Canada’s Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan met with American scientists today in Washington to discuss the challenges to opportunities for boosting cross-border collaborative research.
“The ongoing cooperation between Canadian and American scientists yields new knowledge and important outcomes that support our economy, create new jobs and help build a prosperous future for citizens on both sides of the border,” Duncan said. “I look forward to supporting Canadian scientists as they continue to build on their successful research relationships with their colleagues and counterparts in the United States.”
Duncan met with top U.S. science officials, including Congressman Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology; Dr. France Córdova, director of the National Science Foundation (NSF); and Dr. Kelly Falkner, head of the NSF Office of Polar Programs.
Among the topics they discussed was discussed how to further scientific cooperation in the Arctic and polar regions.
Duncan also spoke at a reception at the Embassy of Canada honouring Canada’s most recent Nobel laureate, Dr. Arthur McDonald, who was in Washington to be granted membership in the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.
Membership in the academy is a widely accepted mark of excellence in science and is considered one of the highest honours that a scientist can receive. McDonald shares this honour with another fellow Canadian who was recently elected to the National Academy, Nancy M. Reid, a statistician from the University of Toronto who has worked on theoretical statistics and has developed more accurate and efficient methods of statistical analysis.
This was Duncan’s third trip to Washington on official business in 14 months. She previously travelled there to take part in the first-ever White House Arctic Science Ministerial.