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Childhood asthma research receives $2 million to investigate genetic and environmental factors

Research into the impact of a child’s upbringing and social and physical environments on the development of asthma will receive $2 million to tackle the condition that affects as many as one in three Canadians.

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Business, Law and Society

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Product info online can boost sales, even if shoppers never visit website: UBC study

A new UBC Sauder study finds that telling customers there’s product information available online makes people more likely to buy it – even if they don’t actually go to the website.

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Arts and Humanities

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UBC experts available to comment on Vancouver School Board budget vote

The Vancouver School Board votes tonight (April 28) on a budget that addresses a $24-million funding shortfall. UBC experts are available for comment.

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Science, Health and Technology

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UBC research aims to clear the haze on cannabis use in Canada

As Canada prepares for the expected legalization of cannabis, a new study will examine cannabis use and provide clear guidance for creating regulations and policies.

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University News

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Earth Day: Convenience, real-time feedback makes us more environmentally aware

Earth Day is April 22, an annual reminder to reflect on the impact of our actions and to consider how we can lighten our footprint on our earth.

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UBC develops marijuana breathalyzer

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The smell of your breath is the science behind a new device that will determine if you’re too stoned to be behind the wheel.

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Mushrooms hold potential for sustainable building materials

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We slice them on pizza, toss them in salad and sauté them in stirfry. But have you ever thought about using mushrooms as furniture? According to the work of a team of researchers, the humble fungus is ready to leave

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UBC experts available to comment on wildfires, drought, air quality

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UBC experts are available to comment on issues related to forest fires, droughts, heat waves, smoke and air quality issues.

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Opinions

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VSB needs diversity mentors
UBC sociology instructor Hélène Frohard-Dourlent criticized the proposal to shed diversity mentor positions in the Vancouver School District in light of a budget shortfall for 2016-17.
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Expert Spotlight

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Global immigration policy in desperate need of new ideas: UBC expert

As thousands of people continue to flee Syria, the international community struggles to come to a consensus in the debate over immigration policy.

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UBC Athletics

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The best man will play is the mantra at UBC Football Spring Camp

UBC Football Spring Camp runs all this week with practices going from 5:45pm – 8pm at Thunderbird Stadium.

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Feature Video

What are you working on: Anne Lama

Anne Lama, UBC’s conservator in the Rare Books and Special Collections, talks about the most memorable object she has ever handled in her career.

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UBC Events

Brilliant: The science of how to get smarter

  • May 5, 9:30am to 11:30am
  • Room 1013, Earth Sciences Building, 2207 Main Mall, Vancouver
A UBC Centennial Session (Part of Celebrate Learning Week): In this keynote address, Annie Murphy Paul refutes the idea that intelligence is determined by genetic inheritance or an individual’s upbringing by revealing the impact of the microenvironment.