Dungeons & Dragons may help at-risk kids level up social skills

Dungeons & Dragons may help at-risk kids level up social skillsA community program using Dungeons & Dragons to foster social growth among at-risk youth has caught the attention of University of Alberta researchers, who plan to evaluate its apparent success. The Level-Up Gaming League was created by local management consultant Bryan Sali, who noticed a lack of social skills among homeless youth while working about seven years…

Study reveals insights into how we change as we age

Landmark 35-year research project yields surprising findings about happiness, relationships, generational differences and more

Study reveals insights into how we change as we ageIn recent years, there has been a growing interest in the differences between generations and the sociological forces defining their worldviews and behaviour. Stereotypes abound: the silent generation is inflexibly conventional, the baby boomers are narcissistic, generation X members are lazy. And millennials just take too long to grow up. But few of these assumptions…

Obesity rates likely to rise during pandemic: study

Obesity rates likely to rise during pandemic: studyAs financial stress mounts, so does the desire for all kinds of foods, according to a study that hints the COVID-19 pandemic will increase obesity rates, especially among those who have lost their jobs. University of Alberta consumer psychology researcher Jim Swaffield and his co-researcher Qi Guo conducted an experiment with 564 participants to examine…

COVID-19 may spread more than two metres through air

But recent evidence presents no cause for panic, says U of A infectious disease specialist

COVID-19 may spread more than two metres through airFor those worried about the airborne transmission of COVID-19, University of Alberta infectious disease expert Nelson Lee wants to be clear: don’t panic. “We're not talking about long-range transmission that can cause super-spreading events,” said Lee, one of 239 scientists from around the world who sent an open letter to the World Health Organization warning of mounting…

New test for heart failure could help COVID-19 patients

U of A researchers say COVID-19 and cardiovascular disease are linked thanks to ACE2 enzyme and may respond to same treatments

New test for heart failure could help COVID-19 patientsA new blood test that reliably predicts outcomes for heart failure patients could lead to new diagnostics and treatments for COVID-19 patients as well, according to newly published research from cardiologists at the University of Alberta. The researchers examined circulating angiotensin peptide levels in the blood of 110 people who were experiencing heart failure due to…

COVID-19 stories document extraordinary moment in history

Contributors to new website put experiences in words, music and visual art running the gamut from optimism to despair

COVID-19 stories document extraordinary moment in historyA University of Alberta sociologist is collecting observations, reflections and stories of COVID-19 from the public, in all formats imaginable, for a new website called Stories of the Pandemic. The site is meant to serve as a community resource for people to better understand an unprecedented time in our lives, said co-curator Amy Kaler. It…

Researchers work to simplify COVID-19 recommendations

U of A designer, emergency room doctor work on award-winning projects that show how to stop the spread

Researchers work to simplify COVID-19 recommendationsAs citizens cope with a barrage of public health information about how to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Alberta researchers are working to make it more accessible and easier to understand. “All of your functions are impaired in an emergency,” said Gillian Harvey, an assistant professor of design studies and a member of the international…

No evidence predator control will save caribou: study

U of A scientists suggest renewed emphasis on securing habitat rather than culling wolves or fencing in pregnant caribou

No evidence predator control will save caribou: studyAddressing potential threats from predators has not slowed the dramatic decline of mountain caribou in British Columbia and Alberta, according to a new study by scientists from three Western Canadian universities. Biologists reassessed data from research published in 2019. The original research has been cited as showing that killing wolves and fencing pregnant caribou are solutions…

Flu deaths rise when cities get pro sports teams: study

New research has implications for reopening arenas to fans during COVID-19 pandemic

Flu deaths rise when cities get pro sports teams: studyWhen one of the big four professional sports leagues in North America expands into a new market, it brings with it an increase in influenza-related deaths, according to a sport management researcher looking to inform the conversation around getting sports fans back in stands in the midst of a pandemic. “We wanted to find out…

Success begets success in crowdfunding, study shows

But if entrepreneurs can’t follow in the footsteps of blockbuster ideas, they should aim to come in behind campaigns that nearly reached their goals

Success begets success in crowdfunding, study showsEntrepreneurs looking to raise money on crowdfunding sites are better off following in the footsteps of ideas that fell just short of their fundraising goals than coming in behind projects that enjoyed modest success, according to a study that proposes the role of the entrepreneur might be to grow the pie for all and not…
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