Society & Culture

Visits to disappearing glaciers often motivated by desire to learn how humans are affecting the environment, U of A researcher finds.

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In the early morning of Aug. 10, 2012, more than half of Jasper National Park’s Ghost Glacier broke free and crashed into Edith Cavell Pond. The ensuing tidal wave of snow and ice levelled most of the visitor service infrastructure, including, ironically, a Parks Canada interpretive board explaining how climate change is reshaping the alpine.

“More and more, when people head to the mountains they want to learn how human activity is linked to these climate change impacts and want messages to take away and act on in their everyday lives,’” said Elizabeth Halpenny, a University of Alberta tourism, recreation and parks researcher.

To show that climate change messaging is in fact a welcome sight, Halpenny co-authored a study published last year that suggests there may be educational opportunities associated with a new form of travel c...

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U of A researchers land three prestigious $2.5-million social sciences and humanities research grants

“It’s the most we’ve ever had. It says something about the quality of the researchers we have here.”

University of Alberta researchers led Canadian universities in a high profile federal grant program, landing $7.5 million for three major research projects.  On Wednesday, U of A researchers won
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Shark fin ban bite-sized solution to biodiversity crisis

Law professor eyes advocacy role outside the classroom.

With shark fins in the tank, a University of Alberta law professor says bite-sized solutions may be a helpful tool in the fight against biodiversity loss and climate change.  Last month, the
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Student-created website and map shows U of A campus through Indigenous eyes

Award-winning site’s creators hope to facilitate community-driven dialogue on campus.

A walking map created by an undergraduate student in Native studies is providing an Indigenous lens to the buildings, art and spaces of the University of Alberta. Robin Howse’s map, entitled
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Community energy big renewable opportunity for rural Canada

U of A project could inspire municipalities, landowners and Indigenous communities.

Rural Canadian communities aren’t usually at the centre of conversations about renewable energy, but a University of Alberta environmental sociologist is hoping to help change that. John Parkins
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COMMENTARY || Half a million American minors now live in Mexico

Economic crisis, immigration enforcement drove migration of U.S.-born minors to Mexico between 2000 and 2015, researchers find.

While much of the current news has been focused on Central American migrants making their way through Mexico to the U.S., little attention has been paid to a different migration story: the number of
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Why you might want to leave those dandelions alone

Birds, bees and butterflies can all benefit from the hardy yellow blooms, says U of A horticulturist.

Nothing can threaten a velvety green lawn like vagabond dandelions—but it isn’t all bad, says a University of Alberta gardening expert. Weeds to watch out for There are noxious weeds
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PhD studies pay off for most graduates, new study shows

Jump in doctoral graduates over past decade offers opportunity for “brain gain” in Canada’s post-secondary sector and beyond.

Grad school might be fear-inducing, given the online proliferation of horror stories of research gone wrong. But for most PhD students at the University of Alberta, the long hours, gruelling
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Symposium tackles thorny issues of international research

University research administrators from across Canada gathered at U of A to discuss common issues in an age of increasing global partnerships.

Don’t ask Kevin Haggerty about 1984. Or The Handmaid’s Tale. The University of Alberta professor of criminology and sociology studies surveillance for a living, so he’s not one to indulge in
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What scouts look for—and watch out for—in hockey prospects

On the eve of the NHL draft, a U of A student and longtime WHL scout says the intangible indicators of character often outweigh talent and skill.

Negative parental behaviour, on-ice selfishness and poor body language of elite-level hockey players are not going unnoticed and often outweigh talent and skill, according to a new University of
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U of A among world’s top 90 in research output and impact

Agriculture, medicine and social sciences lead strong performance in latest NTU global research ranking.

The University of Alberta cracked the top 90 in a world ranking of research output and the resulting impact thanks to strength in agriculture, medicine and social sciences, as well as an upward trend
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U of A holds strong amid tougher global competition in latest QS rankings

University remains fourth in Canada and 37th in North America, bolstered by academic reputation.

The University of Alberta held fast as one of the top universities in the country but joined its Canadian peers in losing ground internationally, according to the 2020 QS World University