The Nova Scotian Institute of Science proudly presents the first lecture of the 2018-2019 Public Lecture season on:

Monday, 1 October

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

Speaker: Jeff Hutchings
Professor and Killam Chair in Fish, Fisheries and Oceans, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University

Title: Distinction between Advice and Advocacy in Science

Scientists are frequently called upon to impart knowledge within their expertise. This knowledge is increasingly communicated as advice or advocacy. Ideally, advice is impartial and independent from vested interests. Advice reflects peer-reviewed scientific consensus and uncertainty, contributing to objective evaluations of policy or decision-making options. Advocacy reflects personal values and interests. Advocates selectively frame information with the intent of favouring one policy or decision-making outcome over another. Do decision-makers and society benefit equally from science advice and science-based advocacy?

NSIS Annual General Meeting, Dinner, and Public Lecture – 7 May 2018

You are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting, Dinner, and Public Lecture of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science on Monday, 7th May 2018 at the University Club, Dalhousie University, 6259 Alumni Crescent, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Schedule of Events
5:00pm 157th Annual General Meeting of the NSIS
6:00pm Dinner
7:30pm After-dinner public lecture by Anna Redden, Acadia University
“Tidal Energy and Marine Life: Pro-testing not Protesting”

If you are attending the dinner, please complete and mail the NSIS dinner form 2018 and 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 dinner is Friday 20th April 2018, as the venue requires adequate notice to prepare for this event.

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.

Reminder to current members: Members are important to the NSIS and dues payments are essential for the Institute’s existence!

NSIS co-hosts a talk by the 2017 recipient of the A.G. Huntsman Medal for Excellence in Marine Sciences

The Nova Scotian Institute of Science is pleased to be co-hosting the lecture by Dalhousie Professor Jeffrey Hutchings, the 2017 recipient of the A.G. Huntsman Medal for Excellence in Marine Sciences. The NSIS is co-hosting this lecture with the Ocean Frontier Institute.The event will be held on Wednesday, 29 November 2017.at the Scotiabank Auditorium, Marion McCain Arts & Social Sciences Building at Dalhousie University beginning at 7 pm. This is a free event, open to the general public. A reception will follow at approximately 8 pm and light refreshments will be served.

Recovering Canada’s Marine Fish and Fisheries: the Roles of Science, Policy and Societal Will

Abstract: The collapse of Canadian Atlantic cod in 1992 spawned global research of the factors that affect marine fish recovery. Foremost was the need to stop overfishing. While some fish populations responded positively and quickly to reduced fishing, others did not. We now know that recovery depends on other factors, such as the magnitude of population reduction. The greater the depletion, the more likely a population will pass a ‘tipping-point’, making it more difficult for recovery to occur; small populations are less able to deal with unpredictable environments than large populations. Not all species have the same intrinsic ability to bounce back; the slower a fish’s pace of life, the slower and more uncertain the recovery. And the longer a population remains depleted, the greater the chance that the ecosystem will change in ways that are unfavourable for recovery. Compared to other developed countries, Canada’s recovery initiatives have been remarkably slow to develop and meaningfully implement. Recovering fish and fisheries is fundamental to strengthening the ability of Canada’s ocean ecosystems to adapt to future challenges posed by human activity.

NSIS Public Lecture – December 2017

The Nova Scotian Institute of Science invites you to attend our public lecture on Monday, 4th December at 7:30pm at Acadia University, Wolfville, in the KC Irving Centre Auditorium. Please note the location of this public lecture.


A “clear cut” Perspective About “science-based” Forest Management in NS
Dr. Donna Crossland, Forest Ecologist, Resource Conservation Officer II, Kejimkujik National Park (Parks Canada)

Abstract: Over two decades, Nova Scotia’s forests are extensively clearcut. Is forest management really “science-based”? Does scientific guidance negate the need to reduce clearcutting by 50%? Satellite images reveal forest cover loss. Ecologically, impacts from forest management practices are far-reaching, even severe. NS’s soil nutrient levels are among the poorest in North America and cannot sustain these practices. The result? Displaced & homeless wildlife and rare native forests. We’re surpassing ecological limits toward ecological collapse.

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


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.

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