CEN researcher Monique Bernier becomes the first woman to receive the prestigious Larry Morley Gold Medal from the Canada Society for Remote Sensing. Professor Bernier has maintained close ties with the Society throughout her career, including chairing it from 2009 to 2014. The Society acknowledges Ms. Bernier's exemplary contribution to the remote sensing sector in Canada as a researcher, professor and through her unifying involvement in several organizations, including the Association Québécoise de télédétection.
Researcher Warwick Vincent had the honour of being one of the first four recipients of the Helmholtz International Fellow Award, and the accompanying €20,000 prize. The Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres awards this prize to renowned foreign researchers who collaborate with one of the Helmholtz research centres. Professor Vincent is collaborating with the Alfred Wegener Institute to better understand the effects of climate change on northern geo-ecosystems.
In order to cope with the increase in the amount of data generated by CEN's work and to meet a growing demand for access to it, CEN has set up the Nordicana D collection. This collection, produced solely in electronic form, is freely accessible, via the Internet, to CEN researchers and to all other users interested in CEN's work. Thanks to the work of Luc Cournoyer, technical editor of Nordicana D, and teams of researchers, five additional datasets have very recently been added to the collection. You will find reproductive monitoring data for avian predators, arctic foxes and red foxes on Bylot Island, gas concentrations in thermokarst pools in Nunavik, beach ridge locations in the Champlain Sea and permafrost geochemistry.For more information
For the second edition of the Northern Project, six students enrolled at Cégep André-Laurendeau in Chemistry and Biology Completion Project stayed in Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik, Nunavik. An internship from June 4 to June 17, 2019 was conducted in partnership with the CEN to apply the knowledge acquired during this course. The two chemistry students focused on the detection and extraction of contaminants from car batteries, specifically lead and sulphuric acid batteries. On the biological side, the students focused on the inauguration of a community greenhouse containing two growing systems, one hydroponic and the other in soil enriched with mycorrhizae. After designing and building both systems from recycled materials, the community was invited to visit the community greenhouse at an open house on Wednesday, June 12. The knowledge acquired about hydroponic and enriched soil plant cultivation was transferred to the community to enable them to maintain a successful community greenhouse. The residents of Whapmagoostui - Kuujjuarapik have also been made more aware of the environmental importance of battery recycling. The students greatly appreciated their experience and thanked the CEN for their warm welcome.
CEN researcher and former scientific director Warwick Vincent recently did the exercise of popularizing lake ecosystems in his new book called Lakes: A Brief Introduction. The book covers the main aspects of limnology, from its history, to the value of lake environments to societies, including the biological sciences and chemistry. To read during the summer holidays on the lake!For more information
The CEN greatly contributed to mentoring a course entitled Introduction to Northern Research Issues organized by the INQ from May 6 to 10, 2019 in Quebec City. The course objectives were to fully prepare researchers to work in a northern context, in difficult field conditions, and to help them learn how to establish meaningful relationships and partnerships with northerners. Nine of the 22 mentors were CEN members, including establlished researchers, research staff and grad students. CEN was able to share its northern expertise and know-how, and therefore contribute to the training of future northern researchers!
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