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Headlines for Aug. 19, 2019


Globe and Mail
Kenney makes major changes to Alberta’s universities, boards and agencies
Premier Jason Kenney’s government has appointed a number of oil executives to chair Alberta’s largest universities as part of a larger shakeup of management at dozens of provincial boards and agencies.

CTV News
Cyberattacks targeting students on the rise: Here’s how to protect your data
Cyberattacks targeting postsecondary students are becoming increasingly common, but new research shows only 15 percent of Canadian students have taken extra steps to protect their online data.

Global News
How Canadians go from student debt to default
A report published by an Ontario-based debt-advisory firm found that almost 18 percent of the insolvency filings it handled in 2018 involved student debt — a 38 percent increase since 2011.

Globe and Mail
University of Alberta PhD student develops AI to identify depression
Computing science PhD student Mashrura Tasnim has developed a machine-learning model that can recognize the speech qualities of people with depression. Her goal is to create a smartphone application that would monitor users’ conversations and alert their emergency contacts when it detects depression.
Wilfrid Laurier University prof dives deep into crime data to help police the police
Criminologist Carrie Sanders is helping to launch a crime-fighting laboratory at Wilfrid Laurier University, not to solve real crime but to assess how crime analysts do their jobs.

Brandon Sun
Keeping their faculties: More seniors going back to college or university to keep their minds sharp
Lifelong learning is more than a catchphrase — it’s something more and more seniors are embracing as they head off to study at college or university.

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