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News Article | May 10, 2017
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-- The Campus Technology Conference(Campus Tech), a higher education technology event produced by LRP Conferences, LLC, an affiliate of LRP Publications, announced today its advisory board of academic, administrative, and technology experts from colleges and universities nationwide.  These advisory board members are integral in developing and planning each Campus Technology Conference.  This year they have helped to expand conference content offerings available to attendees of"Our goal is to ensure that our annual program responds to emerging challenges and looks ahead to identify new directions in order to best serve the wide range of professional development needs of the higher education technology community," said conference Program Chair John Hess.  "This exceptional group of campus leaders is vital to that process."The2017 advisory board members include:·         Jill Albin-Hill, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Dominican University·         W. Gardner Campbell, Associate Professor of English, Virginia Commonwealth University·         Ronald L. Danielson, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering, Santa Clara University·         Mark Frydenberg, Senior Lecturer of Computer Information Systems and Director of CIS Learning and Technology Sandbox, Bentley University·         Joy Hatch, Former Vice President for Technology, Fort Hays State University·         Raymond Uzwyshyn, Director of Collections and Digital Services, Texas State University·         Anu Vedantham, Director of Learning and Teaching Services for Harvard College Libraries, Harvard UniversityOver 1,000 professionals — including CIOs, CTOs, chief academic officers, higher education administrators, IT managers, Instructional designers, technologists, faculty and support staff — from all over the United States and 19+ countries converge atto gain hands-on exposure to the latest technologies and successful implementation strategies through keynotes, mega sessions, workshops, concurrent sessions, the expo hall and more.2017 will provide higher education professionals access to more than 30 sessions in seven distinct tracks that will dig into relevant topics for IT leaders, hands-on faculty and technologists. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to gain expanded topic coverage through New Mega Sessions, more preconference workshops and enhanced poster sessions. The keynote speakers include Jennifer Golbeck, Director of the Social Intelligence Lab and Associate Professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park; Jeffrey Selingo, Author, and contributor for; as well as Robin Hanson, Associate Professor of Economics at the George Mason University, and Research Associate at the Future of Humanity Institute at University of Oxford.will be held July 17 - 20 at Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center.. For additional details and to register, visit www.CampusTechnologyConferences.com . Join the conversation by following the conference on Twitter (@CT_Events ( https://twitter.com/ CT_Events )) and using and searching the hashtag #CampusTech. For even moreupdates, "like" Campus Tech and join the Campus Tech LinkedIn group.###The Campus Technology Conference brings together thought leaders from the fields of higher education and technology to explore innovative solutions and to develop effective strategies for campus administration, infrastructure, teaching and learning, and more. Conference speakers and attendees occupy a variety of campus leadership positions including chief information officers, vice presidents of technology, and other executives, as well as a variety of academic and technology professionals who are working to manage resources effectively, build seamless networks, and create new educational and enterprise models for the future. Developed in consultation with members of an advisory board of academic and administrative experts from colleges and universities nationwide, each annual conference emphasizes strategic initiatives, technological innovations, emerging trends, hands-on workshop experiences, and opportunities for collaboration and partnership with industry leaders as well as within and among institutions. For additional information about the conference, please visit www.CampusTechnologyConferences.com.LRP Conferences, LLC, an affiliate of LRP Publications, produces more than a dozen professional conferences and trade shows annually, including Campus Technology Conference, Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo, Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), HR in Hospitality Conference, HR TechnologyConference & Exposition, Recruiting Trends Conference, and National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference& Expo.LRP Publications, founded in 1977 by Kenneth Kahn, is a broad-based media company serving business and education professionals. Specializing in the fields of education administration, education law, education technology, federal employment, human resources, workers' compensation and disability, the company publishes hundreds of books, pamphlets, newsletters, videos and online resources. Additionally, LRP publishes two industry-leading magazines: Human Resources Executive® and Risk & Insurance®, plus delivers top-quality training and professional development with eLearning, conferences and tradeshows including: HR Technology Conference & Exposition®, National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities®, National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference® & Expo, among others. For a complete list of LRP products, eCourses and conferences, please visit www.lrp.com.


NEW YORK, May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Drone USA, Inc. (OTC Markets:DRUS) (“Drone USA” or the “Company”), a developer and manufacturer of low altitude Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (“UAVs”) and related technologies, today announced that it appointed Dr. Rodrigo Kuntz Rangel to the Drone USA Board of Directors on April 3, 2017. Photos accompanying this announcement are available at: http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/de58f6b4-5d8e-4e17-9660-8ef917b473d4 http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/f82f152a-4e2a-4ef3-bf41-46eb5b6af9f0 Michael Bannon, Drone USA’s Chief Executive Officer, commented: “We are extremely happy that Rodrigo has decided to join our Board.  Rodrigo is a brilliant engineer who has developed some of the most sophisticated drones in the world.  Many of the drones developed by Rodrigo can be adapted for commercial, police or military use. In April we demonstrated our Shadow, a military-police grade quadcopter, to several police departments in Connecticut. We plan to demonstrate our Cyclops, a fixed wing drone equipped with three cameras to monitor public safety, to police departments situated along the Connecticut coastline. Our Cyclops is equipped with thermal and high definition zoom cameras to help scan for bathers who ventured too far away from shore.  In Cape Cod, we intend to offer our Cyclops to police departments to help monitor great white shark activity along their coastlines.” Dr. Rodrigo Kuntz Rangel, 39, became a member of the Board on April 3, 2017, and has been our CTO since June 2016.  Dr. Rangel has served as Scientific Director of IBRV, the BRVANT Institute of Technology, a non-profit Institute since August 2013.  Since February 2009 Dr. Rangel has served as CEO of BRVANT Technologic Solutions, a Brazilian company that specializes in development of UAV, UGV and USV systems.  From 2002 to 2009 he was Product Development Engineer at Embraer SA, working with the development of avionics, electronic and software systems for military and civil aircraft. Dr. Rangel has specialized in aircraft manufacture engineering through his research activities with the Embraer Engineering Specialization Program. Dr. Rangel also studied computer, robotics, lasers and virtual reality systems applied to flight simulators at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IEAv) as a São Paulo State Foundation for Research Support (FAPESP) scholar.  Dr. Rangel received a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering, M.S. and PhD degrees in Computer and Electronics Engineering from the Technological Institute of Aeronautics in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil. Headquartered at One World Trade Center in New York, NY, Drone USA is a primary developer and manufacturer of low altitude unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and related technologies. Target markets include select defense segments (military), public safety (police, fire, emergency response), and high growth commercial applications such as agriculture, photogrammetry, mining, utilities, and entertainment. The Company seeks to strengthen its systems portfolio by acquiring UAV firms with superior technologies that are proven in high-growth markets, as well as complementary technologies such as sensors and software. For additional information about Drone USA, please visit www.droneusainc.com. Certain statements in this press release may be considered “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements may include projections of matters that affect revenue, operating expenses or net earnings; projections of growth; and assumptions relating to the foregoing. Such forward-looking statements are generally qualified by terms such as: “plans, “anticipates,” “expects,” “believes” or similar words of like kind. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or qualified. Future events and actual results could differ materially from those set forth in, contemplated by, or underlying the forward-looking information. These factors are discussed in greater detail in the Company’s Form 10 filed with the SEC and filings with the OTC Markets Group.


News Article | May 9, 2017
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SANTA BARBARA, CA, May 09, 2017-- Helen H. Gordon, EdD, is being celebrated as a Marquis Who's Who biographee with a Lifetime Achievement Award. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, contributions to her field, and prominence in her career are all taken into account during the selection process.Marquis Who's Who, in this special anniversary year, is proud to name Dr. Gordon a Lifetime Achiever. An accomplished listee, Dr. Gordon celebrates many years' experience in her career as an English professor, and has been noted for outstanding teaching ability, professional development through degrees and credentials, and leadership qualities she has demonstrated in her field.Dr. Gordon currently excels in her dual roles of President and Publisher of Anacade Publishing Company, specializing in educational books and games. She is a charter member of the Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA), active since 1996, participating in their conferences and newsletters. She is also a frequent contributor to the online searchable research site Academia.edu.Previously, Helen served as an Editor and Technical Writer in the Department of Computer Engineering at UC Santa Barbara (1999-2006), Professor and Counselor (1974-1995), Articulation Coordinator (1992-1993) and Coordinator of Women's Studies (1977-1978) at Bakersfield College; Associate Professor and Counselor (1967-1974) and Chair of the Language Arts Division (1971-1974) at Porterville College (1967-1974); Teacher at Rio Americano High School in Sacramento (1965-1966) and as a 28-year-old sophomore, she worked as a part-time Instructor in Remedial English at The University of Utah (1960-1961). In tandem with these roles, Dr. Gordon spread her wings as Director of the English Council of California Two-Year Colleges for Region V from 1990 to 1992. Dr. Gordon served as the Founding President of Writers of Kern, established in 1993. She also served as a guest member of The Bakersfield Californian's editorial board.As an author, Helen Heightsman Gordon has produced award-winning historical novels, text books, nonfiction on Shakespeare, nd educational games. These include "Malinalli of the Fifth Sun: The Slave Girl Who Changed the Fate of Mexico and Spain" (2011), "The Secret Love Story in Shakespeare's Sonnets, 2nd Edition" (2008), "Anagrams, Anagrabber and Other Word Games" (1999), "Love Lyrics in Light and Shadow" (1999), "Age is a Laughing Matter: How to Laugh Through the Second Half of Your Life" (1999), "Life, Love and Laughter" (1998); "Voice of the Vanquished: The Story of the Slave Marina and Hernan Cortes" (1995), "First Captured, Last Freed: Memoirs of a P.O.W. in World War II Guam and Japan" (1995) [for the latter, she edited the memoirs of her uncle, Edward Hale], "Interplay: Sentence Skills in Context" (1991), "Wordforms, Book I & II, 2nd Edition" (1990), "Developing College Writing" (1989) and "From Copying to Creating, 2nd Edition" (1983). Her books are available on Facebook or at Anacade Publishing.Dr. Gordon has been associated with numerous academic, professional and civic organizations. She served as President (1997-1998) of the American Association of University Women, and was Founder, President and Program Chair of the Bakersfield Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges. She is a life member of the National Education Association, California Teachers Association, and Faculty Association of California Community Colleges. She was President (2008-2011) of the Santa Barbara Chapter of Pi Lambda Theta, an educators' honor society. Other organizations that hold a special place in her heart include the National Council of Teachers of English, National Writers Union, Shakespeare Authorship Roundtable, Shakespeare Oxford Society, The Rosicrucian Order, and Supreme Grand Lodge of AMORC. She strongly supports the League of Women Voters; she served as President of its Bakersfield chapter from 1981-1983 and 1989-1990. She also maintains contact with Nova Southeastern University in Florida.In recognition of her scholarly achievements, Dr. Gordon was honored with the Faculty Colloquium Award by Bakersfield College's Levan Center for the Humanities, in which she presented her research, "Sleuthing the Shakespeare Mysteries."A State of California Certified Teacher and Licensed Counselor, Dr. Gordon holds an EdD from Nova Southeastern University, an MA in English literature, and BA in English with a minor in Education from CSU Sacramento. She also completed scholarship coursework in the Honors program at the University of Utah over a three-year period before moving to Sacramento.She received a 1-year grant from the California Fund for Instruction to develop curriculum materials, and a 3-year grant for vocational programs when she was Articulation Coordinator (1993). Her innovative methods of teaching using controlled composition ("From Copying to Creating") and vocabulary building ("Wordforms: 5-at-a-time") became the focus of her well-received first three textbooks. She participated in many conferences presenting her innovations and teaching methods.She has also been featured in a number of Marquis publications, including Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in the World and Who's Who of American Women.About Marquis Who's WhoSince 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at www.marquiswhoswho.com


News Article | May 11, 2017
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TORONTO, May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Over 300 free events will take place in 30 cities across Canada for the 10th edition of Science Rendezvous on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Science Rendezvous is Canada’s largest nation-wide science festival. Science Rendezvous will launch the national science, technology, engineering and mathematics series of events for Science Odyssey; a ten-day national celebration of Canadian innovation that is put on by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).  Science Rendezvous will host NSERC's Innovation Showcase at festival sites across Canada in an effort to bring current Canadian innovation to the public, and demonstrate what can be achieved by collaboration between industry leaders and top Canadian researchers. NSERC is the largest investor in science and engineering research and innovation in Canada. As a convenor, they connect universities and colleges with industry partners to enable innovation-driven activities – allowing scientists and engineers across the country to develop world-leading discoveries and work with companies to turn these discoveries into inventions and products that will benefit Canadians. The NSERC Innovation Showcase will be presented by the researchers involved and will be at selected Science Rendezvous event sites across the country.  They are free and open to the public, with most taking place between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017. For more information about Science Rendezvous events and the NSERC Innovation Showcase in your city visit: http://www.sciencerendezvous.ca/event‐sites/ http://www.sciencerendezvous.ca/category/nserc/ Science Rendezvous is an annual nation‐wide science festival dedicated to science outreach. Founded in 2008, it has grown to include over 300 simultaneous events in partnership with 40 of Canada’s top research institutions, 6,000 innovators and 122 community organizations across the country. www.sciencerendezvous.ca This year’s Science Rendezvous activities will launch the ten-day Science Odyssey series in partnership with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). http://www.sciod.ca/ This is only a sample of participating venues. See http://www.sciencerendezvous.ca/category/nserc/ for more details Cybermentor - Telus Spark (Science Centre) (10am – 3pm) Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) will showcase their solution to our fresh water requirements at the Telus Spark. Desalinated water powered by bicycles. University of Alberta- May 12 (1pm- 4pm) Nasseri School professors and students will share advances in building engineering research at an Open House event. This event features the research of Dr. Mohamed Al-Hussein, with support from NSERC. Dr. Mohamed Al-Hussein is a professor and NSERC Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in the Industrialization of Building Construction at the University of Alberta, and a highly sought researcher and consultant in the areas of automated machine development, lean manufacturing, construction process optimization, CO2 emission quantification, and building information modelling (BIM), with the development of modular and offsite construction technologies and practices forming the hub of his research. Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Langley Campus (11am – 3pm) Kwantlen's Institute for Sustainable Horticulture (ISH) was created in 2004 to be a partnership of academia with B.C.'s horticultural industries and the community to support British Columbia in meeting demands for a higher level of sustainability and environmental responsibility from horticulture, silviculture, forestry, and urban landscapes. The development of biological pest management products useful to growers, and economically viable to producers, is one of the primary goals of Kwantlen's Institute for Sustainable Horticulture. The work of Dr. Deborah Henderson (Director, ISH and LEEF Regional Innovation Chair in Sustainable Horticulture), the Institute's innovative research into bio-products and pollination will be highlighted at this Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Science Rendezvous event.  Benefits for plants from extracts of a native kelp species, better pollination of greenhouse tomatoes with native bumblebee pollinators, biofertilizers made from insects, and biofungicides that can be used to replace pesticides, will be showcased. Simon Fraser University – Burnaby campus (11am – 3pm) Better brain protection will be demonstrated from the work of Dr. Farid Golnaraghi at the Head Injury Prevention Lab (the HIP lab). Collisions with the head are rarely normal impacts to the surface of the helmet; most come at an angle, causing both sharp twisting and compression of the brain. At the HIP lab a micro-engineered membrane called Shield-X membrane was developed; technology that can better mitigate the injurious effects of the sharp twisting of the brain. Shield-X membrane disengages the impacting force from the head and results in significant reduction of the sharp twisting of the brain. The technology has been successfully tested by helmet manufacturers in the US and Canada, and soon you may see bicycle, hockey, ski, and football helmets equipped with Shield-X membrane. Let’s Talk Science with the University of British Columbia – The Old Barn Community Centre (10am – 2pm) Discover the future of touch screens, the foldable technology, and a glimpse into the future.  The work of Mirza Saquib Sarwar, PhD Candidate and NSERC CGS (Alexander Graham Bell) Scholarship Holder and John D. Madden, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Advanced Materials and Process Engineering Laboratory, UBC will be showcased.  An innovative smart skin that detects the proximity and touch of fingers to a surface will be displayed. It is stretchable and bendable. It could be useful for providing touch sensation to robots, making it easier for them to work with humans, and to replicate human dexterity.  As a transparent and stretchable touch interface that could be used on stretchable tablets or smart phones, or any surface – kitchen cupboard, table top, floor etc. to make it interactive.  It is part of broader technology movements to make our devices more portable, wearable and connected. University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus, Science and Engineering Bldg (11am – 4pm) This event is featuring the research of Red River College, who have been working in collaboration with various partners, with support from the NSERC. Assisted by NSERC’s innovation programming, Red River College has developed an all-electric transit bus and charging system, and is currently developing MotiveLab – a climatic chamber with chassis dyno large enough for a highway bus. The research of Dr. Julissa Roncal, who has been working in collaboration with Stantec Consulting, with support from NSERC will be showcased.  Stantec turned to Dr. Roncal to help them understand how the specific environmental conditions of a particular geographical area - potentially being approved for natural resource extraction - may or may not support rare plants. This research collaboration has led to the development of unique probability models of suitable habitats for five rare plants in Labrador. This new knowledge will be added within Stantec's environmental impact statements, which will improve their assessments on the real distribution of rare plants, and the real impact of proposed natural resource developments. This work will also fill a knowledge gap that results in sometimes-unnecessary mitigation plans, therefore the general environmental assessment industry will benefit from the research outcomes, as well as the natural resource sector, and government regulatory agencies responsible for approving natural resource extraction. The research of Dr. Eric Vander Wal, who has been working in collaboration with Manitoba Hydro, with support from NSERC will be showcased. Assisted by NSERC’s innovation programming, Manitoba Hydro turned to Dr. Vander Wal to help them understand how transmission right-of-ways constructed through the wilderness affects behavior in keystone predators (wolves) and prey (moose) and their population dynamics. The project also has value to rural and indigenous communities through which transmission right-of-ways are routed. It is hoped that this research collaboration will produce results that illustrate whether wolves select or avoid transmission right-of-ways and how this may affect predator-prey interactions. Canada will benefit from this information because it will help companies that transmit hydrogenerated electricity economize their transmission line routing and monitoring of right-of-way impacts, while balancing the possible local and ecological impacts of these large human-made features on the landscape. The research of Dr. Stephen Butt, who has been working in collaboration with Anaconda Mining Inc., with support from NSERC will be showcased. Assisted by NSERC’s innovation programming, Anaconda Mining turned to Dr. Butt to help them solve the mine blasting challenge of identifying ore and waste rock intervals within a drilled blast hole due to the dilution of the cuttings. This challenge results in portions of the blasted muck being grouped in the wrong ore grade category for processing or, worse, being designated as waste with no gold recovery at all.  It is hoped that this research collaboration will lead to a more efficient way to determine if the content is designated as ore to send to the mill for processing, or waste. The project will also lead to further collaboration on rock penetration and fragmentation problems within the company's mining and development activities. The research of Dr. Baiyu (Helen) Zhang, who has been working in collaboration with Altius Minerals Corporation, with support from the NSERC will be showcased. Assisted by NSERC’s innovation programming, Altius turned to Dr. Zhang to help them investigate the feasibility of natural processes to decrease concentrations of an oil-contaminated site in an Inuit community in Labrador. It is hoped that this research collaboration will ultimately lead to the development of a promising approach for monitoring microbial activities without drilling monitoring wells in Labrador; which could facilitate future remediation actions. The project will also lead to an improved and healthier working and living environment for Canadians, especially the Inuit community in Labrador. Ryerson University at Yonge-Dundas Square (10am – 4pm) Visit this year’s Science Rendezvous event at Ryerson University to see how chemistry can help to light up your life!  Featured at this year’s event will be dynamic young Ryerson researcher, Dr. Bryan Koivisto, who -- with support from ‘Engage’ and ‘Engage Plus’ Grants from NSERC -- has been working with London, Ontario-based Sciencetech Inc. to develop a prototype LED solar simulator that can be tuned to match any natural lighting condition – from ambient indoor conditions to compact fluorescent lighting to bright outdoor conditions in the Arctic. This great partnership between Dr. Koivisto’s Ryerson research team and Sciencetech Inc. has been able to create an innovative technology that will help the Canadian company stay competitive in the growing solar simulation market and shine brightly in Canada and around the world. University of Toronto St. George campus (11am – 5pm) Ever heard somebody say, ‘That’s about as interesting as watching paint dry?’  Well, for automotive manufacturers and their supplier companies, watching paint dry really is interesting --- and important.  That’s because the quality of a new vehicle’s paint finish is a critical part of buyer appeal.  Bad paint?  No sale.  Unfortunately, drying conditions at the manufacturer’s paint shop can result in all kinds of problems in the final finish -- problems with colorful names like ‘orange peel’ and ‘fish-eye’!  To try to understand how these defects happen and – more important -- how to prevent them, carmaker General Motors and Canadian manufacturing giant Magna Corporation recently partnered with Professor Sanjeev  Chandra at the University of Toronto’s Mechanical Engineering department to find some answers.  Funding support came from Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) by way of a ‘Collaborative R&D’ grant.  Working together, the GM-Magna-U of T team prepared painted ‘coupons’ (small plates of freshly-painted sheet metal) and took videos of the paint drying under different temperature and humidity conditions.   The flow patterns in the drying paint samples were captured on video and then the video was used to generate a computer simulation of the drying process.  The end result?  A new computer-based tool that lets the companies predict the quality of the paint finish before it even gets sprayed on the vehicle.  Watching paint dry pays off! Queen’s University at Rogers K-ROCK Centre (10am – 3pm) Ever heard of ‘3D printing’?  In industry, it’s called ‘additive manufacturing’ and it’s rapidly changing the way that everything from aircraft engines to automobile parts to smartphones are made.  An Additive Manufacturing printer uses a computer-based ‘CAD’ drawing to guide a special laser beam as it scans over a bed of metal powder.  The laser beam fuses the metal powder, layer by layer, so that it ‘writes’ a 3D metal component.  Kingston and Queen’s are hotbeds of innovation for this laser-based manufacturing technology.  Starting back in 2014, Queen’s physics researcher Dr. James Fraser and local company Laser Depth Dynamics (itself born at Queen’s) have used funding support from NSERC to build an innovative research collaboration in this exciting area of technology. Come visit the Queen’s-Laser Depth Dynamics team at Science Rendezvous Kingston to learn more about how lasers are being used to turn piles of metal powder into complex parts that help products from smartphones to cars deliver better performance and offer great new features.  You’ll even be able to try your hand at being a laser physicist!  Visit Dr. Fraser and let him show you how to use a laser beam to measure the diameter of a single strand of your own hair! York University at Main Street Markham Farmers’ Market (10am – 3pm) Smartphones use all kinds of leading-edge technologies to help them deliver all the features and performance that users enjoy – and demand.  Like watching video content!  From anywhere!  Recent hardware developments in these mobile devices have created a demand for completely new video compression techniques with adjustable quality of services. When the receiver is a mobile user, the high bit-rate video data needs to be transcoded to a low bit-rate format that’s capable of being adjusted to the network and receiver’s specifications, while preserving the best possible video quality.  Working with funding support from Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC), York University computer engineering researchers Dr. Aijin An and Dr. Amir Asif launched a long-term research collaboration with computing giant IBM Canada in 2014 to develop an innovative ‘transcoding’ video compression strategy capable of sustaining video delivery performance with certain immunity to the bandwidth fluctuations which occur in network connectivity.  So what, you ask?  Well, now you’ll be able to watch your favourite videos on your smartphone even while you’re out in the middle of the lake in your boat at the cottage! University of Saskatchewan- Canadian Light Source tours (7pm) Dr. Matthew Lindsay and his graduate students recently completed a study of metal leaching from oil sands petroleum coke, which is a major byproduct of bitumen upgrading at oil sands mines. Their research, with funding from NSERC, in partnership with Syncrude Canada Ltd. identified geochemical conditions under which potentially hazardous metals – nickel and vanadium – are leached into groundwater. These findings are helping Syncrude identify locations for storing petroleum coke within reclamation landscapes to reduce metal leaching. Dr. Lindsay has partnered with Syncrude on several other projects aimed at minimizing long-term impacts of mine wastes on water quality within reclamation landscapes.


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

TORONTO, May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Over 300 free events will take place in 30 cities across Canada for the 10th edition of Science Rendezvous on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Science Rendezvous is Canada’s largest nation-wide science festival. Science Rendezvous will launch the national science, technology, engineering and mathematics series of events for Science Odyssey; a ten-day national celebration of Canadian innovation that is put on by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).  Science Rendezvous will host NSERC's Innovation Showcase at festival sites across Canada in an effort to bring current Canadian innovation to the public, and demonstrate what can be achieved by collaboration between industry leaders and top Canadian researchers. NSERC is the largest investor in science and engineering research and innovation in Canada. As a convenor, they connect universities and colleges with industry partners to enable innovation-driven activities – allowing scientists and engineers across the country to develop world-leading discoveries and work with companies to turn these discoveries into inventions and products that will benefit Canadians. The NSERC Innovation Showcase will be presented by the researchers involved and will be at selected Science Rendezvous event sites across the country.  They are free and open to the public, with most taking place between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017. For more information about Science Rendezvous events and the NSERC Innovation Showcase in your city visit: http://www.sciencerendezvous.ca/event‐sites/ http://www.sciencerendezvous.ca/category/nserc/ Science Rendezvous is an annual nation‐wide science festival dedicated to science outreach. Founded in 2008, it has grown to include over 300 simultaneous events in partnership with 40 of Canada’s top research institutions, 6,000 innovators and 122 community organizations across the country. www.sciencerendezvous.ca This year’s Science Rendezvous activities will launch the ten-day Science Odyssey series in partnership with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). http://www.sciod.ca/ This is only a sample of participating venues. See http://www.sciencerendezvous.ca/category/nserc/ for more details Cybermentor - Telus Spark (Science Centre) (10am – 3pm) Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) will showcase their solution to our fresh water requirements at the Telus Spark. Desalinated water powered by bicycles. University of Alberta- May 12 (1pm- 4pm) Nasseri School professors and students will share advances in building engineering research at an Open House event. This event features the research of Dr. Mohamed Al-Hussein, with support from NSERC. Dr. Mohamed Al-Hussein is a professor and NSERC Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in the Industrialization of Building Construction at the University of Alberta, and a highly sought researcher and consultant in the areas of automated machine development, lean manufacturing, construction process optimization, CO2 emission quantification, and building information modelling (BIM), with the development of modular and offsite construction technologies and practices forming the hub of his research. Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Langley Campus (11am – 3pm) Kwantlen's Institute for Sustainable Horticulture (ISH) was created in 2004 to be a partnership of academia with B.C.'s horticultural industries and the community to support British Columbia in meeting demands for a higher level of sustainability and environmental responsibility from horticulture, silviculture, forestry, and urban landscapes. The development of biological pest management products useful to growers, and economically viable to producers, is one of the primary goals of Kwantlen's Institute for Sustainable Horticulture. The work of Dr. Deborah Henderson (Director, ISH and LEEF Regional Innovation Chair in Sustainable Horticulture), the Institute's innovative research into bio-products and pollination will be highlighted at this Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Science Rendezvous event.  Benefits for plants from extracts of a native kelp species, better pollination of greenhouse tomatoes with native bumblebee pollinators, biofertilizers made from insects, and biofungicides that can be used to replace pesticides, will be showcased. Simon Fraser University – Burnaby campus (11am – 3pm) Better brain protection will be demonstrated from the work of Dr. Farid Golnaraghi at the Head Injury Prevention Lab (the HIP lab). Collisions with the head are rarely normal impacts to the surface of the helmet; most come at an angle, causing both sharp twisting and compression of the brain. At the HIP lab a micro-engineered membrane called Shield-X membrane was developed; technology that can better mitigate the injurious effects of the sharp twisting of the brain. Shield-X membrane disengages the impacting force from the head and results in significant reduction of the sharp twisting of the brain. The technology has been successfully tested by helmet manufacturers in the US and Canada, and soon you may see bicycle, hockey, ski, and football helmets equipped with Shield-X membrane. Let’s Talk Science with the University of British Columbia – The Old Barn Community Centre (10am – 2pm) Discover the future of touch screens, the foldable technology, and a glimpse into the future.  The work of Mirza Saquib Sarwar, PhD Candidate and NSERC CGS (Alexander Graham Bell) Scholarship Holder and John D. Madden, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Advanced Materials and Process Engineering Laboratory, UBC will be showcased.  An innovative smart skin that detects the proximity and touch of fingers to a surface will be displayed. It is stretchable and bendable. It could be useful for providing touch sensation to robots, making it easier for them to work with humans, and to replicate human dexterity.  As a transparent and stretchable touch interface that could be used on stretchable tablets or smart phones, or any surface – kitchen cupboard, table top, floor etc. to make it interactive.  It is part of broader technology movements to make our devices more portable, wearable and connected. University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus, Science and Engineering Bldg (11am – 4pm) This event is featuring the research of Red River College, who have been working in collaboration with various partners, with support from the NSERC. Assisted by NSERC’s innovation programming, Red River College has developed an all-electric transit bus and charging system, and is currently developing MotiveLab – a climatic chamber with chassis dyno large enough for a highway bus. The research of Dr. Julissa Roncal, who has been working in collaboration with Stantec Consulting, with support from NSERC will be showcased.  Stantec turned to Dr. Roncal to help them understand how the specific environmental conditions of a particular geographical area - potentially being approved for natural resource extraction - may or may not support rare plants. This research collaboration has led to the development of unique probability models of suitable habitats for five rare plants in Labrador. This new knowledge will be added within Stantec's environmental impact statements, which will improve their assessments on the real distribution of rare plants, and the real impact of proposed natural resource developments. This work will also fill a knowledge gap that results in sometimes-unnecessary mitigation plans, therefore the general environmental assessment industry will benefit from the research outcomes, as well as the natural resource sector, and government regulatory agencies responsible for approving natural resource extraction. The research of Dr. Eric Vander Wal, who has been working in collaboration with Manitoba Hydro, with support from NSERC will be showcased. Assisted by NSERC’s innovation programming, Manitoba Hydro turned to Dr. Vander Wal to help them understand how transmission right-of-ways constructed through the wilderness affects behavior in keystone predators (wolves) and prey (moose) and their population dynamics. The project also has value to rural and indigenous communities through which transmission right-of-ways are routed. It is hoped that this research collaboration will produce results that illustrate whether wolves select or avoid transmission right-of-ways and how this may affect predator-prey interactions. Canada will benefit from this information because it will help companies that transmit hydrogenerated electricity economize their transmission line routing and monitoring of right-of-way impacts, while balancing the possible local and ecological impacts of these large human-made features on the landscape. The research of Dr. Stephen Butt, who has been working in collaboration with Anaconda Mining Inc., with support from NSERC will be showcased. Assisted by NSERC’s innovation programming, Anaconda Mining turned to Dr. Butt to help them solve the mine blasting challenge of identifying ore and waste rock intervals within a drilled blast hole due to the dilution of the cuttings. This challenge results in portions of the blasted muck being grouped in the wrong ore grade category for processing or, worse, being designated as waste with no gold recovery at all.  It is hoped that this research collaboration will lead to a more efficient way to determine if the content is designated as ore to send to the mill for processing, or waste. The project will also lead to further collaboration on rock penetration and fragmentation problems within the company's mining and development activities. The research of Dr. Baiyu (Helen) Zhang, who has been working in collaboration with Altius Minerals Corporation, with support from the NSERC will be showcased. Assisted by NSERC’s innovation programming, Altius turned to Dr. Zhang to help them investigate the feasibility of natural processes to decrease concentrations of an oil-contaminated site in an Inuit community in Labrador. It is hoped that this research collaboration will ultimately lead to the development of a promising approach for monitoring microbial activities without drilling monitoring wells in Labrador; which could facilitate future remediation actions. The project will also lead to an improved and healthier working and living environment for Canadians, especially the Inuit community in Labrador. Ryerson University at Yonge-Dundas Square (10am – 4pm) Visit this year’s Science Rendezvous event at Ryerson University to see how chemistry can help to light up your life!  Featured at this year’s event will be dynamic young Ryerson researcher, Dr. Bryan Koivisto, who -- with support from ‘Engage’ and ‘Engage Plus’ Grants from NSERC -- has been working with London, Ontario-based Sciencetech Inc. to develop a prototype LED solar simulator that can be tuned to match any natural lighting condition – from ambient indoor conditions to compact fluorescent lighting to bright outdoor conditions in the Arctic. This great partnership between Dr. Koivisto’s Ryerson research team and Sciencetech Inc. has been able to create an innovative technology that will help the Canadian company stay competitive in the growing solar simulation market and shine brightly in Canada and around the world. University of Toronto St. George campus (11am – 5pm) Ever heard somebody say, ‘That’s about as interesting as watching paint dry?’  Well, for automotive manufacturers and their supplier companies, watching paint dry really is interesting --- and important.  That’s because the quality of a new vehicle’s paint finish is a critical part of buyer appeal.  Bad paint?  No sale.  Unfortunately, drying conditions at the manufacturer’s paint shop can result in all kinds of problems in the final finish -- problems with colorful names like ‘orange peel’ and ‘fish-eye’!  To try to understand how these defects happen and – more important -- how to prevent them, carmaker General Motors and Canadian manufacturing giant Magna Corporation recently partnered with Professor Sanjeev  Chandra at the University of Toronto’s Mechanical Engineering department to find some answers.  Funding support came from Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) by way of a ‘Collaborative R&D’ grant.  Working together, the GM-Magna-U of T team prepared painted ‘coupons’ (small plates of freshly-painted sheet metal) and took videos of the paint drying under different temperature and humidity conditions.   The flow patterns in the drying paint samples were captured on video and then the video was used to generate a computer simulation of the drying process.  The end result?  A new computer-based tool that lets the companies predict the quality of the paint finish before it even gets sprayed on the vehicle.  Watching paint dry pays off! Queen’s University at Rogers K-ROCK Centre (10am – 3pm) Ever heard of ‘3D printing’?  In industry, it’s called ‘additive manufacturing’ and it’s rapidly changing the way that everything from aircraft engines to automobile parts to smartphones are made.  An Additive Manufacturing printer uses a computer-based ‘CAD’ drawing to guide a special laser beam as it scans over a bed of metal powder.  The laser beam fuses the metal powder, layer by layer, so that it ‘writes’ a 3D metal component.  Kingston and Queen’s are hotbeds of innovation for this laser-based manufacturing technology.  Starting back in 2014, Queen’s physics researcher Dr. James Fraser and local company Laser Depth Dynamics (itself born at Queen’s) have used funding support from NSERC to build an innovative research collaboration in this exciting area of technology. Come visit the Queen’s-Laser Depth Dynamics team at Science Rendezvous Kingston to learn more about how lasers are being used to turn piles of metal powder into complex parts that help products from smartphones to cars deliver better performance and offer great new features.  You’ll even be able to try your hand at being a laser physicist!  Visit Dr. Fraser and let him show you how to use a laser beam to measure the diameter of a single strand of your own hair! York University at Main Street Markham Farmers’ Market (10am – 3pm) Smartphones use all kinds of leading-edge technologies to help them deliver all the features and performance that users enjoy – and demand.  Like watching video content!  From anywhere!  Recent hardware developments in these mobile devices have created a demand for completely new video compression techniques with adjustable quality of services. When the receiver is a mobile user, the high bit-rate video data needs to be transcoded to a low bit-rate format that’s capable of being adjusted to the network and receiver’s specifications, while preserving the best possible video quality.  Working with funding support from Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC), York University computer engineering researchers Dr. Aijin An and Dr. Amir Asif launched a long-term research collaboration with computing giant IBM Canada in 2014 to develop an innovative ‘transcoding’ video compression strategy capable of sustaining video delivery performance with certain immunity to the bandwidth fluctuations which occur in network connectivity.  So what, you ask?  Well, now you’ll be able to watch your favourite videos on your smartphone even while you’re out in the middle of the lake in your boat at the cottage! University of Saskatchewan- Canadian Light Source tours (7pm) Dr. Matthew Lindsay and his graduate students recently completed a study of metal leaching from oil sands petroleum coke, which is a major byproduct of bitumen upgrading at oil sands mines. Their research, with funding from NSERC, in partnership with Syncrude Canada Ltd. identified geochemical conditions under which potentially hazardous metals – nickel and vanadium – are leached into groundwater. These findings are helping Syncrude identify locations for storing petroleum coke within reclamation landscapes to reduce metal leaching. Dr. Lindsay has partnered with Syncrude on several other projects aimed at minimizing long-term impacts of mine wastes on water quality within reclamation landscapes.


News Article | May 12, 2017
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INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Formstack, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company that helps businesses manage information and automate workflows through a suite of powerful online form tools, today announced the addition of award-winning business leader, entrepreneur and technologist Dustin Sapp in a new chief operating officer (COO) position. Sapp joins the Formstack team at a time of sustained growth, with the company anticipating continued revenue expansion in 2017, a 50 percent increase in its remote workforce of already nearly 100 and further product enhancements to scale Formstack’s online form solutions. “The opportunity to add someone to the team who holds such great respect, experience and entrepreneurial background is very rare,” said Chris Byers, CEO of Formstack. “We are a high-growth organization, and I’m personally energized to see how the addition of a visionary leader like Dustin allows our team to continue solving important problems for our customers.” In his new role, Sapp will be charged with leading and managing corporate strategy, analyzing market trends and advising the leadership team on the company’s overall growth and market innovation. Specifically, Formstack is expanding its customer base of 15,000 into high-growth industries such as human resources, healthcare and higher education. “Formstack’s culture allows me the opportunity to work remotely while still influencing the Indiana tech ecosystem that I’ve dedicated nearly 20 years to growing,” Sapp said. “Operating under forward-thinking and agile leadership, Formstack has become an industry leader by cultivating an engaged workforce and a product that places a premium on delivering customer value. I’m excited to work with Chris and play a part in the tremendous growth in store for the Formstack team.” Sapp is an award-winning business leader, entrepreneur and technologist who has been named to American Venture Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, Indianapolis Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 and Indiana Chamber’s Dynamic Leader of the Year. Most recently he served as Chief Executive Officer of Octiv (formerly TinderBox), where he was responsible for leading and managing corporate strategy, growth and product innovation. He co-founded the company, wrote the initial code for its technology and has since led the organization to become a leader in online sales productivity technology. Sapp will continue to be involved with Octiv’s board of directors. Before Octiv, Sapp served as the president and co-founder of Vontoo, a voice technology platform, and co-founder of NoInk, a mobile sales productivity solution for the medical device industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. To learn more about Formstack’s versatile online form solutions, please visit https://www.formstack.com. Formstack is a versatile online form solution that streamlines processes for capturing and managing information. With Formstack, businesses and teams of all types and sizes can easily create and use online forms to automate repetitive business processes and gain rich insights. People can embed forms directly onto their websites and social media profiles to capture leads, as well as use online forms to collect payments, gather feedback, and streamline internal workflows. This flexibility enables organizations to simplify their data collection while expanding their resources. Whether the director of a health facility is trying to streamline patient registration or a marketer is looking for an easier way to collect leads or organize events, Formstack’s HIPAA compliant form builder has the power and flexibility to help any team succeed and make better business decisions. Learn more at https://www.formstack.com.

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