Society & Culture

Transitioning from high school is a major challenge on many levels. How are you faring?

05
September
2017

University life may come with a lot of soul-rattling firsts. First time away from home. First time you have to pay bills. First time you’ve had to make friends at a school with 150 buildings that cover 50 city blocks. (And maybe English isn’t your first language.) First time your parents can’t legally see your grades.

Bottom line: you’re embarking on a tectonic life change when joining the University of Alberta, and it’s important to be aware of that fact. Why? Because the wider open your eyes are to the challenges you’re encountering, the better you’ll be able to adapt, said Troy Janzen, a psychologist and an adjunct assistant professor at the UAlberta’s School and Clinical Child Psychology Program.

Get a handle on your emotions early!

If you experience anxiety, sadness or loneliness that is not going away, reach out ...

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26
September
2017

Chris Hadfield to share advice for success on Earth, set against ‘harrowing tales of space flight’

The iconic Canadian astronaut will also meet with UAlberta students who designed a satellite now measuring space weather.

Perhaps the most surprising thing to learn about Chris Hadfield is that he’s afraid of heights. This is a guy who has floated in space while helping install Canadarm2 on the International Space
23
September
2017

Bossy brand advertising raises ire of most customers

UAlberta study blows holes in one of the advertising world's most beloved ploys.

Nobody likes to be told what to do. And now a UAlberta study proves that is true for even the strongest brand relationships. “Seventy-two per cent of ads in America’s top 10 print
21
September
2017

Long-term weather forecasting a guessing game

UAlberta weather modeling expert sets the record straight.

Famous for its weather forecasts, the Old Farmer’s Almanac has published its predictions for the coming year—but don’t believe everything you read. The folksy pocket-sized
20
September
2017

Schulich Leadership award winner makes most of opportunity not all are afforded

Natasha Danha’s move to Canada spawned an interest in science and giving back.

As a young girl who immigrated to Canada from Zimbabwe in 2007, Natasha Danha’s opportunity to work as a co-researcher for six weeks with a UAlberta PhD student on a project sponsored by Women
19
September
2017

Schulich Award winner’s early bond with environment lands him in Faculty of Engineering

Sean Sander turned formative years farming into a devotion to finding solutions to global issues.

Spending summers working on the farm with his grandfather in southern Alberta, Sean Sander quickly developed a deep connection to the environment that led him to an important realization.
18
September
2017

Don’t get hooked by online phishing expeditions

Use 'positive paranoia' to protect online info—here’s how.

Big organizations and their big bucks are juicy targets for phishers—internet scammers—but everyone else needs to be vigilant, too, warns a University of Alberta expert. “No
14
September
2017

COMMENTARY: Legal weed: How to talk to your teenagers and kids about it

Cannabis is the most widely available and most used illegal substance in the world, and Canadian youth are among the top users. Parents and their kids need to prepare for the day it becomes legal in Canada in 2018.

Weed, pot, grass, marijuana—or cannabis to use the proper terminology—will be legal in Canada from July 1, 2018. Anyone over the age of 18 will be able to walk into a store and buy up to
13
September
2017

UAlberta grads have highest employment rate in Canada

International employability ranking says grads here have best chance of landing a job of all Canadian schools, places U of A in the top 100 worldwide.

University of Alberta graduates have the highest employment rate in Canada and one of best in the world, according to the latest university ranking. The 2018 QS Graduate Employability
13
September
2017

Rolling back last call reduces drunken injuries

. . . and other research findings that should guide provincial alcohol prevention policy, say UAlberta experts.

One of the best ways to reduce injuries from drunkenness among young Alberta adults who live alone—the group that has the highest level of excessive alcohol use—is to reduce their access
12
September
2017

Tim Caulfield takes his medical myth busting to television as host of new show

The oft-aggressive debunker undergoes something of a transformation during filming.

If there is quick and easy way to spend your way clear of life’s natural conclusion, UAlberta myth buster extraordinaire Timothy Caulfield has a new platform for finding it. The health law
08
September
2017

COMMENTARY || Our dangerous national trail is nothing to celebrate

What we have is a dangerous motorway, not a national trail. Parliament should adopt a Trans Canada Trail Act that establishes minimum standards for safety and quality.

Last weekend, the Trans Canada Trail organization triumphantly threw “a huge party” to celebrate a “momentous collective achievement” and the realization of a “major Cana