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NOTE - Starting February 2018 Science & Environment monthly lectures will be moving to Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church (4612 Varsity Drive N.W.)

Monthly, 7:30 – 9:00 PM
Free for members, $5 charge at the door for non-members. Guests are welcome. No registration required.

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 science@calgarylifelonglearners.ca



Tuesday, February 6

NOTE - New Location - "Varsity" - New Date - "Tuesday"

Material Sustainability in a Circular Economy

Sandy Williamson, P.Eng

In 2003 , corrosion was estimated to cost the Canadian economy $46 billion dollars a year! This cost encompasses the degradation of manufactured items and the measures taken (e.g painting and coating) to prevent that deterioration from occurring. This impact is real; cars rust, pipelines leak into the environment, bridges fall down, trains derail. The presentation will show what effect corrosion has on our lives - degradation of our infrastructure, environmental damage, cost of repair and replacement, endangerment due to equipment failure, etc. A significant proportion of these costs can be avoided by better design and engineering. An international organization - NACE - has led the struggle to minimize the impact of corrosion on society. Measures have been developed to extend service life and better care for our goods and structures.

Speaker: Sandy Williamson is a graduate of Queens University and is currently the immediate Past President of NACE International - the National Association of Corrosion Engineers. He has worked as an engineer and a consultant in the petroleum industry for over thirty seven years. While in his executive position he was deeply involved in developing NACE’s ongoing strategies to deal with corrosion.

Tuesday March 6th, 2018

What's Cool About Climate Change?

Dr. Ann-Lise Norman, PhD Physics

What’s weird and wacky with the weather and why are some saying that events like the 2013 flood in Calgary are related to changing climate? Why use the words climate change anyway; doesn’t that just let those who do the predictions off the hook? A quick overview of what’s known, unknown, and curious about climate change here in Alberta and around the world will be presented, followed by a lively discussion as well as question and answer session. 

Speaker: Dr. Ann-Lise Norman, PhD Physics 1994 

Ann-Lise Norman heads the Atmospheric and Environmental Physics group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Her research is highly interdisciplinary, spanning cloud and atmospheric physics, chemistry, and oceanography. Locally, Norman performs isotope apportionment studies to identify and track atmospheric gas and aerosol emissions in Alberta including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), CO2, and CH4. 

Dr. Norman is currently Professor and serves the University of Calgary and the Faculty of Science in her cross appointment in Physics & Astronomy and the undergraduate Environmental Science program. She also serves as an expert witness for hearings and is consulted by municipal, provincial and federal government agencies regarding cumulative impacts from emissions and on air quality issues.

Past Presentations

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