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The Value of Volunteers

Issue 8, March 2012



Welcome to the eighth issue of Council E-News, your source for updates on the Council's assessments, corporate activities, its Member Academies, and science in Canada.


President's Message


Elizabeth Dowdeswell, President and CEOIn the spirit of National Volunteer Week, I would once again like to pay tribute to our current and ever-growing list of volunteers, who give so generously of their time and expertise. This year's National Volunteer Week takes place April 15-21, 2012. It is Canada's largest celebration of volunteers, volunteerism, and civic participation. This edition will highlight some of the Council's outstanding volunteers and the tremendous work that is being done by our expert community. Read more.



Expert Panels at Work

ITOP reportOn January 17, 2012, the Council launched Integrating Emerging Technologies into Chemical Safety Assessment. The assessment was undertaken after the Minister of Health (on behalf of the Pest Management Regulatory Agency) requested that the Council assemble an expert panel to examine the scientific status of the use of integrated testing strategies for the regulatory risk assessment of pesticides. Read more.



Researcher in Focus


Lynne-Marie PostovitLynne-Marie Postovit


Lynne-Marie Postovit is a cell biologist whose research focuses on how cancer cells are able to spread and resist therapy. Her work has the potential to lead to new cancer treatments and in fact has led to a therapy that is currently in clinical trials. Dr. Postovit, assistant professor in anatomy and cell biology at the University of Western Ontario and a recipient of Canada's Young Researcher Award, shared her research and volunteer experiences with the Council  for this issue of E-News. Read more.


Spotlight On...


Canada's Research TreeFor the first time in 30 years, the AAAS annual general meeting was held in Canada. From February 16-20th, thousands of scientists, delegates and families converged on Vancouver to attend plenaries, sessions and family science days under the theme, Flattening the World: Building a Global Knowledge Society. Read more.



Around the Council


CitizenshipCongratulations to: Sara Diamond, member of the Expert Panel on the State of Science and Technology in Canada, for her appointment to the Order of Ontario. Nadia Ghazzali, member of the Expert Panel on Women in University Research, who was appointed Rector of the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Lynne-Marie Postovit for her profile in The Scientist magazine as a Scientist to Watch. Read more.



News From the Academies

This section features news from the Council's Member Academies: the Royal Society of Canada; the Canadian Academy of Engineering; and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Read more



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President's Message

Expert Panels at Work

Fellow in Focus

Spotlight On...

Around the Council

News From the Academies



Did you know?


Learning a new language has a host of practical benefits. Bilingualism or multilingualism can be an advantage in gaining new employment, communicating with others, and can come in very handy when travelling. But research has shown that learning new languages can also improve brain health, particularly in children and also in adults.


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