Dr. Peter Carr, Acting Director, Centre for Innovative Management, Athabasca University
Gina Kravetz, Playwright and Teacher, Landing Trail Intermediate School, Athabasca
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ITEM:1TITLE: Dr. Peter Carr, Acting Director, Centre for Innovative Management, Athabasca University
SUBJECT: #48 I.T. Rage
SYNOPSIS: Have you ever heard of I.T. RAGE? That's one of the topics explored in a survey conducted by Athabasca University and CIO Canada Magazine which looked at how information technology is being used by Canadian business. Dr. Peter Carr, who helps run the on-line MBA program at Athbasca University (which has over 1100 students), says the survey revealed ain increase in concern over security breaches both internally and externally for companies' computer systems. Most breaches are not reported to the authorities because no one wants it to be known that their systems are vulnerable. I.T. RAGE relates to increasing frustration over the incorporation of information technology where the systems may be poorly designed or hard to work with. On the positive side, the survey indicates that more companies are making the changeover to e-business.
ITEM:2TITLE: Gina Kravetz, Playwright and Teacher, Landing Trail Intermediate School, Athabasca
SUBJECT: #48 Physics for Poets
SYNOPSIS: The more science and technology we have, the greater the need for philosophy. That's how Gina Kravetz describes the theme of her play, Physics for Poets. The play is set in 1632, on the night before Galileo, the father of modern science, is to embark on the journey from his home in Florence to appear before the Holy Roman Inquisition to answer charges of heresy. He has dared to challenge Church doctrine, claiming the earth is not the centre of the universe, but rather moves around the sun. Galileo places his faith in logic and reason and assumes once he has proven his new discovery to the Inquisition, all will be right. Of course, it was not. As he prepares to leave, Galileo is visited through the night by his daughter, a student, a colleague, and most important, the ghost of Kepler. What ensues is an exploration of the dilemmas posed by discovery, the pursuit of truth, maintaining integrity, ethics, and challenges to the existing order. Gina wrote the play for performance in a planetarium.