Celebrating the 2011 International Year of Youth

Council E-News
September 2010
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Letter from the Editors 

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

As a new academic year begins, the Council is pleased to highlight the importance of science education. Encouraging school age children to take an interest in science is a continuing goal for parents, educators, and governments alike. In this issue of Council E-News, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, President of the Council, reflects on science education and its importance to Canada.

This issue's Fellow in Focus features Dr. Alastair Cribb, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, founding Dean of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary, and chair of the Council's Expert Panel on Approaches to Animal Health Risk Assessment. Dr. Cribb's research seeks to improve the safety of drug use in both human and veterinary medicine.

This issue also features highlights from a presentation on the importance of receiver-oriented communication by Preston Manning, member of the Council's Board of Governors, and a special Perspectives article about the emergence of management science in Canada by Tim Krywulak, a Program Director at the Council.

We hope you enjoy this issue of Council E-News and continue to provide your feedback!

Questions? Comments? Email us at editors@scienceadvice.ca.

President's Message 

Science is immensely important to modern society. The knowledge, understanding, and new technologies and innovations generated by science disciplines are truly invaluable, often improving upon many aspects of human life. Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently commented on the importance of science, saying "increasingly, the prosperity of nations is measured by the depth of their science expertise." To ensure Canada's prosperity, it is important to continue to foster an interest in science, particularly amongst youth.

In This Issue: 

President's Message 
Expert Panels at Work
Fellow in Focus: Dr. Alastair Cribb, FCAHS
Spotlight on Canada's Digital Economy
Around the Council
News from the Academies 
Perspectives - The Emergence of Management Science in Canada
The "Receiver-oriented Message"
Did You Know...?


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Did You Know...?

Nanotechnology is all around us - we just can't see it. That's because a nanometre is one billionth of a metre, 100,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. Nanomaterials are materials that have one or more of their physical dimensions in the nanoscale, which ranges from 1 to 100 nanometres (nm). Nanomaterials are present in a variety of everyday items, including sunscreens, stain-resistant materials, and sports equipment such as golf balls.

The term nanotechnology encompasses both the technologies used to create nanomaterials and the resulting nanostructures. Nanotechnology has great potential in a variety of sectors, such as manufacturing. For example, carbon nanotubes (tubes formed from carbon atoms) can have an extraordinary strength-to-weight ratio, and can be extremely efficient conductors or semiconductors of electricity.

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Although more research is needed to fully understand and utilize carbon nanotubes and other nanomaterials in innovative ways, as well as to overcome the unique regulatory challenges of nanomaterials, they have staggering potential to revolutionize industrial processes and health-care diagnosis and treatment, among other things.

Find out more about nanomaterials and the regulatory challenges presented by them in: Small is Different: A Science Perspective on the Regulatory Challenges of the Nanoscale.

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