Dr. David Schindler, Killam Memorial Professor of Ecology, Biological Sciences Department, University of Alberta
Dr. Brian Unger, Professor of Computing Science, University of Calgary and President and CEO of iCORE, the Informatics Circle of Research Excellence
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ITEM:1TITLE: Dr. David Schindler, Killam Memorial Professor of Ecology, Biological Sciences Department, University of Alberta
SUBJECT: #22 Schindler Inducted into Royal Society of London
SYNOPSIS: On July 10th, David Schindler hops on a plane and heads to London. There he will be inducted into the Royal Society of London. That puts him in the same company as scientific giants such as Charles Darwin and Sir Isaac Newton. Throughout his scientific career, David has garnered recognition for his brilliant research on water ecology and other issues. He is known for his groundbreaking work which resulted in phosphates being removed from detergents as well as his research on acid rain. A recipient of the Stockholm Water Prize, some of David's most recent awards include one from Alberta, the ASTECH award, an honorary doctorate from Brock University where he delivered this year's convocation speech, and several guest lectureships across Canada. Some of this current research includes the impact of ultraviolet radiation on fresh water ecology due to ozone depletion. And he predicts the eminent collapse of Canada's sports fishery in the near future.
ITEM:2TITLE: Dr. Brian Unger, Professor of Computing Science, University of Calgary and President and CEO of iCORE, the Informatics Circle of Research Excellence
SUBJECT: #22 iCORE
SYNOPSIS: In less than a decade the information age has come upon us with a vengeance. The advent of the world wide web has opened up tremendous potential for the research community. And through the work of computing and informatics specialists such as Dr. Brian Unger of the University of Calgary, Alberta is now at the forefront of the age of superhighways and internet networks. In 1993, Brian began work with a group of researchers to link the Universities in Alberta so scientists could more readily share information. Out of this WURCNET grew NETERA, MACI (Multimedia Advanced Computational Infrastructure) and iCORE (Informatics Circle of Research Excellence), just to name a few. As Brian explains it, by wiring Alberta and by developing the informatics networks, Alberta is in an excellent position to diversify its economy by attracting top notch information researchers to this province. In other words, Alberta is poised to become the Silicon Valley of the North.