Society & Culture

Sports broadcaster Ron MacLean, former Canadian senator Claudette Tardif and poet Alice Major will receive honorary degrees during graduation ceremonies this November.

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A beloved sports broadcaster, a tireless advocate for minority language rights in Canada, and an award-winning poet will receive honorary degrees at the University of Alberta’s graduation ceremonies this November.

“Each of our honorary degree recipients is a unique Canadian voice who has made a positive impact in both local and national communities,” said U of A chancellor Douglas Stollery. “I look forward to hearing their perspectives as we welcome them to our fall convocation celebrations.”

Ron MacLean is a Canadian icon who has made enduring contributions to sport and culture as a broadcaster, author and mentor. His wit, poise and extensive knowledge as the host of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and a commentator at six Olympic Games have endeared him to generations of viewers. MacLean is a 10-time Gemini Award winner and two-ti...

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U of A among Canada’s top 5 universities in latest Maclean’s ranking

Nursing, business and science stand out in new ranking of top medical-doctoral universities.

On the strength of faculty awards, reputation and provincial government support, as well as some standout programs led out of the faculties of nursing, business and science, the U of A moved back
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October
2019
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New research reveals how we make sense of compound words

New study and accompanying 8,000-word database have applications in health care, education and artificial intelligence.

People process compound words—like snowball—and words that look like compound words but aren’t—like carpet—in the same way, according to new University of Alberta research that has broad applications
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October
2019
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What I did on my summer vacation

Researchers value summer as crucial time for field work, development.

If Megan Strickfaden had to write the classic back-to-school essay, “What I did on my summer vacation,” she’d probably need a lot of foolscap.  After travelling on four continents, the University
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September
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Volunteerism, advocacy drive U of A’s newest Schulich Leader Scholarship winners

Two STEM students will pursue social justice along with their passion for chemistry and engineering.

Aakankshya Kharel’s most vivid memories of her family’s move to Canada from Nepal when she was 12 are not about the cold or the tough transition, they’re about the kindness of those who lent a
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Near misses on slot machines may not encourage continued gambling: study

New research suggests there may be no relationship between near misses and persistent play.

You enter your quarter into the slot machine and hit the button. Two lemons and a cherry appear in front of you—close to a win, but not quite. For nearly 70 years, researchers believed near misses
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U of A grads among most employable in Canada, according to new QS rankings

University ranks second in graduate employment rate and employer-student connections.

The University of Alberta held steady in a ranking that reaffirmed its graduates are among the world’s most qualified and sought-after. The 2020 edition of the QS World University Rankings:
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U of A, City of Edmonton join international network of city-university partnerships

First partnership within Canada will collaborate on projects involving sustainable buildings, elder care and connected vehicle networks.

The University of Alberta and the City of Edmonton will collaborate on three projects using the collective might of an international network of city-university partnerships dedicated to finding
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September
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Amazing Race Canada an opportunity for conversation, says Indigenous winner

James Makokis hopes to use his newfound fame to talk about community and culture.

Having trained as an ultramarathon runner, James Makokis knows winning a race means refusing to slow down. The family doctor and University of Alberta assistant clinical professor would be
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September
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Innovative course calendar at U of A’s Augustana campus helps new students adjust to university

First Year Seminar offers incoming students a chance to take just one class in their first three weeks—and gain skills and friendships that will see them through to graduation.

Geoffrey Dipple hasn’t decided what to tipple: pale ale or brown ale? The chair of the University of Alberta Augustana campus’s social science department is in the midst of teaching a three-week
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Retired federal judge goes back to university to tackle next challenge

Influential Indigenous judge retires from Federal Court of Canada to promote Aboriginal restorative justice through graduate studies.

Among the thousands of new students on campus this week is one you wouldn’t necessarily expect to see. A 75-year old just-retired judge is heading back to campus. Justice Leonard (Tony)
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September
2019
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Edmonton mosque incident opportunity to find constructive ways to combat violent extremism: report

U of A political scientist offers recommendations to help communities work together in responding to hate.

A confrontation at Canada’s oldest mosque is a chance to move beyond “thoughts and prayers” to find constructive ways to combat violence, according to a University of Alberta political