join, please fill out and print the membership form, then mail it together with a cheque [Regular member $30, Student member $10, or $300 for a life membership] to:

Attention: Treasurer, Nova Scotian Institute of Science
c/o Reference and Research Services
Killam Memorial Library,
6225 University Avenue, PO Box 15000,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 4R2

NSIS Public Lecture – 3 April 2017

Date: Monday, 3 April at 7:30pm
Location: Museum of Natural History, Halifax
Speaker: Dr. Shashi Gujar
Departments of Pathology Microbiology & Immunology, Dalhousie University
Quality and System Performance, IWK Health Centre
Title: Cancer Immunotherapy: Using Viruses to Treat Cancers

Abstract: When we think about viruses, we usually think about infections and diseases. However, not all viruses are harmful. We now know that some of these viruses can kill cancers, and most importantly, awaken our own immune system to fight cancers. These virus-based cancer therapies represent one of the most promising cancer treatment options. Dr. Gujar’s research program studies this phenomenon. Using this platform, he will explain how viruses are being used in clinics to treat cancers, and elucidate how these therapies could promote long-term cancer-free health.

All are welcome but seating is limited so “first come first served.”

Honorary Membership Awarded to Dr. Mary Anne White

1472230551252We are extremely pleased to make Dr. Mary Anne White an Honorary Member of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science in recognition of her conspicuous service to the advancement of science in Nova Scotia, including being made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Dr. White presently holds the distinguished title of University Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has made many achievements in advancing the chemistry of thermal properties of matter. She has also been involved in many science outreach activities, including being one of the founders of the Discovery Centre. Details of her achievements are contained in the attached biography.

NSIS Public Lecture – December

Date: December 5, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Auditorium, Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St., Halifax NS

Molecular Clocks: Using DNA to Infer Evolution
Speaker: Dr. John Archibald
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

The science of DNA has revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. From evolution and forensics to
epidemiology and medicine, the ability to determine an organism’s complete genetic makeup has changed the way
science is done and the questions that can be asked of it. In this lecture, Dr. Archibald will give an overview of how information contained within genes and genomes is used to address fundamental questions in biology. Topics will include the use of molecules as ‘clocks’, viral and bacterial evolution, and the human genome.

Public Lecture by the 2016 A. G. Huntsman Award Recipient

The NSIS is pleased to participate in the public lecture by the 2016 A. G. Huntsman Award recipient, Dr. Benjamin Halpern. Dr. Halpern is from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

We invite you to attend the event and details are provided below and in the attached flyer.

Causes & Consequences of Changes in Global Ocean Health

Friday, November 18, 2016 | 7 PM
Ondaatje Hall, Dalhousie University
Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building

Reception to follow

November 2016 Public Lecture

You are invited to attend the public lecture on November 14, 2016. Please note the new location of this lecture.

Time: 7:30pm
Location: Agricultural Campus of Dalhousie University, Cox Institute, Room 257, 50 Pictou Road, Truro
Speaker: Dr. Stephanie MacQuarrie
Department of Chemistry. Cape Breton University
Title: Reaping Unsown Rewards from Biochar

Imagine a way to provide farmers, forestry and agricultural companies, and local business with low cost, greener energy in rural areas while improving their carbon foot print. In Cape Breton we are all too well aware of the impact utilization and over implementation of fossil fuels have on our community and environment. Fuel from biomass should become a significant part our energy supply. MacQuarrie’s research program investigates higher value use of biochar providing incentive for moving towards a more sustainable model for energy production.

Public Lectures for 2016-2017

NSIS is pleased to announce its 2016-2017 Public Lecture series. Join us again this year for eight informative talks on scientific research being conducted by experts in Nova Scotia.

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