NSIS Public Lecture – November 2017

The Nova Scotian Institute of Science invites you to attend our next public lecture on Monday, 6th November at 7:30pm at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, Halifax.

In Pursuit of ‘the other’ Greenhouse Gas: Mapping Methane Emissions Across the Canadian Energy Sector
Dave Risk, Department of Earth Sciences, St. Francis Xavier University; Altus Group Chair, Emissions Research


After sampling air downwind of oil and gas wells thousands of times, our results show that emissions vary according to infrastructure age, operation size, product, and extraction style (conventional vs. unconventional) .In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Risk shares photos and video from many of Canada’s fossil energy developments with which too few Canadians are familiar. This talk also addresses the science of emissions measurement, the available low-hanging fruit for methane reduction in the Canadian energy sector, the success stories, and how scientists can do more to catalyze change.


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


NSIS Public Lectures: 2017-2018

NSIS is pleased to provide you with information on its 2017-2018 Lecture Series that provides details about the organization and this year’s lecture series. A flyer is also available and it summaries the 2017-2018 lecture series. This lecture series is one of the Institute’s primary means of highlighting the great work of scientists across the province. The lectures will be held at the Museum of Natural History on the first Monday of each month and starting in October. Please note that the November lecture will be held on Nov 14th at the Agricultural Campus of Dalhousie University in Truro, and the May 1st lecture will be held at the Great Hall of the University Club on the Dalhousie Halifax Campus.

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

You can also follow us on our NSIS Facebook page.

Proceedings of the NSIS – complimentary overstock copies

As Canada celebrates 150 years of Confederation, the Nova Scotian Institute of Science reflects on the many achievements of past and present Nova Scotian and Canadian scientists. Since the nineteenth century, NSIS has published research of regional interest in its journal, the Proceedings of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science. Back issues of the journal can be viewed online on the Dalhousie University’s Killam Memorial Library website.

In light of Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations, NSIS is pleased to offer free copies of the print issues of the Proceedings from volume 1 – 45 (1863 to 2010). To request free issues of the Proceedings, please contact Carol Richardson by email (clrichar@dal.ca) or phone (902-494-5198). Advance notice is needed to allow time to retrieve copies of the journal from storage. The issues can either be set aside for pickup at the Killam Memorial Library (Halifax) or can be mailed to you (postage fees apply). A cheque to cover postage fees must be received by Carol prior to mailout of copies of the publication.

March 2017 issue of the NSIS journal

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 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.

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