Ancient sand reveals missing piece of 3.2-billion-year-old continent

U of A researchers shed new light on the structure and formation of Earth’s earliest continents

Ancient sand reveals missing piece of 3.2-billion-year-old continentScientists have found evidence for a missing piece of a 3.2-billion-year-old continent, according to a new study by University of Alberta scientists. The research identifies the only remnant of ultra-hot lavas within this ancient landmass, located within tiny mineral grains preserved in sandstone. “Our research developed a method to identify and date pieces of our…

New devices could prevent a significant number of disabling strokes

Results from clinical trial expected to significantly change how clinicians monitor for atrial fibrillation in stroke patients

New devices could prevent a significant number of disabling strokesA clinical trial examining the efficacy of two devices to monitor and detect atrial fibrillation (AF), or an irregular heartbeat, in ischemic stroke patients – one an implantable device that monitors over 12 months, the other an external device that monitors over 30 days – found the implantable device is more than three times more…

Director examines colonization in production of classical play

Actor, playwright, director, producer Reneltta Arluk returns to U of A as first Indigenous woman to direct on Timms Centre’s main stage

Director examines colonization in production of classical playReneltta Arluk admits being the first Indigenous woman to graduate from the University of Alberta’s BFA acting program in 2005 was a hard-won distinction. In a moment of frank disclosure, Arluk recalls confronting no small measure of racial bias among certain faculty members who made her feel she had no right to be there. Some…

Agreement fosters teaching, learning and research for Métis people

U of A, Métis Nation of Alberta and Rupertsland Institute provide research on Métis concerns, support for Métis students

Agreement fosters teaching, learning and research for Métis peopleA long-standing partnership to provide quality education, training and research to the Métis people of Alberta is being renewed and celebrated by the University of Alberta, the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) and the Rupertsland Institute (RLI). The memorandum of understanding honours the ongoing relationship between the MNA, RLI and the U of A while commemorating the 10th anniversary of…

Scientists reveal the secret lives of Canada lynx

Cutting-edge recording technology captures never-before-heard sounds of the elusive boreal predators hunting, fighting and sleeping

Scientists reveal the secret lives of Canada lynxUsing a Fitbit and a spy mic, University of Alberta scientists have revealed new insights into the behaviour of the elusive Canada lynx. The research provides a first look at how miniaturized technology can open the door to remote wildlife monitoring. “Working on one of the boreal forest’s top predators, the Canada lynx, we found…

Researcher reveals history of assimilative tactics on Blood Reserve

Hopes her work will help intergenerational survivors

Researcher reveals history of assimilative tactics on Blood ReserveThe residential school system is the focal point of truth and reconciliation efforts with Indigenous peoples in Canada. But a University of Alberta education researcher says the schools, which operated in Canada until 1996, aren’t the whole story. Dr. Tiffany Prete, an adjunct professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies, has been conducting research…

AI innovation will make thyroid ultrasounds faster and easier

FDA approves MEDO’s tool offering simpler, more reliable diagnostic scans for thousands of patients

AI innovation will make thyroid ultrasounds faster and easierA University of Alberta spinoff company has received FDA approval for an artificial intelligence tool that could revolutionize thyroid ultrasounds, making the procedure faster and easier for thousands of Canadians who undergo it each year. MEDO.ai, with offices in Edmonton and Singapore, received approval last month from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its…

New AI-powered deep learning model supports medical diagnostics

Computing scientist lost in Flight PS752 contributed to the study

New AI-powered deep learning model supports medical diagnosticsA new deep learning model can learn to identify diseases from medical scans faster and more accurately, according to new research by a team of University of Alberta computing scientists and the U of A spinoff company MEDO. The breakthrough model is the work of a team of researchers in the Faculty of Science – including Pouneh…

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…

Guide launched for virtual delivery of domestic violence interventions

Evidence-based handbook helps service providers make virtual interventions confidential, safe and accessible

Guide launched for virtual delivery of domestic violence interventionsProviders of domestic and sexual violence interventions have new guidance to help them safely deliver trauma-focused services and supports virtually, thanks to a new handbook from public health experts at the University of Alberta. “At the onset of the pandemic, the anti-violence sector had to quickly pivot to remote-based virtual delivery to ensure continued access to interventions…