Program 25

AIRDATE:07/24/01

PROMO: Dr. Hamid Habibi, Professor of Biological Sciences with an Adjunct Appointment in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Calgary
Yash Kalra, Chair. 7th International Symposium on Soil and Plant Analysis, Edmonton
Bill Kay, Retired, Alberta Research Council

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TITLE: Dr. Hamid Habibi, Professor of Biological Sciences with an Adjunct Appointment in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Calgary
SUBJECT: #25 Endrocrine Disrupter Research
SYNOPSIS: Among his many areas of research, Dr. Hamid Habibi is studying the effect of endocrine disrupters. These are environmental contaminants that mimic hormone activity in humans and animals, leading to abnormalities in reproduction and growth. There are about 87,000 compounds that could be potential endocrine disrupters. Hamid and his colleagues are developing technology that would allow the quick detection and analysis of these compounds for their safety or danger to human health.

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TITLE: Yash Kalra, Chair. 7th International Symposium on Soil and Plant Analysis, Edmonton
SUBJECT: #25 International Soil Conference
SYNOPSIS: Soil scientists from around the world are meeting in Edmonton this week to discuss the latest in soil research. Of particular concern is the need to standardize the methodology for analyzing soil samples. Yash Kalra, one of this year's Emerald Award Finalists and a soil scientist with the Canadian Forest Service, is the organizer and chair of the international symposium. Themes for the symposium include "Proficiency Testing for Soil and Plant Analysis", "Soil Acidity", and "Economic and Environmental Aspects of Soil and Plant Analysis", "Diagnostic Methods", and "Advanced Analytical Technologies and Instrumentation"

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TITLE: Bill Kay, Retired, Alberta Research Council
SUBJECT: #25 The Inventive Life and Times of Bill Kay
SYNOPSIS: Who comes up with all those things we use day to day? The answer is inventors and tinkerers like Bill Kay. Over his career of three and a half decades, Bill Kay has developed and refined a number of items we see in use around the province. These include curbing made from recycled plastic, special sleeves for bedding plants, and most recently, a new form of sulphur fertilizer. Just retired from the Alberta Research Council, Bill talks about his long and productive career as a "tinkerer".

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