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Juggling work, kids and COVID-19 worries at home isn’t easy, but there are some simple things you can do to make the adjustment easier.

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March
2020

Working from home sounds good, in theory: sleeping in, wearing sweats, no rush-hour traffic. But the reality is much different when the decision isn’t yours to make, as thousands of Canadians are discovering.

It can be tough to wrap our heads around that new reality as we’re sent home to help contain the spread of COVID-19. 

“The last week has been difficult for people,” said Blessie Mathew, director of the University of Alberta’s Career Centre. “This has been so sudden and it’s not something we were asking for; it’s a sudden loss of connection to colleagues and to routine. So much of our identity is tied to our work and the purpose of that work, and that’s very much in flux for some of us.”

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March
2020
| 16:51 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || Five key issues facing Canada’s agri-food industry

Recent events show there's no entitlement to the continued prosperity of our agri-food value chain, which should spur Canadian agri-food to think differently about new and old problems in the sector.

“Agriculture is a legacy industry.” “We need to feed nine billion people by 2050.” “Food security isn’t a production issue, it is a distribution problem.” “We need to invest in the
26
March
2020
| 13:00 America/Tegucigalpa

Hoarding ‘cycle of hysteria’ putting unnecessary strain on supply chain

Unpredictable consumer behaviour makes it harder to manage inventories in a system meant to provide just enough just in time, says food economist.

Empty shelves of basics like toilet paper, pasta, canned goods and meats are making grocery shopping a frustrating experience these days, but cart-stuffing shoppers have only themselves to blame,
11
March
2020
| 13:00 America/Tegucigalpa

Researchers working on mastitis test that could save milk producers millions

Accurate, handheld test could help dairy farmers predict which cows are susceptible and reduce antibiotic use, say U of A scientists.

University of Alberta researchers are developing an easy pen-side test that can predict a common and costly disease in dairy cattle. Aimed at identifying cows that are susceptible to developing
18
February
2020
| 16:44 America/Tegucigalpa

Agricultural ‘mini-internship’ gives U of A students hands-on career experience

Three-day placements during Reading Week offer a taste of in-demand jobs in fields like food safety and animal welfare.

For most University of Alberta students, Reading Week is a break from the books, spent lounging around the house in pyjamas or on the ski hill. For Faith Jensen, it’s about happily probing the
13
February
2020
| 15:06 America/Tegucigalpa

Major investment from Shell helps U of A biofuel spinoff company build commercial-scale production plant

New facility is expected to produce 25 million litres of renewable biofuels annually.

Forge Hydrocarbons, a University of Alberta spinoff company producing renewable gasoline and diesel, has received a major investment from Shell Ventures to help build a $30-million, industrial-scale
13
February
2020
| 13:50 America/Tegucigalpa

Proper-fitting fire-retardant workwear for women being developed at U of A

Heavy equipment operator enlists help of textile scientists to develop garments expected to hit the market this year.

After bulky, ill-fitting coveralls caused her to have some near-misses in her job as a heavy equipment operator, Jess Black decided to take matters into her own hands and create a line of clothing
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January
2020
| 14:00 America/Tegucigalpa

Letting your child pick their snack may help you eat better, study suggests

New research could offer “effective, simple recipe” for parents looking to make healthier food choices for their families.

Giving in to your kid’s desire for an unhealthy snack may improve your own eating choices, a new University of Alberta study shows. The research, published in Appetite, showed that parents and
03
January
2020
| 14:00 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || Why having robot co-workers might make you less prejudiced

When robot co-workers are the out-group, human workers become less prejudiced against other humans, researchers find.

Automation is changing America. Robots already operate rescue missions and build our cars, and they may soon be assisting in surgery and teaching our children. As many as 73 million American jobs
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December
2019
| 14:24 America/Tegucigalpa

Word of mouth still key factor in generating sales in online world

Consumers base buying decisions on “informed herd effect” influenced by what others like them say about the product, marketing researchers find.

How consumers decide to purchase a product depends more on the experiences others have with the product than the actual product itself, according to a pair of University of Alberta marketing studies
18
December
2019
| 14:00 America/Tegucigalpa

10 student stories that inspired us in 2019

U of A students showed their class this year with excellence under pressure, resilience in the face of adversity and ingenious ideas.

1. Widower’s search for cancer cure takes surprising turn After losing his wife to a rare type of ovarian cancer 10 years ago, Powel Crosley vowed to cure the disease. Now, after graduating with a
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December
2019
| 14:00 America/Tegucigalpa

Pine trees with larger resin ducts better able to survive mountain pine beetle attack

Discovery could help regenerate pine stands blighted by beetle attacks.

Not all pine trees are created equal when it comes to fending off their mortal enemy, the mountain pine beetle. A new University of Alberta study shows that lodgepole pine trees with larger resin