Society & Culture

Oddsmakers capitalize on fans’ emotions to turn a profit no matter which way the game goes, new research shows.

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August
2019

At the start of each term in Brian Soebbing’s class on financial management in sports, he asks students how many would always bet on the hometown Edmonton Oilers, whether they’re favoured to win or not.

“Most raise their hand,” said the University of Alberta sports management expert. “Then I ask the Oilers fans how many would almost always bet on the other team. There are a few, because we also see there's a lot of other people who would hedge their bets and always bet against the Oilers. Because at the end of the day, they're going to walk away happy—either their team won the game, or they're going to win their bet. 

“Bookmakers know this, are really good at their jobs and they take advantage of it,” he explained.

And recent research he conducted looking at how bookmakers capitalize on this sentiment bias backs it up. 

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August
2019
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Federal funding broadens global education opportunities for Canadian students

New $148-million pilot program will give up to 11,000 university and college students across Canada a chance to gain international experiences and skills.

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22
August
2019
| 17:26 America/Tegucigalpa

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New U of A study also suggests larger cities have more success helping refugees settle in the long term because of better access to jobs, supports and services.

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August
2019
| 13:55 America/Tegucigalpa

YouTubers blend humour and history to tell story behind Canada’s Constitution

U of A expert teams up with National Film Board and some of Canada’s most popular online personalities to create ‘Supreme Law.’

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August
2019
| 01:50 America/Tegucigalpa

Indigenous law and governance centre at U of A receives federal funding

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August
2019
| 14:00 America/Tegucigalpa

Why plastic bags are so hard to get rid of

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August
2019
| 22:26 America/Tegucigalpa

U of A signs Dimensions Charter supporting diversity in research

National agreement encourages wider range of perspectives and experiences in post-secondary institutions.

The president of the University of Alberta joined the federal minister of science and sport Monday to sign a new charter focusing on inclusion and diversity in Canadian post-secondary
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August
2019
| 14:00 America/Tegucigalpa

U of A students learn Indigenous art of porcupine quilling

Native studies class introduces students to a cultural tradition and the meaning behind it.

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06
August
2019
| 00:58 America/Tegucigalpa

U of A mourns passing of influential coach and sport educator

Jim Donlevy remembered for success as Golden Bears football coach and impact on sport throughout Western Canada.

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August
2019
| 14:05 America/Tegucigalpa

Plant-based alternatives won’t replace meat anytime soon, say experts

Products like Beyond Meat are making a big splash in the market and the media, but changing eating habits will take longer, study shows.

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August
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Environmental research boosts U of A standing in latest Shanghai rankings

Engineering, MBA, agriculture, earth science and nursing programs among standouts in new subject rankings.

The University of Alberta’s strength in environment-related research and teaching led a university-wide bump in the latest global rankings of academic subjects put together by the ShanghaiRanking
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July
2019
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Child care system not meeting needs of Canadian families: study

Study highlights needs for universal, affordable child care, say social policy researchers.

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