Program 85


PROMO: Dr. Kevin Smith of the University of Lethbridge stresses plants to produce medicinal compounds

Dr. Dan Wayner of the National Institute for Nanotechnology makes a splash for Canada at huge nanotech conference in Japan

Reg Arbuckle of Ducks Unlimited tracks collared Trumpeter Swans migrating through the Grande Prairie region

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TITLE: Dr. Kevin Smith, Assistant Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Lethbridge
SUBJECT: #85 Stressing Plants to Produce Medicinal Compounds
SYNOPSIS: Today, the potential for developing new pharmaceuticals from plants seems endless. But 25 years ago, researchers couldn't seem to validate the medicinal qualities native cultures claimed for plants used in traditional healing. Dr. Kevin Smith, a phytochemist at the University of Lethbridge, believes he's found the method required to coax the medicinal compounds out of plants. And it involves stress!



TITLE: Dr. Dan Wayner, Acting Director General, National Institute for Nanotechnology
SUBJECT: #85 NINT Goes to Japan
SYNOPSIS: The recent Nanotech 2000 Plus Future Conference in Japan attracted almost 25,000 people from around the world to talk about nanotechnology. Among the presenters was Dr. Dan Wayner of the National Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Alberta. Considering Canada is just getting its feet wet on the nano front, being invited to make a presentation was a major coup for NINT.



TITLE: Reg Arbuckle, Resource Specialist, Ducks Unlimited
SUBJECT: #85 Trumpeter Swans at Grande Prairie
SYNOPSIS: Trumpeter Swans used to be an endangered species, but they've made a remarkable comeback in recent years. SHADOW A SWAN is a program established by the Trumpeter Swan Society that allows people to follow the movements of radio collared swans over the internet as they make their spring and fall migrations between the Yukon and TriState region in the United States. Grande Prairie is a regular stop on the north-south migration route. Reg Arbuckle of the Ducks Unlimited office in Grande Prairie has been watching the collared trumpeter swans as well as a pair that raised a brood on Crystal Lake at Grande Prairie last summer. Crystal Lake is now surrounded by the expanding suburbs of Grande Prairie.