|College grads in low-wage jobs displace less educated|
The U.S. recession has forced college graduates to compete or displace those less educated for low-wage jobs, according to a new article in SF Gate.
According to Paul Beaudry, a UBC economist who studies U.S. employment trends, young adults without a college degree end up unemployed the most.
“At the complete bottom, we see people picking up the worst types of jobs or completely dropping out,” he said.
|Generics help provinces hold the line on prescription drug costs|
|Globe and Mail|
Prescription drug spending by the provinces is discussed in a new article in The Globe and Mail.
Generic drug prices have gone down since January 2013. Canada’s premiers estimate the lower prices have saved $100 million a year in public drug plans.
“That was a massive change for the way they priced those generic drugs, and it led to a whole lot of savings,” said Michael Law, an expert in pharmaceutical policy at UBC.
|University of Ottawa strikes task force on ‘rape culture|
|Globe and Mail|
The University of Ottawa has launched a task force to tackle sexualized violence against women after two recent incidents raised concerns of a burgeoning “rape culture” on its campus.
The article mentions other schools that have launched similar task forces, including UBC.
|Neat and frugal|
|Globe and Mail|
People pay more for stuff if they’re shopping in a chaotic environment, says a new UBC study.
“When they are exposed to a disorganized environment, they consume their resources to cope with the threat from the environment,” said author Boyoun Chae, a doctoral student at the Sauder School of Business.
|How the time change affects your internal clock|
Springing forward can be deadly for some people, says UBC’s Stanley Coren.
The professor emeritus of psychology points to the spike in traffic accidents after the clocks move ahead by one hour.
“We live in a society that is chronically sleep-deprived, and very bad things happen when chronic sleep deprivation is an issue,” he said.
|Canada’s women prison plan includes rooms for moms and kids|
More than a hundred new beds are being added to four women’s prisons across Canada to allow children under six to live with their imprisoned mothers.
Sarah Rauch, director of the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic at UBC, helped win a legal battle for women to keep their babies in prison at the BC Supreme Court in December.
|Ready’s presence calms trucking dispute|
Tensions in the Vancouver port dispute have subsided after truckers met with veteran labour negotiator Vince Ready on Thursday.
“That’s what he does,” said Mark Thompson, a professor emeritus at UBC’s Sauder School of Business. “If you bring a musician in, he’s going to sing.”
|Farewell Stephen Toope|
|CBC Early Edition|
Outgoing UBC president Stephen Toope was interviewed about his tenure as the university’s top brass on CBC’s The Early Edition.
“Eight years is quite a long time to be president of a university today and it felt like the right moment [to resign],” he said. “I always feel like you should leave when people want you to stay before they’re ready to kick you out.”
Toope’s presidency will end in June.
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|Mentally ill held in solitary confinement more at Canadian prisons|
The issue of isolating people with mental health issues in Canadian prisons is the focus of a new article in The Georgia Straight.
“As a mentally challenged individual goes deeper into the system, their problems are aggravated,” explained Michael Jackson, UBC law professor. “The deeper you get into the system, the more difficult it is to function, the more challenged you are, the worse you behave. And the worse you behave, the deeper you go into the system. So it’s a vicious circle.”
|UBC theatre professor and director Klaus Strassmann dies|
Theatre director Klaus Strassman, a UBC professor for more than two decades, has died.
He was 88.
|UBC softballers stunned by demotion|
UBC softball won’t survive without varsity status, says coach Gord Collings.
The team was relegated to competitive club status after a lengthy sport review of the school’s varsity teams. Collings said he was surprised by the news and believes it marks the end of women’s softball at UBC.
“They were a competitive club before they became varsity [five years ago] so they are used to a particular standard that they want to be in,” said athletics director Ashley Howard. “And I understand that letting go of that would be hard if not pretty much impossible for most people.”
|Rumana Monzur to speak at One Billion Rising event in Abbotsford|
UBC student Rumana Monzur will speak at an event in Abbotsford on International Women’s Day.
Monzur made headlines in 2011 after she was attacked and blinded by her husband in Bangladesh. Monzur graduated from UBC with her master’s degree last year and is currently a first-year law student.
|How a B.C. startup solved its ‘cart before the horse’ problem|
|Globe and Mail|
The challenge for a Vancouver-based startup company to execute a go-to-market strategy is highlighted in a new article in The Globe and Mail, written by a UBC accounting lecturer.
The company, Denote, created a data crawler that allows online content to be easily analyzed.
“We were dealing with a great and amazing technology, but no business-ready model for it,” said Behzadi, who graduated with an MBA from UBC’s Sauder School of Business. “Investors need to see people signed up and using the product before they jump in. Now we need to convince them to invest.”