After a lacklustre start, the Russian sitcom has come of age in the former Soviet Union.

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They say dying is easy—comedy is hard. No one knows that better than creators of Russian sitcoms after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Their initial attempts at comic television were utter failures, and voiced-over imports from America—from I Love Lucy to Friends—also failed to hit the mark.

Eventually the Russian sitcom found its feet and enjoyed immense success, even exporting some of its product to the global market. But not before suffering excruciating growing pains.

It’s a transition that fascinates Jeffrey Brassard, who last month defended his PhD on the topic at the University of Alberta and figures he’s the only sociologist in Canada who has examined it closely. Talk about niche expertise.

It all came about quite by accident when Brassard was shopping around for a thesis topic for his master’s in communications. His...

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2017

COMMENTARY || The real facts about Alberta’s social studies curriculum-revision process

Two UAlberta professors involved in the process set the record straight.

We are two professors currently involved in the Alberta Education social studies
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2017

Social media’s impact on businesses far greater than believed

UAlberta research shows for the first time how organizations can deal with heightened online emotions effectively.

Businesses should confidently respond to upset customers expressing opinions online with equally
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2017

Uncovering origins of developmental brain disorders could eventually help treat seizures

UAlberta research gives new insight into healthy brain development.

Recent research discoveries in the development of brain disorders could pave the way to new
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2017

A year of research in a single day

Nuclear magnetic resonance tool promises to dramatically push up discovery timeframes for UAlberta researchers.

Many aspects of the lives of Canadians depend on innovative materials such as solar cells,