Boxing, curling and big data – are there answers to grade inflation?

                              Here is a multiple choice question for you: The 90 in the photo may represent:            A. very high achievement at some university courses            B. the passing mark at some university courses            C. the score of the losing boxer who was dominated by the opponent but not knocked down            D. all of the above Successful test takers will choose…

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Science on Sulphur Mountain for Canada150

                              It’s Canada’s 150th celebrations as a country and as part of that celebration, Parks Canada is giving us free entrance this year. Additionally, this year you can take part in the ‘completely rebuilt, redesigned and reimagined mountaintop experience’ at the top of Sulphur Mountain. Now there are individuals who say such a complex has no place in a national park. In fact, some even argue that there is no place for an entire town…

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Government of Canada invests in cutting edge infrastructure for researchers.

NEWS RELEASE | March 2, 2017 Edmonton, Alberta Minister Sohi celebrates more than $2 million for new state-of-the-art equipment at the University of Alberta    EDMONTON, March 2, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, today celebrated $2,070,225 in funding for 14 projects at the University of Alberta.    The Government of Canada is committed to providing strong support for new research…

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Genome Research Gets Real

If you’ve ever been excited about a new diet, only to see it fall apart at the first sign of ice cream, you understand the gap between theory and reality. As that gap can also be a challenge for researchers, they’re thrilled when concrete benefits emerge from their efforts. That’s something the team behind a Genome Alberta project to apply genomically-enhanced breeding values to the cattle industry is seeing firsthand. And as theory meets reality,…

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Planting Tomorrow’s Trees Today

(Note from Genome Alberta - you can read more about the work of University of Calgary's Sam Yeaman in this article from UToday. Sam has been working on lodgepole pine and interior spruce to identify the genetic traits the trees use to adapt to local climates) NEWS RELEASE | February 24, 2017 Genome BC Vancouver, British Columbia Planting tomorrow’s trees today: Climate change is threatening the health of Canada’s forests, but revolutionary genomics research will…

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Genome BC and City of Vernon partner for urban stream health

NEWS RELEASE | February 22, 2017 Genome BC and City of Vernon Genome BC and the City of Vernon partner for urban stream health: Genomic-based water test offers new insights Vancouver, BC – The City of Vernon is partnering with Genome BC and the University of Victoria on an innovative research project to identify threats to the health of streams in the community. Urban streams are of significant community value and the water has a…

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Gene therapy used to treat Fabry disease

NEWS RELEASE | FEBRUARY 16, 2017 Alberta Health Services Calgary Laboratory Services University of Calgary CALGARY — A team of Canadian physicians and researchers is believed to be the first in the world to have used gene therapy to treat a patient with Fabry disease, a rare inherited enzyme deficiency that can damage major organs and shorten lifespan. People with Fabry disease have a gene called GLA that doesn’t function as it should; as a…

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CWD Lab diary – Kicking off the new LSARP project

Chronic Wasting Disease is moving into Alberta from Saskatchewan. You can't blame the neighbours because deer, moose, and elk don't respect borders and if we knew all about halting the spread of CWD we probably wouldn't need Debbie McKenzie's research. Debbie is an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta and the co-lead on the Systems Biology and Molecular Ecology of Chronic Wasting Disease project that was announced in December. She will be working with…

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A Day at Darwin’s House

                         Darwin Day commemorates the birth of Charles Darwin on February 12, 1809. It was a special day at Down House where scientists and others have come to celebrate Darwin’s scientific contributions on this day since his death in 1882. Today, the tradition continues. On this Darwin Day, I remember my visit to Down House with family in April 2014. It was a great thrill to hike along the Sandwalk – Darwin’s ‘thinking pathway’. Down…

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Combatting Invasive Alien Species in BC forests

NEWS RELEASE | February 1, 2017 Genome British Columbia   Vancouver, British Columbia Groundbreaking research taking charge of intrusive pests and pathogens Outbreaks of insects and plant pathogens are threatening Canada’s capacity to provide long-term fibre supply, which is vital to our annual $33-billion forest export industry: Canadian wood products could be rejected on the global market if severe outbreaks were to occur. These invasive alien species also menace the important ecosystem services provided by forests…

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