Director, Office for Science & Society, McGill University
Joe Schwarcz is director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society. He is well known for his informative and entertaining public lectures on topics ranging from the “Chemistry of Love” to the “Science of Aging.” Professor Schwarcz has received numerous awards for teaching chemistry and for interpreting science for the public. He is the only non-American ever to win the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Grady-Stack Award for demystifying chemistry. He hosts "The Dr. Joe Show" on Montreal's CJAD and has appeared hundreds of times on The Discovery Channel, CTV, CBC, TV Ontario, and Global Television. Dr. Schwarcz also writes a newspaper column titled “The Right Chemistry” and has authored a number of books: Radar, Hula Hoops and Playful Pigs; The Genie in the Bottle; That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles; Dr. Joe and What You Didn’t Know; The Fly In the Ointment; Let Them Eat Flax; An Apple a Day; Brain Fuel; Science, Sense and Nonsense; and Dr. Joe’s Brain Sparks —all of which have been on the best seller list. He is also an amateur conjurer and often spices up his presentations with a little magic. Dr. Schwarcz has been awarded the 2010 Montreal Medal, which is the Canadian Chemical Institute’s premier prize recognizing lifetime contributions to chemistry in Canada. In the spring of 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Cape Breton University. He also holds a previous honorary degree from Athabasca University.