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Secret Garden

July 25, 2022 — 
Tallgrass prairies not only mitigate global warming, they’re home to biodiversity that took millennia to develop. Now they’re among the most endangered ecosystems in the world. Alumni trying to preserve the last grasslands show us what we stand to lose.

Ameen stands with his arms crossed in a living room.

Displaced

May 17, 2022 — 
Mass migration due to war, and—in the coming decades, scientists predict—climate change, means scores of refugees searching for home and higher education. Meet three UM students finding their way.

Zahra stands in a reflected window with a pensive face.

Remember Me

October 26, 2021 — 
Can we reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s disease? This UM biomedical engineer and advocate—and daughter of a mother who forgot—is determined to find a way.

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My Firstborn

October 26, 2021 — 
Facebook developer Vincent Cheung tells us about bringing Portal into the world and why we shouldn’t be afraid robots will take over. “AI is really, really dumb.”

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Gone Viral

October 26, 2021 — 
COVID-19 pulled us together in chaos, stumped infectious disease experts and catapulted their field to newfound fame. Why did this particular coronavirus get so out of hand? And what do we do now?

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Agents of Change

October 26, 2021 — 
Introducing our 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients—those who don’t just talk about challenging the status quo, they make things happen.

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When Human and Animal Collide

April 16, 2021 — 
Our encounters are becoming more complex thanks to climate change’s fury and our sprawl into the wilds. And now, considering the risk of infectious disease spilling over, it’s time to explore the human and animal relationship anew.

The Mummy Whisperer

April 16, 2021 — 
It’s not a career choice for the faint-hearted. Meet the eccentric alumna who unearths important stories from the ancient past in the name of cultural preservation and out of respect for those who came before.

David Milgaard stands in front of an open landscape, with the word 'freedom' behind him.

Out of Sight / Out of Mind

April 16, 2021 — 
COVID-19 in prisons got our attention. Manitoba has quietly been home to the highest incarceration rates in the country, with a grossly disproportionate number of Indigenous people behind bars. And Canada has one of the highest prison rates in the world. Members of our UM community who’ve witnessed a broken system are pushing for change and greater empathy—but is society ready?

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Hope in Harmony

April 16, 2021 — 
University of Manitoba alumnus Darcy Ataman saw a way music could empower survivors of sexual assault and trauma in conflict zones. Now they’re reclaiming their voices and speaking out in song.

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