Late tonight (for those on the west coast), and pre-dawn Monday morning (for the rest of us in Canada), a scary-looking, laser-carrying, plutonium-powered robot rover named Curiosity will attempts to make a soft landing on Mars. Succeed or fail, it is likely that a good many people are being inspired by Curiosity, including some of whom may aspire to take on similar challenges in all walks of life in the years ahead.
Earth sciences professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Dr. Paul Sylvester is a professor of Earth sciences at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he has taught and carried out research since 1998. He is an expert on geology, space science and analytical chemistry and has published more than 80 peer-reviewed research papers and edited three books on these subjects. <br> <br> More than $5 million dollars US in funding has been awarded to support his research activities at Memorial. He has supervised more than two-dozen doctorate, masters and undergraduate student theses and lectured extensively on his research throughout the world, including during visiting fellowships in Australia, Norway, Germany and India. <br> <br> Dr. Sylvester was born in New York City in 1957 and lived in the United States and Australia before moving to Canada, developing unique perspectives on the cultures of science and technology in each country.
The word "innovation" appears 122 times in the federal government's 2012-2013 budget. The government is clearly frustrated by the limited success of its programs to spur innovation in Canadian businesses. Is innovation is really an issue that large-scale government programs can solve?
04/02/2012 08:28 EDT
Assuming continuing delayed retirements of older professors from the university system, it is likely that academic staff will be hired at a much slower rate over the next decade compared to the past decade unless the universities themselves become more proactive and creative in expanding their services to the community.
11/01/2011 09:11 EDT
The Lower Churchill Project is an audacious plan undertaken by two Canadian provinces. It should remind us that the ability to tackle big infrastructure projects is still alive in North America, and inspire us to embrace similar projects elsewhere.
07/07/2011 07:51 EDT
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