Public Lecture on 30 March 2015

Time: 7:30pm
Location: Museum of Natural History, Halifax
Speaker: Dr. Thomas J. Duck
Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University
Title: Lessons Learned from the War on Science

Science in the public interest in Canada has been under attack in recent years. Programs crucial to the health and safety of Canadians have been eliminated, scientists have been muzzled, science library collections have been destroyed, and decades of progress in environmental law and regulation have been upended. In this talk Dr. Duck will review the evidence for this “War on Science”, describe the early warning signs, explore its consequences, and discuss what we have learned with a view to the future.

Call for Abstracts for the Conference on the Science and History of Sable Island

Abstracts are invited for talks at the upcoming conference on the Science and History of Sable Island including the marine environment that surrounds and maintains the island. The Friends of Sable Island Society will hold this conference and it is open to experts and the general public. The Nova Scotian Institute of Science and Dalhousie University School for Resource and Environmental Studies are co-sponsors of the conference. On December 1, 2013 Sable Island National Park Reserve became officially protected under Canada’s National Parks Act as its 43rd National Park. This is expected to be the first of a potential series of conferences related to the appreciation and management of Sable Island.

Please see the attached Call for Abstracts for details. Note that the deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to the end of the first week in January 2015.

Winners of the 12th Annual Discovery Centre Awards

The Nova Scotian Institute of Science congratulates the recently-announced winners of the 12th Annual Discovery Centre Awards, two of whom have NSIS connections.

Dr. Leo Vining served on the NSIS Council and was President for 1980/81. He was post-humously inducted into the Centre’s Nova Scotia Science Hall of Fame. Dr. Vining was born in New Zealand, where he served in the navy during WWII. He went on to do a PhD in organic chemistry at Cambridge, and after several post doctoral fellowships he came to Canada. After some time at the National Research Council in Saskatchewan, he came to Halifax. Dr. Vining was a professor of Biology at Dalhousie University until 1991, and continued as an active researcher until 2007. He wrote over 280 refereed papers and numerous other publications

Dr. Jeff Hutchings is the winner of the Science Champion Award and he is a Killam Professor of Biology at Dalhousie Universty. He is known for his innovative approaches to fundamental questions in fish ecology and evolution. He is able to bring scientific findings, especially fisheries related issues, to politicians and the general public. Dr. Hutchings participated in an NSIS panel discussion during the 1998-1999 lecture season, speaking about new strategies in fisheries management. He has recently drawn attention to the negative impact of government budget cuts on Canadian scientific research.

You can find further information on the full list of Discovery Centre award winners on the Discovery Centre’s website.

Book Launch: Voyage of Discovery- Fifty Years of Marine Research at Canada’s Bedford Institute of Oceanography

NSIS is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of the book:
Voyage of Discovery
Fifty Years of Marine Research at Canada’s Bedford Institute of Oceanography
Edited by D.N. Nettleship, D.C. Gordon, C.F.M. Lewis and M.P. Latremouille

The book launch will be held on Thursday, 20 November 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. See the book launch invitation for details.

The BIO-Oceans Association describes this publication as a major treatise reviewing the history and marine research accomplishments at Canada’s Bedford Institute of Oceanography over five decades primarily in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. Click here to view the full BIO-Oceans Association Announcement and Order Form and for the Table of Contents.

NS Scientist Inductees into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars

The Royal Society of Canada has named 91 members to its inaugural College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. NSIS warmly congratulates all new members, among whom are three scientists based in Nova Scotia:

Dr. Mark Mallory, Department of Biology, Acadia University
Dr. Randall Martin, Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University
Dr. David Risk, Department of Earth Sciences, St. Francis Xavier University

The full list of new members is available at the Society’s website.

NSIS Brochure 2014-2015

The NSIS is pleased to provide you with our brochure on the events for 2014-2015.

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.