Society & Culture

The players staged a social media master class in advancing their cause and gaining wide support.

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September
2018

On March 15, 2017, players on the U.S. women’s hockey team unleashed a torrent of tweets announcing a boycott of the world championships to protest funding inequalities between the men’s and women’s program. What rolled out over the next two weeks was a master class in how to execute a social media strategy to advance your cause, according to a University of Alberta analysis.

“They were fighting for equity in terms of their treatment but equality in the general sense of the hockey world in that they should be getting paid a living wage,” said Noah Underwood, a master’s student in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation who completed the project as the recipient of the Roger S Smith Undergraduate Research Award.

And though fair pay was a big consideration in negotiations, Underwood said the players were also fighting for...

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September
2018

Why teachers should embrace digital devices in the classroom

It doesn’t matter what tools you have, it’s about how you use them to teach, says education expert.

France’s recent decision to pass a law banning the use of cellphones, tablets and smart watches at school for children under 15 is just the latest example of moral panic around new digital
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September
2018

Indigenous podcast comes to U of A for first-ever live taping

Media Indigena brings edgy, informative voices to the current-affairs conversation.

An increasingly popular podcast that discusses current events with an Indigenous perspective will be taping its show live for the first time this Friday at the University of Alberta. “We’re
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September
2018

New funding opens up 25 more spaces in computing science after-degree program at U of A

Funding comes as part of $50-million provincial investment that will add 3,000 tech-related spots across Alberta over the next five years.

When Jarrett Knauer was only a few months into his chosen career path, it dawned on him that just a slight shift in educational direction would multiply his options. “When you actually start to
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September
2018

U of A grads maintain highest employment rate in Canada, according to latest survey

University surges to 31st in the world for employment rate in latest QS employability rankings.

University of Alberta graduates have the highest employment rate in Canada and are moving up in the list of the world’s most employable, according to the latest global rankings. The 2019 edition
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September
2018

U of A working group recommends designating areas for cannabis use on campus

Proposal among 19 recommendations in report to university administration.

A University of Alberta group tasked with examining the issues surrounding the use of cannabis on its campuses is recommending the university designate a limited number of spaces for people to
11
September
2018

Psychiatry student uses art to shed light on the darkest shades of illness

For Brad Necyk, giving visual form to the pain of cancer and mental illness is a way to help patients heal.

Brad Necyk is intimately familiar with despair. He spent a good portion of his childhood in hospital recovering from multiple surgeries on his large intestine, and was later diagnosed with bipolar
10
September
2018

Seeing is believing when it comes to adopting green energy, study suggests

People are more likely to invest in solar energy technology when they see it being used in their communities, U of A sociologist finds.

Governments at all levels need to invest more heavily in promoting renewable energy if they want citizens to adopt these technologies, new research suggests. University of Alberta environmental
07
September
2018

Show takes frank, funny look at sex and aging through an Indigenous lens

‘Tipi Confessions’—created by two U of A profs—aims to reclaim the pleasure in Indigenous sexuality.

When University of Alberta professors Kim TallBear and Tracy Bear decided to launch Tipi Confessions, a show that explores sex and sexuality through the lens of humour, inclusivity and
07
September
2018

Integrating IT security into corporate culture is hard to do well but pays off in long run, study shows

Organizations that adopt “window dressing” measures leave themselves more open to data breaches over time, says security researcher.

Organizations that invest in targeted IT security measures and integrate them into their culture and processes are safer than those that routinely upgrade to get the latest and greatest technology,
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September
2018

Research on fentanyl crisis in prisons earns grad student Vanier scholarship

Former corrections officer among 12 promising U of A researchers receiving prestigious graduate and post-doc scholarships.

William Schultz was just 20 years old the first time he saw someone overdose on fentanyl. The University of Alberta graduate student and Vanier Scholarship recipient was a correctional officer
06
September
2018

How to tell if someone likes you

U of A researcher identifies the clues to look for when trying to make a connection, and not just a romantic one.

Mysteries around what behaviours signal attraction and answers to one of life’s more pressing questions—are they into me?—are slightly clearer thanks to a new study. “What’s really breakthrough in