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2018 Discovery Awards

Atlantic Canada’s most prestigious science recognition event, the Discovery Awards, has announced this year’s finalists and Nova Scotia Science Hall of Fame inductees.

Chair of the 16th Annual Discovery Awards, The Honourable Myra Freeman, is thrilled with the final selections. “There was an unprecedented number of nominations this year, all with incredible merit. Nova Scotians will be excited to learn about the work being done by these incredible innovators, educators, and researchers. We are host to a great deal of forward-thinking talent here in the province, and the Awards present an opportunity for the Discovery Centre to showcase this to the world”.

Award categories include Professional of Distinction, Emerging Professional, Innovation, and Science Champion with three finalists named to each and listed below:

Finalists for the 2018 Discovery Awards:

PROFESSIONAL OF DISTINCTION – An individual who is a leading innovator and role model for those pursuing a career in science

Dr. Patrick McGrath – Vice President Research, Innovation and Knowledge Translation, IWK Health Centre and the Nova Scotia Health Authority and Canada Research Chair and Professor of Psychology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry, Dalhousie University.
Dr. Graham Gagnon –  Associate Vice-President Research, NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Water Quality and Treatment and Director, Centre for Water Resource Studies, Dalhousie University
Dr. Sultan Darvesh – Professor of Medicine, Departments of Medicine (Neurology and Geriatric Medicine), Anatomy, Neurobiology and Chemistry, Dalhousie University and Director, Co-Founder, Maritime Brain Tissue Bank

INNOVATION  – A company that has produced a commercially viable product or service that is market-ready or has already launched

DMF – Dr. Michael Schmidt, Founder and Chief Medical Officer
Truleaf – Gregg Curwin, Founder, President and CEO
Charged Engineering Inc. – Dr. Lukas Swan, President and Co-Founder

EMERGING PROFESSIONAL – An individual under the age of 35 who demonstrates intellectual achievement, professional excellence, and potential for ongoing growth and development

Dr. Erin Bertrand – Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University
Dr. Clarissa Sit – Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Saint Mary’s University
Dr. Mita Dasog – Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University

SCIENCE CHAMPION – An individual who promotes science and technology to the public above and beyond the normal avenues of communication

Emma Finlayson-Trick – M.Sc. Candidate, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Dalhousie University
Dr. Kevin Hewitt – Professor, Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science and Chair of Senate, Dalhousie University
Dr. Tim Webster – Scientist, Applied Geomatics Research Group, Centre of Geographic Sciences, Nova Scotia Community College


Dr. Gerhard Stroink-recognized for his exceptional contributions to the Discovery Centre and the local science community as well as the international impact of his research in physics and biomedical engineering.
Dr. William David Jamieson (1929-2017)- honoured posthumously for his influential career with the National Research Council and his exemplary 35 years of scientific service to the Canadian public

YOUTH AWARD  – A student or students who has been recognized by the Nova Scotia Science Fairs as
worthy of being recognized for his or her outstanding achievements

Eli Wood– Project: Stimulation of the Vagus Nerve through Targeted Temperature Therapy; Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School

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