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U of A professor finds hands-on learning a big advantage for students

EXTRACT: U of A professor finds hands-on learning a big advantage for students Undergrads who get practical experience 'are always a step ahead of their peers,' Jeffrey Kavanaugh says University of Alberta students take measurements on a rooftop weather station, which is a practical part of their environmental instrumentation class An award-winning University of ...

Media source: CBC News · 2016-02-10

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New Canada Research Chairs inspired by magnificence of nature

EXTRACT: New Canada Research Chairs inspired by magnificence of nature Two new chairs join seven renewals and one advancement among Canada's finest researchers. When Amy Tsai talks about fluids, it's easy to think her wonderment and reverence for the liquid state might just as well have taken her into the arts as it ...

Media source: UAlberta News · 2016-02-09

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Weathering heights

EXTRACT: Weathering heights Students take to top of Tory Building to monitor meteorological patterns. Professor Jeff Kavanaugh oversees students installing weather stations at University of Alberta. A group of 24 University of Alberta undergraduate students are taking to the roof of the Tory Building during this unseasonably warm month of February. They are up ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2016-02-08

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Introducing 'Bob from Edmonton,' the man behind the Times' most popular comment

EXTRACT: Introducing 'Bob from Edmonton,' the man behind the Times' most popular comment Top commenter has one tip for Canadians, regardless of political bent: 'Be vigilant and engaged' His online comment has the unique honour of being named the most popular ever made on the New York Times website, earning him 7,040 recommendations ...

Media source: CBC News · 2016-01-01

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Supporting life on earth

EXTRACT: Supporting life on earth Black rock sample reveals a turbulent path to an oxygenated atmosphere. By Jennifer Pascoe on November 20, 2015 Rob Creaser in the Canadian Centre for Isotopic Microanalysis at the University of Alberta Rob Creaser in the Canadian Centre for Isotopic Microanalysis. Earth scientists from the University of Alberta, University of Waterloo, ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2015-11-20

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How to Make Diamonds in the Rough

EXTRACT: The Northwest Territories are a diamond mine for ... well ... diamonds. But while many beautiful gems emerge from the NWT, Dr. Graham Pearson, a geophysicist and Canada Excellence Research Chair in Arctic Resources at the University of Alberta, is more interested in the ugly ones. Along with gem-quality diamonds come ...

Media source: CBC Radio · 2015-11-07

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November 2015 Instructor of the Month - John Waldron

EXTRACT: November 2015 Instructor of the Month - John Waldron (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences) A driving force behind establishing UAlberta's Geoscience Garden, our November 2015 Instructor of the Month is geologist John Waldron. By on November 1, 2015 Q: What (courses/disciplines/values) do you teach? A: I teach geology—mostly structural geology, tectonics, and field geology currently. ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2015-11-01

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Arturo Sanchez Azofeifa: shortlisted for ASTech award for work in environmental monitoring

EXTRACT: Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa shortlisted for ASTech award for work in environmental monitoring Sanchez-Azofeifa is one of three 2015 ASTech finalists from the Faculty of Science. Earth and Atmospheric Sciences professor Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa has been shortlisted for an award in Outstanding Achievement In Environmental Technology And Innovation.When reflecting on what inspired him to ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2015-10-26

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Five Faculty of Science professors named to Canadian Geographic list of nation’s 100 greatest explorers

EXTRACT: Five Faculty of Science professors named to Canadian Geographic list of nation's 100 greatest explorers UAlberta scientists included alongside names like astronaut Chris Hadfield and director James Cameron. John England surveys the glacial and sea level history pictured in outer Ekalugad Fiord, eastern Baffin Island, Nunavut, during his final undergraduate year ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2015-10-14

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Movers & Shakers

EXTRACT: A founder of geology research in Alber ta. Dr. Stelck was honoured by friends. students. graduates. and colleagues at a celebration of his 98th birthday. Dr. Stelck was born in Edmonton and first encountered Earth sciences as a teenager working on summer geological field parties. He enrolled in chemistry at the University of Alberta, ...

Media source: PEG · 2015-10-01

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'Ugly duckling' diamonds priceless for U of A researcher trying to unlock their origins

EXTRACT: ‘Ugly duckling’ diamonds priceless for U of A researcher trying to unlock their origins By Madeleine Cummings, Edmonton Journal August 19, 2015 EDMONTON - Scientists from Canada, the U.S. and the U.K say ancient sea water may have contributed to the formation of diamonds hundreds of kilometres underground. In a cover story published ...

Media source: Edmonton Journal · 2015-08-19

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Diamonds form from ancient, underground seawater, study suggests

EXTRACT: Diamonds form from ancient, underground seawater, study suggests Diamonds from Northwest Territories preserve droplets for hundreds of millions of years By Emily Chung, CBC News Posted: Aug 19, 2015 3:01 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 20, 2015 4:49 PM ET Microscopic, ugly diamonds from the Northwest Territories are illuminating how ...

Media source: CBC News · 2015-08-19

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Town to further explore geothermal energy proposal

EXTRACT: Town to further explore geothermal energy proposal Cynthia BigriggoThu, Jun 25, 2015 Hinton could be home to a geothermal energy research project in the new year. Jonathan Banks, representing the University of Alberta was on hand at the standing committee meeting of council on June 23 to discuss the potential project. The ...

Media source: The Hinton Voice · 2015-06-25

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Paleontology grad catches science bug

EXTRACT: Paleontology grad catches science bug Curiosity about prehistoric insects led Emily Moore to two professors who sparked her passion to get others excited about science. By Michael Brown on June 4, 2015 (Edmonton) Every year, a squadron of dragonflies and their voracious appetites descend on Edmonton in the nick of time ...

Media source: UAlberta News · 2015-06-04

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110. Location efficiency: Discovering the hidden transportation costs of where you live

EXTRACT: 110. Location efficiency: Discovering the hidden transportation costs of where you live Live closer to where you work and play and you could save a lot of money By David Dodge and Duncan Kinney | May 25, 2015 When you buy a house the first thing your eye goes to is ...

Media source: Green Energy Futures · 2015-05-25

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No spines but plenty of guts

EXTRACT: No spines but plenty of guts Meet the oceans' most fierce B-movie invertebrate predators By Sarah Pratt on May 22, 2015 Illustrations by Pulp Studios From the world's largest habitat, the ocean, come bizarre tales of predatory creatures seemingly spawned in a laboratory nightmare. Surely fodder for low-budget horror movies, these marine invertebrates ...

Media source: New Trail · 2015-05-22

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Geothermal research project sets sights on Grande Prairie

EXTRACT: Geothermal research project sets sights on Grande Prairie By Jenny Oatway - May 20, 2015 City Council is excited about an opportunity to explore the potential for harnessing geothermal energy in our region. Council received a presentation at last night's meeting from Jonathan Banks, a research associate from the University of ...

Media source: My Grande Prairie Now · 2015-05-20

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Why bring ice to Alberta?

EXTRACT: Why bring ice to Alberta? There are 12,000-year-old secrets trapped inside, that's why By Geoff McMaster on March 27, 2015 Team of researchers extracting ice cores Photo credit: Doug Clark The University of Alberta is working to adopt a national collection of glacier ice, some of it dating back more than 12,000 years. While ...

Media source: New Trail · 2015-03-27

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The rifting apart of a continent: Part III

EXTRACT: The rifting apart of a continent: Part III Martyn Unsworth is on an expedition to learn more about the unusual Mount Erebus volcano in Antarctica. This continuously active volcano is not on a plate boundary, but is actively rifting apart the continent. This is the final entry in a series ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2015-03-10

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'We were sure somebody fired a rocket at us': Bruderheim to celebrate meteorite 55 years later

EXTRACT: Story Tools Font size: Photo visibility: Hide All Show Top Only Show All ‘We were sure somebody fired a rocket at us’: Bruderheim to celebrate meteorite 55 years later By Marty Klinkenberg, Edmonton JournalMarch 1, 2015 Professor Chris Herd, University ...

Media source: Edmonton Journal · 2015-03-01

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Unlocking the clues to climate change

EXTRACT: John England on the sea ice of Ekalugad Fiord as an undergraduate, doing his first independent research project in 1967 in what is now Nunavut The glacial ice of Canada's North may hold clues to understanding the effects of climate change on the entire world. The University of Alberta is ...

Media source: University of Alberta News · 2015-02-17

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The rifting apart of a continent: Part II

EXTRACT: The rifting apart of a continent: Part II Martyn Unsworth is on an expedition to learn more about the unusual Mount Erebus volcano in Antarctica. This continuously active volcano is not on a plate boundary, but is actively rifting apart the continent. He will be sharing a series of his ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2015-01-16

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Martin Sharp: 2014 Royal Society of Canada Fellow

EXTRACT: Martin Sharp: 2014 Royal Society of Canada Fellow By Sandy Robertson on January 15, 2015 In recognition of his lifetime achievements in research and for guiding public understanding of our changing climate. Martin Sharp, professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, has been named a Fellow of the Royal ...

Media source: Faculty of Science · 2015-01-15

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Alberta researchers use high tech tools for climate health checks

EXTRACT: Alberta researchers use high tech tools for climate health checks By Lee Rickwood, Published on: December 31, 2014 The crickets are not chirping. It's a small indicator, but as one bit of information among the tens of thousands gathered every second about life in the rainforest and the health of our interconnected ...

Media source: Calgary Herald · 2014-12-31

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Discover Magazine: Top 100 Stories of 2014

EXTRACT: #25: Diamonds Reveal Hidden 'Oceans' in Earth's Mantle A tiny speck of of the mineral ringwoodite makes waves. A tiny diamond weighing less than 1?200th of an ounce makes for a puny engagement ring, but what it tells geologists is priceless: Vast quantities of water might lurk unseen deep within the hot, ...

Media source: Discover Magazine · 2014-12-09

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