Program 81

AIRDATE:03/11/03

PROMO: An introduction to WISE: The Water Institute for Semi Arid Ecosystems at the University of Lethbridge

Dr. Dennis Fitzpatrick gives an overview of this collaborative and innovative approach to integrate research on the ecological and social importance of water

Science director Dr. Derek Peddle looks at the use of GIS in WISE

Microbiologist Dr. Brent Selinger searches for the magic enzymes that will reduce phosphorus pollution from manure runoff

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TITLE: Dr. Dennis Fitzpatrick, Associate VP Research, University of Lethbridge and WISE Board Chair
SUBJECT: #81 WISE - Water Institute for Semi-Arid Ecosystems
SYNOPSIS: WISE is a new initiative spearheaded by the University of Lethbridge to look at water. The Water Institute for Semi-Arid Ecosystems is a consortium of scientists, and people from industry, environment, agriculture and the irrigation districts. For board Chair Dr. Dennis Fitzpatrick of the U of L, WISE is an opportunity to take a different and integrative approach to water research.

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TITLE: Dr. Derek Peddle, Professor of Geography, University of Lethbridge, and Science Director, WISE
SUBJECT: #81 WISE - Water Institute for Semi Arid Ecosystems
SYNOPSIS: For the big picture on water, you need the satellite images and aerial maps that GIS offers. Dr. Derek Peddle is a GIS specialist at the U of L and also the science director for WISE, The Water Institute for Semi-Arid Ecosystems.

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TITLE: Dr. Brent Selinger, Associate Professor of Biology, University of Lethbridge, and Researcher, WISE
SUBJECT: #81 WISE - Water Institute for Semi Arid Ecosystems
SYNOPSIS: Intensive livestock operations mean mountains of manure, and eventually, that means pollution from runoff into surrounding lakes and rivers. As his contribution to WISE, Microbiologist Dr. Brent Selinger of the U of L is looking at the problem of too much phosphorous from manure. Chickens and hogs cannot digest phosphorous, so he's researching feed additives that will change that situation.

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