Karen Beliveau, Director of Technology Commercialization, Alberta Research Council
Jonathan Perry, Masters Student in Paleontology, University of Alberta
Dr. Joe Nelson, Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
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ITEM:1TITLE: Karen Beliveau, Director of Technology Commercialization, Alberta Research Council
SUBJECT: #20 2001 Annual Review for ARC
SYNOPSIS: The Alberta Research Council presented its annual review to a Calgary audience today as a way to highlight the growing importance of this city as a centre for research and development. With the new facilities at the Calgary Research Park, the ARC will emphasize its activities in health informatics, geomatics, fuel cell technology and other energy related research. According to Karen Beliveau, statistics indicate technology commercialization created 800 new jobs and $167 million in new sales for ARC clients this year. And the ARC I s well on its way to reaching its business goal of becoming a $100 million a year corporation.
ITEM:2TITLE: Jonathan Perry, Masters Student in Paleontology, University of Alberta
SUBJECT: #20 The Evolutionary Chewing Machine
SYNOPSIS: In order to complete his research on the diet of early and extinct primates, masters student Jonathan Perry developed a "chewing machine" to test out his theories. The machine simulates the chewing action of different primates. Using fruit, nuts, leaves and insects in the machine, Jonathan discovered that early primates probably ate much differently than researchers previously thought. Patent may be pending on the chewing machine.
ITEM:3TITLE: Dr. Joe Nelson, Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
SUBJECT: #20 Fish Classification
SYNOPSIS: While Joe Nelson may be on sabbatical from his teaching position at the University of Alberta, he's not sitting idle. He's busy working on the fourth edition of Fishes of the World. New technology and new research on evolutionary biology has changed the way ichthyologists classify fish. The new edition will reflect those changes. Also, as chairman of the North American committee on naming fishes, Joe has faced a couple of battles over the political correctness of common fish names. And in the name of good taste, both the Squawfish and Jewfish have been renamed to the Pike-Minnow and Goliath Grouper, respectively.