Society & Culture

U of A political scientist offers recommendations to help communities work together in responding to hate.

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A confrontation at Canada’s oldest mosque is a chance to move beyond “thoughts and prayers” to find constructive ways to combat violence, according to a University of Alberta political scientist. 

Earlier this month, the Organization for the Prevention of Violence released a report delving into an incident late last January, when five members of an anti-Islamic group staked out the Al-Rashid mosque during Friday prayers, taunting and insulting worshippers in the hopes of provoking a reaction. 

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While the incident didn’t result in violence, John McCoy said that members of an extremist group entering a place of worship was an unusual escalation and use of intimidation tactics.

“This is not a tragedy on the kind of scale we see with the massive sh...

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Innovative course calendar at U of A’s Augustana campus helps new students adjust to university

First Year Seminar offers incoming students a chance to take just one class in their first three weeks—and gain skills and friendships that will see them through to graduation.

Geoffrey Dipple hasn’t decided what to tipple: pale ale or brown ale? The chair of the University of Alberta Augustana campus’s social science department is in the midst of teaching a three-week
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Retired federal judge goes back to university to tackle next challenge

Influential Indigenous judge retires from Federal Court of Canada to promote Aboriginal restorative justice through graduate studies.

Among the thousands of new students on campus this week is one you wouldn’t necessarily expect to see. A 75-year old just-retired judge is heading back to campus. Justice Leonard (Tony)
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September
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How social media altered the good parenting ideal

Study looked at why children’s play time is more supervised and structured than it used to be.

Social media has altered perceptions of what good parenting is and may play a role in the reduction in the amount of time kids spend just playing, according to a University of Alberta study. “It
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Why you should think twice before trying home canning

There are safer ways to preserve summer produce, according to U of A experts who offer four alternatives.

As backyard gardens ripen and store shelves bloom with fresh in-season produce, it’s natural to want to shelve that summer goodness with the traditional method of home canning. But there are
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COMMENTARY || Diversity is indispensable to excellence in research

Recent increases in diversity of researchers receiving federal grants show there is no conflict between equity and excellence, argues U of A political scientist.

Earlier this year, NASA’s plan to conduct a historic joint spacewalk of two female astronauts outside the International Space Station was thwarted because the station did not have space suits that
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Changing partners doesn’t change relationship dynamics, study shows

New romances eventually follow patterns similar to old ones, according to U of A relationship researcher who led eight-year study.

Think your new romance will be much different from your last one? According to new University of Alberta research, it’s not likely. An eight-year study of 554 people in Germany showed that
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August
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Federal funding broadens global education opportunities for Canadian students

New $148-million pilot program will give up to 11,000 university and college students across Canada a chance to gain international experiences and skills.

Monica Shandal said she always wanted to use her abilities to make a difference and help people but wasn’t sure what they were or how to apply them. Then, the University of Alberta master’s
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August
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Starting out in smaller communities may be better for refugees in short term

New U of A study also suggests larger cities have more success helping refugees settle in the long term because of better access to jobs, supports and services.

Syrian refugees are more satisfied with settlement services and their community when they spend their first year of settlement in a smaller city, according to a new University of Alberta
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How bookmakers tip sports-betting odds in their favour

Oddsmakers capitalize on fans’ emotions to turn a profit no matter which way the game goes, new research shows.

At the start of each term in Brian Soebbing’s class on financial management in sports, he asks students how many would always bet on the hometown Edmonton Oilers, whether they’re favoured to win or
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August
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YouTubers blend humour and history to tell story behind Canada’s Constitution

U of A expert teams up with National Film Board and some of Canada’s most popular online personalities to create ‘Supreme Law.’

A snappy, funny online video production is introducing a new generation of Canadians to the story of how the country’s Constitution was created—including the six YouTube stars who host the
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August
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Indigenous law and governance centre at U of A receives federal funding

Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge uses Indigenous legal traditions to support community governance.

A new University of Alberta centre that supports Indigenous law and governance through community-led, collaborative research received a boost on Tuesday. David Lametti, the federal minister of