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2013.06.05  The Annual General Meeting, Dinner, and Lecture of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science were held on Monday May 6 2013, at the Great Hall, University Club, Dalhousie University, 6259 Alumni Crescent, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

2012.12.09 On November 21, 2012, Dr. Suzane Zeller, Professor of History, Wilfrid Laurier University, presented “The Natural History of a Sustainable Institution: The Nova Scotian Institute of (Natural) Science Since 1862″ at the Potter Auditorium, Rowe Management Building, Dalhousie University. This lecture was co-sponsored by the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, the Nova Scotian Institute of Science, the School of Information Management at Dalhousie University, the Atlantic Node of the Situating Science Research Cluster, and the History of Science and Technology Programme at the University of King’s College.

2012.11.16 The NSIS supported the Situating Science Strategic Knowledge Cluster in its Dr. Evelyn Fox Keller Visiting Scholar event in Halifax, October 15-November 7, 2012. As part of her activities as Situating Science Visiting Scholar, Dr. Keller, Professor Emerita of History and Philosophy of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, presented a special public evening lecture “Paradigm shifts and revolutions in contemporary biology” on Tuesday October 30th at 7 p.m. at the Alumni Hall, University of King’s College. For information on Dr. Keller’s other activities as Cluster Visiting Scholar, please visit the Situating Science website.

2012.10.10  Symphony Nova Scotia highlighted our NSIS 150th anniversary as part of their special performances of Franz Joseph Haydn’s Creation on October 6th and 7th in Halifax.

2012.05.10  On May 7, 2012, Dr. Bernie Lightman of York University delivered the NSIS 150th Anniversary Lecture, a free public event co-sponsored by the History of Science and Technology programme at the University of King’s College. The lecture, entitled “Communicating Knowledge to New Audiences: Victorian Popularizers of Science”, is available online via podcast. Our thanks to Situating Science for having arranged the recording of the lecture. NSIS is also delighted to present photographs from the lecture by Dr. Bernie Lightman. An informal lunch-time talk “The Royal Panoption” by Dr. Bernie Lightman about the science museum in Leicester Square in the mid 1850′s was held in the Scotiabank Room, University of King’s College, 6350 Coburg Rd.

2012.07.31 In 1962 the centennial of the Institute was celebrated at the Lord Nelson Hotel and it was fitting that fifty years later we marked another significant anniversary in the same location. We are delighted to announce that during our banquet on 8 May 2012, the late Drs. Kenneth H. Mann and Willard S. Boyle were inducted into the Institute’s Hall of Fame.

2012.04.05  NSIS announced the winners of the 2012 NSIS Student Writing Contest on Monday 2nd April at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, prior to the evening’s lecture. The two winners of the Student Writing Competition are: William Roberts, BSc candidate, Acadia University for his paper “An Overview of the Biology, Ecology, Conservation and Fishing Industry of Seahorses (Hippocampus spp.)” and Suzuette Soomai, PhD candidate, Dalhousie University for her paper “The Use and Influence of Scientific Information in Environmental Policy Making: Lessons Learned from Nova Scotia”. Honourable mention goes to Robert Alan Paul, PhD Candidate, Dalhousie University.

2011.11.17  NSIS has recently published the book entitled “The Birds of Brier Island” by Eric Mills and Lance Laviolette. Members attending the November 29th and the December 5th talks can pick up this latest copy of the Proceedings (Vol. 46, part 1)for free. Additional copies will be available for sale at $25 … a perfect Christmas gift for bird watchers.