Society & Culture

Megan Strickfaden recognized for looking at how small details of design can make a big difference for people with physical and mental challenges.

09
May
2019

The word “design” brings up images of fashionable clothes or sleek cars. To Megan Strickfaden, it’s about much simpler things, like ironing a shirt or being able to reach a top shelf.

As a design anthropologist, researcher and professor, Strickfaden has spent 30 years—the last 10 of them at the University of Alberta—using smart design to empower people with disabilities.

“I believe design can change people's lives in the very small details of life; that’s what makes up our lives, cooking a meal or getting to work, what we do every day and take for granted.”

Indeed, Strickfaden has devoted her career at looking for ways design can make life simpler for those with challenges like blindness, dementia and physical limitations. Based on her own experience growing up with family members with disabilities, she understood early on the...

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17
May
2019

Augmented reality app reveals meaning behind Indigenous bear sculpture

Digital technology and traditional Cree teachings come together in virtual tour of artwork at U of A downtown campus.

A new University of Alberta digital project is bringing Indigenous knowledge to campus and letting people connect on the spot with its teachings. Using augmented reality, users can access
16
May
2019

Strong donor support bolsters U of A research, student opportunities

Donors contributed $168 million in 2018-19, supporting more than 700 research projects and more than 3,000 students.

Wendy Jerome enjoyed a fulfilling career as a pioneering sports psychologist, professor and Olympic-level coach, but if it weren’t for one person’s caring and support, her life would likely have
15
May
2019

Awareness is first step in helping stop ageism, say U of A researchers

As the proportion of older adults grows, we still haven’t reckoned with how common and harmful age-related prejudice is in society, study shows.

Ever cracked a joke about old people? It might seem funny, but in a world where the population aged 60 or over is growing faster than all younger age groups, ageism is no laughing matter, says a
13
May
2019

City of Edmonton team lauded for connecting university talent with municipal work experience

Outreach team works with 60 post-secondary schools and employers to help students gain work experience and reduce employment barriers.

The City of Edmonton comes by its commitment to connecting University of Alberta students with careers and future opportunities honestly. “Building employment partnerships with post-secondary
10
May
2019

Signature area will build on U of A expertise in current and future energy sources

University launches ‘Energy Systems’ bringing together 500 experts to drive research and teaching.

Growing up in rural Saskatchewan, Anne Naeth lived on a farm without power until her dad wired the house for a generator. “Suddenly, we became part of a new energy system, from oil lamps and fire
10
May
2019

U of A arts program co-ordinator challenges classroom conventions

Lisa Prins recognized for leadership in broadening learning opportunities for all through free, non-credit university courses.

As the driving force behind Humanities 101, Lisa Prins is adamant the University of Alberta’s community outreach program showcases the university at its best. Offering free, non-credit courses,
08
May
2019

West Edmonton neighbourhoods along LRT extension best for medium-density infill, study shows

U of A student researchers pinpoint city neighbourhoods most suitable to fill in “missing middle” of housing development.

Communities adjacent to the soon-to-be-completed Valley Line West LRT offer Edmonton the best opportunity to add much-needed population density to the city’s centre, according to a University of
07
May
2019

COMMENTAIRE || Le retour aux sources conservatrices en Alberta

Jason Kenney veut ramener l’Alberta au cœur des débats nationaux, d’où la dimension pancanadienne importante que comporte son élection.

La victoire sans équivoque du Parti conservateur uni (PCU) de Jason Kenney le 16 avril dernier―avec 54,8 % des voix exprimées contre 32,7 % pour le Nouveau Parti démocratique (NPD) de Rachel
06
May
2019

True grit more about passion than personality, study suggests

Determination and perseverance depend on specific goals rather than a general character trait, researcher finds.

The unrelenting determination often found in successful people appears to be a passion-specific quality and not necessarily an overall personality trait, according to new research from the University
02
May
2019

Twitter may provide valuable insights for better, faster disaster response: study

New research tests algorithm for understanding what happened and where during Hurricane Irma.

Location-based social networks, such as Twitter, can provide critical insight and information for disaster response, according to new research by University of Alberta scientists. Using a machine
30
April
2019

COMMENTARY || Lower speed limits give core residents what they want

Proposed 30 km/h speed limit on residential roads in central Edmonton makes sense for the people who live and commute there, argues U of A urban planning expert.

Streets are for street hockey, at least the streets in my neighbourhood are. They are for young kids riding bikes, for unloading and loading our vehicles, for chatting with neighbours who stop as