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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.


New Materials for the Next Millennium

with
Mary Anne White
Dalhousie University

The various ages of humanity - the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age - have been characterized by the materials they introduced. In this century, new materials have again changed the way we live, allowing the invention of the transistor, fibre optics for telecommunications, and even the permapress shirt. How will future materials affect our lives? Come and join us for a lively discussion and demonstration of some of these chemical possibilities.

Mary Anne White is Killam Research Professor in Materials Science, and also Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Physics at Dalhousie University in Halifax. She is internationally known for her research concerning thermal properties of materials. An award-winning teacher and researcher, she is also interested in science for the general public (with many contributions to Quirks and Quarks and the Discovery Channel). She has been a member of many NSERC committees (currently on the Physical and Analytical Chemistry Grant Selection Committee) and is a member of the Board of Directors of Canada Foundation for Innovation.

DATE: Thursday, February 11, 1999 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am