Dr. David Schindler, Killam Memorial Professor in Biology and Ecology, University of Alberta
Dr. Peter Sargeous, Physician and Manager of the Health Informatics Unit, Alberta Research Council
Catherine Cole, Heritage Consultant and Author
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ITEM:1TITLE: Dr. David Schindler, Killam Memorial Professor in Biology and Ecology, University of Alberta
SUBJECT: #43 Schindler Awarded Hertzberg Medal
SYNOPSIS: NSERC has just awarded Dr. David Schindler one the highest honours a Canadian scientist can receive. And that is the Gerhardt Hertzberg Medal for excellence in scientific achievement. This comes with a million dollar research fund. This has been a notable year for this world renowned expert on aquatic systems. In July he travelled to England to be inducted into the Royal Society of London. The award recognizes in part the longterm research David has conducted on boreal and alpine lakes, and the effects of climate warming, ultraviolet radiation, and acidification. The cumulative effect of human intervention leaves Canada's watersheds in a sorry state.
ITEM:2TITLE: Dr. Peter Sargeous, Physician and Manager of the Health Informatics Unit, Alberta Research Council
SUBJECT: #43 ARC's Telehealth Lab
SYNOPSIS: When Dr. Peter Sargeous was finishing up his clinical training, he became interested in those areas of health care which he felt would change dramatically over the next decade. He found that health care lagged behind other fields when it came to integrating new information technologies. Armed with a Masters Degree in Public Health from a Boston univerisity, he is now a practicing physician and works with the Alberta Research Council in the Health Informatics. One of the biggest obstacles to putting telehealth technologies in place to connect remote communities with specialists is the incompatibility between systems developed by different manufacturers. The ARC now has a laboratory where systems can be tested for compatability. And through Peter's work, Alberta is now a leader in telehealth and health informatics and is working on an international level to develop technology standards for the health care industry.
ITEM:3TITLE: Catherine Cole, Heritage Consultant and Author
SUBJECT: #43 Alberta Patents 1905 to 1975
SYNOPSIS: After doing her Master's thesis on the Great Western Garment Company in Edmonton, Catherine Cole took on the daunting task of tabulating all the patents obtained by Alberta inventors. The result is a wonderful book titled "Inventive Spirit: Alberta Patents 1905 to 1975". The 4000 plus patents listed in the book represent only a small portion of the innovations developed in the province. And among those who have tinkered in earnest to improve our lot in life are those with such whimisical inventions as the life preserver suit one could carry in a valise (just the thing one needed on a post Titanic ocean voyage) or the collapsible hat you could stuff in a pocket or purse.