Program 44

AIRDATE:12/18/01

PROMO: Brent Poohkay, Assistant Dean of Technology, University of Alberta School of Business
Lorne Johansson, Chemical Research Technologist, Advanced Materials, Alberta Research Council

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TITLE: Brent Poohkay, Assistant Dean of Technology, University of Alberta School of Business
SUBJECT: #44 High Tech Learning in Business School
SYNOPSIS: Keeping up with new technology is a major undertaking for post secondary institutions. At the U of A School of Business, the cost of keeping on top of innovation amounts to about 4.5 percent of the annual budget. Smart classrooms complete with video conferencing and laptop plugins have replaced the traditional blackboard, chalk and lecturer. For Assistant Dean of Technology Brent Poohkay, its an exciting time and one marked with extreme complexities. Just try coordinating a first year commerce class with 500 students all taking their exams on-line at the same time. The security and backup measures in case of a computer crash amounts to a military campaign complete with a cadre of techies with radio communication standing ready for deployment when the emergency call comes.

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TITLE: Lorne Johansson, Chemical Research Technologist, Advanced Materials, Alberta Research Council
SUBJECT: #44 High Tech Ceramics
SYNOPSIS: Ceramics are taking on a greater importance in a variety of applications. Fuel cells, armour plating, mining and drilling, computer circuitry are just a few areas that benefit from strength and temperature resistance of ceramics. As a research technologist in advanced materials at the Alberta Research Council, Lorne Johansson tests ceramics and advises scientists and engineers on the their use

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