- IVAN SEMENIUK WINS 2016 FLEMING MEDAL AND CITATION
Noted Canadian science journalist, Ivan Semeniuk, has been awarded the 2016 Fleming Medal and Citation from the Royal Canadian Institute for Science (RCIScience). The award recognizes Ivan’s outstanding contributions to the public understanding of science.
Ivan’s long career in science communication includes television, print journalism, features to news pieces as well as public presentations and demonstrations.
Ivan has been an instructor/researcher at the Ontario Science Centre, Producer/columnist at Discovery Channel Canada, senior correspondent with two of the highest-impact science publications in the world (Nature and New Scientist), writer/host of the TV series Cosmic Vistas, for the last three years as science reporter for the Globe and Mail, “Canada’s national newspaper”, through numerous freelance articles, conference presentations, workshops, and public lectures, and through his on-line presence.
The Globe and Mail Editor in Chief, David Walmsley, said, “In Ivan Semeniuk, The Globe and mail has a world-class science correspondent who travels the world and outer space with his pen and his mind. His clarity of writing across a broad range of scientific topics from biology, to astronomy, to chemistry creates an accessible understanding of our planet and galaxy.”
Current RCIScience President, Helle Tosine, “Ivan’s work bringing global scientific discovery to Canadians and Canadian discoveries to the world reflects exactly what Sir Sandford Fleming created the Royal Canadian Institute to do. We congratulate him on this achievement and hope that he will continue this important work for many years to come.”
RCIScience is a platform for public engagement with leading scientists, featuring free live lectures and panel discussions and an extensive online archive. Founded in 1849, RCIScience is among the oldest societies of any kind in Canada. For 167 years, we have worked towards the goal of an informed public that embraces science to build a stronger Canada.
We recognize excellent in Canadian science outreach with two awards: the Sandford Fleming Medal & Citation and the William Edmond Logan Award. The Fleming Medal is named for RCIScience’s founder, Sir Sandford Fleming, noted engineer, surveyor and inventor of Standard Time. The Fleming Medal has been awarded since 1982 and notable past winners include Dr. John Polanyi, Chris Hadfield, Bob McDonald and Patterson Hume.
The Fleming Medal and Citation will be presented at a special ceremony in November.
- RCIScience Annual General Meeting – Thursday, May 19
RCIScience Members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting, Thursday, May 19 at Croft Chapter House & Rm 179, University College, University of Toronto St. George Campus., 7:30 PM.
The meeting features an update from RCIScience Council and a lecture from Dr. Kamiel Gabriel, Founding Associate Provost, Research & Graduate Programs, Professor of Engineering & Applied Sciences, UOIT. Dr. Gabriel will speak on his book, The Anatomy of Innovation.
The meeting is followed by a wine & cheese reception.
Members please RSVP to:
Note: We apologize for an error in the mailed invitation. The meeting is Thursday, May 19.
- Sanofi Pasteur Limited Winner of 2016 William Edmond Logan Award
Sanofi Pasteur Limited receives the William Edmond Logan Award from the Royal Canadian Institute for Science (RCIS). The award recognizes the organization’s outstanding contributions to the public understanding of science.
Sanofi Pasteur Limited receives the Award in recognition of Sanofi BioGenius Canada (SBC), a high school biotechnology competition for which it is the founding and lead sponsor. Over more than two decades, the SBC has helped over 4,000 high school and CEGEP students pursue real-world scientific research projects that have been the launch pads to future biotechnology studies and careers. The program is delivered in partnership with Partners in Research, national coordinator for the SBC since 2013.
Having spearheaded the competition more than two decades ago, Mark Lievonen, Canada Country Chair and General Manager, Sanofi Pasteur, said the recognition is very meaningful. “We are proud that our organization fosters the talent of young Canadians through the SBC. For these efforts to be acknowledged by a respected institute like the RCIS is much appreciated.”
Current RCIS President, Helle Tosine, said, “We are delighted to present this award to Sanofi Pasteur Limited, a company with a long history of using science for the benefit of Canadians through its vaccines, and a strong tradition of fostering a love of science among secondary students.”
Like RCIS, Sanofi Pasteur Limited has a long history. Founded in 1914 as Connaught Laboratories, the company has researched and developed vaccines ranging from diphtheria to acellular pertussis. Today, Sanofi Pasteur Limited is the country’s only full-scale vaccine company.
The RCIS is a platform for public engagement with leading scientists, featuring free live lectures and panel discussions and an extensive online archive. Founded in 1849, RCIS is among the oldest societies of any kind in Canada. For 167 years, we have worked towards the goal of an informed public that embraces science to build a stronger Canada.
We recognize excellence in Canadian science outreach with two awards: the Fleming Medal and the William Edmond Logan Award. William Edmond Logan was the Institute’s 3rd President and presided over the granting of its Royal Charter from Queen Victoria. He is also the namesake of Canada’s tallest mountain, Mt. Logan, and founder of the Geological Survey of Canada.
The William Edmond Logan Award will be presented at the 11th Annual RCIS Canadian Science Dinner, on the evening of April 21, 2016 at MaRS in Toronto. This unique and exciting evening gives an opportunity to talk science with some of Canada’s top researchers and science policy experts.
Location: award will be presented at the Royal Canadian Institute for Science’s 11th Annual Science Dinner, MaRS Auditorium, Toronto, Thursday, April 21, 7 PM.
- RCIS 2016 Canadian Science Gala Dinner
Eat, drink and celebrate science!
Thursday, April 21, 2016
6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street · Toronto
Gala Tickets $300 ($250 for RCIS members)
Call 416-977-2983 x1
For more information, visit 2016 RCIS Science Gala Dinner.
- Canada’s Science & Technology Innovation System
How does Canada rate compare in Science & Technology Innovation? We are pleased to welcome Mr. Ken Knox, Chair of the Science & Technology Innovation Council (STIC) to speak about the recent “State of the Nation” report on this topic.
- Congratulations to Spencer Barrett and Peter Victor!
Spencer accepted the RSC Flavelle Medal for “an outstanding contribution to biological science during the preceding ten years or for significant additions to a previous outstanding contribution to biological science.”
Peter Victor was elected as a Fellow of the RSC.
- Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research Public Forum
The Royal Canadian Institute for Science, the Friends of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Banting Research Foundation present the 2015 Friesen Prize winner Sir Paul Nurse in a public forum about discovery science and the creative process. December 7, University of Ottawa.
- Sigma Xi Society’s Distinguished Lecture Series at UofT
Featuring fascinating talks in everything from prenatal stress effects on the baby to Thomas Jefferson’s encounter with a dead moose. Hear local scientists and visiting researchers share their work in this free series of talks. This year, with a strong focus on PhD Candidates.
Visit the Sigma Xi Society website for more information.
All lectures are at the Ramsey Wright Zoological Labs Building rm 425 (accessed via 25 Harbord St).
- Congratulations to 2015 Science Scholarship Winners!
Riya Bhatt, graduate of North Albion C.I., will attend York University with a Royal Canadian Institute Science Scholarship.
Sunaina Saadat (not in photo) graduate of North Albion C.I. will attend McMaster University with a Roy Pearson bursary.
Congratulations to all 3 exceptional students! Watch for them at future RCIScience events.
- Sir Sandford Fleming death centenary commemorated in Peterborough Ontario
Fleming College commemorated the centenary of Sir Sandford Fleming’s death with the unveiling of a portrait of Fleming by JWL Foster in Peterborough yesterday.
Fleming, co-founder of the Royal Canadian Institute, was also a driving force behind Canada’s railroads, a pioneering engineer and inventor of the concept of Standard Time. Bio of Fleming from the Canadian Enclycopedia.
Unveiling the portrait with Dr. Tony Tilly, President Fleming College, and Jock Fleming, Councillor of the Royal Canadian Institute and great, great grandson of Sir Sandford Fleming. (courtesy Fleming College).