Dr. Joanne Zwinkels, Principal Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), join as co-Editor-in-Chief.

The Journal of Student Science and Technology (formerly known as the Canadian Young Scientist Journal) is honoured to have Dr. Joanne Zwinkels, Principal Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), join as co-Editor-in-Chief.

The award-winning Journal of Student Science and Technology is a scholarly publication offering PhD review and citation of high school, university and college student ideas and research. The Journal is one of several programs offered by the Foundation for Student Science and Technology (FSST), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing the career potential of gifted students for leadership roles in the science community.

Joanne Zwinkels received her B.Sc (Honours) in Chemistry from the University of Victoria (1977) and her PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Alberta (1983) with specialization in the infrared optical properties of solids.  After a brief NSERC Visiting Postdoctoral position in the Coal Research Laboratory of the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, she joined the NRC Division of Physics in 1984 to work in the field of spectrophotometry.  From 1991 to 2009, she also served as the Group Leader for Photometry and Radiometry. 

Her research activities involve the development of new reference instrumentation, standards, and procedures for high-accuracy spectrophotometry, fluorescence, and colour and appearance measurements.  Her accomplishments include the development of several national facilities for high-accuracy measurements of optical properties (colour, gloss, transparency) of both non-fluorescent and fluorescent materials. Her current research is focussed on developing a new versatile reference instrument to extend NRC fluorescence measurement capabilities to other geometries and applications.  Recently, Joanne co-edited a reference book on spectrophotometry entitled “Spectrophotometry: Accurate measurement of optical properties of materials”, which is Volume 46 in the series “Experimental Methods in the Physical Sciences”. 

Joanne is actively involved in international standardization activities and currently serves as the NRC representative to the Consultative Committee of Photometry and Radiometry (CCPR), Chair of the Strategic Planning Working Group of CCPR, International Convenor of ISO TC6/WG3 (Paper, board and pulps: optical properties), and Country member and Associate Director of the International Commission on Illumination (CIE) for Division 2 (Physical Measurement of Light and Radiation).

Joanne is a recipient of the NRC Outstanding Achievement Award for Leadership (2006) and of the 2010 Inter-Society Color Council (ISCC) Macbeth Award for outstanding contributions in color science and technology. 

“I am very honoured to be joining the Board of the Foundation for Student Science and Technology as co-Editor-in-Chief of JSST” said Dr. Zwinkels.  “I know first-hand the value of the Youth Science Foundation in inspiring future careers in science.  In the summer of 1973, I was fortunate to be one of 20 students selected by the Canadian Youth Science Foundation to participate in a four week Summer Science Program at the University of New Brunswick.  This enriching experience greatly contributed to my future plans to pursue a career in the physical sciences.  After all these years, it was interesting to reflect and re-read my assessment of this 1973 Program. In the concluding sentence I wrote “I can only hope that my presence, in some small way, contributed to the Program, and that one day I may be able to repay the balance of this debt in full”.  It seems now that I have an opportunity to repay this debt and to help encourage and sustain interest in the sciences in today’s youth and mentor the scientists of tomorrow.” 

“Dr. Zwinkels’ many achievements and accolades are a great example for our students,” says Dariusz Burzynski, Chairperson of the Foundation for Student Science and Technology. “But it is her life-long enthusiasm for discovery that represents the true spirit of scientist. We are honoured to have such a distinguished scientist join our team.”

Dr. Joanne Zwinkels, Principal Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada, joins Dr. Kenneth Franklin, Research Chemist, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, and Karren Yang, PhD candidate MIT, as the editorial leaders of the Journal for Student Science and Technology.


About the Foundation
The Foundation for Student Science and Technology (FSST) is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing the career potential of gifted high school, college and university students for leadership roles in the science community.

The Foundation aims to cultivate tomorrow’s science leaders by advancing their early knowledge of career demands and challenges. Our Mission is to Connect ideas and people across the spectrum of education, public and private enterprise and science and technology; Invest in the early career development of gifted students of science and technology; and Build programs that emulate real world circumstances and help improve students’ chances of career success.

Since 2008, the Foundation has helped gifted students develop leadership potential in the realm of physical and life sciences, engineering, mathematics and informatics, biology and environmental studies, social sciences and humanities, and more.

The Foundation’s structured programs include the award-winning Journal of Student Science and Technology, the Student Science and Technology Online Research Co-op and more.