Sensor can help detect when firefighters’ protective clothing is no longer safe

Firefighters risk their lives battling blazes, and aging protective gear can put them at even greater risk. Patricia Dolez (Human Ecology) is working with industry to reduce that risk with a sensor that can detect the gradual breakdown in garments from exposure to heat, moisture and…

Historic and contemporary Indigenous fashion and their cultural significance in Alberta profiled at the University of Alberta’s Anne Lambert Collection

Historic and contemporary Indigenous fashion and their cultural significance in Alberta profiled at the University of Alberta’s Anne Lambert Collection – If you have questions about the clothing in this video, please contact the University of Alberta’s Anne Lambert Collection at 780-492-2528

We’ll wear masks after the pandemic, researchers predict, and they’re trying to make them better

Patricia Dolez (Human Ecology) is interviewed about research she is leading that’s trying to make better PPE to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases in the future. They’re developing a fabric treatment for medical gowns and masks that could kill viruses and bacteria on contact…

U of A researchers developing fabric treatment for protective wear that kills viruses on contact

Textile scientist Patricia Dolez (Human Ecology) is leading research on “self-decontaminating” medical gowns and masks that could also be washed and reused.

Can a pair of jeans kill the coronavirus?

Rachel McQueen (Human Ecology) is interviewed about fabrics that may keep the coronavirus at bay. She says,”not every technology that claims to stifle viruses will live up to its hype or translate seamlessly from sterile lab conditions to the imperfect real world.”

Dressing down: Pandemic hits to the clothing industry shaping up to be a fashion disaster

Retail is only the tip of an industry that extends to fashion designers, apparel manufacturers, textile producers and even agricultural operations, says Lori Moran (Human Ecology), a recently retired U of A professor who was assistant chair of the Human Ecology department.

Cloth Facemasks: Merging Science & Home Remedies

You may have gone online to get answers on how to make a cloth facemask at home and what type of materials to use. Dr. Anne Bissonnette of ALES’ Human Ecology Department has dug into the research and presents these results and a pattern.