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Best of the best: Our selections for the top stories of 2019

A lot goes on at the University of Lethbridge over the course of a year. From new knowledge out of our world-class researchers to student success stories, philanthropic ventures, community outreach initiatives and more, the U of L is a beacon of activity for southern Alberta and beyond.

Of all the stories we told over the past year, we wanted to revisit some that stood out for us, and judging by how many viewed them on our website, that also stood out for you.

In no particular order of relevance, we present our most impactful stories of 2019. Some are research focussed, others show our presence in the communities we serve and others were just so much fun to work on, we wanted to share them again. Feel free to browse the rest of the website for your favourites as well - this is hardly a definitive list.

New partnership to tackle education barriers for Indigenous youth and support economic opportunities

This also happened to be our most recent story and it's one of the most exciting initiatives the University has been involved in over its 50-plus year history. The impact the EleV program will have on Blackfoot youth and their communities promises to be transformational and one that will be incredible to watch unfold.

University of Lethbridge iGEM team earns gold for project that designs oral insulin delivery system

The success of our iGEM students and their projects never ceases to amaze and inspire us and this story speaks to their ingenuity as well as their social conscience. This is only the start for this group.

Biology student projects earn awards at international conference

Another outstanding student story, it was one of the most visited on our website this year. Both Justin and Darren have incredible futures ahead of them and will be making our world a better place through their work.

New study finds smoking speeds up biological clock, making people older than their chronological age

Few researchers are more passionate about their work than Dr. Olga Kovalchuk, especially when she finds a subject to which she has a personal connection. Just ask her about the effects of smoking on our youth!

Economic health of new Canadian Premier League based on groundwork from Rockerbie

A lot of people enjoyed getting a glimpse at the back story behind the rousing success of the Canadian Premier League. We did too.

Artificial intelligence can help diagnose and monitor patients with neurological disorders

Our researchers are working on some of the world's biggest problems and this project has the potential to better the lives of millions of people suffering from neurological disorders.

Opening of Science Commons ushers in new era for University of Lethbridge

The largest construction project on campus since the creation of University Hall, the incredible Science Commons building is so much more than a structure, it's an experience on multiple levels. Read the story, then come to campus and check it out.

Monkeys can barter but can they gamble, asks new study from University of Lethbridge researcher

This is a personal favourite because it is just so fascinating. Follow Dr. J.B. Leca and his team as they get in the heads of Balinese long-tailed macaque monkeys.

U of L researchers working to unravel the mystery behind one of the deadliest forms of cancer

One of the biggest stories of 2017 was the death of Canadian rock icon Gord Downie to Glioblastoma. Our researchers are trying to solve the riddle of this deadly form of cancer.

University of Lethbridge introduces Charles Weaselhead as 14th chancellor and first of Indigenous descent

The U of L made history when it introduced an Indigenous chancellor this past year. A great step forward, Charles Weaselhead is an important and respected ambassador for the University.