Past Event! Note: this event has already taken place.

When: Thursday, September 19th, 2019
Time: 3:30 pm — 5:00 pm
Location:Herzberg Laboratories, 4351
Contact:Paul Johns,

Join us for a Medical Physics Seminar Honouring the Periodic Table!

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the periodic table, this seminar at Carleton University will include the following activities:

  1. there will be a special lecture by Juris Meija (NRC) on “The Periodic Table: How the elements are discovered and named”.
  2. we will establish, once and for all, the best/most important element for Medical Physics.

To end off the afternoon we will move to Mike’s Place (everyone’s favourite on-campus pub) for a science-focused quiz where you can prove your grasp of semi-useful information!

About the Speaker

Juris Meija is a research officer at the National Research Council Canada working in the area of chemical metrology and certified reference material development. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Latvia in 2001. He pursued his Ph.D. studies with Professor Joseph A. Caruso at the University of Cincinnati (USA) where he focused on the analysis of selenium metabolism in selenium accumulating plants for efficient ways to clean contaminated soil.

Today his principal focus is on mathematical modelling and data analysis in analytical chemistry, where he explores the reliability of chemical measurements and designs new approaches of experimental designs which enable more trustworthy measurements. Juris is also a recognized expert in isotope ratio measurements with recognized work on many elements including silicon, mercury, germanium, iridium, and osmium. In the intersection of these two areas, he develops mathematical frameworks for novel isotope-based quantitation techniques.

Juris serves as the Chair of the IUPAC Commission on Isotopic Abundances and Atomic Weights (2014-present) and is also IUPAC delegate to the Joint Committee for Guides in Metrology, Working Group 1: Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement (GUM), and has been actively involved in many recent international activities such as the redefinition of the mole or naming of the new chemical elements. Since 2009 he is the Editor of Springer-Nature Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry’s column Analytical Challenge which aims at increased public appreciation and understanding of analytical chemistry.

Follow Juris Meija on Twitter: @MeijaJuris

Parking Options

Parking is available for visitors on campus for a fee and is available in several on-street locations, open lots, and parking garages. Please view the Campus Map for all available parking locations. Herzberg Laboratories is marked HP on the map.

For this event, recommended parking locations are the multi-storey parking garage near Robertson Hall (enter from University Drive), and the garage beneath Richcraft Hall (RB)(enter from University Drive between RB and HP). Visit the Parking Services website for further information.