Canadian Society for Chemistry member Maria DeRosa of Carleton University was appointed chair of the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE) this past January. DeRosa’s research in the field of DNA nanotechnology and her dedication to teaching, mentoring and science communication have resulted in numerous awards, including the John Charles Polanyi Research Award for new researchers (2006), the Ontario Early Researcher Award (2010) and the Capital Educators Award (2015). 

PAGSE is a cooperative association of more than 25 national organizations in science and engineering, representing approximately 50,000 members from the industrial, academic and government sectors. They are renowned for running the Bacon and Eggheads breakfast series, whose goal is to inform parliamentarians about recent advances in science and engineering. The Chemical Institute of Canada is represented at PAGSE meetings by executive director Roland Andersson. Learn more about PAGSE’s initiatives at