Society & Culture

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

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December
2019

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 master’s in oncology at age 66, he could be on the cusp of a breakthrough in treating it. 

2. U of A law students win international moot court competition

Arguing a simulated case in human rights, a U of A team went undefeated in the Commonwealth’s most prestigious moot court competition and became only the fourth Canadian team to win it all since 1983. 

3. PhD studies pay off for most graduates, new study shows

Four in five PhD students have a job lined up before they graduate, according to a labour market study that shows the long hours, gruelling revisions and looming deadlines end up paying off.

4. Former ICU nurse heads...

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January
2020
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Edmonton and U of A to host Canada's biggest academic conference in spring 2021

The University of Alberta will host more than 8,000 academics during the 2021 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Edmonton will be the gathering place for a social sciences and humanities exploration of the North in 2021 when the University of Alberta hosts Canada’s largest annual academic conference. “2021
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January
2020
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Female bigamists often treated lightly by judges, researcher finds

Historical perspective on multiple marriages by women calls into question contemporary matrimony laws, says U of A historian.

When “Britain’s most notorious bigamist,” Emily Horne, was handed a 10-month suspended prison sentence in 2009 for marrying five times without ever divorcing, her gender caught many off
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January
2020
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Getting foreign names right matters, psychology study shows

Mispronouncing last names of ethnic origin perceived as disrespectful, according to U of A psychology study.

It might seem like an innocent enough mistake, but mispronouncing a person’s heritage name can be taken as deeply disrespectful. That’s the conclusion of new research by University of Alberta
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January
2020
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Linguistics student pinpoints differences in Western Canadian dialects

Vowel pronunciation varies between urban and rural populations, study shows.

It’s only a 40-minute drive from Queens to the Bronx in New York, but the difference in dialect is obvious to most familiar with the English language. In Canada you probably have to cross the
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January
2020
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Community gathers to honour and remember local victims of Flight PS752

All 13 victims remembered by friends and family who shared stories of grief and gratitude for loved ones.

Twenty-three hundred people filled the main gymnasium at the Saville Community Sports Centre on the University of Alberta’s South Campus for a memorial service to honour the 13 local victims who lost
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January
2020
| 03:45 America/Tegucigalpa

U of A mourns victims of Flight PS752

These are the members of our campus community who lost their lives this week.

Ten members of the University of Alberta community and three members of their families were among the 176 people killed when Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 crashed last Wednesday a few
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January
2020
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COMMENTARY || To win the fight against health and wellness bunk, we must leave the post-truth era in the past

Health-trend debunker Timothy Caulfield offers a four-point prescription to help science and critical thinking “rise above the noise of nonsense.”

While pseudoscience and quackery have been around a long time, the 2010s were truly the decade of bunk. The reach and influence of misinformation has intensified to the point that it feels near
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January
2020
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COMMENTARY || Want to create a healthier country? Start by creating fitter cities

Municipal policies can provide solutions to preventable disease epidemics and ballooning health-care costs, says preventive medicine expert.

Every January, people resolve to lose weight, eat healthy and be more active. Yet, by the end of the month, most people who started the year with the best of intentions have given up, usually having
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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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January
2020
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Striving for perfection can help athletes bounce back from failure—if they forgive themselves, research shows

U of A study first of its kind to look at how perfectionism affects athletes’ performance after competitive failure.

Elite athletes are more likely to rise to the occasion after a failure if they keep potential unhelpful consequences of striving for perfection in check, according to a University of Alberta study,
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December
2019
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The top 10 folio stories of 2019

A big question on hockey parents’ minds, expert advice on food safety and lawn care, and a prediction about the federal minority government were among our most-read stories this year.

1. What scouts look for—and watch out for—in hockey prospects On the eve of the NHL draft, a U of A master’s student and longtime WHL scout said the intangible indicators of character—including