NSIS is a sponsor of the Coastal Zone Canada (CZC) Conference 2014

NSIS is pleased to be a sponsor of the Coastal Zone Canada (CZC) Conference 2014​. The conference will be held at the World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax, June 15-19, 2014 and details are available on the conference website.

From Sea to Sea: The Biography of a Scientific Buoy

NSIS is pleased to be a sponsor of the From Sea to Sea: The Biography of a Scientific Buoy lecture by David Pantalony, Canada Science and Technology Museum which will be held on Monday June 16th, 7:30 p.m. at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water Street, Halifax.

This talk is one of the free public events in the international workshop Place and Practice: Doing Science in and on the Ocean 1800-2012 hosted by Situating Science.

​Oceanographers at Work

NSIS is pleased to be a sponsor of the keynote lecture Oceanographers at Work by Dr. Eric Mills and a panel discussion to be held on Sunday June 15th, 2:30 p.m. at the Alumni Hall, University of King’s College, 6350 Coburg Road, Halifax.

Oceanographers at Work is one of the free public events in the international workshop Place and Practice: Doing Science in and on the Ocean 1800-2012 hosted by Situating Science.

NSIS Annual General Meeting, Dinner and Lecture on Monday, 5 May 2014

You are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting, Dinner and Lecture of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science on Monday 5 May 2014 at the University Club, Dalhousie University, 6259 Alumni Crescent, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Schedule of Events:
5:00 p.m. 153rd Annual General Meeting of the NSIS
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. After-dinner public lecture by Dr. Louise Edwards, Yale University

Please see the attached form for details on the meal selection and payment. The deadline for the receipt of payment for the banquet is Friday 11th April 2014, as the banquet venue requires adequate notice to prepare for this event.

Invitation to a seminar by Dr. Patricia Sutherland – “Norse/Native Contact in Arctic Canada”

The NSIS is pleased to invite you to a seminar by Dr. Patricia Sutherland, former Curator of Arctic Archaeology at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. The seminar titled “Norse/Native Contact in Arctic Canada” will be held on 18 March 2014 at 11:30 a.m., Room 242, Life Sciences Centre, Dalhousie University. Dr. Sutherland was featured in a recent CBC Fifth Estate programme entitled “Silence of the Labs”
(http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/episodes/2013-2014/the-silence-of-the-labs).

See the attached poster for full details of the talk.

Letter fom the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

The NSIS recently received a letter from the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans on November 26, 2013. This letters follows from correspondence started in 2012 when the NSIS wrote letters to the government highlighting its concerns regarding environmental aspects of Bill C38 and the media control of federal scientists. This correspondence can be followed in a previous blog.

Sable Island Update – Ninth Annual Public Meeting

The Nova Scotian Institute of Science would like to invite you to the Sable Island Update- Ninth Annual Public Meeting on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:30 pm at the Theatre Auditorium, McNally Building, Saint Mary’s University Campus

This includes talks about research, island activities, and the Sable Island National Park Reserve, followed by a Question & Answer session, and Reception.
Speakers include:Timothy Frasier, Biology Department, Saint Mary’s University; Zoe Lucas, naturalist and Sable Island resident, and a Parks Canada representative.

The meeting has been organized by the Friends of the Green Horse Society and the Ecology Action Centre, and is co-hosted by Saint Mary’s University, the World Wildlife Fund, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, and the Nova Scotian Institute of Science.

Thomas Rand (NSIS President), Saint Mary’s University, will chair the meeting.

There is no charge for this event. To view the program and for more information about Sable Island go to: www.GreenHorseSociety.com.

Public Lecture by Dr. Philip Kitcher – “Can We Sustain Democracy, And The Planet Too?

The Nova Scotian Institute of Science is partnering to present the following lecture.

The Situating Science national Strategic Knowledge Cluster, the Evolution Studies Group and Dalhousie University’s College of Sustainability along with the Atlantic Regional Philosophical Association (ARPA), Nova Scotian Institute of Science (NSIS), Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs (CCEPA), and the Friends of the Halifax Common are pleased to invite you to join us for a free public evening lecture by science and democracy expert, Dr. Philip Kitcher.

CAN WE SUSTAIN DEMOCRACY, AND THE PLANET TOO?
Examining Scientific Expertise in Public Life
Dr. Philip Kitcher, John Dewey Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University
Thursday 3 October 2013 at 7 PM
Ondaatje Hall, McCain Building, Dalhousie University
6135 University Ave., Halifax, NS

RECEPTION TO FOLLOW LECTURE

Poster available at:
http://www.situsci.ca/event/philip-kitcher-can-we-sustain-democracy-and-planet-too

Live streamed at:
WWW.SITUSCI.CA
WWW.CCEPA.CA

In most democratic nations, Dr. Kitcher argues, there is little popular support for the measures that are urgently needed to limit global warming. This raises provocative questions for us as citizens: How do democratic ideals shape the living conditions of our descendants? How should the institutions and procedures that exemplify democratic ideals change? How do we better understand the relationship between expertise and
democracy, climate science and society?

Awards for the 2013 Student Science Writing Competition

The Institute is delighted to announce the names of the winner and students receiving an honourable mention in the 2013 Student Science Writing Competition.

Concerns Related to Bill-C38 and Communication of Science

NSIS has highlighted its concerns regarding environmental aspects of Bill C38 and the media control of federal scientists in a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper in June 13, 2012. Copies were sent to Prime Minister Harper, Environment Minister Peter Kent, the Leader of the Opposition, the NDP Critics for Fisheries and Oceans and for the Environment, and Leaders of the Liberal and Green Parties. In January 2013, the NSIS received a letter from the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans in response to the letter sent to the Prime Minister in 2012.

The NSIS Council responded to the letter from the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans on May 3, 2013. On May 29, 2013, the NSIS Council sent another letter to the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans regarding our concerns about environmental aspects of Bill C38 and the media control of federal scientists.