Posts By: Karl Low

Alek Golijanin

Alek Golijanin is a fourth-year business student at Athabasca University, holding an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration (Human Resources) from Algonquin College. He has represented Athabasca University at a number of competitions both at the Provincial and International level. He hopes to leverage his passion for learning and reading research papers, by summarizing research and presenting it in ways that compels readers and continues the tradition of life-long learning. He is an avid community builder and has participated in international development projects which focused on underprivileged communities across South America and the Caribbean.

Alek considers himself a gentleman first, a scholar second, and a combat sports fanatic third. In that order.

The Social Determinants of Health

People do not approach situations neutrally.  We tend to have our own preconceived beliefs towards life, and those beliefs vary depending onyour life experience.  But if you really want to get a better idea of why people are the way they are, for better or for worse, you should start with the social determinants of… Read more »

Inheriting Trauma—Exploring Intergenerational Consequences

The ripples of trauma are like the ripples of tsunamis: they both eventually recede, but not without creating long-lasting damage.  In humans, these ripples are the lived experiences, particularly the traumatic ones, of our ancestors, and it may have contributed to some of our psychological and behavioral dispositions.  Research indicates that trauma can be inherited… Read more »

Change Your Genes—Epigenetics in Action

In elementary school I was taught that we are stuck with the genes we are born with.  Since that time, science breakthroughs indicate that my elementary school science teachers may have been wrong and that we have more control over our genes then we were led to believe. This new branch of genetics is called… Read more »

The Importance of Star Teachers

For children who attend urban schools, especially those living in poverty and those that come from diverse cultural backgrounds, having an effective teacher can be a matter of life and death.  These children often have no life options for achieving decent lives other than by experiencing success in school.  These are the high stakes involved… Read more »

Interleaving—Performance Enhanced Learning

‘Performance-enhancing’ is a term synonymous with cheating, but a recent Athabasca University study focusing on boosting student retention in classrooms indicates that there is a new approach to learning which might truly enhance performance.  This approach is called “interleaving”, and it allows for students to better retain and recall information weeks, months, and even years… Read more »