When protective clothing becomes smart and sustainable.

Patricia Dolez

When protective clothing becomes smart and sustainable.

Tue, 28 Mar 2023
5:30 PM Doors Open
6:00-7:30 PM Speaker + Q&A

Arcadia Brewing Co.
10712 120 St NW Edmonton (View on map)

Originally, protective garments were designed and assessed solely based on their protective function. Then, a new paradigm emerged over the last 20 years: a good protective garment should provide the right balance between protection and comfort. However, these two aspects most often conflict each other. New technologies, including nanotechnologies and smart textiles, could provide a second wind to protective clothing and allow them to further improve both their protective function and their comfort. Patricia Dolez will take us through the strange and wonderful world of shear thickening fluids, phase change materials, wearable electronics and textile electrodes, chemichromic compounds, solvent-specific resistive sensors, and high performance fibers.

Patricia Dolez, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Science (ALES) at the University of Alberta, is a researcher in materials science with expertise in textiles, polymers, and composites. Patricia’s research interests are in nanotechnologies, smart textiles and textile sustainability with industrial applications in protective clothing, personal protective equipment and other textile and flexible material products.

Raise The Bar is a program designed by The Friends of the University of Alberta to provide engaging learning opportunities delivered by U of A researchers in a causal setting – like a bar. We’re raising the bar on the way people consume content!

2023 Scholarship winners send Thanks

We received multiple cards and letters from students that were awarded one of our scholarships.

Jeanne Suave Undergraduate Scholarship

Friends of the University Graduate Award

Ailsa Heathcote Walker Memorial Prize

And the Faculty of Education for the Scholarship in Elementary Education

The impact of these scholarships can be profound, we are honoured to support them.

As Sean mentions, receiving this support helps the students focus on
their academic and personal development, so they can achieve their educational goals and reach their greatest potential. If you would like to contribute to the funding of any of our scholarships please contact us.

2022 Henry Marshall Tory Lecture

The Friends of the University of Alberta is pleased to welcome environmental journalist Arno Kopecky to deliver the 2022 Tory Lecture.

The Tyranny of Freedom:
On human prosperity and the limits of our biosphere

2022 Tory Lecture
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 7:00 PM Edmonton

Two ways to attend:

In Person: Register on Eventbrite here

Telus Centre, 150 Lecture Theatre
111 Street 87 Avenue NW Edmonton
Doors open at 6:30pm.

The Tory Lecture is a mask friendly event.
Patrons are enthusiastically supported in their choice to wear a mask. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please follow AHS guidelines regarding testing and isolating, and stay home if you are sick.

Online: Register on Zoom here

Abstract: Contrary to the impression one gets from the headlines, most of humanity is better off today than ever before. Unelected despots are outnumbered by democratic governments, while technology has transformed daily life into something our ancestors could only have regarded as a parade of miracles. But as the 21st century gathers steam, so does the flip side of progress. Climate change now marks the leading edge of an ecological crisis that’s thrown the global village into turmoil. In the 2022 Tory Lecture, Arno Kopecky will discuss how the conflicting signals of a relentless news cycle have common roots in the 20th century’s unprecedented burst of resource extraction – and why, despite all the dour headlines, there’s still reason for hope.

Bio: Arno Kopecky is an environmental journalist and author who writes about the confluence of culture, politics and ecosystems. A regular contributor to The Globe And Mail, The Walrus, Alberta Views, The Tyee, Canada’s National Observer, and other publications, his dispatches have covered four continents over the past twenty years. He has reported on Iceland’s attempt to become the first oil-free country on earth, the devastation Cyclone Nargis wrought on Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta, Kenya’s brush with civil war in 2008, and the impact of Free Trade Agreements between North America and the global South. A child of Edmonton who now lives in Vancouver, he has spent much of the last decade focusing on western Canadian affairs with a view to their international context.

Kopecky has also written three books of literary journalism: The Devil’s Curve, which examined the impact of Canadian mining companies in the Amazon basin; The Oil Man And The Seabased on his 5-month sailing expedition through BC’s central coast, where he chronicled the rich history of coastal First Nations and their fight to keep oil tankers out of the Great Bear Rainforest; and most recently, The Environmentalist’s Dilemma, a collection of reported essays exploring a central paradox of our times: how can it be that humanity’s standard of living keeps going up while the biosphere collapses all around us? 

2022 Annual General Meeting

The Friends of the University of Alberta Society held its Annual General Meeting on June 1, 2022, chaired by Luca Vanzella, President. At the zoom meeting, Luca presented the year in review, noting that the Friends are pleased to be continuing its scholarship portfolio, are delighted that the Tory Lecture has continued uninterrupted, and are looking to activate previously successful activities like Raise the Bar. Luca also reviewed the Friends support for U School and Humanities 101 – two programs that powerfully connect the broader community with the University. Special guests Michaela Mann (U School, Program Lead), Lisa Hauer (Grade 5 Teacher) and Lisa Prins (Humanities 101 Program Lead) spoke about these programs and related heartwarming stories about the impact of these programs on people’s lives.

A new board was elected and they are listed on the About Us page. If you wish to keep informed regarding upcoming activities join our mailing list on the Become a Member page.

Save the date for the 2022 Henry Marshall Tory Lecture, it will be held on November 8, 2022. We are hoping for an in-person event and would convert to virtual if necessary. The speaker will be Arno Kopecky, author of The Environmentalist’s Dilemma.