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CBC As It Happens

Feds downgrade threatened status of humpback whales

Op/Ed

Georgia Straight

Canada’s fracking role in climate change is not set in stone

Local News

Vancouver Sun

Recess cancelled in 12 school districts

Vancouver Sun

We need to protect farmland

Vancouver Sun

Three B.C. buildings among architecture award winners

Vancouver Sun

YWCA releases 2014 Women of Distinction Award nominees

Business in Vancouver

UBC team creates genetically engineered trees

HuffPost BC

This is the best exam procrastination ever

Tyee

Sketchy claims inflate BC’s wood energy exports

UBC Alumni

Globe and Mail

BroadbandTV extends reach on fan-made YouTube content

 

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Feds downgrade threatened status of humpback whales
CBC As It Happens

The Canadian government’s move to take humpback whales off the threatened species list is “great news,” says UBC’s Andrew Trites, director of the Marine Mammal Research Unit.

“The de-listing or moving them to [a species of] special concern is an indication that the humpback whales are recovering and doing extremely well,” he said.

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Canada’s fracking role in climate change is not set in stone
Georgia Straight

Canada’s action on climate change has gone from heroic to villainous, says Sandra Smith, a UBC biology and oceanography student, in a new op-ed in The Georgia Straight.

Smith argues an increase in B.C. fracking will hurt the country.

“Fracking has the potential to increase Canadians’ health expenses, water purification costs, and clean-up costs after spills or explosions,” she writes.

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Recess cancelled in 12 school districts
Vancouver Sun

A dozen school districts in the province have eliminated recess as teachers begin the first phase of job action.

“Kids need a break, no question,” said UBC professor Wendy Carr, director of teacher education. “But you can have lots of daily activity breaks in class and teachers can still take kids outside — they can do some science outside, or some of their (physical education.)”

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We need to protect farmland
Vancouver Sun

British Columbia lacks the necessary farmland for increased dairy and berry production, says Art Bomke, UBC professor emeritus in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

“There is not enough land in the Lower Fraser Valley, our main milk producing region, to accommodate manure produced by intensive dairy and poultry systems,” he writes.

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Three B.C. buildings among architecture award winners
Vancouver Sun

The home of UBC’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Centre for Drug Research and Development is being nationally recognized for its design, winning a Governor General’s Medal in Architecture.

The award jury described the UBC building as a “strong building with a strong concept, beautifully executed.”

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YWCA releases 2014 Women of Distinction Award nominees
Vancouver Sun

Janis Sarra, a UBC law professor and director of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, has been nominated for the 2014 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.

Cicely Blain, founder of Celebrating Women at UBC, is up for the Young Woman of Distinction Award.

The winners will be announced June 3.

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UBC team creates genetically engineered trees
Business in Vancouver

UBC researchers have genetically engineered trees to break down more easily,  improving the process to make biofuels.

“These new technologies, while controversial, have a potential to really leave our pristine, native forests alone and have dedicated forests for applications that don’t cause as many environmental issues,” said UBC wood science professor Shawn Mansfield.

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This is the best exam procrastination ever
HuffPost BC

A UBC student’s antics while taking a study break has gone viral online.

Aidan Danaher used 1000 Post-It Notes to create a scene from the Space Invaders arcade game on his university’s dorm windows.

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Sketchy claims inflate BC’s wood energy exports
Tyee

Canada’s wood waste exports are “perverse,” says UBC population and public health professor Michael Brauer.

“Many of the European countries and Scandinavia say they’re going renewable, so they need a renewable energy supply and can’t do it themselves. So they import pellets from Canada or the U.S.,” Brauer said. “Why don’t we use them here? It’s perverse that we’re sending them over on diesel-powered ships for Sweden to call itself green.”

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BroadbandTV extends reach on fan-made YouTube content
Globe and Mail

A UBC alumna is interviewed about her company, BroadbandTV, in a new article in The Globe and Mail.

Shahrzad Rafti, who studied computer science at UBC, has recently signed an agreement with FreemantleMedia to manage fan-uploaded content of its television properties, including American Idol and The Price Is Right.

“It’s about effectively taking the brand experience to the next level and allowing the fan to share the great content you’ve created for them,” said Rafti.

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Event Highlight

Rethinking Sustainability Symposium 2014

Time: Thu Apr 24 2014 - Sat Apr 26 2014, 11 AM

Location: Vancouver Playhouse Theatre

Find out what else is happening at UBC: www.events.ubc.ca


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