Author: Mark Henderson

NSERC announces award winners for natural science and engineering excellence

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) announced its annual awards at a gala event at the Governor General’s residence on February 17th in Ottawa. The evening’s top prize, the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, went to Dr Axel Becke, a chemistry professor at Dalhousie University.

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Montreal named secretariat for Future Earth research platform for global sustainability

Montreal has succeeded in its bid to become the global secretariat of Future Earth, a distributed research program dedicated to scientifically solving real-world problems of global sustainability. Spearheaded by Montreal International and Dr Remi Quirion, Quebec’s chief scientist, Future Earth is comprised of five hubs — Montreal, Paris, Tokyo, Stockholm and Boulder CO.

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Demise of ACCTCanada reflects the evolution of academic-industry collaboration

The writing was on the wall for those who chose to see it long before the largely unnoticed demise of ACCTCanada last year. The message: technology transfer by universities, and later by colleges, has become an increasingly futile exercise in perpetuating the traditional push model for moving academic-based discoveries into the marketplace.

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Government announces decision to shut down NRU reactor by March 31/18

The government has chosen March 31/18 as the date when it will shut down the NRU reactor, Canada’s only nuclear reactor devoted to medical isotope production and neutron physics research. The announcement signals the government’s decision to abandon its plans for seeking a five-year extension past the October 31/16 end of its current licencing mandate.

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