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Marketing wins outweigh limited economic benefits for city, province and Oilers, according to U of A sports management researchers.

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June
2020

If Edmonton is selected as one of the two host cities for the 2020 NHL playoffs, the big winners will be the province's health-care system and its ability to attract talent, according to a pair of University of Alberta sports management researchers.

However, with no fans in the stands and participants all but quarantined to their rooms, the economic benefit is thought to be insignificant.

So why bother lobbying the NHL to be a host city?

“Outsiders are going to say, ‘Look at Alberta’s ability to handle this pandemic,’ and that is great for the province from a marketing standpoint,” said sports marketing professor Marvin Washington.

He said people looking to change locations for work before the COVID-19 pandemic wouldn’t give health care a second thought.

“Now you're thinking about health care in terms of, can I get teste...

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July
2020
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Research reveals which types of leaders are more likely to burn out

Being too hands-off can be as stressful for leaders as being too engaged, U of A researcher finds.

Being everything to everyone or being too hands-off are leadership styles that are more likely to lead to burnout in managers, according to a University of Alberta business study. “Depending on
02
July
2020
| 14:00 America/Tegucigalpa

Five ways COVID-19 will change the food business

New eating and shopping habits likely here to stay as pandemic measures ease, U of A food economist predicts.

Eating at home more and sticking with online delivery or takeout are habits likely to persist even as pandemic measures ease, according to a University of Alberta expert. “The ‘new normal’ is
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June
2020
| 13:55 America/Tegucigalpa

Investing in green future easier said than done for Alberta, say economists

Capitalizing on an educated workforce and taking a hard look at taxation would help the province diversify its post-pandemic economy, according to two U of A experts.

UPDATED July 3, 2020: A previous version of this story noted that economics researcher Bob Ascah is a current fellow of the U of A's Institute for Public Economics. It has been updated to note
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June
2020
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Repurposing spaces left vacant by COVID-19 could breathe new life into cities, says researcher

New guide shows how planners can revive social life of urban centres by shifting focus of vacant spaces from commercial to cultural.

In the wake of economic fallout from COVID-19, urban centres could see a sharp increase in abandoned spaces as some businesses are forced to close. But vacant space doesn’t have to sit idle,
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June
2020
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Why Canada needs more people to keep working longer

Putting off retirement could make sense for both employees and employers, says U of A gerontology researcher.

Organizations in Canada will be faced with shortages of skilled workers if they don’t find ways to keep retiring ones working longer, according to a University of Alberta gerontology researcher who
02
June
2020
| 13:50 America/Tegucigalpa

Pandemic increases importance of entrepreneurship and innovation

Business professors see long-term growth possibilities in post-pandemic landscape.

Joseph Doucet sees no economic upside to the global pandemic, at least in the short term.  “There’s no sector, really, that’s immune,” said Doucet, dean of the Alberta School of Business. “We
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May
2020
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U of A spinoff company developing simple blood test to predict severity of COVID-19 in patients

Nanostics using diagnostic technology to help health professionals intervene more quickly and efficiently with patients who are likely to need hospital care.

A University of Alberta spinoff company focused on creating and commercializing non-invasive diagnostic tests is developing a simple blood test to predict the severity of COVID-19 in positive
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May
2020
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U of A researchers and Tonix Pharmaceuticals race to develop and test candidate vaccines for COVID-19

Partnerships like this one can dramatically accelerate efforts to move research from lab to community, says virologist.

University of Alberta researchers launched a joint effort with U.S.-based Tonix Pharmaceuticals to develop and test a vaccine against COVID-19.  The researchers hope their unique delivery method
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April
2020
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Labelling farmed animals ‘workers’ unlikely to improve their prospects for justice

U of A animal-law expert argues it’s better not to base change on notion that animals do things willingly for us despite unequal balance of power.

Most people understand that guide dogs and other service animals do valuable work for humans, but applying the term “work” to farmed animals’ contributions may harm the prospects for justice for both
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April
2020
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U of A economists see COVID-19 as global problem in our backyard

From policy responses to implications on the global scale, researchers are closely watching an unprecedented pandemic.

When Randall Morck briefly visited Wuhan in November, he had no idea he was entering the future epicentre of a global crisis. Back home, the University of Alberta finance professor began receiving
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April
2020
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COMMENTARY || Now is not the time to abandon key drivers of post-pandemic recovery

Economic support from governments must include the energy, resource and agricultural sectors, argues U of A business dean.

Every sector of our economy is hurting today, in Alberta, Canada and around the world. The scale and breadth of the expected job losses due to the pandemic is staggering. Nearly 1.3 million