Building neurotech community in Alberta earns student startup award

Eden Redman co-founded student group-turned-non-profit to support students exploring new ways for computers to interact with the brain

Building neurotech community in Alberta earns student startup awardEverything from brain-controlled prosthetics to games that are responsive to brain activity are within our grasp, according to University of Alberta student Eden Redman. Redman’s work promoting and expanding access to brainwave-sensing technology has earned him the Student Entrepreneur of the Year award at Startup Edmonton’s YEG Startup Community Awards. Announced at an online ceremony in May,…

We can celebrate Canada without worshiping or denouncing it

Let us celebrate gratitude for the good, humility for the bad, and thankfulness that failures were not worse

We can celebrate Canada without worshiping or denouncing itCelebration of anything or anyone requires one of two mindsets. The first mindset is make-believe. We pretend something is what it is not. We sing, dance, and light fireworks in false celebration. Eulogies about abusive drunks being great family men call us to false celebration. We pretend the bad did not exist, and we focus…

PhD grad finds her calling serving those who serve their country

As an occupational therapist and researcher, Chelsea Jones helps military members and veterans improve their physical and mental health

PhD grad finds her calling serving those who serve their countryChelsea Jones knew little about the military before becoming an occupational therapist, helping ease people out of their pain and back into their day-to-day lives. But when she realized there was a gap in the kind of treatment soldiers needed beyond physical therapy, she knew where she belonged. As she graduates this week with a…

Education grad and powwow dancer follows in her father’s footsteps

For Alicia Cardinal, attending the U of A was the fulfilment of a childhood ambition and a way to honour her dad’s memory

Education grad and powwow dancer follows in her father’s footstepsMany educators say they knew from an early age what they’d be when they grew up, but Alicia Cardinal says she knew from age four where she would go to school to become a teacher. Her father, a University of Alberta graduate, teacher and principal at First Nation schools around Alberta, would bring her to…

Why many leaders are lonely and what to do about it

Find someone you can trust to communicate what you’re going through

Why many leaders are lonely and what to do about itOn a recent Sunday afternoon, I went over the handlebars of my bike, bent my front wheel and landed on my head. My son Caleb wasn’t surprised – in fact, I’ve noticed he worries about me when we go riding. And I admit I’ve had my share of accidents on my mountain bike. The thing…

Coaches at all levels treat fun as a negative. It’s not

Humanistic coaches focus on encouragement and positive motivation. They believe humans seek out fun and want to actualize themselves

Coaches at all levels treat fun as a negative. It’s not“Fun is good.” – Mike Veeck, creator of a variety of innovative and fun baseball promotions Unfortunately, the vast majority of coaches, from the youth level to the professional level, adopt a militaristic coaching style. They believe a taskmaster mentality is how you get the best from athletes. It’s not. “Nothing, according to the research,…

Partnership aims to help unpaid caregivers find flexible jobs

U of A expert brings 25 years of research to project involving caregiver support organization and local tech company

Partnership aims to help unpaid caregivers find flexible jobsSitting up in the darkest hours of early morning, comforting his wife as she struggled with a panic attack, Darren Hinger was exhausted, knowing he had to work the next day. “I was saying to myself, I already know I’m exhausted, I don’t have anything left to give, I have to get some sleep to…

Five signs you have a victim mentality and how to escape

Don’t let yourself sit and wallow in your thoughts

Five signs you have a victim mentality and how to escapeDo you often feel helpless or believe the world is out to get you? Do people often mention they think you’re cynical or pessimistic? It’s certainly possible you have what’s referred to as a victim mentality. A victim mentality is a learned mental state in which you blame others for your problems and absolve yourself…

Still waiting for accountability on youth mental illness

We are in the vortex of a mental health and addictions epidemic

Still waiting for accountability on youth mental illnessIn 1998, our family was in trouble. We were on the brink of losing a child – our daughter was in deep trouble due to acute addictions and mental health problems. Living in Winnipeg at the time, we were on a desperate mission to find help. It wasn’t there. It wasn’t anywhere in Canada. We…