Dr. Alan Thomson, Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, University of Alberta
Wayne Roberts, Biologist and Curator, Zoology Museum, University of Alberta
Brian Staszenski, Executive Director, Destination Conservation
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ITEM:1TITLE: Dr. Alan Thomson, Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, University of Alberta
SUBJECT: #33 Dr. Alan Thomson Awarded University Cup
SYNOPSIS: The University Cup is the highest honour the University of Alberta bestows on its faculty. It recognizes a senior professor who combines outstanding teaching and research skills. This year's recipient is Dr. Alan Thomson. Known as a patient and compassionate teacher, Dr. Thomson is also world renowned for his research on indigestion, heartburn, and ulcers. He is also highly regarded for his expertise on Crohn's disease. For some yet unknown reason, Alberta and Winnipeg rank among the worlds most prevalent regions for the disease.
ITEM:2TITLE: Wayne Roberts, Biologist and Curator, Zoology Museum, University of Alberta
SUBJECT: #33 Little Fish that Swim the Wrong Way
SYNOPSIS: Sometimes you think you know all there is to know about something. Then one day, circumstances force you to look at things differently. And you discover something new. That's what happened when biologist Wayne Roberts was collecting brook sticklebacks from the pond at Hawrelak Park for a demonstration to youngsters at the Edmonton Space and Science Centre. He was looking for those harbouring tapeworm larvae. A dirth of such sticklebacks forced him to catch them singly in a dip net, instead scooping them out by the dozens in one large net. In observing the strange behavior of the fish, he discovered that the parasite altered the way the fish responded to danger or predation. Instead of fleeing into deep water, they swam toward their predators, allowing themselves to be more easily caught. What's behind this strange behavior?
ITEM:3TITLE: Brian Staszenski, Executive Director, Destination Conservation
SUBJECT: #33 Destination Conservation Innovator
SYNOPSIS: While groups the world over advocate energy conservation, none has done it with the success or scope of Destination Conservation, a unique program based out of Edmonton. With its roots in the energy and conservation movement of the early 1980's, Destination Conservation has expanded from serving the education system in Edmonton to that of Alberta and now the world. The driving force behind this innovative Alberta program is Brian Staszenski who was recently recognized by Time Magazine as one of its Heroes of the Planet. Brian and his team at the Environmental Resource Centre in Edmonton have successfully partnered with teachers, students, utilities, and other corporate players to help schools save money and energy through energy retrofits while incorporating energy and environmental awareness within the core curriculum of the education system. A new project is an online resource called DC Planet and countries like Norway, Sweden and France are already climbing on board the Destination Conservation bandwagon.