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Hip Hop Republican

Black Republicans and government

Maclean's

Multiple choice, multiple students: The merits of the two-stage test

Local News

Vancouver Sun

A compassionate response

Victoria Times Colonist

Drug-safety researchers waiting too long for B.C. data, expert says

Business in Vancouver

Tiny life forms play big role in fighting pollution

Metro News

Experts divided over whether kids belong at pipeline protests

Metro News

UBC law student named Canada’s Smartest Person

 

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Black Republicans and government
Hip Hop Republican

Black Republicans are the most trusting of the U.S. government, finds a new UBC study.

“I did expect to find that Black Republicans had higher incomes than other groups,” said author and sociology professor Rima Wilkes. “I did not see this. Part of what I think is interesting is how Black Republican leaders have become synonymous with Black Republicans in general. Greater attention needs to be on who is the average Black Republican.”

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Multiple choice, multiple students: The merits of the two-stage test
Maclean's

UBC’s two-stage exams, where a student writes a test alone and then with a group, are the focus of a new article in Maclean’s.

“Nobody goes into a room and writes a multiple-choice test for their job,” said earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences professor Brett Gilley. “People sit down in groups and discuss things to get points across.”

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A compassionate response
Vancouver Sun

A new training video by Fraser Health hopes to change how its first responders view drug addiction, encouraging them to show compassion with addicts.

“Moments of conveying acceptance and a non-judgmental stance may be brief and fleeting but the impact can be profound and significant for the person,” said UBC nursing professor Annette Browne. 

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Drug-safety researchers waiting too long for B.C. data, expert says
Victoria Times Colonist

The provincial health ministry is limiting access to research data critical to drug safety studies, according to a public health expert.

The ministry data is housed at Population Data B.C. at UBC.

The provincial New Democrats are also calling on the government to restore funding to the Therapeutics Initiative, a drug watchdog based at UBC.

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Tiny life forms play big role in fighting pollution
Business in Vancouver

A number of new research projects about microbes, funded by Genome BC, are discussed in Business in Vancouver.

Two of the projects mentioned are led by UBC microbiologist Steven Hallam, who will use genomics in the study of shale gas and the role of microbes in biofuels. 

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Experts divided over whether kids belong at pipeline protests
Metro News

The issue of parents bringing their children to the anti-pipeline protest on Burnaby Mountain is raised in a new article in Metro News.

A psychology professor at Simon Fraser University says parents who bring their children to the protest are exploiting them, but two UBC professors disagree. 

“Should parents have not brought their kids to the protests about the teachers’ strike because they’re not capable of thinking about these issues?” said UBC sociology professor Rima Wilkes. “Why is it not appropriate when it’s about the environment? I mean, it’s going to be their world.”

UBC environmental sociologist David Tindall commented: “I have observed many peaceful protest rallies over the pipelines that don’t involve civil disobedience, and children are always present at these. So their presence in the context of civil disobedience is not unique.”

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UBC law student named Canada’s Smartest Person
Metro News

A UBC law student is “Canada’s Smartest Person.”

Braden Lauer won the CBC game show of the same title that tests multiple intelligences on Sunday. 

“I’m definitely trying to remain humble and be a good sport about it all,” he said. “It’s not something you ever want to be cocky about… now my friends can make fun of me anytime I do anything remotely stupid.”

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