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Board Members and Officers

Arunika Gunawardena (President)

Arunika   Gunawardena   joined   the   Biology   Department   at   Dalhousie   University   in   September   2006, after    winning    a    prestigious    University    Faculty    Award    from    NSERC    (National    Sciences    and Engineering   Research   Council).   Since   then,   she   has   been   actively   involved   in   outreach   activities   in the   province.      She   is   a   professor   of   Biology   and   her   lab   studies   Programmed   Cell   Death   (PCD)   in plant   development   ( see   official   website ) .   She   is   passionate   about   her   research   on   PCD   and   very much   enjoy   teaching   and   mentoring   undergraduate   and   graduate   students.   She   joined   ASLA   in 2011   and   recently   became   the   President.   She   looks   forward   to   the   continued   privilege   of   sharing her knowledge and love of science with young children.

Jason Masuda (Treasurer)

Jason   was   born   and   raised   in   Alberta   and   obtained   BSc   and   MSc   degrees   in   Chemistry   from   the University   of   Lethbridge.   He   then   completed   his   PhD   at   the   Univ.   of   Windsor   (2005)   and   spent   time as    a    postdoctoral    researcher    at    the    Univ.    of    California,    Riverside    and    Los    Alamos    National Laboratory.   In   2008,   he   moved   to   Halifax,   Nova   Scotia   to   start   his   faculty   position   at   Saint   Mary’s University   ( see   official   website ).   In   2015   he   was   promoted   to   Full   Professor   and   continues   to   run   a Federally    funded    research    program    focussing    on    inorganic    chemistry.    His    interest    in    science outreach is inspired by his three school-aged children.

Patrick Ryall

Patrick   Ryall   completed   his   PhD   in   geology   at   Dalhousie   in   1974.      He   spent   a   year   as   a   Killam   PDF before   going   to   Universiti   Sains   Malaysia   to   teach   geophysics.      After   3   years   there   he   returned   to Dalhousie   as   a   Research   Associate   for   3   years   before   becoming   a   faculty   member.      Over   the   years he   became   more   involved   in   administration,   being   Chair   of   the   Geology/Earth   Sciences   Dept   from 1986-96.      He   later   became   an   assistant   Dean,   an   Associate   Dean,   and   Interim   Dean   for   a   year.      He has   been   extensively   involved   in   many   professional   organizations   –   he   was   the   founding   President of   the   Association   of   Professional   Geoscientists   of   Nova   Scotia,   and   volunteer   organizations   –   he has been involved with ASLA since the beginning.

James Brenan

James   Brenan   is   Professor   and   Chair   of   the   Earth   Sciences   Department   at   Dalhousie   ( see   official website) .      His   research   involves   making   magma   in   the   laboratory,   with   the   recovered   products characterized    for    texture    and    composition.        This    information    is    then    used    to    interpret    the conditions   at   which   natural   igneous   rocks   form.      He   also   seeks   to   understand   the   processes   by which   nature   can   achieve   extraordinary   enrichments   in   scarce   precious   metals   to   form   mineable deposits.      Brenan   has   a   B.Sc.   Honours   from   McGill   (1985)   and   a   PhD   from   Rensselaer   Polytechnic Institute,   Troy,   New   York   (1990).      He   spent   19   years   at   the   University   of   Toronto   before   joining Dalhousie in 2016. Neil Ross Neil   Ross   obtained   his   PhD   in   biochemistry   from   McGill   University   in   1986.   Following   a   two   year postdoc   at   a   pharmaceutical   laboratory   (Syntex   Canada),   he   worked   at   the   National   Research Council   for   over   23   years   as   a   scientist,   a   Director   of   Research   and   an   industrial   technology advisor.   His   primary   research   interests   are   in   the   area   of   aquaculture.   He   is   currently   assisting   a number   of   small   companies   in   developing   their   research   and   development   needs.   He   loves   getting into classrooms with students and bringing his joy of science to young minds.

Rajesh Rajaselvam (Executive Director)

Rajesh   Rajaselvam   completed   his   post   graduate   degrees   in   Biology   at   Oxford   University,   UK, and   the   University   of   Toronto,   Canada   in   1997   and   2003   respectively.      He   joined   ASLA   as   the Coordinator   in   2011,   and   became   the   Executive   Director   in   2014.   He   is   now   a   full   time   faculty member   at   Dalhousie   University   and   teaches   undergraduate   courses   in   Ecology,   Conservation and   Plant   Sciences   ( see   official   website ).   He   has   a   strong   passion   for   outreach   activities   and does this through ASLA.

Michaela Kember (Administrative Assistant)

Michaela Kember joined ASLA in 2017 as the Administrative Assistant. She is currently a second- year student at Dalhousie University completing a double major in Microbiology and Immunology and Philosophy.  She hopes to continue working with ASLA to help students and teachers in Nova Scotia become more involved with science and technology. .
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Board Members and

Officers

Arunika Gunawardena (President)

Arunika        Gunawardena        joined        the        Biology Department   at   Dalhousie   University   in   September 2006,   after   winning   a   prestigious   University   Faculty Award      from      NSERC      (National      Sciences      and Engineering   Research   Council).   Since   then,   she   has been   actively   involved   in   outreach   activities   in   the province.      She   is   a   professor   of   Biology   and   her   lab studies    Programmed    Cell    Death    (PCD)    in    plant development   ( see   official   website ) .   She   is   passionate about   her   research   on   PCD   and   very   much   enjoy teaching      and      mentoring      undergraduate      and graduate    students.    She    joined    ASLA    in    2011    and recently   became   the   President.   She   looks   forward   to the    continued    privilege    of    sharing    her    knowledge and love of science with young children.

Jason Masuda (Treasurer)

Jason   was   born   and   raised   in   Alberta   and   obtained BSc     and     MSc     degrees     in     Chemistry     from     the University    of    Lethbridge.    He    then    completed    his PhD   at   the   Univ.   of   Windsor   (2005)   and   spent   time as     a     postdoctoral     researcher     at     the     Univ.     of California,     Riverside     and     Los     Alamos     National Laboratory.    In    2008,    he    moved    to    Halifax,    Nova Scotia   to   start   his   faculty   position   at   Saint   Mary’s University    ( see    official    website ).    In    2015    he    was promoted   to   Full   Professor   and   continues   to   run   a Federally    funded    research    program    focussing    on inorganic   chemistry.   His   interest   in   science   outreach is inspired by his three school-aged children.

Patrick Ryall

Patrick    Ryall    completed    his    PhD    in    geology    at Dalhousie   in   1974.      He   spent   a   year   as   a   Killam   PDF before   going   to   Universiti   Sains   Malaysia   to   teach geophysics.        After    3    years    there    he    returned    to Dalhousie    as    a    Research    Associate    for    3    years before   becoming   a   faculty   member.      Over   the   years he   became   more   involved   in   administration,   being Chair    of    the    Geology/Earth    Sciences    Dept    from 1986-96.      He   later   became   an   assistant   Dean,   an Associate   Dean,   and   Interim   Dean   for   a   year.      He has   been   extensively   involved   in   many   professional organizations   –   he   was   the   founding   President   of the    Association    of    Professional    Geoscientists    of Nova   Scotia,   and   volunteer   organizations   –   he   has been involved with ASLA since the beginning.

James Brenan

James   Brenan   is   Professor   and   Chair   of   the   Earth Sciences     Department     at     Dalhousie     ( see     official website) .      His   research   involves   making   magma   in the      laboratory,      with      the      recovered      products characterized    for    texture    and    composition.        This information   is   then   used   to   interpret   the   conditions at   which   natural   igneous   rocks   form.      He   also   seeks to   understand   the   processes   by   which   nature   can achieve      extraordinary      enrichments      in      scarce precious   metals   to   form   mineable   deposits.      Brenan has   a   B.Sc.   Honours   from   McGill   (1985)   and   a   PhD from    Rensselaer    Polytechnic    Institute,    Troy,    New York   (1990).      He   spent   19   years   at   the   University   of Toronto before joining Dalhousie in 2016. Neil Ross Neil    Ross    obtained    his    PhD    in    biochemistry    from McGill    University    in    1986.    Following    a    two    year postdoc    at    a    pharmaceutical    laboratory    (Syntex Canada),     he     worked     at     the     National     Research Council   for   over   23   years   as   a   scientist,   a   Director   of Research   and   an   industrial   technology   advisor.   His primary     research     interests     are     in     the     area     of aquaculture.   He   is   currently   assisting   a   number   of small   companies   in   developing   their   research   and development      needs.      He      loves      getting      into classrooms    with    students    and    bringing    his    joy    of science to young minds.

Rajesh Rajaselvam (Executive

Director)

Rajesh   Rajaselvam   completed   his   post   graduate   degrees   in   Biology   at Oxford   University,   UK,   and   the   University   of   Toronto,   Canada   in   1997 and   2003   respectively.      He   joined   ASLA   as   the   Coordinator   in   2011,   and became   the   Executive   Director   in   2014.   He   is   now   a   full   time   faculty member   at   Dalhousie   University   and   teaches   undergraduate   courses in   Ecology,   Conservation   and   Plant   Sciences   ( see   official   website ).   He has   a   strong   passion   for   outreach   activities   and   does   this   through ASLA.

Michaela Kember (Administrative

Assistant)

Michaela Kember joined ASLA in 2017 as the Administrative Assistant. She is currently a second- year student at Dalhousie University completing a double major in Microbiology and Immunology and Philosophy.  She hopes to continue working with ASLA to help students and teachers in Nova Scotia become more involved with science and technology. .