Outreach

The Quantum Alberta Major Innovation Project involves regular outreach activities to reach quantum related companies, government organizations, and the Alberta public. Some key instances of these outreach activities are listed below.

Dr. Lindsay LeBlanc
Invited expert on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s “The Naked Scientists” episode “The Fifth State of Matter,” broadcast live (07 June 2020) and for the weekly podcast (released 09 June 2020). Available at https://www.thenakedscientists.com/podcasts/naked-scientists-podcast/fifthstate-matter.
Panelist: ”Parenting in Physics” Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWIP), Washington State University (Pullman, WA: Jan 2020)
Discussion leader: ”LGBTQ+ in Physics” Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWIP), Washington State University (Pullman, WA: Jan 2020)
Panelist: Canadian Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CCUWiP) “LGBTQ+ Roundtable” (Ottawa, ON: Jan 2019)
Panelist: “Faire carrière dans le monde académique; perspective d’une physicienne queer” Diversity in Physics Committee, Université de Montréal (Montréal, QC: March 2019)
Panelist: Université de Sherbrooke “Réalités LGBTQ+ en Sciences” (Sherbrooke, QC: March 2019)
Faculty advisor/organizer/instigator for Department of Physics “EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion)” community gatherings (https://sites.google.com/ualberta.ca/divphys)
(Virtual) seminar for Grade 11 & 12 physics students at St. John’s Ravenscourt High School (Winnipeg, MB) “Quantum technologies with atoms” (08 June 2020).
USchool volunteer, Leading hands-on presentations (with group members) for school groups visiting the UofA (one or two times per semester)
General interest talk at “When Worlds Collide: a Festival for Readers and Writers” (Calgary, AB)
Dr. Christoph Simon
Piece in Educational Magazine: C. Lapierre and C. Simon, Be courageous to teach young children science – they are naturals!, to appear in Montessori Life (Fall 2020), published by the American Montessori Society
Piece in Educational Magazine: C. Simon and C. Lapierre, Teaching science and math to young children: a dialogue between a parent and a Montessori teacher, Tomorrow’s Child (Fall 2019), published by the Montessori Foundation
Pedagogical Paper Submitted to the arXiv: I. Dhand, A. D’Souza, V. Narasimhachar, N. Sinclair, S. Wein*, P. Zarkeshian*, A. Poostindouz, and C. Simon, Understanding quantum physics through simple experiments: from wave-particle duality to Bell’s theorem, arXiv:1806.09958, formed basis for textbook contract with Cambridge University Press
Pedagogical and outreach talks: Quantum science in space, TELUS Spark Adults Only Night, Calgary, Alberta, Jan 10, 2019.
Dr. Robert Wolkow
Outreach: Regular participation in youth outreach by offering physics talks to high school students multiple times a year
Volunteered as an interviewee, hosted lab tours and set up student presentations for USchool – a program run by U of A that aims to introduce and connect students from socially vulnerable, Aboriginal and rural communities to the University.
Contributed to a special energy feature in New Trail Magazine
Talk: Atom Defined Silicon Circuit Elements Enable Very Low Power and Fast Computing, Google, San Francisco, CA, December 10th, 2019
Talk: Atom Scale Manufacturing, Nanotronics, Brooklyn, NY, August 15th, 2019
Talk: Atom Scale Manufacturing: The Path to Ultimate Green Technologies, TEDxYYC, Calgary, AB, June 15th, 2019
Talk: Perfect Patterning of Atomic Silicon Computational Elements, IBM Zurich, Zurich, CH, March 12th, 2019
Talk: Perfect Patterning of Atomic Silicon Computational Elements, University of Basel, Zurich, CH, March 11th, 2019
Talk: Atom Scale Electronics, UBC Electrics Engineering Department, Vancouver, BC, February 11th, 2019
Dr. Barry Sanders
Optical Society of America Traveling Lecture: visited student chapter at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, in Feb 2020 and gave scientific talks but also met with students about careers in science
Chief Scientist for CDL Quantum Street at University of Toronto and Lab Scientist for CDL Rockies at the University of Calgary.
Our quantum century, Dinner Speech, CDL Rockies, Q Haute Cuisine, Calgary
Panelist for “Demystifying Quantum Computing”, Thought Leadership Breakfast Series, Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster, KPMG Vancouver
Visit to Sudan focused on knowledge transfer including ” 19 Jan 2020, On moving forward: Sudan science and technology, Canada–Sudan: Knowledge Transfer and Sustainable Development Workshop, Coral Hotel, Khartoum” co-sponsored by the Embassy of Canada
The global race for quantum supremacy (Public Lecture), International Science Festival, Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut, Heidelberg
Speaker, “Our Quantum Century”, Emerging Innovation Summit, RMIT Capitol Theatre, Melbourne, Victoria 26-28 August 2019
Science through the lens of Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as), 17th Annual Universal Muslim Association of America (UMAA) Conference 5–7 Jul 2019, Sheraton Tyson’s, Virginia, USA
Workshop: Hybrid quantum-classical reinforcement learning in controlled quantum networks, CIRI at CISA (Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute Center of Excellence at Cyberstructure and Infrastructure Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security), SRI International, Arlingto
Quantum computing and health, The Alberta Epigenetics Network Annual Summit 3–5 May 2019, Canmore
Dr. Daniel Oblak
Thomas.B Riley School (two students), 2020/03/04 (lab-tour), Grade 6 science project
Paul M. Dabbar, US Under Secretary of Energy for Science, 2020/03/05, Presentation of activities in IN-Q-NET collaboration.
Michael Kratsios, Chief Technology Officer of the US, 2019/10/03, Presentation of activities in IN-Q-NET collaboration (which my lab is part of)
Dr. Saurya Das

2020 Lethbridge Regional Virtual Science Fair