Trevor Thera, Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Alberta Conservation Association
Dr. Richard Coleman, Research Scientist, Alberta Research Council and Adjunct Professor, Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Alberta
Dr. Michael Payne, Head of Research and Publications, Historic Sites and Cultural Facilities Branch, Alberta Community Development
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ITEM:1TITLE: Trevor Thera, Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Alberta Conservation Association
SUBJECT: #31 Alberta Conservation Association
SYNOPSIS: The Alberta Conservation Association is unique in Canada. Enacted through legislation and funded in part by levies on fishing and hunting licences, the ACA works in partnership with the provincial natural resources department to provide scientific databases on conserve or enhance wildlife habitat in Alberta. Trevor Thera outlines some of the projects and activities of the ACA. These include funding a Chair in Conservation Biology at the University of Alberta. Under the guidance of Dr. Mark Boyce, numerous research projects are underway including those on bears, bull trout and prairie sage grouse.
ITEM:2TITLE: Dr. Richard Coleman, Research Scientist, Alberta Research Council and Adjunct Professor, Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Alberta.
SUBJECT: #31 The ARC's Olfactometer
SYNOPSIS: When it comes to sniffing out odor, Dr. Richard Coleman of the Alberta Research Council has a nose up on the competition. His clientele includes hog farmers and sour gas producers. Using the "eight portal olfactometer", Richard's crew can quickly discern smells of distinction and provide clients with solutions to sweeten the air around their operations. The focus of Richard's research is to quantify odour, allowing for more objective judgements on how bad or annoying a stink really is. In the development stage is an "electronic nose" which will operate in real time and will be so sensitive it can even detect disease causing bacteria in humans
ITEM:3TITLE: Dr. Michael Payne, Head of Research and Publications, Historic Sites and Cultural Facilities Branch, Alberta Community Development
SUBJECT: #31 Project Oil Sands, Alberta's Experience with the Atomic Bomb
SYNOPSIS: In 1959-1960, the cabinet of Premier Ernest Manning seriously considered allowing the underground detonation of a 9 kilotonne atomic bomb in northern Alberta in an experiment to determine if nuclear power might help remove oil for the oilsands. The site chosen for the blast was Cheechum Crossing. Dr. Michael Payne sets the scene for this bizarre tale from Alberta's oilsands history. It began as part of Project Ploughshares, an American scheme to find peaceful ways to use nuclear bombs