Society & Culture

In her final class project, Sydney Hampshire chronicled the old barns of Flagstaff County.

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July
2018

Drive down any Alberta country road, and you’ll spot an old barn or two. While many just see them as relics of the past, Sydney Hampshire sees stories and history.

The recently graduated University of Alberta student has compiled a colourful book celebrating one community’s barns, paying tribute to the province’s agricultural heritage and to the idea of preserving the past.

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“Heritage should be thought of as things that we as a society want to keep for future generations,” said Hampshire, who took on the project to earn a leadership certificate through the U of A’s Peter Lougheed Leadership College. “Anything that’s built will fall down with time, especially the barns. It will be a different day when all those structures are gone, but we can document them.”...

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15
August
2018

Robots won’t replace teachers—but they could help them

Artificial intelligence can help human teachers create new possibilities for learners, says U of A educational psychology expert.

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13
August
2018

COMMENTARY || How soccer games can help protect wildlife

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13
August
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August
2018

New app for nature lovers helps create biodiversity network

NatureLynx allows users to collect observations, share them and ask questions.

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10
August
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COMMENTARY || Wildfires will only get worse unless we learn how to live with them

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08
August
2018

Including Indigenous youth helps guide better sport and recreation opportunities

Research points to four key considerations for sport and recreation program planners and policy makers.

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August
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How to protect yourself from ‘sextortion’ scams

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July
2018

U of A ranked among world's top 50 in eight subjects

Engineering, MBA programs lead list of subjects rated among world's best in 2018 Shanghai rankings.

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July
2018

Five-year-old ‘Dinosaur Kid’ from Colorado chooses Alberta over Disney World, brings family vacation to U of A

After taking Dino 101 six times, young Remy Rodriguez knew exactly where he wanted to go for his summer vacation.

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July
2018

U of A students build bridge to help Bolivian children stay in school

Build allows local children in remote community to get to school during rainy season.

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July
2018

Watching car-chase films can lead to aggressive driving, new U of A research suggests

Speeding in Edmonton spiked after opening of ‘Fast and Furious’ film, study shows.

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