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April 2016

Impact Innovation 2016 | Al Bio’s Annual Public Speaker Session

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Come to Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions’ Impact Innovation 2016 annual public speaker session in Edmonton on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. It is free and open to the public. Be entertained and informed about the science and innovation we’re supporting. Each year we welcome staff from Alberta Innovates, government, researchers, private industry, producer and processor organizations, industry associations, funding agencies and others. Get ideas for new science or partnership projects, make connections with others in Alberta’s research and innovation system, and meet our speakers and AI Bio staff. We are also streaming this event live! At 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, click here to watch the live webcast.   If you have technical difficulties, send an email. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Zeidler Hall at the Citadel Theatre 9828 – 101A Avenue Edmonton, AB T5J 3C6 (780) 425-1820 * View location of the Citadel Theatre ( Map). * Pay parking is available near Citadel Theatre….

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Innovation in Agriculture on Display

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Following up on their November 2015 AGILITY presentation, Chris and Harold Perry welcomed 6 students from the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College for an up-close-and-personal tour of their farming operations. Since 2011, the brothers have been fixed on a goal of reducing farm inputs (such as water, fuel, electricity and synthetic fertilizer) by 20% while at the same time increasing net yields by 20% all by the year 2020. Meeting such an aggressive target in such a short period of time is driving the Perry brothers to innovate at every turn. Chris and Harold showcased the level of planning and integration happening across all of their operations; the drive to implement responsible best practices, push the boundaries on sustainable agriculture, bring renewable energy into their activities and explore the opportunities associated with real-time data-driven precision agriculture. Not only did the students get to witness the level of care, thought and planning…

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Teaching Innovation Fund (Deadline: May 13)

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The University of Lethbridge Teaching Innovation Fund sponsored by AGILITY provides financial support of up to $2,500 to for projects that utilize innovative technologies to enhance post-secondary teaching and learning at the University of Lethbridge. This award is open to all faculty, instructors, academic assistants, and librarians. Example Fundable Projects include: Utilizing 3D printer technology to enhance students’ conceptual understanding Development and/or utilization of Virtual Reality (VR) applications to teach complex problems Development of learning objects App development to enhance student understanding Innovative technologies that enhance teaching and student learning Funds may be used for: Specialized software not currently available through ITS Specialized hardware not currently available through the Library, Department, or Teaching Centre Supplies and materials not considered part of a department’s normal purchases. Other, as approved by the Teaching Centre Advisory Council Note: Any equipment, software, supplies, or materials purchased through this fund are the property of the Teaching Centre…

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The Local Conscience: Beyond Food (April 11)

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The AGILITY Innovation Series Presents Julia Mitchell, Owner of Urban Grocer, TEDx Alumni and Expert in Permaculture The Local Conscience: Beyond Food   This event has passed. Where does our food come from? What does it mean to eat local? Can you turn your front yard into a productive garden? These questions and more will be the topic of conversation as the AGILITY program presents entrepreneur Julia Mitchell as our final Innovation Series Speaker. As the owner of the Urban Grocer, a TEDxLethbridge Alumni, and an expert in permaculture, Julia Mitchell knows the importance of our food supply and going local. Join Julia as she shares her experiences as a successful entrepreneur and connects the dots between agricultural practice, end products and a healthy local food community. Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to network with and learn from an established business leader in the Lethbridge community. Take part…

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Mitacs Practical Tips for Growing your Network Workshop (May 12)

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Start Date: Thursday, May 12th, 2016 End Date: Thursday, May 26th, 2016 Format: Online Workshop (Can be accessed and completed any time during the workshop’s start and end date) Access: Multi-day Time Commitment: Approximately 2-3 hours To register for this workshop, please visit here. Cost: This workshop, as with all Mitacs Step workshops, is free for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. However, the preauthorization of a valid credit card is required as part of the registration process. A $50 penalty will be applied to all late cancellations (cancellations that are not made 5 days or more before the workshop date), no shows, or incomplete attendance. These penalties are only charged after the completion of a workshop and no charges are ever made to interns who participate in full. For answers to some frequently asked questions, please visit our help page: http://step.mitacs.ca/faq Description Get the knowledge you need to build your network! Your time at graduate school/during your post…

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Weird Invention of the Week: Centriphone – an iPhone Experiment by Nicolas Vuignier

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“Bullet time” images, as popularized in the movie The Matrix (1999) used to be a difficult and expensive effect to achieve. The first crack at it required dozens of DSLR cameras and complex processing. More recently this effect has been accomplished using arrays of GoPro cameras and post-processing. Still a pricey operation. But free skier Nicolas Vuignier found a way to do it with one phone camera and a little ingenuity. Watch as he spins his way to bullet time magic, all while racing down a mountain side. After dozens (possibly hundreds) of requests, Nicolas made his design and building process open. This video showcases his journey to the Centriphone. What can we learn about ideas, creative problem solving and iteration from spinning a phone on fishing line?

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