Peer Review - The University of Calgary Alumni Podcast (general)

Natalie Panek is a rocket scientist, explorer and speaker. She has completed internships with NASA, helped engineer and drive a solar powered car across the continent, and has been featured on popular TED Talks. Natalie is an advocate for women in leadership roles in science. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has recently featured Natalie on his Instagram page.

In this episode, Natalie discusses her work with the Mars Rover program, space debris and cleaning up satellite waste, her origins in Calgary, science fiction and her current projects and interests.

Natalie’s website offers further info on all her projects and a level of transparency and communication unique to her field. Please check out

Natalie holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary.

Direct download: 106_106__Natalie_Panek_rocket_scientist_explorer_and_speaker.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:05am MDT

The Idea Exchange series has been happening in regions across North America, bringing alumni, donors and UCalgary supporters together to connect and talk big ideas… and now it’s coming to Calgary. The first event in Calgary is November 22 and we’re going to be talking energy innovations for today and tomorrow.

One of panelists for this is alumnus Ian Gates, who is the associate dean of innovation with UCalgary’s Schulich School of Engineering as well as the university’s Global Research Initiative Lead with the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.

Seeing as it’s Thursday, this week’s podcast episode is a throwback to the first time we had Ian on our show. In this episode Ian Gates, BSc’89, and Jackie Forrest, BSc’96 explore the current state of Alberta’s oil and gas industry, and discuss the future of oil sands, originally posted February 1st, 2016

Direct download: 105__The_Future_of_Oil_Sands.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:27pm MDT

Melanee Thomas joined the department of political science at Ucalgary in 2012. Her research focuses on the causes and consequences of gender-based political inequality in Canada and other post-industrial democracies, with a particular focus on political attitudes and behaviour, and policy feedback. Her current projects include an edited collection titled Mothers and Others: Understanding the Impact of Family Life on Politics (funded by a SSHRC Aid to Workshops Grant), an exploration of the effects of gender, stereotype threat, and psychological orientations to politics (funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant), and project examining the role electoral districts play in voter turnout, party competition, and representational diversity.

Dr. Thomas is willing to supervise graduate students studying gender and politics, Canadian politics, political behaviour, public opinion, and political psychology.

Russell Reimer, President of Manifesto Sport Management, discusses humble beginnings in Steinbach Manitoba, Miriam Toews, and community minded Mennonite roots.

He tells stories about his beach volleyball days and covering multiple olympics for NBC and learning the value of story along the way. Russell talks about pioneering his business, his connection to Calgary, and of course....the most iconic sports agent of all time, Jerry Maguire.

Russell holds a Masters of Communications from the University of Calgary.

Direct download: 103.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:50am MDT

Peer Review Live: Going for Gold is a live recording of a special edition of our podcast that took place during Alumni Weekend on Sept. 23, 2017. It features Olympic wrestler Erica Wiebe, BKin’12, BA’16, who won gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, four-time Olympic speed skating medallist Kristina Groves, BSc’04, MSc’15, and Kyle Shewfelt, who won the first Canadian gold medal in artistic gymnastics at the 2004 Summer Olympics at Athens.

The panel is moderated by guest host Russell Reimer, MCS’07, sports agent and founder of Manifesto Sports.

Direct download: Going_for_Gold.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:26pm MDT

Andrew Mosker (President and CEO of the National Music Centre and 2017 Arch Award recipient) talks about musical epiphanies, transformative winters as a ski bum in Jasper, his favourite UCalgary professor, and he drops enough rock ’n’ roll references to satisfy even the most devout audiophile — the Rolling Stones, Daniel Lanois, Feist, Jim Cuddy, U2 and Kid Koala, to name a few.


Andrew holds a Master of Arts in musicology from the University of Calgary.




Direct download: 101_Andrew_Mosker_talks_about_the_National_Music_Centre.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm MDT

Listen to clips from some of the more popular Peer Review conversations from the past 12 months.

Direct download: The_best_of_Season_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:17pm MDT

Clem Martini, BFA'80, Drama professor in the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary, explores the importance of live performance in the digital age.

Direct download: Clem_Martini_always_wanted_to_be_a_writer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am MDT

Chris Olbey, BA'92, MA'96, English instructor, University of Calgary uses classic literature to help students better understand today’s world of pop culture. 

Direct download: Chris_Olbey_believes_books_are_the_best_technology.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am MDT

Kevin Davies, BComm' 14, founder and CEO of HOP Compost, has created a fertilizer alternative that is certified organic and non-GMO.

Direct download: Kevin_Davies_and_the_future_of_composting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:11pm MDT