Artificial intelligence innovator named to Royal Society

U of A computing scientist Rich Sutton honoured by world’s oldest national scientific institution

Artificial intelligence innovator named to Royal SocietyRich Sutton, a University of Alberta computing science professor, a fellow and Canada CIFAR AI Chair at the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii), and one of the founders of modern computational reinforcement learning, has been elected as a fellow of the venerable Royal Society, the world’s oldest national scientific institution. Sutton, who joined the U of A’s Faculty…

Unique cardiac rehabilitation program gives cancer patients hope

Helps cancer patients who also face heart damage due to their treatment

Unique cardiac rehabilitation program gives cancer patients hopeAsk Paul Guenard how he’s doing, and he’ll tell you, “Not bad for a guy who’s supposed to be dead!” While he laughs as he says it, Guenard did indeed face death six years ago when he underwent a stem cell transplant to treat mantle cell lymphoma. Afterwards, he said, he felt so weak he…

Some E. coli bacteria thrive in wastewater treatment plants: study

Examining links to urinary tract infections, blood infections and meningitis

Some E. coli bacteria thrive in wastewater treatment plants: studyA strain of Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria is not only surviving, it’s thriving in wastewater treatment plants, according to recent research from a University of Alberta-led team that’s now working to understand their potentially harmful impact on human health. Most E. coli are destroyed by chlorine, oxygenation and other treatments in sewage plants. But…

Helping health workers take care of their mental health

Better mental wellness among health-care workers benefits patient care

Helping health workers take care of their mental healthA University of Alberta nursing researcher is tackling a paradox that affects not only the mental health of health-care providers but also the quality of patient care they deliver during the COVID-19 pandemic. Susan Sommerfeldt, assistant professor in the Faculty of Nursing, has received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) for two…

‘Invisible’ racism continues to haunt the world of academia

Undermining staff, students and faculty members who experience it

‘Invisible’ racism continues to haunt the world of academiaRacism is often too easily shrugged off as someone being “overly sensitive” or “misunderstanding” what was done or said. It’s that invisibility that makes systemic racism against Black people, Indigenous people and people of colour so difficult to dislodge at the institutional level in post-secondary schools – and so undermining of staff, students and faculty…

New research to fill a critical gap in beef production system

First BCRC-Hays Chair in Beef Production Systems at the U of A to play a key role in building a more sustainable and competitive industry

New research to fill a critical gap in beef production systemGleise M. Silva grew up in Recife, Brazil, a city perched on the turquoise edge of the Atlantic, home to lush forests, stunning beaches and 17th-century architecture. And yet, while living and studying in the “Brazilian Venice,” Silva found herself overwhelmingly drawn towards a subject she would never encounter in her hometown. “I was 100…

New lab-developed procedure improves treatment for fire victims

Alerts ER doctors of potential for misdiagnosing patients treated for cyanide poisoning

New lab-developed procedure improves treatment for fire victimsDuring his fourth year as a medical laboratory science student at the University of Alberta, Steven Dang embarked on a project at the Misericordia Hospital laboratory to help improve the treatment of patients rescued from house fires. Patients who arrive at hospitals from house fires are often treated for cyanide poisoning due to the toxic…

Marker may predict response to cancer immunotherapy

Abundance of protein galectin-9 in cancer patients is associated with poor response to immunotherapy

Marker may predict response to cancer immunotherapyUniversity of Alberta researchers have uncovered a link between the expression of the protein galectin-9 (gal-9) and whether a cancer patient will benefit from immunotherapy. The discovery could help inform physicians about which patients will likely respond to immunotherapy and lead to better treatment options. Immunotherapy or biological therapy is the treatment of disease by…

Researchers brewing up better ways to turn plant waste into ethanol

Researchers brewing up better ways to turn plant waste into ethanolUniversity of Alberta research is brewing up better ways to help ethanol producers make the most of plant waste they use to make their fuel. A process developed by researcher David Bressler’s lab in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences makes it possible to break down stubborn plant tissues to make clean-burning ethanol, and also creates a…

New funding will accelerate health innovation in Alberta

New funding will accelerate health innovation in AlbertaThree University of Alberta projects have received funding from Alberta Innovates to accelerate health innovation in the province. PRECISE, ADEPT and the University of Alberta Health Hub & Accelerator have been awarded support through the Health Innovation Platform Partnerships (HIPP) program. The program seeks to enable a health innovation ecosystem that is robust, co-ordinated and offers a competitive…

Caves in Northern Canada provide a history of ancient permafrost

Geoscientist sheds new light on permafrost thaw in the geologic past and what it could mean for our future

Caves in Northern Canada provide a history of ancient permafrostGeoscientists have uncovered surprising results that reveal a complex history of ancient permafrost thaw – with implications for understanding the effects of permafrost thawing and climate change in the Canadian Arctic today. “Permafrost is really a geological expression of climate, so permafrost response to past periods of global warming is like a natural experiment for…

3-D bioprinting successfully used to create nose cartilage

Searching for a better solution to a clinical problem facing many patients with skin cancer

A team of University of Alberta researchers has discovered a way to use 3-D bioprinting technology to create custom-shaped cartilage for use in surgical procedures. The work aims to make it easier for surgeons to safely restore the features of skin cancer patients living with nasal cartilage defects after surgery. The researchers used a specially…

$2M boost for the development of new varieties of wheat

To introduce new varieties of earlier-maturing, higher-yielding wheat for Western Canadian growers

$2M boost for the development of new varieties of wheatUniversity of Alberta research to develop earlier-maturing, more disease-resistant wheat for Western Canadian growers is being boosted, thanks to $2 million in support from the Canadian Wheat Research Coalition. A five-year agreement between CWRC and the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences (ALES) supports the development of up to five new wheat varieties for use by farmers…

Student helps unearth the story of a 3,000-year-old tragedy

Master’s research reveals clues into the lives of four people who perished in a fire in the late Bronze Age

Student helps unearth the story of a 3,000-year-old tragedyMore than 3,000 years ago, four people were incinerated and crushed in a blazing fire in the south central city of Azekah, Israel. Their remains were trapped in rubble until discovered by Tel Aviv University archeologists in 2012. That’s when Karl Berendt began volunteering at the excavation site as an undergraduate student at the University…

Students bring Indigenous perspectives to Wikipedia

Increasing the diversity of voices and having a few people making small and steady changes can lead to a big movement

Students bring Indigenous perspectives to WikipediaLast fall, students in a Native Studies course worked to improve representations of Indigenous peoples on one of the most popular websites in the world. The course, Colonialism and the Criminal Justice System, saw students create Wikipedia articles on issues that dealt with Indigenous peoples and Canada’s criminal legal system, filling some of the site’s…
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