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The Intersection of Art & Science

Issue 9, June 2012



Welcome to the ninth 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 CEOThe prevailing perception that science and art exist in completely separate silos may be beginning to change. Increasingly, scientists and artists are finding unique opportunities for cross-collaboration that are resulting in new and innovative contributions to science, the arts and industry. In some cases, these collaborations simply lead us to new ways of digesting or perceiving scientific information. Read more.



Expert Panels at Work

Science Performance and Research FundingOn July 5, 2012, the Council will launch its assessment on science performance and research funding. The assessment was undertaken after the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) requested the Council examine the international practices and supporting evidence used to assess performance of research in the natural sciences and engineering disciplines. The full report will be made available for download on the Council's website in both French and English on July 5th. Read more.



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Fellow in Focus


Prof. Timothy CaulfieldTimothy Caulfield, FRSC, FCAHS 


Over the past decade, much of Timothy Caulfield's research has focused on social issues associated with emerging science and technology, including stem cell and genetic research. He's also fascinated with how science is represented and perceived by the general public. His most recent publication, The Cure for Everything! explores the ways in which interest groups distort our relationship with food and fitness, overshadowing the valid science on the issue. Read more.


Spotlight On...


Elderly person listening to musicMusic clearly has an effect on people. It can alternately soothe or irritate and it can inspire everyone from children to adults to get up and move. But might it also enable brain-damaged patients to learn to talk again? Read more.





Credit: Megan Low, 2011

Credit: Megan Low, 2011

At the Eastern Bloc Centre for New Media and Interdisciplinary Art in Montréal this past November, contemporary art and anthropological research converged in an exhibition by Ethnographic Terminalia entitled Field, Studio, Lab. Now in its third year (following New Orleans in 2010 and in Philadelphia in 2009), Ethnographic Terminalia represents an international array of creative material, conceptual, and new media engagements where anthropology and art intersect: sound, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, video, film, internet and multi-media. Read more.



Around the Council


Andrew Taylor and Douglas WrightCongratulations to: Michel G. Bergeron, member of the Council's Scientific Advisory Committee, who received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in February at Rideau Hall; Margaret Conrad, member of the Council's Scientific Advisory Committee, who received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in May in Waterloo, Ontario; Marie D'Iorio, Council Board member, who's been named the new Executive Director of Canada's National Institute for Nanotechnology. 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?



More efficient wind turbine designs, improved detection of blood clots, enhanced fresh water collection methods, more durable flight recorders in airplanes. What could all of these things possibly have in common? The means to achieving each of them have been found in the same place - the natural world. 

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