Online learners falling behind in their reading skills

Especially if they already struggled with reading before COVID-19

Online learners falling behind in their reading skillsLast spring’s COVID-19 school closures put young, struggling readers further behind in their skills – and the situation won’t get better unless there are changes to online and at-home instruction, suggests a University of Alberta reading expert. A comparison of reading ability scores among students in Grades 1 to 3 in a sampling of Alberta…

Graduation opens new chapter for Cree poet and Rhodes scholar

Billy-Ray Belcourt earns PhD while winning acclaim for his accounts of life as a gay Indigenous person in Western Canada

Graduation opens new chapter for Cree poet and Rhodes scholarSuccess was running Billy-Ray Belcourt ragged in the months before COVID-19. The Indigenous poet, scholar and national literary sensation was constantly on the road, attending literary festivals and making other appearances related to his two hit volumes of poetry – all while wrapping up a doctorate and adapting to his new role as professor of…

Driving change for women displaced by terrorism in Nigeria

Driving change for women displaced by terrorism in NigeriaNewly graduated nursing PhD Oluwakemi Amodu is building on the work she did during her doctoral program at the University of Alberta to make life better for 250 women in a refugee camp in northern Nigeria. Amodu won a $75,000 post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Waterloo for a project to bring education and treatment for sexually…

Diabetes research closer than ever to possible cure

As close to a cure for diabetes as we’re ever going to see

Diabetes research closer than ever to possible cureAs the world prepares to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin next year, researchers at the University of Alberta are hard at work on what they hope will become the next big diabetes breakthrough. The project is led by James Shapiro, professor of surgery in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and Canada Research…

Headband may help diagnosis of stroke patients

New wearable tech by U of A scientists could help improve the speed and accuracy of stroke diagnosis

Headband may help diagnosis of stroke patientsA new technology developed by University of Alberta neuroscientists is the first step in developing a low-cost, portable method to improve the diagnosis and detection of stroke – before patients arrive at the hospital. “We used a portable headband with embedded EEG sensors, a gyroscope and an accelerometer to see if this can help improve…

Recreational sport helps people cope with adversity, study shows

Social support in rec leagues builds confidence and offers a reprieve from negative emotions, researcher finds

Recreational sport helps people cope with adversity, study showsBesides the physical fitness and social benefits of sport, recreational athletes use their sport participation as a way to cope with adverse life events, according to a University of Alberta study. The study could help adult sport associations better market and reshape their leagues to combat shrinking participation rates. “It’s not surprising that these recreational…

Research opens new path for diagnosing and treating diabetes

Only a “proof of concept” at this stage, but validates the need for further research

Research opens new path for diagnosing and treating diabetesA team of researchers led by a University of Alberta pharmacology professor has mapped the function and gene expression of individual insulin-producing cells within the human pancreas, opening new paths of research for diagnosing and treating diabetes. “There’s been a lot of excitement the last few years about understanding how pancreatic beta cells make insulin,” said Patrick MacDonald,…

Study provides proof of concept for synthesizing carbyne

Study provides proof of concept for synthesizing carbyneThe properties of an incredibly light and ultra-strong material called carbyne have only been theoretically predicted – until now. Synthesis of the material may actually be possible, according to new research from University of Alberta chemists. “Carbyne has been predicted by theoretical studies to be stiffer and stronger than any currently known material – for…

Heart transplant expert explores link between blood group, COVID-19

U of A pediatric cardiologist Lori West one of six researchers receiving $2.8 million in federal funding in fight against pandemic

Heart transplant expert explores link between blood group, COVID-19University of Alberta-made tools built to study ABO blood group issues in organ transplant patients have been brought into the COVID-19 fight to determine why people with different blood types react differently to COVID-19. “The tools allow us to look at these pieces of the ABO-COVID-19 connection,” said Lori West, Canada Research Chair in Cardiac Transplantation…
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