Society & Culture

Vast majority of athletics websites make it hard for people with disabilities to see themselves participating in sport, U of A researcher finds.

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Despite overtures to the contrary, para-athletes remain largely invisible within the vast majority of Canadian athletics websites, according to a University of Alberta study showing access to sport for people with disabilities is all but completely missing online.

Danielle Peers, a professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation and Canada Research Chair in Disability and Movement Cultures, said the study arose out of frustration with how the conversation about historically low sport and fitness participation rates of people with disabilities—as low as three per cent according to the Government of Canada—is always centred on figuring out new ways of convincing people with disabilities to get physically active.

“The assumption is that it has to do with the motivation and desire of a person with disabilities,” s...

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October
2020
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Provincial funding boosts U of A research on autonomous systems to improve health, transportation and industry

Technology driven by data and AI among four innovative U of A research projects receiving funding.

A University of Alberta-led initiative drawing together cutting-edge research projects from across the province into one co-ordinated effort focusing on AI technologies to automate transportation,
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October
2020
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Some vaccines should be mandatory but not COVID-19, says U of A expert

Health law professor Ubaka Ogbogu advises policy makers focus on clear information and ensuring equitable access to vaccines.

Canada should have a mandatory vaccination policy for childhood infectious diseases where vaccines are freely available, according to a University of Alberta health law expert, but not for influenza
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October
2020
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U of A strengthens agricultural expertise

Three-year, $3.7-million grant agreement with Alberta government boosts capacity for research that will benefit farmers and consumers.

The University of Alberta’s agricultural research capacity is being strengthened as it welcomes key programs being transferred from the Government of Alberta. The Faculty of Agricultural, Life &
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October
2020
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U of A launches free online course on science literacy

New course teaches learners how to think critically about science—and how to tell the difference between sound scientific studies and pseudoscience.

We are often told not to believe everything we read online or see on TV, but how do we tell the difference between sensationalized statistics and a real scientific study? A new online course in
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October
2020
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Twenty per cent increase in flu vaccinations an ambitious but attainable goal: pharmacy researcher

U of A professor says COVID-19 crisis has provided much-needed public education in how vaccines can prevent deadly viruses.

A pharmacy researcher predicts more of us will roll up our sleeves for the influenza vaccine this fall thanks to the crash course we’ve all had recently on viruses and how to prevent
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October
2020
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Hitmaking sound engineer for Prince to illuminate a brilliant creative partnership

Now a professor of music psychology, Susan Rogers will also discuss music and psychology in two virtual presentations for the U of A’s music department.

Susan Rogers talks about how she went from working as a sound engineer on some of Prince's biggest hits to becoming a music professor. (Video: Geoff McMaster) Susan Rogers needed just one
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October
2020
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Social connections critical to success for students with learning disabilities: study

U of A education researcher offers advice on how post-secondary schools and students can foster a sense of belonging and improve learning.

For any first-year student, university classes can seem scary. Add in a learning disability and it’s easy to be overwhelmed: just ask Lauren Goegan. Now a post-doctoral researcher in the
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October
2020
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How competitive athletes can stay motivated when they can’t compete

Athletes can find opportunities amid the challenge of cancelled sporting events, say U of A master's student and sport psychology researcher.

From the Olympics to rec leagues, in 2020 sporting events all over the world were cancelled due to COVID-19. But as athletes move on from the cancellations, many are seeking out the opportunities in
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September
2020
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2020 Nutrition Report Card evaluates influences on children’s healthy food choices

Poor diet right behind tobacco consumption as leading cause of premature death for Canadians, says public health expert.

Everything from advertising to school cafeteria menus can affect whether children develop lifelong healthy eating habits, according to the sixth annual Nutrition Report Card for Alberta, which was
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September
2020
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U of A infectious disease expert helps bridge COVID-19 knowledge gap

Sharing academic expertise is integral for public awareness, says Lynora Saxinger, who has been a near-daily presence in media since the pandemic began.

When the global COVID-19 pandemic first landed on Canadian soil, Lynora Saxinger, associate professor of infectious diseases in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, noticed
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September
2020
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Forensic anthropologist helps police identify unknown victims

For Pamela Mayne Correia, the most satisfying cases are the ones she helps solve with the scarcest of skeletal remains.

Forensic anthropology requires guts of steel, but there was one disturbing case even Pamela Mayne Correia found hard to stomach. The University of Alberta anthropologist was called in to help