NSIS Presidents from 1862 – Present

2019-Present : Tana Worcester
2018-2019 : Tana Worcester
2016-2018 : Sherry Niven
2014-2016 : Patrick Ryall
2013-2014 : Tom Rand
2012-2013 : Michelle Paon
2011-2012 : John Rutherford
2010-2011 : David H.S. Richardson
2009-2010 : David H.S. Richardson
2008–2009 : David H.S. Richardson
2007–2008 : Mary-Jane O’Halloran
2005–2008 : J. Stuart Grossert
2004–2005 : Carolyn J. Bird
2003–2004 : Archie McCulloch
2002–2003 : Jonathan Blay
2001–2002 : Georgia Pe-Piper
1999–2001 : Donald D. Betts
1998–1999 : Sherry E.H. Niven
1997–1998 : H. Stanley Heaps
1996–1997 : Gerhard Stroink
1995–1996 : Rajendra P. Gupta
1994–1995 : Mary Anne White
1992–1994 : James E. Stewart
1991–1992 : David F. Goble
1990–1991 : Christopher A. Field
1989–1990 : Donald E.T. Bidgood
1988–1989 : Frederick J. Simpson (to be verified)
1987–1988 : E. Graham Bligh
1986–1987 : Thomas P. Forrest
1985–1986 : A. Gavin McInnes
1984–1985 : Alexander Flack
1983–1984 : Alan Y. McLean
1982–1983 : John R. Helliwell
1981–198 : Donald S. Davis
1980–1981 : Leo Charles Vining
1979–1980 : Alan Taylor
1978–1979 : Paul H. Odense
1977–1978 : Frederick James Simpson
1975–1977 : W. David Jamieson
1974–1975 : P.J. Wangersky
1973–1974 : Robert G. Ackman
1972–1973 : J. Ewart Blanchard
1971–1972 : William E. Jones
1970–1971 : M.L. Cameron
1969–1970 : A.C. Neish
1968–1969 : J.H. Greenblatt
1967–1968 : H.B.S. Cooke
1966–1967 : William J. Dyer
1964–1966 : Charles R. Masson
1962–1964 : J.A. McCarter
1960–1962 : William J. Archibald
1958–1960 : J.R. Dingle
1956–1958 : John G. Aldous
1954–1956 : H.D. Smith
1952–1954 : Walter J. Chute
1950–1952 : A.E. Cameron
1948–1950 : C.B. Weld
1946–1948 : Carl C. Coffin
1944–1946 : F. Ronald Hayes
1942–1944 : Ernest Hess
1940–1942 : R.J. Bean
1938–1940 : Harold Skinner King
1936–1938 : G.H. Henderson
1934–193 : 6 Harry Piers
1932–1934 : Alexander Henry Leim
1930–1932 : E. Gordon Young
1928–1930 : Douglas MacIntosh
1926–1928 : J.H.L. Johnstone
1924–1926 : S.G. Ritchie
1922–1924 : C.B. Nickerson
1920–1922 : John Cameron
1918–1920 : Howard Logan Bronson
1915–1918 : David Fraser Harris
1912–1915 : Donald MacEachern Fergusson
1910–1912 : Watson Lenley Bishop
1907–1910 : Ebenezer MacKay
1905–1907 : Francis William Whitney Doane
1902–1905 : Henry Skeffington Poole
1899–1902 : Alexander Howard (Hector?) MacKay
1897–1899 : Alexander McKay
1895–1897 : Edwin Gilpin, Jr.
1893–1895 : George Lawson
1891–1893 : Martin Murphy
1888–1891 : James Gordon MacGregor
1885–1888 : John Somers
1883–1885 : Robert Morrow
1880–1883 : John Somers
1878–1880 : William Gossip
1873–1878 : John Bernard Gilpin
1863–1873 : John Matthew Jones
1862–1863 : Philip Carteret Hill

Note: some earlier lists of Presidents of the Institute have included the Earl of Mulgraveas the first President. However, reading the early documents indicates to the present compiler that the Earl, who was the Governor of Nova Scotia, was in fact the first Patron of the Institute, and that P.C. Hill, the Mayor of Halifax, was in fact the first President.

NSIS Presidents from 1862 – Present

2019-Present : Tana Worcester
2018-2019 : Tana Worcester
2016-2018 : Sherry Niven
2014-2016 : Patrick Ryall
2013-2014 : Tom Rand
2012-2013 : Michelle Paon
2011-2012 : John Rutherford
2010-2011 : David H.S. Richardson
2009-2010 : David H.S. Richardson
2008–2009 : David H.S. Richardson
2007–2008 : Mary-Jane O’Halloran
2005–2008 : J. Stuart Grossert
2004–2005 : Carolyn J. Bird
2003–2004 : Archie McCulloch
2002–2003 : Jonathan Blay
2001–2002 : Georgia Pe-Piper
1999–2001 : Donald D. Betts
1998–1999 : Sherry E.H. Niven
1997–1998 : H. Stanley Heaps
1996–1997 : Gerhard Stroink
1995–1996 : Rajendra P. Gupta
1994–1995 : Mary Anne White
1992–1994 : James E. Stewart
1991–1992 : David F. Goble
1990–1991 : Christopher A. Field
1989–1990 : Donald E.T. Bidgood
1988–1989 : Frederick J. Simpson (to be verified)
1987–1988 : E. Graham Bligh
1986–1987 : Thomas P. Forrest
1985–1986 : A. Gavin McInnes
1984–1985 : Alexander Flack
1983–1984 : Alan Y. McLean
1982–1983 : John R. Helliwell
1981–198 : Donald S. Davis
1980–1981 : Leo Charles Vining
1979–1980 : Alan Taylor
1978–1979 : Paul H. Odense
1977–1978 : Frederick James Simpson
1975–1977 : W. David Jamieson
1974–1975 : P.J. Wangersky
1973–1974 : Robert G. Ackman
1972–1973 : J. Ewart Blanchard
1971–1972 : William E. Jones
1970–1971 : M.L. Cameron
1969–1970 : A.C. Neish
1968–1969 : J.H. Greenblatt
1967–1968 : H.B.S. Cooke
1966–1967 : William J. Dyer
1964–1966 : Charles R. Masson
1962–1964 : J.A. McCarter
1960–1962 : William J. Archibald
1958–1960 : J.R. Dingle
1956–1958 : John G. Aldous
1954–1956 : H.D. Smith
1952–1954 : Walter J. Chute
1950–1952 : A.E. Cameron
1948–1950 : C.B. Weld
1946–1948 : Carl C. Coffin
1944–1946 : F. Ronald Hayes
1942–1944 : Ernest Hess
1940–1942 : R.J. Bean
1938–1940 : Harold Skinner King
1936–1938 : G.H. Henderson
1934–193 : 6 Harry Piers
1932–1934 : Alexander Henry Leim
1930–1932 : E. Gordon Young
1928–1930 : Douglas MacIntosh
1926–1928 : J.H.L. Johnstone
1924–1926 : S.G. Ritchie
1922–1924 : C.B. Nickerson
1920–1922 : John Cameron
1918–1920 : Howard Logan Bronson
1915–1918 : David Fraser Harris
1912–1915 : Donald MacEachern Fergusson
1910–1912 : Watson Lenley Bishop
1907–1910 : Ebenezer MacKay
1905–1907 : Francis William Whitney Doane
1902–1905 : Henry Skeffington Poole
1899–1902 : Alexander Howard (Hector?) MacKay
1897–1899 : Alexander McKay
1895–1897 : Edwin Gilpin, Jr.
1893–1895 : George Lawson
1891–1893 : Martin Murphy
1888–1891 : James Gordon MacGregor
1885–1888 : John Somers
1883–1885 : Robert Morrow
1880–1883 : John Somers
1878–1880 : William Gossip
1873–1878 : John Bernard Gilpin
1863–1873 : John Matthew Jones
1862–1863 : Philip Carteret Hill

Note: some earlier lists of Presidents of the Institute have included the Earl of Mulgraveas the first President. However, reading the early documents indicates to the present compiler that the Earl, who was the Governor of Nova Scotia, was in fact the first Patron of the Institute, and that P.C. Hill, the Mayor of Halifax, was in fact the first President.

[CANCELLED][APRIL 6, 2020] Diversity in a Minnow Trap: Evolution of the Endemic Nova Scotian White Stickleback and Asexual Killifish Clones

Date: April 6, 2020

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, Auditorium

Dr. Anne Dalziel

Title: Diversity in a Minnow Trap: Evolution of the Endemic Nova Scotian White Stickleback and Asexual Killifish Clones

Speaker: Dr. Anne Dalziel
Department of Biology, Saint Mary’s University

The species of sticklebacks and killifishes living along the Nova Scotian shore have evolved great diversity in physiology and behaviour among populations and species

Studying these small fish can help biologists better understand how aquatic species can adapt to changes in their environment.

Dr. Dalziel will discuss current research on the breeding biology of an endemic Nova Scotian species of stickleback, the ‘white stickleback’, a fish that has evolved unique male breeding colors and behaviour. She will also present research on the evolution of salinity tolerance and breeding behaviour among species of killifishes, including asexual hybrids.

[Monday, March 2, 2020] RoboScientist: Whale Research in Collaboration with Machines

Date: Monday, March 2, 2020

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, Auditorium

Speaker: Dr. Andrew Wright
Marine Mammal Researcher Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Title: RoboScientist: Whale Research in Collaboration with Machines

Studying whales and dolphins has always been a challenge, as they spend most of their lives below the surface. Oceanic conditions can also make observations tricky. Technological developments open up new avenues of study. We can now deploy equipment into the ocean to eavesdrop on passing animals and attach tags to track their underwater movements. Drones and remotely operated underwater vehicles have given us previously unimaginable opportunities.

[Monday, Feb. 3] How do Women Compete for Mates?

Date: Monday, February 3, 2020

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, Auditorium

Speaker: Dr. Maryanne Fisher
Professor
Department of Psychology,
Saint Mary’s University

Title: How do Women Compete for Mates?

Women engage in numerous covert, indirect ways to advertise themselves to potential mates, and to win against same-sex mating rivals. Some tactics relate to self-promotion of personality, appearance, or sexuality, while others relate to strategies of derogating rivals, or manipulating rivals or potential mates. Interestingly, women’s same-sex competition appears to occur across cultural groups, and among a fairly wide age range. Demographic variables – current relationship status or interest – play only a minor role in competition.

[RESCHEDULED][Wednesday, January 15, 2020] Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics success for African Nova Scotian Learners: The Imhotep’s Legacy Academy model

Date: [CANCELLED]Wednesday, January 8, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, Auditorium


Speaker: Dr. Kevin Hewitt
Professor of Physics & Chair of Senate
Dalhousie University

Title: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics success for African Nova Scotian Learners: The Imhotep’s Legacy Academy model

Operating in half of Nova Scotia’s regional school boards, the Imhotep’s Legacy Academy (ILA) is an innovative university-community partnership that mobilizes university/college students, faculty and community leaders to help improve STEM success for Grades 6-12 students of African heritage in Nova Scotia.

Now in its 16th year, ILA provides an enriching blend of real-world learning projects, skill-building and leadership development activities as well as tutoring support. Come learn how it has contributed to an eight-fold increase in African Nova Scotian enrolment in engineering, and a tripling in science enrolment at Dalhousie University.

[Monday, December 2, 2019] Lichens in Nova Scotia: An overview of lichen diversity, conservation, & current research

Date: Monday, December 2, 2019

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, Auditorium


Speaker: Sean R. Haughian
Curator of Botany,
Nova Scotia Museum

Title: Lichens in Nova Scotia: An overview of lichen diversity, conservation, & current research

Lichens have received increasing attention in recent years. The casual observer might wonder why lichens, of all things, seem to warrant so much attention

In this presentation, Dr. Haughian will provide a basic overview of lichen biology, ecology, and conservation. Reviewing past and current lichen research in the province, he will share specific results from his own research on the impacts of clearcut edges in forested wetlands

Join us to hear advice from Dr. Haughian on how amateur naturalists can collect useful data on lichen biodiversity in Nova Scotia.

[Monday, November 4] Ethnobiology of Northeastern Turtle Island Food, Medicine, & Material Security

Date: Monday, November 4th

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History


Speaker: Jonathan Ferrier
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology, Dalhousie University

Title: Ethnobiology of Northeastern Turtle Island Food, Medicine, & Material Security

Food, Medicine, and material culture is related. Securing access requires a respect for the natural laws of the environment.

With examples from the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Mi’kmaq First Nation, and global indigenous nations we can observe how indigenous peoples are natural leaders for achieving ecological balance. Indigenous spirituality and ecological ways of knowing contain solutions for climate change and local food, medicine, and material security.

With ethnobiology we awaken native linguistic knowledge and traditions in medicine, food and design laid dormant by colonization. Native languages carefully describe our holistic roles on the land while acknowledging all our relations – water, plants medicines, fish, flyers, crawlers and their importance to all.

[Monday, October 7, 2019] Dr. John M. Kennedy – Drawings of the Blind and Sighted

John M. Kennedy

Date: Monday, October 7

Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History

Speaker:Dr. John M. Kennedy
Professor of Psychology, University of Toronto

Title: Drawings of the Blind and Sighted

In drawings over 50,000 years old, outlines stand for the borders of surfaces, the basis for perceiving the world. For centuries, we thought that pictures are only for the sighted. We have now discovered that  blind people can draw. They too use line for the borders of surfaces. Their drawings show objects and scenes. They show dogs from the side, insects from above and people from in front. Often they are not literal, showing movement, the chimes of bells, wandering thoughts and good and evil.
 
This presentation is part of the 2019 Big Draw Festival and cosponsored by the NSIS, Nova Scotia Museum, Dalhousie University and the NSCAD Drawing Lab.




Monday, 6 May – Ecosystem Research in the Bras d’Or Lakes

Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Great Hall of Dalhousie University Club – 6259 Alumni crescent, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Speaker: Dr. Bruce Hatcher
Director, Bras d’Or Institute, Chair in Marine Ecosystem Research, Cape Breton University

The application of ecosystem understandings to the aquatic realm is challenged by the opacity and fluidity of marine environments. Ecological tools en-abled improvements in marine ecosystems, while research has improved the capacity to characterize the degree of ecological integrity and dynamics of physical-chemical-biological interactions. Dr. Hatcher summarizes these advances and draws on first-hand experiences in the Bras d’Or biosphere to consider marine ecosystem outcomes for better management of human behaviour in the oceans during the anthropogenic climate change.