Brain science and theatre background provide a unique perspective

Professor's experimental approach explores science, technology, society and the environment

Brain science and theatre background provide a unique perspectiveFor Yelena Gluzman, science and theatre have much in common. And she’s intimately familiar with both. That makes her a great fit as the newest addition to Media and Technology Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta, where she’s teaching a new course on the interrelations of science, technology, society and environment.…

Mentorship program puts U of A grads on path to careers in energy sector

A recent PhD grad and a mentor talk about the mutual benefits of mentorship

Mentorship program puts U of A grads on path to careers in energy sectorWhen the time comes to settle on a career, there’s plenty out there for University of Alberta graduates skilled in the wide-ranging field of energy: jobs in research, government, industry and startups, to name a few. But how to decide? One tried and true way is to talk to somebody who’s already out there –…

Agreement signed to train more Indigenous physicians

Six northeastern Alberta First Nations partner with the U of A to improve health care for their members

Agreement signed to train more Indigenous physiciansSix northeastern Alberta First Nations have formed a new partnership with the University of Alberta to train more Indigenous physicians and improve health care for their members. The memorandum of relational understanding between the university and Tribal Chiefs Ventures Inc., which represents Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Cold Lake First Nation, Frog Lake First Nation, Heart Lake…

Living near blue or green space of benefit to those suffering COPD

Living further than 500 metres from green space or water is associated with lower quality of life

Living near blue or green space of benefit to those suffering COPDPeople with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who live further than 500 metres from water or a green space report lower quality of life related to their health, according to a new study. High levels of air pollution are also associated with worse health-related quality of life in people with COPD, the researchers said. In the…

New tools developed to better track permafrost methane emissions

Will significantly improve estimates of current and future methane emissions

New tools developed to better track permafrost methane emissionsResearchers have developed new tools that will better track methane emissions from northern permafrost ecosystems, ultimately allowing for more accurate global predictions of future greenhouse gas emissions. The new emission dataset and map of northern wetlands and lakes the new tools will yield will significantly improve estimates of current and future methane emissions, said McKenzie…

Groundbreaking research could help ranchers optimize free-range grazing

Research identifies genetic traits that could lead to breeding more efficient livestock

Groundbreaking research could help ranchers optimize free-range grazingA new research project could help ranchers customize their cattle to the type of pastures they have, creating economic and environmental benefits along the way. The research, launched this past summer, involves tracking the movements and feeding habits of grazing cattle to identify genetic traits that could lead to breeding more efficient livestock. The project…

India, U.S. account for a quarter of COVID-19 misinformation: study

At 85 per cent of total output, social media accounted for the largest amount of COVID-19 misinformation

India, U.S. account for a quarter of COVID-19 misinformation: studyIndia is the world’s top hot spot for COVID-19 misinformation, accounting for roughly one in six pieces of global output, according to a University of Alberta master’s student who studies world media. Hard on India’s heels are the U.S., Brazil and Spain, said Sayeed Al-Zaman of the U of A’s Department of Media and Technology…

Want a happy relationship? Put ‘we’ before ‘me’

Empathy and kindness are key to feeling connected for couples, says expert

Want a happy relationship? Put ‘we’ before ‘me’Want a romantic relationship that makes you happy? It helps to think about the “we” rather than the “me,” according to new research. Instead of focusing only on what’s in it for you, it’s wiser to think about what’s good for the relationship, said study lead Adam Galovan, a family scientist in the University of…

Alberta expanding wastewater testing for SARS-CoV-2

Real-time infection rates to be tracked on public website

Alberta expanding wastewater testing for SARS-CoV-2Alberta can now track the prevalence of COVID-19 infections in nearly 75 per cent of the population thanks to the new Pan-Alberta Network for Wastewater-based SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring announced on Wednesday. When someone is infected with COVID-19 – whether they know it or not – traces of the virus are shed through the bowel and end up…

Engineering grad earns Polytechnique Montréal memorial scholarship

Willow Dew was recognized with the Order of the White Rose as a role model for women in engineering and science

Engineering grad earns Polytechnique Montréal memorial scholarshipSome praise her intellectual abilities and perfect grade point average, others her assertive leadership and exceptional social involvement. But when asked to describe herself, Willow Dew shows a great deal of humility. “I am a curious person who loves to learn,” said Dew, who recently graduated from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Engineering. That…