|Royal couple will help tell Canadian story|
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to Canada, which will include a stop at UBC Okanagan was featured on BBC, International Business Times, Hollywood Life and Castanet.
The Canadian Press also interviewed Sarika Bose, a UBC lecturer in Victorian literature about the upcoming royal visit. Bose said the tour will centre on family, environment and community participation.
The CP story appeared on CTV, Maclean’s and the Vancouver Sun.
|Childless women don’t know much about egg freezing options|
Reuters featured a UBC study that suggests most childless women still lack knowledge about the costs and viability of freezing their eggs to preserve their fertility.
“Delaying childbearing until later years is becoming an international trend, and there’s an interesting assumption that women are being selfish and choosing their careers, travel or personal agendas over kids,” said lead study author and UBC counselling psychology professor Judith Daniluk.
“In fact, it appears that women are stuck between a rock and a hard place because they’re considering the cost of raising children, the cost of daycare and the suitability of a partner.”
A similar story appeared on Fox News.
|Premier Li makes his first visit to Canada|
CCTV quoted Paul Evans, a professor at UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues and Institute of Asian Research, for a story on Chinese Premier Li’s first visit to Canada.
“Fundamentally, what Mr. Trudeau and his government is trying to say is that we need to live together,” Evans said. “And that’s a new story for Canadians. It’s going to take a little bit of time.”
Evans also spoke to the Canadian Press about China’s pursuit and harassment of so-called economic fugitives and other dissidents. The article was published on CTV and Global.
|Shielding kids from dirt may not make them healthier|
UBC microbiology professor Brett Finlay and University of Calgary scientist Marie-Claire Arrieta appeared on ABC News’ Good Morning America to talk about their research on the benefits of exposing children to essential microbes.
Allowing kids to get dirty helps to build up their immune systems, according to Finlay.
“We do have to think a bit: let the kid lick the floor in your own house but not the subway station,” he said.
|How to ask the kids to help out in a financial crisis|
A 2014 study from UBC’s Sauder School of Business was highlighted in a Yahoo Finance story on children contributing to their household income.
The research discovered that 15-year-olds who work during the school term learn crucial time management skills, leading to improved career prospects.
|Student dorm became world’s tallest wood building|
UBC’s new wood tower Brock Commons was featured in Fast Company.
The 18-storey structure is mostly made up of CLT, a material invented in 1990s that plasters together alternating layers of imperfect wood and forms thick beams.
The building is also eco-friendly – it saves the environment 2,432 metric tons of CO2, which is comparable to taking 500 cars off the road for one year.
Brock Commons was also mentioned in Sourceable.
|The gene trees use to adapt to climate change|
Science Daily interviewed Sally Aitken, a UBC forestry professor who co-authored a study that found two different coniferous trees use the same small set of genes to quickly adapt to varying climates.
Aitken said that trees decide to turn thousands of genes on or off to deal with changes in temperature and moisture, suggesting there could be various ways trees in a region can adapt to local climate.
“We have to understand climate adaptation in other conifers so we can address trees that are becoming mismatched with local conditions due to climate change,”she said. “This will also help us offer better recommendations for forest management strategies in changing climates, and plant trees that are more likely to thrive and adapt more quickly to climate change.”
A similar story appeared on Gizmodo Australia.
|New model could point way to microbiome ocean forecasting|
Science Daily featured UBC research that can help explain how microbial networks drive nutrient and energy cycling in marine ecosystems.
The new mathematical model integrates environmental and molecular sequence information.
“A drop of seawater can contain millions of single-celled microbes that collectively form the basis for nutrient and energy cycles in the ocean,” said Steven Hallam, a UBC microbial ecologist.
|EU faces protests over proposed trade deals|
SBS quoted Kurt Huebner, a professor at UBC’s Institute for European Studies, for a story on protests over proposed trans-Atlantic trade deals between the EU and the U.S. and Canada.
Huebner said there are still many areas of contention about the proposed trade deals, such as how government agencies should operate and attitudes around food safety.
“There are different philosophies to things like genetically modified food. On one side we see a situation in Europe where not only damage needs to be caused in order to intervene, but in the European case, producers have to showcase that a product or services are safe for consumers. It’s exactly the opposite attitude with the United States of America,” he said.
|Student evaluation of teaching ratings and learning not related|
|Inside Higher Education|
Work by Carmela A. White, a UBC psychology graduate student, was featured in Inside Higher Education.
White co-authored a review of studies that found student reviews of professors have limited validity. Most of the studies analyzed were based on U.S. data.
|Order of Canada recipients to be honoured at Rideau Hall|
CBC reported on an Order of Canada investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall on Friday, where 46 Canadians will be honoured. Among them is Nassif Ghoussoub, a UBC mathematics professor who has contributed to Canada’s advancement in mathematical sciences.
Ghoussoub led the establishment of the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences, the Banff International Research Station and the Mitacs network.
|Pundits gauge plunge in foreign buyers in real estate market|
|Globe and Mail|
UBC economist Thomas Davidoff was quoted in a story in the Globe and Mail discussing how the sudden drop in foreign buyer activity is affecting the residential real estate market in Vancouver.
“Politically, going after foreign people isn’t really Profiles in Courage, but to have a major price correction just around election time? That could be tough politically,” he said, referring to the political fallout that could follow a downtrend in housing prices. “And a tough needle to thread because you have a market that’s predicated on foreign buyers and expectations of more and more and more [price gains].”
Davidoff was also quoted on the topic in the Vancouver Sun and The Province.
|Canadian universities slip in world rankings|
Radio Canada reported on the latest Times Higher Education rankings that rated the universities around the world.
University of Toronto, the highest ranking Canadian school, fell from 19 to 22. University of British Columbia slid from 34 to 36. And Montreal’s McGill University fell from 38 to 42.
A similar story appeared on Global.
|Asexuality should be recognized as own, unique sexual orientation|
The National Post highlighted a survey by UBC’s Lori Brotto and Morag Yule that found asexuality is not a form of “psychopathology” or an extreme version of low sex drive.
“We surmise that the available evidence points to asexuality being best conceptualized as a unique sexual orientation,” the authors wrote.
|Langara College helps First Nations students transfer to UBC|
Maclean’s reported on the partnership between Langara College and UBC aimed at easing the transition for First Nations post-secondary students.
Students who finish 24 to 60 course credits and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.67 are guaranteed admission to UBC.
The three-year pilot project became a permanent arrangement this month.
|Is the B.C. property levy on ‘foreign buyers’ a new head tax?|
|Globe and Mail|
Henry Yu, a UBC history professor, wrote an op-ed for the Globe and Mail comparing the B.C. foreign buyer’s tax to the head tax levied on Chinese immigrants until 1923.
Yu noted that the two taxes are similar in targeting Chinese nationals: “Although there was no use of the word ‘Chinese’ in the legislation, introduction of the 15-per-cent tax followed several years of news stories decrying the alleged effect of buyers from Mainland China on affordability in the Vancouver housing market.”
“Have we left behind the conflation of ‘foreign’ with being non-white?” he said.
|Following the rules just isn’t enough in politics|
David Moscrop, a UBC political science PhD candidate, wrote an op-ed for the Ottawa Citizen after it was revealed that that two senior Trudeau aides billed the government for more than $200,000 in moving expenses.
“Whether we like it or not, politics is about what’s perceived to be true. And what’s perceived to be true quickly becomes what’s known to be true. Because of that, only the highest standards of conduct will do,” he wrote.
|Researchers look into the troubles of Northern fur seals|
Global featured work by UBC marine biology researchers as they examine Vancouver Aquarium fur seals to learn why the species is in trouble in the wild.
“The population has been going down for several decades, and currently the rate of decline is about six per cent per year,” said David Rosen, a researcher at UBC’s Marine Mammal Research Unit.
Rosen said one goal of the research is to determine how much value and nutrition the seals need as well as how efficiently they use other prey items.
|Museum of Anthropology unveils a globe-spanning season|
The Georgia Straight featured UBC’s Museum of Anthropology upcoming season.
The season begins on November 17 with the opening of Layers of Influence: Unfolding Cloth across Cultures, curated by Jennifer Kramer, the museum’s Pacific Northwest curator.
|UBC PhD student turns old chopsticks into shelves|
Vancouver Magazine featured a project by Felix Böck, a PhD candidate in UBC’s forestry department.
Böck studies bamboo as a building material and started the project ChopValue, which turns recycled chopsticks into home decor products.
Collection bins are set up in various restaurants in Kitsilano, UBC, Point Grey, and Dunbar.
“We are planning to expand our project to all major neighbourhoods in Metro Vancouver,” Böck said. “We want to help reduce our environmental footprint as a society.”
Roundhouse Radio also interviewed Böck.
|How Sam Sullivan thinks we should rebuild city hall|
UBC political science professor Maxwell Cameron spoke to Vancouver Magazine about former Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan’s ideas for rebuilding city hall.
Sullivan is advocating for the legislative and judicial functions at city hall to be separated from each other.
“He’s been the mayor, he knows what city government is like, and now he’s an MLA. I would think that a creative idea from Sam could well get the ear of the premier and the cabinet,” Cameron said.
|Car sharing comes to UBC|
UBC’s Okanagan campus has entered into a partnership with Zipcar, Castanet reported.
Students, faculty and anyone over age 21 have access to a Volkswagen Jetta, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Santa Fe and Hyundai Elantra with a bike rack.
“UBC is constantly looking for opportunities to enhance our transportation options, from public transit to car-pooling and active transportation,” said Rob Einarson, UBC Okanagan’s associate vice-president of finance and operations. “(Zipcar) aligns with UBC’s sustainability goals and provides at-the-ready mobility for those commuting to campus from other parts of the region, and the thousands of students who live on campus and in our surrounding neighbourhoods.”
|High-tech carts for homeless|
Castanet featured high-tech shopping carts designed for homeless people by engineering students at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
The cart design is modelled after a shopping cart frame and relied on input from the RCMP, a community church, the City of Kelowna and members of the homeless community.
The shopping carts are equipped with lights, locks, GPS and a battery charger and are scheduled to be released in 2017.
|Vancouver pulls plug on sex worker apology|
Daily Xtra quoted Becki Ross, a UBC sociology professor, for a story on the City of Vancouver avoiding issuing a formal apology for forcing sex workers from the city’s West End several decades ago.
Ross said Mayor Gregor Robertson missed an opportunity to stand with indigenous sex workers by not officially apologizing.
“I think the mayor’s refusal is a measure of the tenacity and stubbornness of whorephobia,” Ross says.
|Ten things to do between now and next week|
Scout Magazine featured UBC’s Harvest Feastival, an outdoor dinner celebrating the arrival of fall and an abundance of art on campus.
The UBC Symphony Orchestra performances and Harvest Improv performed after the six-course meal.
|UBCO sports roundup|
Kelowna Now reported on UBC Okanagan’s sports teams and their latest success.
Soccer goalie Mitch McCaw was named the CIS Canada West male athlete of the week after earning his team six points for two wins including a shutout.