How can a community be a force for social innovation?

Our communities are where we work, play, learn, and grow – but they are often seen as only obliquely related to success in life. Obliquely related? Algoma University researcher Gayle Broad, ...

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Gayle Broad
Algoma University
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A sense of purpose = longer life

Araina Bond
If Patrick Hill is looking for inspiration for how to cultivate a lifelong sense of purpose, he doesn't have to…
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Globe and Mail: Men vulnerable to boredom, depression in retirement

November 27, 2015

John McLeod is ready to say goodbye to the working world. In February, the 59-year-old expects to retire, but there’s one major flaw in his plan: He isn’t sure how to fill the days and whether that could affect his well-being.“I’m not really going toward anything; I’m just going away from work,” says Mr. McLeod, who has helped his wife run her real-estate law practice in Guelph, Ont., since 2000.Mr. McLeod does a bit of carpentry work, is an avid reader and member of a local book club, and is planning to travel with his wife. Still, he sees a major activity gap in retirement.“My concern would be that, after six or 12 months or even three years, I’d be saying, ‘What on Earth am I going to do today?’ That’s where the concern comes from of either boredom or depression,” says Mr. McLeod. “I’m not a depressive person, really, but I know it can happen.”Experts say men are more susceptible to depression in retirement, in part because their identity is more closely tied to their careers compared to women. Read the full article here.

The Babies exposed to marijuana in the womb have better visual skills, UW research shows

November 27, 2015

Babies exposed to marijuana in the womb showed a significant improvement in their ability as preschoolers to track moving objects, according to new research by a professor at the University of Waterloo's school of optometry."The effect of the marijuana was a surprise," said Ben Thompson.But he warned that the results don't mean people should smoke marijuana while pregnant in the hopes of producing babies with improved vision.Other studies show drug use during pregnancy can lead to a higher incidence of other types of eye problems."The data provide us with really interesting insights," Thompson said. Read the full article here.

North York Mirror: York University researcher makes cosmic discovery

November 27, 2015

A York University student researcher has been recognized for his discovery of cosmic galaxies similar to ours.George Conidis, a 32-year-old PhD student in physics and astronomy, has for the first time successfully identified and measured 174 groupings of galaxies, which are copies of our cosmic neighbourhood of galaxies, each containing a copy of the Milky Way.His groundbreaking discovery has earned him the Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation – PhD, which he received during a ceremony in Ottawa Tuesday, Nov. 24. Read the full article here.
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