2022 ASTech Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health: Research
Sector: Alberta’s Wastewater COVID-19 Monitoring
Recipient: Dr. Casey Hubert, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and Dr. Xiao-Li (Lilly) Pang, University of Alberta – representing the Pan-Alberta Team Monitoring COVID-19 in Wastewater
The ASTech Awards recognizes important successes in the innovation ecosystem in Alberta. Dr. Hubert is part of the team identifying and tracking what can be found in our wastewater and sharing this critical information with the public. Using an efficient and economically effective method, the team uses molecular tracking technology to measure, in real time, the levels of COVID-19 in communities. This technology produces evidence-based data and can be used to measure other infections such as the flu, and is shared publicly to inform officials and citizens alike to make decisions about the health of their communities. The Pan-Alberta COVID-19 wastewater monitoring program builds on several successful COVID-19 wastewater projects that have been led by researcher teams from the University of Alberta and UCalgary respectively, in partnership with Alberta Health Services, The City of Calgary, and EPCOR.
2023 Optica Fellows Class
Recipient: Dr. Paul Barclay, professor in the department of Physics and Astronomy.
Dr. Barclay is being recognized for pioneering work in the field of diamond quantum nanophotonics and optomechanics, and revealing new physical phenomena using nanophotonic resonators. He has served with distinction in the advancement of optics and photonics through distinguished contributions to education, research, and society.
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