|Whales keep skin fresh with summer exfoliation ritual|
Newsweek featured UBC researchers who observed whales rubbing themselves on rocks to exfoliate in Canada’s Arctic.
“It’s like a day spa for the whales,” said Sarah Fortune, a UBC PhD candidate who led the research. “Think of it as using a pumice stone to get a callus off your foot, using the physical environment to help exfoliate the skin.”
Similar stories appeared in The Hindu and CBC North.
|Why Black Friday should be Buy Nothing Day|
International Business Times cited UBC psychology research in a story about the benefits of spending money on time-saving services.
The research team found that directing our dollars towards services like a cleaner or grocery delivery is linked to a rise in happiness.
|Test your DNA at a pharmacy? Now you can|
CBC quoted Corey Nislow, a UBC pharmacy professor, about a new DNA test offered at some Canadian pharmacies that will allow pharmacists to determine how patients would respond to medications.
Nislow said the testing program could help save time and also reduce potential side effects.
|Black Friday enthusiasm wanes as some shun practice|
JoAndrea Hoegg, a professor at the UBC Sauder School of Business, spoke to the Canadian Press about Black Friday shopping.
She believes the shopping spree is still popular, especially online.
The CP story appeared in the Globe and Mail, BNN, Financial Post, National Post, and Times Colonist.
|Inuit want free travel over international waters between Canada, Greenland|
The Canadian Press interviewed Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC, about the possible co-management of Arctic habitat.
“As long as two bordering countries agree, they can craft just about any kind of co-management regime for a transboundary ecosystem,” he said.
The CP story appeared on Huffington Post, iPolitics, CBC North, National Post, and Times Colonist and a similar story appeared on Radio Canada.
|Indigenous women suffer greatest risk of injury|
The Conversation published an op-ed by Mariana Brussoni, a UBC pediatrics professor, and M. Anne George, a UBC pediatrics professor emerita, about injury risks among Indigenous women.
“Being Indigenous in itself contributes to high risk for self-injury, assaults and injuries unintentionally caused by inappropriate or low-quality medical or surgical care,” they wrote.
|Is Vancouver’s biggest annual event a blast or a fizzle for taxpayers?|
The Breaker published an op-ed by a group of UBC economics students about the Honda Celebration of Lights fireworks event.
“The Honda Celebration of Light is…a costly event and city hall gets no direct revenue,” they wrote.
|Penticton project sets stage for Okanagan wood construction|
|Journal of Commerce|
The Journal of Commerce mentioned UBC’s Brock Commons in a story about wood construction.
The UBC student residence is currently the world’s largest modern timber tower.
|National housing strategy|
Several UBC academics spoke to the media about the national housing strategy.
Paul Kershaw, a professor at the school of population and public health, told News 1130 that the plan misses the mark for young Canadians.
Penny Gurstein, director of the school of community and regional planning, Nathanael Lauster, a UBC sociologist, and Margot Young, a professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, spoke to The Tyee.
Tom Davidoff, a UBC economist, was interviewed on Roundhouse Radio about how the strategy could impact the housing crisis across the country.
|NDP pushes electoral reform, but keeping an ‘open’ mind|
The Vancouver Sun quoted Max Cameron, director of the centre for democratic institutions at UBC, in a story about electoral reform.
Cameron, one of the academic advisors recruited by the NDP, said that proportional representation would better represent the public and force parties to work together.
|UBC-sponsored companies try to snag investments|
BC Business reported on an event that allowed UBC-sponsored companies to makes pitches to investors and venture capitalists.
Hatch is a new addition to UBC’s entrepreneurship program that incubates technology startups.
|Concerns mounting over plans for closed golf club|
Tsur Somerville, a professor at the UBC Sauder School of Business, spoke to the Times Colonist about plans for a closed golf club in Victoria.
He said that because of changing preferences and demographic trends, fewer people are playing golf.
|Aerospace sector soaring|
Castanet mentioned UBC’s Okanagan campus in a story about a report on the Central Okanagan’s aerospace industry.
The article noted there are potential partnerships between the industry and UBCO.
|Heat women persist among Canada’s best|
|Kelowna Capital News|
The Kelowna Capital News featured the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s volleyball team.
The team, currently fourth in the USports national rankings, will face the University of Regina Cougars.