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Watershed moment: Researchers present new framework for groundwater modeling in Alberta and beyond

EXTRACT: Watershed moment: Researchers present new framework for groundwater modeling in Alberta and beyond New water management paradigm provides powerful insight and assessment information for boreal plains region. By Katie Willis on May 6, 2019 The new groundwater systems model developed by UAlberta researchers more accurately fits the climate of Alberta—and enables more ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-05-06

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2019 Celebration of Excellence in Teaching and Research

EXTRACT: 2019 Celebration of Excellence in Teaching and Research Annual awards ceremony honours and highlights the excellence of our exceptional faculty and staff. By News Staff on May 6, 2019 On behalf of the Faculty of Science, Interim Dean Frank Marsiglio (second from right) congratulates the honorees of the 2019 Celebration of Excellence ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-05-06

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Girls on Ice a go! Funding supports young scientists setting off on adventure of a lifetime

EXTRACT: Girls on Ice a go! Funding supports young scientists setting off on adventure of a lifetime 10 young women are set for the adventure of a lifetime this summer, thanks to Girls on Ice Canada and a major funding infusion from the Government of Canada. By Jennifer Pascoe on May 2, 2019 ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-05-02

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Traditional Indigenous knowledge supports flood mitigation research in James Bay region

EXTRACT: Traditional Indigenous knowledge supports flood mitigation research in James Bay region Researchers collaborate with Kashechewan First Nation to understand changing spring flooding in northern Ontario. By Katie Willis on April 30, 2019 UAlberta research and traditional Indigenous knowledge are improving understanding spring flooding in the Kashechewan First Nation. Photo credit: Arshad Khalafzai New ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-04-30

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Eclogitic diamonds formed from oceanic crust, study shows

EXTRACT: Eclogitic diamonds formed from oceanic crust, study shows Diamonds in eclogite source carbon from oceanic crust, not sediment. By Katie Willis on April 24, 2019 Eclogitic diamonds formed in Earth’s mantle originate from oceanic crust, rather than marine sediments as commonly thought, according to a new study from University of Alberta geologists. Diamonds are ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-04-24

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Recent Arctic temperatures warmest in more than 10,000 years

EXTRACT: Recent Arctic temperatures warmest in more than 10,000 years New study by UAlberta climate researchers examines the past to forecast impact of record highs on permafrost in Northern Canada. By Andrew Lyle on April 10, 2019 A new study by Canadian researchers is highlighting alarming rates of climate warming and thaw of permafrost ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-04-10

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The changing Arctic ice caps

EXTRACT: The changing Arctic ice caps Professor Martin Sharp, University of Alberta, explores the processes, rates and impacts of the changing Arctic ice caps due to global warming April 4, 2019 In the Arctic, semi-permanent ice exists at the Earth’s surface in various forms – the seasonal snow cover, as ground ice within ...

Media source: Open Access Governmnet · 2019-04-04

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An intimate interconnection: Linking traditional Indigenous knowledge and earth science research

EXTRACT: An intimate interconnection: Linking traditional Indigenous knowledge and earth science research Researcher receives new funding for pilot project on fostering interest about earth sciences among Indigenous students. By Katie Willis on April 2, 2019 A new pilot program to foster interest and enthusiasm about earth sciences among Indigenous students is taking shape at ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-04-02

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UAlberta leads urgent call for sample rocks from Mars

EXTRACT: UAlberta leads urgent call for sample rocks from Mars International team of scientists outlines objectives for Mars Sample Return campaign. By Katie Willis on March 27, 2019 In order to answer our most pressing questions about Mars, scientists need samples collected from the planet’s surface and returned to Earth for examination. A new publication ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-03-27

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North of the border: Tracking a volcanic eruption into Canada

EXTRACT: North of the border: Tracking a volcanic eruption into Canada University of Alberta scientists seek public participation in survey on the eruption of Mount St. Helens in May 1980. By Katie Willis on March 18, 2019 Do you remember the eruption of Mount St Helens in May 1980? If so, researchers at ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-03-18

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Climate change forces glaciers to retreat in Canada's Arctic

EXTRACT: Climate change forces glaciers to retreat in Canada's Arctic Many impacts of climate change have been observed since the term drifted into common usage in the late 1970s and 80s. Although declining animal populations and statistics regarding rising sea levels and global temperatures have taken root in our daily lives ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-03-15

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Everyday wild: How Edmonton’s urban parkland helps citizens thrive

EXTRACT: Everyday wild: How Edmonton’s urban parkland helps citizens thrive Access to natural area parks within city limits provides therapeutic experiences, promotes health and well-being for residents. By Katie Willis on March 5, 2019 A new study by University of Alberta researchers is taking a closer look at the experiences reported by natural area ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-03-05

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Looking for hot water: Geothermal pilot project marks new era for energy in Alberta

EXTRACT: Looking for hot water: Geothermal pilot project marks new era for energy in Alberta New funding from Alberta Innovates supports pilot project with Albertan oil and gas company. By Katie Willis on February 25, 2019 Imagine having a monthly utility bill that cost upwards of a million dollars. Now imagine that with a ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-02-25

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Losing ground to climate change in coastal communities

EXTRACT: Losing ground to climate change in coastal communities Urban planning expert addresses local impact of climate change on coastal communities, identifies need for refocus and intervention. By Katie Willis on February 19, 2019 Climate change, explains UAlberta assistant professor and planning expert Jeff Birchall, is impacting both the Homer Spit and community’s ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-02-19

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Did multicellular life first emerge 1.5 billion years earlier than we thought?

EXTRACT: Did multicellular life first emerge 1.5 billion years earlier than we thought? Ancient fossilized tracks suggest multicellular organisms originated 2.1 billion years ago. By Katie Willis on February 12, 2019 Newly discovered fossilized tracks suggest multicellular life could be 1.5 billion years older than previously thought, according to a new study by an ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-02-12

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Designing for earthquakes: How public open spaces can improve survival

EXTRACT: Designing for earthquakes: How public open spaces can improve survival Parks, streetscapes, and sport fields can be designed to help affected populations survive earthquakes, study says. By Katie Willis on February 6, 2019 University of Alberta assistant professor Jeff Birchall explains how changing how we design cities can improve the seismic resilience ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-02-06

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Wildfire evacuation plans on reserves could reduce stragglers by keeping closer to home, U of A researcher says

EXTRACT: Wildfire evacuation plans on reserves could reduce stragglers by keeping closer to home, U of A researcher says By Hamdi Issawi StarMetro Edmonton | Fri., Jan. 18, 2019 Rethinking wildfire evacuations plans on First Nation reserves could improve compliance in the event of an emergency, a University of Alberta researcher found. ...

Media source: the Start Edmonton · 2019-01-18

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To leave or not to leave: Understanding indigenous experiences of evacuation in Canada

EXTRACT: To leave or not to leave: Understanding indigenous experiences of evacuation in Canada Culturally appropriate services for First Nations are critical for successful, safe, and sensitive wildfire evacuations, study shows. By Katie Willis on January 17, 2019 For members of indigenous communities, the question of abandoning home during mandatory wildfire evacuations is a ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-01-17

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The bright future of purpose-built biochar

EXTRACT: The bright future of purpose-built biochar University of Alberta geochemists explore potential of tailoring soil-enriching charcoal for agriculture, water treatment. By Katie Willis on January 16, 2019 In the last decade, biochar has attracted global attention for its low cost and many uses, ranging from water treatment to soil remediation to greenhouse gas ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-01-16

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Syrian refugees face disparate experiences in private sponsorship programs

EXTRACT: Syrian refugees face disparate experiences in private sponsorship programs New research from the School of Urban and Regional Planning compares outcomes for Syrian refugees from private, government, and blended programs. By Katie Willis on January 9, 2019 Experiences of Syrian refugees in privately sponsored programs range from integration to abandonment, according to a ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2019-01-09

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Geochemical Methods Help Resolve A Long-Standing Debate In Amber Palaeontology

EXTRACT: Geochemical Methods Help Resolve A Long-Standing Debate In Amber Palaeontology by Kaarel Mänd | December 17, 2018 Natural amber nuggets from the Rovno deposit, western Ukraine. Photo courtesy of Ryan C. McKellar. Ambers are fossilized plant resins that have found wide use in jewelry-making. They are also a major archive for the ...

Media source: Science Trends · 2018-12-17

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'One in 50 years': U of A researchers help solve ice quake mystery at Alberta Beach

EXTRACT: 'One in 50 years': U of A researchers help solve ice quake mystery at Alberta Beach By Clare Rayment | Updated: December 16, 2018 The “earthquakes” that shook up several Alberta towns at the beginning of 2018 were actually “ice quakes,” researchers at the University of Alberta discovered. On Jan. 1, residents ...

Media source: Edmonton Journal · 2018-12-16

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Icequakes: A New Year’s Day mystery solved

EXTRACT: Icequakes: A New Year’s Day mystery solved University of Alberta researchers solve the seismic mystery that shook several Albertan communities earlier this year. By Andrew Lyle on December 13, 2018 Ice-ridges on Lac Ste. Anne, taken on January 5th, that formed after the seismic event shook the lake. Now, University of ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-12-13

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High school student discovers new way to extract diamonds from kimberlite

EXTRACT: High school student discovers new way to extract diamonds from kimberlite Grade 11 student Hamdi Ali made the discovery while conducting summer research at the University of Alberta. By Andrew Lyle on December 6, 2018 "Hamdi Ali (R) presented the findings at the Yellowknife Geoscience Forum, accompanied by Graham Pearson (L) and ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-12-06

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Resource-based communities: not just all work and no play

EXTRACT: Resource-based communities: not just all work and no play UAlberta researchers examine role of recreation and leisure opportunities in improving social sustainability in Fort McMurray. By Andrew Lyle on November 22, 2018 Leith Deacon, assistant professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning and principal investigator in the Sustainable Community ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2018-11-22

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