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UAlberta was named one of Canada's Greenest Employers for a remarkable sixth straight year.
Putting the green in Green and Gold: the University of Alberta was recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers for a remarkable sixth straight year. (Photo: Richard Siemens) (Edmonton) For a remarkable sixth year in a row, the University of Alberta has been named one of Canada’s greenest employers. The U of A was one of just 55 Canadian organizations, including eight post-secondary institutions, to get the nod. The award was announced April 22 by Mediacorp Canada Inc., a specialty publisher of employment-related periodicals that sponsors other employer awards such as Canada’s Top 100 Employers. The green award recognizes...
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Solar-electric panels adorn the new Medical Isotope and Cyclotron Facility on UAlberta's South Campus.
The building-integrated solar array in the Medical Isotope and Cyclotron Facility was one of the first to be installed in Canada. (Edmonton) World-class sustainability researchers at the University of Alberta deserve a campus that models leading-edge sustainability practices. The university will soon do just that when it unveils the largest portfolio of renewable energy generation in Canada’s post-secondary sector. “Instead of using fossil fuels for power and heat, we will generate clean energy with solar-electric and solar-thermal panels,” said Michael Versteege, manager of Energy Management and Sustainable Operations and one of the principal champions for renewable energy on...
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These 11 outstanding achievers will receive honorary degrees from the University of Alberta during spring convocation ceremonies in June 2014.
Eleven inspiring achievers will receive honorary degrees at spring convocation this June: (top row) Alexander McCalla, Bruce Hogle, Beckie Scott, Dave Lede, Darren Entwistle (bottom row) Helen Hays, John Poon, Kamaljit Bawa, David Schindler, Elsie Yanik, Sandra Woitas (Edmonton) The University of Alberta is poised to award 11 individuals with honorary degrees for a vast array of achievements that hold at least one thing in common—they continue to make the world a better place. "Our spring convocation honorary degree recipients remind all of us of the importance of talent, integrity, passion and wisdom,” said U of A chancellor...
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Nicholas Ashbolt, the new Translational Health Chair in Water at UAlberta
Nicholas Ashbolt is the new Translational Health Chair in Water at UAlberta. (Photo: Laughing Dog Photography, supplied by Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions) (Edmonton) A University of Alberta researcher has been awarded a new provincial research chair to improve the way water supplies are used, reused and managed. Nicholas Ashbolt, a professor in the School of Public Health, was named the Translational Health Chair in Water by Alberta Innovates—Health Solutions. Ashbolt will receive about $4.2 million for the seven-year research program. According to Ashbolt, Alberta has some of the best water and water safety controls in North America. “Alberta...
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Finlay McAlister (left) and Miriam Fradette, one of the pharmacists who took part in the UAlberta study of interventions for patients who have suffered from a stroke.
Finlay McAlister (left) and Miriam Fradette, one of the pharmacists who took part in the UAlberta study of interventions for patients who have suffered from a stroke (Edmonton) A new study from the University of Alberta shows that pharmacists can make a healthy difference for patients recovering from stroke. Medical researchers from the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry are looking at nurse- and pharmacist-led interventions to improve the standard of care for patients who have suffered minor stroke or transient ischemic attack, also known as “mini-stroke.” “What we were finding was that six months or 12 months after...
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The Right Hon. Kim Campbell, founding principal of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College at the University of Alberta
Kim Campbell, Canada's first female prime minister, is the founding principal of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College at the University of Alberta. (Photo: Richard Siemens) (Edmonton) The first and only Canadian woman to lead the nation as prime minister will oversee the creation of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College at the University of Alberta. The Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, Canada’s 19th prime minister, has been appointed founding principal of the college, one of the two main elements of the Peter Lougheed Leadership Initiative, a collaboration with The Banff Centre aimed at creating one of the world's pre-eminent leadership...
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Christopher Dennison with members of his research team
High-impact research: Christopher Dennison (middle) with graduate students Robert Butz and Brooklyn Knowles. Dennison received $60,000 from CFI for a project aimed at making helmets better at protecting against head and brain injuries. (Photo: Richard Siemens) (Edmonton) Helmets are the leading injury-prevention device for head and brain injury. However, despite 30 years of research and development to build better helmets that are very effective at protecting against severe head and brain injury, concussion (a form of mild brain injury) is still a widespread injury in sports like hockey and football. “We have all these amazing helmets, yet...
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(From left) Paul Major, chair of the School of Dentistry; Sharon Compton, director of the Dental Hygiene Program; and D. Douglas Miller, dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
(From left) Paul Major, chair of the School of Dentistry; Sharon Compton, director of the Dental Hygiene Program; and D. Douglas Miller, dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, announced the launch of Canada's first master's degree program in dental hygiene. (Edmonton) On the heels of a successful accreditation review, the University of Alberta’s dental hygiene program is leading the way in education with a new master of science degree. The master’s program—the first of its kind in Canada—gives U of A students even more options in addition to the diploma and degree programs already offered in...
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The spring 2014 cohort of scholars taking part in UAlberta's GALD program pose with Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson at City Hall.
Scholars participating in UAlberta's Global Academic Leadership Development program with Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson at City Hall. The group includes deans and senior administrators from some of China's top universities. (Edmonton) The University of Alberta’s strong connections to China have produced a new distinction for the university. According to the China Scholarship Council, the U of A now receives more CSC-sponsored students and scholars than any other institution in the world. “This is quite an accomplishment for our institution and builds upon our university’s global profile,” says Britta Baron, vice-provost and associate vice-president (international). “We appreciate and...
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(Photo: Michael Lavoie Photography) (Edmonton) At the end of 2011, an estimated 34 million people worldwide were living with HIV/AIDS. In Alberta, the total was 1,532. Thanks to scientific improvements in antiretroviral therapy, many of these Albertans are living long and full lives. The key to living longer with HIV is sticking with the antiretroviral therapy prescribed. Megan Lefebvre, a PhD candidate with the School of Public Health, is intrigued by the factors that make people successful at adhering to antiretroviral therapy. Working with the Northern Alberta HIV Program, Lefebvre noted that patients who identified themselves as having...
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Zubia Mumtaz
Zubia Mumtaz led a study showing that newcomers and Canadian-born women receive similar levels of maternal health care in Canada's Prairie provinces, despite cultural differences and language barriers. (Photo: Richard Siemens) (Edmonton) Defying all expectations, new research from the University of Alberta shows that newcomer women are very satisfied with the maternal care they receive in Canada’s Prairie provinces. A study led by Zubia Mumtaz, assistant professor in the School of Public Health, revealed that newcomer women were just as able to navigate the health-care system and received the same information regarding what to expect during pregnancy and...
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Robert Burch
Philosophy professor Robert Burch will deliver the Last Lecture April 9 after being chosen by thousands of current and former students. (Photo: Geoff McMaster) (Edmonton) Robert Burch asks if we can meet in person. He doesn’t like phone interviews, claiming, “I don’t present myself to best advantage.” Whether or not that’s true (one suspects it isn’t), the philosophy professor does present himself exceptionally well in the classroom, at least according to the thousands of former students who cast more than 8,000 ballots in the recent Last Lecture competition. Burch came out on top after some 4,600 people cast...
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The Accutas lab-on-a-chip technology
The Accutas “lab on a chip" technology will allow technicians in the field to test for malaria, and potentially many other infectious diseases. (Edmonton) A University of Alberta professor has come one step closer to bringing diagnostic testing for malaria out of the lab and into the field. New funding means Stephanie Yanow, a researcher in the School of Public Health, can further develop a technology, called Accutas, which will allow technicians in the field to test for malaria—and potentially many other infectious diseases. With her partner, the U of A spinoff company Aquila Diagnostic Systems, Yanow was...
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More than 70 Golden Bears football players turned out to help Habitat for Humanity with its largest build in Canadian history.
More than 70 student-athletes from the Golden Bears football team turned out to help Habitat for Humanity Edmonton build the largest housing development in the organization's Canadian history. This past Saturday the University of Alberta Golden Bears football team traded in their shoulder pads and helmets for tool belts and hard hats to help Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. More than 70 student-athletes from the Golden Bears gridiron squad picked up hammers and used saws to help build a new housing development in Neufeld Landing, which is Habitat for Humanity Edmonton's largest build to date—and the largest Habitat development in...
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(From left) Gordon Cove, president and CEO of Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency; Ruurd Zijlstra, animal scientist at UAlberta; Jeff Johnston, VP of research and innovation at Champion Petfoods; Minister of Western Economic Development Michelle Rempel; and Dave Johnston, COO of Elmira Pet products
(From left) Gordon Cove, president and CEO of Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency; Ruurd Zijlstra, animal scientist at UAlberta; Jeff Johnston, VP of research and innovation at Champion Petfoods; Minister of Western Economic Development Michelle Rempel; and Dave Johnston, COO of Elmira Pet products, announce $1.6M in funding and support for a new pilot extruder at UAlberta. (Edmonton) A new piece of equipment, the only one of its kind in Canada, will help place the University of Alberta at the forefront of innovation in pet food and ingredient development. Thanks to $1.6 million in funding from Western Economic...
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(Edmonton) The University of Alberta’s athletics program recorded one of its most successful seasons in 2014, winning three CIS national championships as well as 10 Canada West or western regional titles. It marks the first time since 2008 that Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics won more than one CIS championship in a single season, but it continues the Green and Gold’s impressive streak of at least one national championship win every year since 1993—a stretch of 21 straight years. The Golden Bears and Pandas will honour their best and brightest April 10 at the annual Green and Gold Awards ceremony....
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Matthew Nickel is working alongside Canada Research Chair Robert Burrell on technology that could change the type of treatment cancer patients receive.
Matthew Nickel is working alongside Canada Research Chair Robert Burrell on technology that could change the type of treatment cancer patients receive. (Edmonton) An undergraduate engineering student at the University of Alberta is taking part in leading-edge medical research that could have a profound effect on the type of treatment some cancer patients receive. Under the supervision of renowned biomedical engineer Robert Burrell, Matthew Nickel is working on a new device that could give surgeons important information about the type of cancer a patient has, and help them decide what type of surgery to perform. At present, thyroid...
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Dawn Kingston (left) and Lana Berry play with Berry's one-year-old daughter Kristen at the Berry family's home.
Dawn Kingston (left) and Lana Berry play with Berry's one-year-old daughter Kristen at the Berry family's home. (Edmonton) After struggling with anxiety and depression since her teens, Lana Berry hit bottom at age 26. Divorced, unemployed and back living with her parents, she found herself in a dark place—“as sick as I’d ever been.” Berry persevered, pouring her energy into getting better. She found work, met the love of her life, remarried and, six years after her low point, found out she was going to be a mom. Given her past, she was understandably anxious about what to...
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Provost Carl Amrhein and Students' Union president Petros Kusmu announce the approval of
Provost Carl Amrhein and Students' Union president Petros Kusmu sign the approval of "Green and Gold Week," a new fall break for UAlberta students. (Edmonton) In an effort to improve student mental wellness and academic success, the University of Alberta will be instituting a fall reading week beginning in 2015. “Today we celebrate what is perhaps, in the 10 years I’ve been at the University of Alberta, the clearest example of all of those different groups coming together to define something that is clearly in the best interest of faculty, students and staff at the university,” said U...
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(From left) Mechanical engineering students Ebele Anekwe, Sarah Mattar, Brooks Atley, Ryan Musteca and Shealynn Carpenter strike a pose after putting their vehicle to the test in the robotic biathlon.
(From left) Mechanical engineering students Ebele Anekwe, Sarah Mattar, Brooks Atley, Ryan Musteca and Shealynn Carpenter strike a pose after putting their vehicle to the test in the robotic biathlon. (Edmonton) Second-year engineering students put their creativity and design skills on display as part of a final exam that pitted their robotic vehicles against one another in a futuristic version of biathlon. “This is absolutely next-level stuff,” said mechanical engineering student Sarah Mattar, explaining that the Mechanical Engineering 260 course was unlike any other. “When we first started planning and building, everything was going great—until that one day...
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(Edmonton) The University of Alberta is committed to creating awareness among its 39,000 students and the larger community about the impact on Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples of the residential school system, and about the importance of building understanding and respect. Chancellor Ralph Young read out the university’s expression of reconciliation March 29 to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, during the historic panel’s final national gathering held in Edmonton. The commission was established nearly five years ago with a mandate to learn and share the truth with all Canadians about what happened in the residential schools, and to guide a...
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Ed Holder, minister of state for science and technology (seated), and Edmonton-Leduc MP James Rajotte (back right), receive an introduction to nanotechnology research from Julie Qian and Carlo Montemagno (back centre), newly appointed Canada Research Chair in Intelligent Nanosystems.
Ed Holder, minister of state for science and technology (seated), and Edmonton-Leduc MP James Rajotte (back right), receive an introduction to nanotechnology research from Julie Qian and Carlo Montemagno (back centre), newly appointed Canada Research Chair in Intelligent Nanosystems. (Edmonton) Tackling big challenges like reducing the world’s carbon dioxide emissions sometimes starts with small ideas—tiny, in fact. As a leading authority in nanotechnology, Carlo Montemagno is used to starting small to tackle big-picture problems. The University of Alberta professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering leads a team of 35 researchers from a range of disciplines...
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From the vault: this video was first screened in 1999 at the presentation of Willie Littlechild’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the U of A’s highest alumni honour. (Edmonton) “What do you mean you’re quitting? Nonsense!” said Clare Drake over the phone. Practice starts at 5:30—be there!” It was a low point in Willie Littlechild’s days at the U of A. The physical education student and Golden Bears hockey player was overwhelmed with the unfamiliar demands of university life, so he decided to throw in the towel and head back to the reserve. As one of very few Aboriginal students on campus...
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This ponerine ant found in Westlock was the first member of the species to be found in Canada.
This ponerine ant was found in Westlock—the first time the species has been found in Canada. (Edmonton) A type of ant that usually resides in warm climates was found for the first time in Canada, in an apartment in Westlock in the dead of winter. It was one of 107 species recorded during the third annual Winterbugs Alberta, a winter bug count led by John Acorn, faculty service officer in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences. One of Acorn’s former students brought him the tiny, reddish ant specimen. “I couldn’t ID it,” chuckles Acorn. “It was...
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Kiera Keglowitsch performs the role of Myrtha at an Edmonton production of Giselle in March 2014.
To build visuals for iGiselle, Vadim Bulitko and his team shot photos of ballet dancers at a recent Edmonton production of Giselle. Featured here is Kiera Keglowitsch playing the character of Myrtha. (Edmonton) Ever been frustrated with a story’s ending, wishing the protagonist had more power to change the outcome? Video games are making it possible to rewrite traditional narratives like never before. And now a new partnership between English professor Nora Stovel and computing scientist Vadim Bulitko may well be the first to apply the technology to the world of ballet. The two researchers are working on...
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