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Mr. Poulin’s employer, Delivra, is a biotechnology company developer of transdermal technologies that introduce pharmaceutical and natural molecules into the body through the skin, rather than via pills. As part of a multi-disciplinary research team, Poulin’s input as Research and Development Technician helped Delivra secure funding from Canada’s National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program. His research was also instrumental in Delivra’s development of new transdermal products.
Lilian Zhang, grade 10 student at Sir Winston Churchill High School in Calgary, took me up on the challenge. Here is her guest blog. I know you will be as impressed with her positive outlook as I was.
My Experience at the 2016 Calgary Youth Science Fair
Calgary Youth Science Fair was always a passageway for my passions in the world of science. This year, I was able to attend again, and as usual, I learned many things from my experience of doing the project. My mentors, teachers, friends, and especially my parents, encouraged me, and taught and helped me so much throughout the process. However, most importantly, I was able to gain the most knowledge from my peers at the Science Fair. From hearing about the chemical structure of ascorbic acid in fruits, to microbial fuel cells, to the role of proteins in the cure for various diseases, I was constantly impressed by the level of ingenuity every student was able to show.
Canadian farm organizations representing a diversity of farmers and production systems are asking the federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, to take immediate action to stop any further release of genetically modified (GM or genetically engineered) alfalfa seed, following an announcement by the company Forage Genetics International (FGI) that it has sold a limited quantity for spring 2016 planting in Eastern Canada. This is the first time that any GM alfalfa has been sold in Canada.
Genome Alberta sponsors awards for all Alberta science fair regions. Many of the Genome Alberta award winners will be representing their region with competitive projects at this year’s CWSF. We support independent research project-based learning and we are very proud of the outstanding young scientists who are recipients of this year’s Genome Alberta Awards.
Here is a list of the 2016 Genome Alberta award winners.
The competition is held ever year to nurture people and ideas focused on biotechnology. Genome Alberta is pleased to be one of the Alberta sponsors and this year we worked closely with Mindfuel to bring you some of the stories from the competition. (you can find all the sponsors on the Biogenius Canada website)
West Fraser, a diversified forest products company with operations across Western Canada, has built the new plant at its pulp mill in Hinton, Alta. The state-of-the art facility will recover lignin from the pulping operation using a novel technology, and transform this wood byproduct into useful, environmentally friendly bioproducts.
The $30-million plant – made possible through joint funding by industry and government – began production in March.
As Alberta regional science fairs are held in this province, we are receiving names and photos of this year’s deserving winners. This past week, regional fairs were held in Medicine Hat, Peace River, Canmore and Priddis.
March 22, 2016, Ottawa, Ontario – Genome Canada was delighted with a new federal investment of $237.2 million in funding for genomics, announced as part of Budget 2016.
“The Government of Canada has shown tremendous leadership by making a considerable investment in arguably the most promising field of science and technology,” said Mr. Marc LePage, President and CEO of Genome Canada. “We are pleased that the government sees science as foundational to Canada’s next-generation economy. Genomics is an enabling technology that will spur innovation and growth in many important sectors for Canada including health, agriculture & agri-food, forestry, fisheries & aquaculture, the environment, energy and mining. It will also be a major asset in addressing challenges posed by climate change.”