Innovation Week offers a showcase U of S ideas and advances
Innovation Week comes to the University of Saskatchewan from September 16 to 22 with events showcasing the latest ideas and research, from making the electrical grid more efficient and developing cancer therapy tools at the Canadian Light Source, to intellectual property law and veterinary research.
CHESS Interactions conference from September 17 to 20 brings together experts from around the world in computer science, humanities, engineering, education, economics and the social and natural sciences to explore ideas and opportunities for innovative collaboration.
On Sept. 19, CHESS will feature a talk by U of S President Ilene Busch-Vishniac “Creating a Web of Knowledge: The Contributions of Interdisciplinary Research to Society” at a 7:00 p.m. banquet at the Western Development Museum.
On Sept. 18 at 7:00 p.m., the Provost’s Panel on Innovation will explore what it means to be innovative, and how to measure success. Aimed at the U of S research community, the event will explore innovation across disciplines, from art and music to health research and computer science.
Also on Sept. 19 at 1:00 p.m., the U of S College of Law will host a discussion on law and innovation featuring U of S alumnus Cory Furman, partner with MacPherson, Leslie & Tyerman in Regina. Furman will speak on how features of the law, such as trademarks, copyrights and patents, affect innovation, and how the law can better support innovators.
From 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. the Canadian Light Source welcomes the public to tour the national synchrotron science facility on the U of S campus.
Engineering Research Day on Sept. 20 begins at 9:00 a.m. with research poster presentations from more than 30 graduate students will be on display in front of the College of Engineering Library.
More than 10 industry partners, from PotashCorp and Hitachi to Vecima Networks and Milligan Biotech will also be on hand, underlining the strong U of S track record of delivering value through collaboration with the community.
Also on Sept. 20, Vetavision at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine welcomes the public to a four-day open house for all ages. Vetavision includes interactive displays, demonstrations and a variety of furry, feathery and slippery creatures to visit.
On Sept. 21, best-selling author Steven Johnson will share his ideas on innovation. His eight books on the intersection of science, technology and personal experience include “Where Good Ideas Come From” and “Future Perfect.” Johnson will speak at 9:30 a.m. at the U of S Physical Activity Complex (PAC) as the Cameco-sponsored keynote speaker for the College of Engineering 100th anniversary. At 12:00 noon, he will speak at Saskatoon Prairieland Park at a public event hosted by the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Innovation Saskatchewan.
Innovation Week wraps up on Sept. 22 at the Broadway Bridge with a ceremony to unveil a plaque to commemorate C.J. MacKenzie, first Dean of the U of S College of Engineering. MacKenzie, designer and builder of the bridge, was one of Canada’s most prominent and accomplished engineers.
Throughout Innovation Week, the Western Development Museum is presenting its online Virtual Exhibit of Saskatchewan innovations, including work at the U of S in nuclear medicine that gave the world the cobalt-60 cancer treatment that saved millions of lives (http://www.usask.ca/cobalt60). The exhibit also features a technological oddity, the straw gas car, that was an early example of alternative fuels research at the U of S.
Conceived by the University of Saskatchewan College of Engineering in collaboration with the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce and Innovation Saskatchewan, Innovation Week (www.saskinnovationweek.ca) is a showcase and celebration of made-in-Saskatchewan ideas and the people behind them. The week coincides this year with the U of S College of Engineering centennial (www.engr.usask.ca/100Years) and National Biotechnology Week in Saskatchewan (http://agwest.sk.ca/events/NBW2012/NBW2012-Events.html).