Society & Culture

Arts and crafts are more than distractions—they’re healthy, meaningful ways to deal with our disrupted daily lives, says U of A occupational therapist.

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There’s a good reason people are buying out baking supplies in grocery stores and posting their freshly made bread, buns and desserts on social media as the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, according to an occupational therapist and associate professor at the University of Alberta.

“Engaging in an art or a craft is therapeutic; it’s a means to an end for people,” said Mary Forhan during a free presentation livestreamed to more than 100 viewers on May 13. 

“Crafts historically have been viewed as a way to maintain self-esteem, build skills and distract from pathological thinking.” 

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Public health grad aims to improve global health from the ground up

University opened Heather Nixdorff’s eyes to health inequities; now she’s determined to help marginalized communities around the world secure safe water, food, air and soil.

Heather Nixdorff took clean water for granted, until she took a university class about Indigenous health.  “We learned about how so many Indigenous communities don’t have access to clean water in
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June
2020
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Researcher creates new stress test to rate Edmonton bike lanes

More accurate assessment of cyclists’ comfort level could help city planners remove hidden barriers to wider use of dedicated lanes.

A combination alley and grocery store driveway entrance that doubles as a bike path located south of Jasper Avenue and east of 110 Street is creating enough of a cycling barrier to potentially turn
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2020
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Native studies grad sets sights on changing political, legal systems from within

Melanie Dene’s experiences in her community fuelled a fire for education, a passion for justice and a desire for a better future.

Working as a consultation co-ordinator for her community, Mikisew First Nation, Melanie Dene saw first-hand the magnitude of what Indigenous communities deal with when engaging with industry and
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June
2020
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MD grad leads Canadian medical students through COVID-driven changes to their education

Victor Do taps into life lessons learned from hard-working parents, competitive figure skating experiences.

Victor Do does not seek out the spotlight. But it finds him anyway—whether he is stepping onto the ice at a figure skating competition, entering the fray as a student leader or following his path as
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June
2020
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Pandemic increases importance of entrepreneurship and innovation

Business professors see long-term growth possibilities in post-pandemic landscape.

Joseph Doucet sees no economic upside to the global pandemic, at least in the short term.  “There’s no sector, really, that’s immune,” said Doucet, dean of the Alberta School of Business. “We
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June
2020
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‘My whole life got turned upside down’: How one student persevered after losing brother in Humboldt Broncos bus crash

Mariko Boulet emerged from a devastating tragedy with a profound new understanding of herself.

The loss of her brother in a horrific bus crash that killed 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team will never leave Mariko Boulet, but as she graduates with her University of Alberta degree
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May
2020
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U of A researcher and filmmaker chronicles Boushie family quest for legal reform

Award-winning documentary follows family’s tireless efforts to turn grief into advocacy for changes in how Canada’s justice system treats Indigenous people.

When Gerald Stanley was found innocent in the shooting death of Colten Boushie in 2019, Tasha Hubbard’s cameras were already rolling. Hubbard, a filmmaker and Indigenous studies professor in the
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May
2020
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Student-generated map shows COVID-19 travel restrictions in Northern Canada

Project aims to document decisive response to pandemic by First Nations and remote communities, says U of A undergrad.

An undergraduate student at the University of Alberta created a map of travel restrictions and road closures in Canada’s North in an effort to document how Indigenous and remote communities are
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May
2020
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COMMENTARY || Four strategies to help avoid the next pandemic

U of A virus expert offers recommendations that would be easier to implement and enforce than other public health measures.

New viruses emerge every few years that threaten humanity: HIV, swine flu, SARS, Ebola, Zika, MERS, and now, COVID-19. Unfortunately, the only drugs that can combat a viral pandemic are antiviral
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May
2020
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Incoming U of A president-elect unveils major transformation proposal

Addressing deep cuts in a strategic way will allow university to enhance its ability to deliver on its mission, says Bill Flanagan.

Incoming University of Alberta president-elect Bill Flanagan outlined an academic and administrative restructuring proposal to the U of A’s General Faculties Council (GFC) today that addresses the
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2020
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2018 Ebola outbreak in Congo provides public health lessons for COVID-19, say researchers

Mistrust, fear and rumours helped the virus spread, but training trusted local leaders helped stop it, U of A researchers find.

Multiple factors led people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to resist public health messages during the 2018 outbreak of Ebola virus, and University of Alberta researchers fear the