NSERC awards innovation in AU scientific research

It was a good-news day on Athabasca University's research front. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) just announced its results of the 2017 Discovery Grants, Discovery Development Grants, scholarships and fellowships competitions. The unveiling of the post-secondary research awards, held Friday at the University of Victoria on Vancouver … [Read more...]

Beware the aurora: How AU is heading off the dangerous effects of aurora borealis

Aurora borealis, commonly known as northern lights, are a major area of research for the Athabasca University Geophysical Observatory (AUGO).

The aurora borealis that glow and flicker across the northern Canadian sky are beautiful, intriguing… and potentially destructive. It turns out that this “space weather” can affect GPS navigation and even knock out power grids. In 1989, the Hydro-Québec power grid was taken down completely by a space weather event. To get a better handle on how and where auroras are generated, … [Read more...]

Geophysical Observatory receives provincial grant

Observatory receives research grant The Alberta Science and Research Investments Program has awarded a $712,261 grant to AU's Geophysical Observatory. The announcement was made this morning in Edmonton by Alberta Advanced Education and Technology minister Doug Horner as part of a package of $44 million in research grants to Alberta's universities. "Education and science lie at … [Read more...]