SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT
Monthly, 7:30 – 9:00 PM at Rosedale Community Hall, 901-11 Avenue NW
Come for an evening of discovery and discussion in an informal and intimate setting! Each month we will have an interactive presentation from a different presenter.
We are looking for more CALL scientists and environmentalists –CALL members and others– to come forward to stimulate and inspire us with accounts of research pertinent in today’s world! If you are interested and would like to know more, please contact Joe Boivin or Tom Kerwin via e-mail at email@example.com
Advancing Canadian Waste Water Assets
Advances in medical science are allowing Albertans to live longer, healthier lives, but the growing presence of drugs and related matabolites in waste water is challenging current wastewater treatment technologies. This Talk will present a brief history of water treatment, global and national water challenges and water treatment technologies that may allow water reuse options to provide more benefit from our current water supply.
Speaker: Lee Jackson, Biological Sciences, University of Calgary (http://people.ucalgary.ca/~ljackson/ ) is Scientific Director for ACWA (Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets, http://www.ucalgary.ca/acwa), a partnership between the City of Calgary and the university that seeks to develop and evaluate new engineering technologies to remove emerging contaminants from our municipal wastewater and the associated environmental benefits that may result.
Changes to Alberta’s Electricity Market
There will be significant changes to Alberta’s electricity market over the next decade. Susan Wright will discuss how the Alberta government’s decision to terminate the Power Purchase Arrangements, shut down coal plants and move to a capacity market will impact Albertans in the years to come.
Speaker: Susan Wright obtained her LLB from the University of Calgary in 1984 and was called to the Bar in 1985. She worked as a litigator at a downtown law firm before moving in-house with a major energy company. She spent 26 years in the petrochemicals, pipelines, oil and natural gas industry, practicing in Canada and the US. She was the VP Legal, General Counsel at Alliance Pipelines before she retired to run in the 2014 provincial by-election.Susan writes a political blog Susan on the Soapbox which won a Clawbie in 2013 for the best legal blog for a non-legal audience. Posts have been reprinted in Huffington Post, Rabble and Alberta Views. Susan is a regular panelist on CTV’s Alberta Primetime and has appeared on CBC Radio and Danielle Smith’s Newstalk 770. She received the PIA Public Interest Award for Southern Alberta in 2016.
Artificial Intelligence (and Games)
In McKinsey & Company’s Disruptive Technology, technologies containing artificial intelligence (AI) are expected to create tens of trillions of dollars in economic impact by the year 2025. Similarly, Gartner, Inc. lists machine learning (a subset of AI) as one of the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2017. Yet another technology fad? Perhaps, but it is hard to imagine any industry that won’t be affected by software applications with “smart” capabilities.
Jonathan Schaeffer is a Distinguished University Professor of Computing Science at the University of Alberta and is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Science. His research are is artificial intelligence. He is best known for applying his research to computer games. He is the creator of the checkers program Chinook, the first program to win a human world championship in any game. In 2007 he announced that checkers was solved: perfect plays leads to a draw. He is a founder of Onlea (onlea.org), the world’s first MOOC production company.
Click here for a recent Globe and Mail article by Jonathan Schaeffer on the critical importance of AI.
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