Dr. Cooper Langford, Professor of Chemistry, University of Calgary and Director, The Centre for Innovation Studies
Paul Buffel, Audience Development Coordinator, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Registered Massage Therapist & Laurel Deitrich-Mayne, Wellness Facilitator, Winspear Centre and Registered Massage Therapist
Holly Newman, Visual Artist and Nature Lover & Robin Newman-Wilson, Inspiration
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ITEM:1TITLE: Dr. Cooper Langford, Professor of Chemistry, University of Calgary and Director, The Centre for Innovation Studies
SUBJECT: #35 Society for Social Studies of Science
SYNOPSIS: Were the Luddites right? It is a question worth examining if you are interested in how technological change affects the direction societies take. Dr. Cooper Langford is involved with an international organization commonly referred to as the Four S's. That's shorthand for the Society for Social Studies of Science and will present a paper at one of their meetings in Boston at the end of October. He is presently working with a group of Alberta researchers to start a Centre of Innovation Studies at the University of Calgary. The political emphasis now on promoting innovation, Dr. Langford says its important we look beyond the mere development of new technology and ask the question about how these innovations will be incorporated into society. What problems or societal concerns do these innovations address.
ITEM:2TITLE: Paul Buffel, Audience Development Coordinator, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Registered Massage Therapist & Laurel Deedrick-Mayne, Wellness Facilitator, Winspear Centre and Registered Massage Therapist
SUBJECT: #35 Wellness Centre at the Winspear
SYNOPSIS: We go to concerts to relax and hear beautiful music. But playing that music is killing our musicians. Sore muscles, aching backs, neck and muscle injuries, these are all problems that plague the artists and often keep them from performing. Enter an innovative idea at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton. With the help of a grant from the Health Sciences Association of Alberta, artists and performers are now getting the help they need at the Wellness Suite in the Winspear. Laurel Deitrich-Mayne and Paul Buffel offer their massage services. There are classes in yoga, running, and various other activities. And the performers can benefit from the advice of nutritionists, physio therapists and other professionals who are members of the HSAA.
ITEM:3TITLE: Holly Newman, Visual Artist and Nature Lover & Robin Newman-Wilson, Inspiration
SUBJECT: #35 Putting the Bird Nest Project to Bed for the Winter
SYNOPSIS: Calling all bird nests! Its the end of summer, the birds are migrating south, and Holly Newman wants everyone who put up her fabric bird nests to bring them back and tell her their stories. Last January, Innovation Alberta talked to Holly when she mounted a show for the 200 bird nests she had lovingly crafted from bits of fabric, ribbon, beads and other materials and invited people to take them home as part of her "experiment" in backyard birdwatching. The Bird Nest Project was inspired by her young daughter's concern over whether the birds really would return in the spring. Every bird nest found a summer home. Now participants can bring them back. Holly will judge the success of her experiment, and mount another show with fabric nests. Contact: Holly Newman 780-474-8034 or firstname.lastname@example.org