|One in 5 adults access others’ social media without permission|
Various media outlets featured UBC research that found one in five adults have snooped through their friend’s, romantic partner’s or family member’s social media account using the person’s own device.
Researchers from UBC’s computer science and electrical and computer engineering departments said Facebook private messages, pictures or videos are easy targets when the account owner is already logged on and the device is open.
Stories appeared on the Daily Mail, Hindustan Times, Sunday Times, Irish Examiner, CBC, CBC BC, Yahoo, Yahoo U.K., Vancouver Sun, The Province, Metro News, and Indo-Canadian Voice Online.
|‘Toxic handler’: Struggles of the friend who’s always there for you|
CNN quoted Sandra Robinson, a UBC Sauder School of Business professor, for a story about toxic handlers, or people who help others deal with everyday stresses and emotional situations.
Robinson said it can be problematic for these people to absorb the stress of others, but it can also be beneficial for workplaces to employ toxic handlers who shield others from negativity.
|Meditation popular with Hugh Jackman could make you smarter|
The Daily Mirror featured research by Lori Brotto, a psychologist and UBC professor of gynecology, for an article on the benefits of practising mindfulness.
Brotto’s work has shown that mindfulness helped “sexually disconnected” women.
|Why we expect the Girl Scouts to be progressive|
Pacific Standard cited an essay by Barbara Arneil, a UBC political scientist, for a story about how the history of the Girl Scouts has influenced their behaviour, including the decision for 75 scouts to march in Donald Trump’s inaugural parade.
In the 2010 essay, Arneil wrote that the Girl Scouts had a hint of rebellion that was forced upon them by Boy Scout leadership’s objections to the notion of girls scouting at all.
|Tim Hortons, Burger King plan app in push towards automation|
David Hardisty, a UBC Sauder School of Business professor, spoke to the Canadian Press after it was announced that Tim Hortons and Burger King plan to launch an app for pre-order and pre-payments.
Hardisty said automated customer service is part of a trend as people become more accustomed to accessing services like movie tickets and reservations online.
The story appeared in the Globe and Mail, Huffington Post, CTV, CP 24, Global, Vancouver Sun, and Castanet.
|Vancouver to host 2018 Canadian figure skating championships|
Next year’s Canadian figure skating championships will be held at UBC’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, the Canadian Press reported.
The event will determine the Canadian team for the Pyeongchang Olympic Games.
The story appeared on CBC and Sportsnet.
|Kevin O’Leary’s TV work isn’t illegal, but it could prove problematic|
Daniel Moscrop, a UBC political science PhD candidate, spoke to Yahoo about the implications of Kevin O’Leary’s television work since he entered the race for leadership of the federal Conservative party.
Moscrop said O’Leary may want to limit his television appearances as a commentator on CNBC.
|Canada’s top party schools 2017|
Maclean’s released the results of a student survey that ranked Canada’s top “party schools.”
The schools were ranked by average hours spent partying a week, calculated from self-reported data. St. Francis Xavier University was ranked first and UBC came 32nd on the list of 47 universities.
|Who knew Neil Young had position on electoral reform?|
Wade Davis, a UBC anthropology professor and BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk, was one of the signatories of a letter calling for electoral reform, the Ottawa Citizen reported.
The letter urges Democratic Institutions Minister Karine Gould to “implement the key recommendation of the parliamentary committee and move to a system of proportional representation for the next federal election.”
|Election builds momentum for inquiry into aboriginal women|
Deena Rymhs, a UBC English professor who teaches indigenous literature, spoke to the Montreal Gazette about the creation of a parliamentary inquiry into the high rates of violence against indigenous women.
Rymhs said the victims of violence are often de-humanized but must have their voices heard in a collaborative process during an inquiry.
|Palm trees survive cold snap|
CBC interviewed Douglas Justice, the associate director of horticulture at UBC Botanical Garden, about how palm trees in Vancouver survive the cold weather.
Justice said the palm tree species in English Bay are native to cold climates and only vulnerable to freezing rain, which could kill the crown of the tree. The segment starts at 46:55.
|UBC’s new $39M aquatic facility to open Monday|
UBC’s new aquatic centre will open on Monday, CKNW reported. Kavie Toor, UBC’s senior director of facilities, recreation and sport, said the centre will foster a sense of community and support the needs of both toddlers and high-performance swimmers.
The story also appeared on iNews 880 and NewsTalk 770 and a similar story appeared on Daily Hive.
|B.C. must prove state of emergency needed on overdose crisis|
Kerry Jang, a UBC psychiatry professor and Vancouver city councilor, spoke to the Vancouver Sun after Health Minister Jane Philpott said the onus is on B.C. to prove the federal Emergencies Act should be invoked to deal with the spike in drug overdose deaths.
Jang said Philpott could use emergency powers under the law to fund life-saving measures. The story also appeared in The Province and other Postmedia outlets.
|Stressed? Park it — public health experts will thank you|
Metro News highlighted a report co-authored by Matilda van den Bosch, a professor at UBC’s school of population and public health, that found a connection between our health and access to recreational green space.
According to van den Bosch, when people are less stressed, they’re at a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.
|Local youth has prime minister’s ear|
Castanet featured a UBC student who earned a coveted spot on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Youth Council.
Mac Tebbutt, a third-year engineering student at UBC’s Okanagan campus and the only council representative from B.C., was one of 15 young people chosen from a pool of 14,000 applicants from across the country.
|Workshops planned for prospective visual arts students|
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UBC’s Okanagan campus is hosting a series of workshops for prospective visual arts students, the Kelowna Daily Courier reported.
The first workshop, screen printing t-shirts, takes place on Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other events include interactive digital media and life drawing and sculptures.
|Richmond breast cancer researcher defends her work|
A cancer researcher is defending her work after a UBC investigation into her conduct doing the research, the Richmond News reported.
The researcher contacted the journal editors to provide a defense.
|Canada 150: Avril Phaedra ‘Kim’ Campbell a born leader|
Kim Campbell, a UBC alumna, was named to the Vancouver Sun’s list of 150 notable British Columbians.
Campbell, a political science graduate, was Canada’s first female prime minister.