Dr. Samantha Song, Forest Ecologist and Senior Scientist, Alberta Research Council
Deb Henry, Senior Research Technologist, Alberta Research Council
Dr. Sandy Gow, Professor of History, Concordia University
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ITEM:1TITLE: Dr. Samantha Song, Forest Ecologist and Senior Scientist, Alberta Research Council
SUBJECT: #13 ARC Helps Restore Paraguay Forests
SYNOPSIS: When a conservation group from South America contacted the Alberta Research Council, they were looking for expertise in forest restoration. Dr. Samantha Song and her colleagues from the Alberta Research Council recently spent a week in Paraguay scoping out the project which is an exciting opportunity for the ARC to develop international experience. The project centres around the protection of a reserve of Atlantic rainforest. The challenge arises from the desperate situation of the people living in and near the buffer that surrounds the reserve. Much of the emphasis of the project will focus on dealing with socio-economic issues to alleviate the poverty of the people in order to help them develop a stewardship ethic towards the rainforest. And, as Samantha was surprised to discover, her group will have to replant much of the forest buffer so they actually have a forest to manage.
ITEM:2TITLE: Deb Henry, Senior Research Technologist, Alberta Research Council
SUBJECT: #13 ARC's Online Chip Analyzer
SYNOPSIS: The online chip analyser developed by Deb Henry and her colleagues will help pulp and paper mills in Alberta such as Slave Lake Pulp and Alberta Newsprint save money and the amount of chemicals they presently use to make their products. A camera mounted over the chip line sends signals to a computer so the chips can be analyzed for brightness. Darker chips can then be diverted when a brighter paper is being produced which reduces the amount of bleaching required. Another chip analyser sniffs out the kind of chips coming into the mill. Pine has more resin which causes more fowling problems than spruce, so they can be diverted as well.
ITEM:3TITLE: Dr. Sandy Gow, Professor of History, Concordia University College, Edmonton
SUBJECT: #13 History of Oil Drilling Technology, Different Rigs
SYNOPSIS: Drilling for oil and gas got its start in Alberta around 1883. While most of the early technology was imported from the United States, it was the creative tinkering of Albertans exploring for oil who adapted that technology to the conditions here. In the second part of this series, Sandy talks about Dreco and the different types of rigs.