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The Power of N

I’ve got a lot of explaining to do...

August 18, 2014

Like big hair, acid wash jeans, Top Gun, Wham and Madonna, nanotechnology first gained popularity in the eighties. And while many of those fads didn’t stand the test of time, the study of matter at its smallest scale has continued to evolve into a robust discipline with a myriad of potential applications in medicine, electronics, biomaterials and energy production.

In fact, nanotechnology is playing a bigger role than ever in our lives today…even though we might not all fully understand just how.

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The crystal ball says cataracts

July 9, 2014

Age-related cataracts are the leading cause of blindness today and something nearly all of us will deal with at some stage in our lifetime.

Think it won’t happen to you? Think again.

We’ve partnered with top scientists in Alberta, U.S.A and Nepal and are gaining a better understanding of the fundamental mechanisms surrounding cataract aggregate formations, and how nanotechnology may be used to prevent or at least inhibit them.

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Belated thanks

May 12, 2014

I was looking back on some of my blogs of late and I realized that I haven’t shared my thoughts about the top honour I recently received from the Government of Canada.

In March this year, I was delighted to be selected as the Canada Research Chair in Intelligent Nanosystems. Now I’ve been fortunate to be recognized at various times throughout my career with different accolades, but this one is really quite special to me.

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Testing my limits

May 10, 2014

If the early bird really does get the worm, I’m in trouble. I’ve never been a morning person. Ask my wife, it takes copious amount of coffee to get me going and even with that added caffeine boost, I wouldn’t say I’m bright eyed and bushy tailed.

Which brings me to my latest feat – a.m. television.

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Go with the flow

April 15, 2014

Some of my research over the last decade has focused on innovative systems to purify and treat water. It’s something I’m very passionate about as I am well aware of the significance of our global water challenges.

Although water treatment and purification technology offer hope, most current desalination technologies are based on energy-intensive processes that are limited and carry a big price tag.

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A Great Place to Call Home

March 30, 2014

In November 2012, I relocated to Edmonton with my family after spending nearly a decade in Cincinnati as the founding Dean of the University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

I was excited by the opportunity to lead the province’s first and only nanotechnology accelerator laboratory and I could see past chilly winters and mosquito-y summers to a bright future, filled with prosperity.

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Small Wonders

January 31, 2014

Our province’s ongoing success depends on investments in young Albertans. In time, these children will be our leaders, discovering solutions to our greatest challenges and improving our quality of life.

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New Year, New Discoveries

January 22, 2014

With the New Year now upon us, it is time to focus on Ingenuity’s bright future and the revolutionary discoveries that await. Our success to date has been fuelled by collaborative partnerships, leading-edge research and a commitment to leveraging opportunities across disciplines. I intend to build on these strengths while positioning Ingenuity Lab as a national and international nanotechnology leader.

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Sniffle Season

January 8, 2014

I’ve been immunized multiple times in my life. I’ve signed the waiver, watched the health professional draw up the vaccine and felt the pinch of the injection. That is probably your experience too.

But things are changing.

This year, my four year old grandchild’s flu vaccine was delivered in a nasal mist. No needle – just a quick shot up the nose – thanks to advances in modern medicine.

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Energy to Burn

December 2, 2013

Our province generates billions of dollars in revenue from our signature natural resources. Alberta’s energy sector is a major contributor to the nation’s economic prosperity and a big reason why Canada has consistently ranked amongst the top 10 energy producers in the world. We truly are Canada’s energy powerhouse.

But for those of us with abundant energy, the question always lingers. Will we be able to sustain our fast pace?

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Taking Cues From Nature

November 18, 2013

Ingenuity researchers are developing leading edge technologies - what we call biomining - that will enable the recovery of both valuable and harmful materials from soil, water and industrial process streams, such as tailing ponds.

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The Exciting Road Ahead

October 29, 2013

With each new destination, I make a conscious effort to immerse myself in the culture, to appreciate the impressive backdrops both natural and built and to cultivate relationships with interesting people.

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What is the Power of N?

October 25, 2013

Over the past number of months, many have asked me what “The Power of N” means. The phrase is very simple, yet it has many different layers of meaning and understanding.

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August 16, 2013

Beyond the air we breathe, the most vital element for sustaining human life is water.

This is abundantly clear when we have an acute need for it, otherwise water is something we take completely for granted.

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The Best Is Yet to Come

August 9, 2013

There is a certain irony that the Mission Impossible theme song is my ringtone seeing as I believe nothing is impossible.

When you’re in the field of Nanotechnology, there is no such thing as impossible; the possibilities are infinite and the discoveries are untold.

All great inventions haven’t happened.

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Knowledge Capacity in Alberta

July 8, 2013

Education is not a pursuit. It is a fundamental cornerstone of how I function on a daily basis.

While this has personally led to a career at the forefront of scientific discovery (working with nanotechnology and the emerging fields of sentience and interconnectedness) I see my thirst for knowledge not as a lofty pursuit of the ivory-tower crowd, but something more in keeping with the basic human condition.

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