Wireless devices such as cellphones, cordless landline phones, Wi-Fi routers and Bluetooth headphones, are becoming more and more popular. The wireless signals emitted from these devices, mostly in microwave spectrum, are penetrating our living spaces as well as most of the objects surrounding us. Even our newer model doorbells and electricity meters are emitting microwave signals.

Wireless technology brings us convenience and the feeling of luxurious accessibility, but there has been a long time concern and more recently, heated debates regarding the impact of microwave radiation on human health. The center of such concern is that the national safety standards of many countries, including Canada, may not be adequate for protecting human safety from the astonishing level of increase in man-made microwave radiation all around our habitat. Trained in Industrial Design and currently a New Media educator at the University of Lethbridge, the speaker has been following this matter closely for the past three years. He will explain some of the related physics knowledge in layman’s term and examine the questions surrounding the safety of microwave wireless technologies. He has also discussed this issue in classroom teachings as a case study for critical thinking on social responsibilities and new technology.

Speaker:     Lance Chong

Lance Chong is a teaching faculty at the University of Lethbridge, New Media Department. He received his MFA degree in Industrial Design from University of Illinois in 2001. Lance’s professional practice in design, 3D computer animation, and experimental new media technologies started in 1999.

His past works includes 3D animations for PBS and the Discovery Channel; 3D interface/content design for virtual reality environments; pioneering in the usage of motion capture technologies in real-time interactive 3D animation installations for on-stage dance performances.

His current teaching and research work covers the application of design philosophy and methodology to the improvement of social responsibility and sustainability in an age of rapid technological advancements.

Moderator: Duane Pendergast

Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017 Time: Noon - 1:30 pm Location: Country Kitchen Catering (Lower level of The Keg) 1715 Mayor Magrath Dr. S Cost: $14.00 (includes lunch) or $2.00 (includes coffee/tea) RSVP is not necessary

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