Principal named to pension board
Principal Heather Munroe-Blum has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) by federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. Directors of the CPPIB are appointed by the federal government after consultation with the finance ministers of participating provincial governments, from a list of qualified candidates provided by a joint federal-provincial nominating committee. Munroe-Blum’s tenure will begin this fall. Operating at arm’s length from the government, the CPPIB is responsible for investing CPP funds in a diverse portfolio of assets in order to serve the interests of CPP contributors and beneficiaries. “I am honoured to have been asked to make a contribution to this important body, which is critical to the future of so many Canadians,” Munroe-Blum said.
Moores named Communication Fellow
Chemistry prof. Audrey Moores has been named one of 10 Environmental Health Sciences’ 2011 Science Communication Fellows. This year’s Fellows will spend the next year polishing their communication skills and learning effective ways to inform journalists and the public about new research findings in environmental health and green chemistry. They will work with editors and writing staff at Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) to produce original research reviews and commentaries on media coverage. Additionally, they will be available as sources to journalists seeking information for stories related to these important and burgeoning fields.
The Fellows program, now in its fifth year, trains scientists early in their careers to more clearly articulate research results and explain their relevance in an effort to deepen public understanding of issues related to environmental health and green chemistry.