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Media Advisory - Two Nobel Laureates, Martin Chalfie and Art McDonald, and Chief Science Advisor Mona Nemer featured in inspirational dialogue hosted by Queen's University

Monday, September 23, 2019

KINGSTON – On Wednesday, September 25, Queen’s University is hosting the Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative featuring Martin Chalfie, 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. One of only four Canadian institutions selected to host an event as part of the initiative’s first Canadian tour, the day will feature a public event including Dr. Chalfie, Queen’s own Nobel Laureate Arthur McDonald, Mona Nemer, Chief Science Advisor to Canada’s Prime Minister, Minister of Science and Cabinet, and moderated by nationally renowned health journalist André Picard.

The event builds on Queen’s strength in research excellence and aligns with a new “best-in-class” research promotion website (www.queensu.ca/research ) that leverages different forms of storytelling to illuminate the outcomes and impact of Queen’s research to the public.

The Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative is a global program designed to help Nobel Laureates share their inspirational stories and insights. By taking Nobel Laureates on visits to universities and research centres around the world, the Inspiration Initiative seeks to bring the Laureates into closer contact with the worldwide scientific community.

As part of the Initiative’s first Canadian tour, Queen’s University will host an important national dialogue on the unexpected research path to the Nobel, titled “Failure, persistence and joy: Finding the right balance for research success.”

This SOLD OUT event moderated by André Picard, will feature Martin Chalfie (2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry), Mona Nemer, Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, and Queen’s own Nobel Laureate, Arthur McDonald (Nobel Prize in Physics, 2015). The event will be livestreamed via (https://www.queensu.ca/its/livestream/live.html) and as a Facebook Live event.

Dr. Chalfie received the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein, GFP. While, Dr. McDonald received the Nobel Prize and Breakthrough Prize (2015/2016) for his discovery that neutrinos have mass, which redefined the Standard Model of Particle Physics.

A dynamic, new research platform for the university aligns with the mandate of the Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative to celebrate the research process and connect the global research community. This new hub for Research at Queen’s (www.queensu.ca/research ) features long-form research stories, dynamic media, audio and video stories, showing the breadth and depth of research at the university.

This “don’t miss” public event will take place at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. A media opportunity with Drs. Chalfie, McDonald, Nemer and Principal Patrick Deane will take place from 1:30 pm – 1:50 pm in the Green Room (Rm 103) with the public event starting at 2:00 pm in the main auditorium.

Anne Craig, Media Relations Officer
613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca