Dr. Graham Jullien, ICORE Research Chair, Electrical and Computing Engineering Department, University of Calgary
Dr. Cooper Langford, Professor of Chemistry, University of Calgary
David Finch, Historian and Author, Calgary
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ITEM:1TITLE: Dr. Graham Jullien, ICORE Research Chair, Electrical and Computing Engineering Department, University of Calgary
SUBJECT: #34 Microsystems and the Lab on a Chip
SYNOPSIS: Microengineering and computer processing are transforming everyday procedures into Lilliputian marvels. Take the Lab on a Chip concept, where blood samples can be analyzed instantly for health concerns. Or tiny implants that work on via a wireless network to repair damage to your body or improve your body functions. As one of a number of new ICORE chairs in informatics, Dr. Graham Jullien will attempt to bring together experts from disparate fields to develop microtechnology devices and procedures. Of course, following close on the hells of the micro world, there's always nanotechnology.
ITEM:2TITLE: Dr. Cooper Langford, Professor of Chemistry, University of Calgary
SUBJECT: #34 White Stuff Purifies Water
SYNOPSIS: When the sun degrades the paint on your house, look closely at what happens. Coloured paint cracks and peels. White paint turns to powder. With a little bit of "reverse engineering", scientists have found a way to use the power of the sun and the oxidizing action of titanium oxide (the stuff that makes white paint white) to do some good. And that's purifying air and water of toxic organic compounds. Dr. Cooper Langford is part of a team at the University of Calgary which has discovered an absorbent material (zeolite) which promises to bring this process into the realm of economic viability.
ITEM:3TITLE: David Finch, Historian and Author, Calgary
SUBJECT: #34 The Brooks Aquaduct
SYNOPSIS: The Brooks Aqueduct was started in 1912 and finished in 1914. Considered an engineering marvel, there has never been another structure like it built anywhere in the world. Started by the CPR, the company later sold the Aqueduct and other holdings for a dollar to Brooks area farmers in the 1930's. The aqueduct was constructed in the air from concrete and rebar, all three kilometers. There were no earth movers or heavy equipment to do the brunt work. Only men with wagons, horses and shovels. Historian David Finch wrote a book about the Brooks Aqueduct called "Much Brain and Sinew".