Dr. Ian Stirling, Biologist, Canadian Wildlife Service
Dr. Vic Adamowicz, Professor of Rural Economy and Scientific Program Leader, Sustainable Forest Management Network, University of Alberta
Mary Clark Sheppard, Author of "Oilsands Scientist"
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ITEM:1TITLE: Dr. Ian Stirling, Biologist, Canadian Wildlife Service
SUBJECT: #6 Polar Bears Research
SYNOPSIS: For 30 years, Dr. Ian Stirling has been researching polar bears around Hudson's Bay. The unique biology of polar bears allows them to recycle their own wastes during the many months of hibernation. This holds clues for human space travel as well as new treatments for kidney disease and obesity. But warming trends also threaten the survival of polar bears as earlier springs melt ice flows the bears depend on for migration to their feeding grounds.
ITEM:2TITLE: Dr. Vic Adamowicz, Professor of Rural Economy and Scientific Program Leader, Sustainable Forest Management Network, University of Alberta
SUBJECT: #6 Sustainable Forest Management Network
SYNOPSIS: There are 18 Networks of Centres of Excellence in Canada, and the University of Alberta hosts one of them, the Sustainable Forest Management Network. Dr. Vic Adamowicz looks upon the Network as a new way of doing science, with its emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach to solving scientific issues. There are over 100 scientists and 200 graduate and post doctorate students from 30 universities involved in research through the Sustainable Forest Management Network.
ITEM:3TITLE: Mary Clark Sheppard, Author of "Oilsands Scientist"
SUBJECT: #6 Dr. Karl Clark: Oil Sands Scientist
SYNOPSIS: At 74, Mary Clark Sheppard is writing a second book about her father's scientific work on the Athabasca oilsands, this one covering the period 1949 to 1965 . In the 1920's, Dr. Karl Clark discovered how to separate oil from the oilsands. But his work on developing the technology to commercialize this vast resource was interrupted when the Research Council of Alberta was abruptly shutdown in 1932. In 1942 funding was restored and once again Clark had a lab in which to conduct his scientific research. The success of the Bitumount pilot plant in 1949 led to an economic feasibility study in 1950 and the all important Oilsands Symposium in Sept of 1951. Then in 1966, nine months after Karl Clark died, Great Canadian Oilsands opened the first commercial oilsands plant.