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.

Excursion – the Art and Science of Making Beer

NSIS invites you to participate in our planned excursion in October on the subject of “The Art and Science of Making Beer.” Details are contained in the excursion poster. It will take place at the Garrison Brewery in Halifax and will include a lecture by Dr. Gordon McOuat (U. King’s) and a tour of the facilities to see the art and science in action. The excursion is open to NSIS members and their guests, and the cost is $20/person.

The event will be start at 7:00pm on either Sat. Oct. 8th or Fri., Oct. 14th, depending on which date is preferred by the most people.

Please let Hank Bird know of your interest in attending via e-mail at hbird@eastlink.ca. Indicate if you will bring a guest and on which date you can attend (or both).

Public Lecture – 2 May 2016

You are invited to attend the public lecture on May 2, 2016.

Time: 7:30pm
Location: University Club, Dalhousie University, 6259 Alumni Crescent, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Speaker: Aldona Wiacek
Department of Environmental Science, Department of Astronomy & Physics, Saint Mary’s University
Title: What is in the air we breathe

Abstract: Canadians have access to air quality reports that detail a small number of gases and aerosols, but the more complex chemical nature of our air environment is left unmonitored and poorly understood. Dr. Wiacek will review the Nova Scotian air quality context and describe her own research using a new remote sensing technique.

Please note the location of this lecture. This lecture follows the 155th Annual General Meeting of the NSIS and the Dinner.

Public Lecture – 4 April 2016

Time: 7:30pm
Location: Museum of Natural History, Halifax
Speaker: Dr. Brian Todd
Geological Survey of Canada – Atlantic
Natural Resources Canada, Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO)
Title: Submarine Glacial Landforms: The Imprint of Ice Sheets on the World’s Continental Margins

In the last 20 years, the development of detailed seafloor mapping technology and ice-breaking ships have advanced the study of seafloor sediments and submarine glacial landforms, especially in the polar regions. As offshore hydrocarbon exploration and development extends to these high latitudes, a better understanding of the seafloor sediments and landforms is of increasing importance to governments, academia, and industry. Quite a range of glacial landforms can be found offshore of Atlantic Canada. Dr. Todd will discuss what these landforms reveal about the extent of glaciation on our continental shelf and its context within the glacier-influenced seafloors of the world.

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

NSIS AGM, Dinner, and Lecture – 2 May 2016

You are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting, Dinner, and Lecture of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science on Monday, May 2, 2016 at the University Club, Dalhousie University, 6259 Alumni Crescent, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Schedule of Events

5:00pm         155th Annual General Meeting of the NSIS

6:00pm         Dinner

7:30pm         Public lecture by Dr. Aldona Wiacek, Saint Mary’s University: “What is in the air we breathe”

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 Friday 22nd April 2016 as the banquet venue requires adequate notice to prepare for this event.

Public Lecture by Dr. Arthur B. McDonald, Co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics – 14 March 2016

Dalhousie University and the Nova Scotian Institute of Science is pleased to invite you to the public lecture presented by the 2015 co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics, Dr. Arthur B. McDonald.

Dr. McDonald, a Dalhousie alumnus twice over, will return to his alma mater and home province to share his ground breaking work in a public lecture for the Halifax community: How to Know a Neutrino from a Hole in the Ground.

Read more about Dr. McDonald on Dal News and the abstract of the talk.

The lecture will be held on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 7:00 p. m. in the Ondaatje Hall, Dalhousie University, Marion McCain Arts & Social Sciences Building, 6135 University Avenue, Halifax, N.S. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Reception to follow.

Please note that capacity is limited in the Ondaatje Hall. There will be a live stream of Dr. McDonald’s lecture next door in the Scotiabank Auditorium in the Marion McCain Arts & Social Sciences Building. Seats in both venues will be given on a first come, first serve basis beginning at 6:45 p. m.

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