|Anatomy of an Interrogation|
|New York Times|
The RetroReport, a video series in the New York Times that documents big issues and puts them in historical perspective, looks at the story of David A. Passaro, a onetime U.S. Special Forces medic who was the first and only CIA contractor to be convicted in a torture-related case after an interrogation.
Peter Klein, director of UBC’s journalism school, produced and reported the story, with UBC journalism student Lisa Hale serving as associate producer and UBC adjunct faculty member Kim Frank as co-editor.
|Switzerland is the happiest country in the world; U.S. is 15th|
|NY Daily News|
Switzerland is the happiest country in the world, followed by Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Canada, according to The World Happiness Report, unveiled in New York on Thursday.
The global ranking of happiness attempts to quantify happiness as a means of influencing government policy and was first published by the United Nations in 2012.
The report was edited by Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, John Helliwell of UBC in Canada and Richard Layard from the London School of Economics.
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|Conservative budget puts Liberals in election squeeze|
UBC political science professor Richard Johnston said the Conservative budget makes so many spending promises, opposition parties will struggle to fund their plans without tax hikes.
“The pressure is on (Justin Trudeau),” Byers said. “It doesn’t mean he has to do everything tomorrow, but he does want to mix it up in the budget debate.”
|A retrospective on 228 and the White Terror|
An article on the 228 Incident and the White Terror events in Taiwanese history quotes UBC history professor Craig A. Smith.
“228 will always be an important part of the myth of Taiwan…and part of the narrative of the nation,” Smith says.
|Why Delhi’s air is truly worse than Beijing’s|
An analysis of India’s air pollution explains work done by UBC professor Douw Steyn, who has studied pollution all over the world.
Steyn has plotted the level of pollution cities experience for a given percentage of its time, against the levels another city hits for the same number of hours over the course of two years – thereby correcting for changing weather and one-off variations.
“The upper 17 per cent of conditions in Delhi are hazardous, while 7 per cent of conditions in Beijing are hazardous,” Steyn said. “Unpolluted conditions are found in Delhi for less than 1 per cent of the time, while such conditions exist in Beijing approximately 8 per cent of the time.”
|Ottawa warns against plan to regulate pot dispensaries|
|Globe and Mail|
Vancouver councillor Kerry Jang defends Vancouver’s move to regulate marijuana dispensaries.
Jang, who is also a professor of psychiatry at UBC, says the regulations were drafted precisely to keep marijuana away from children.
Mark Haden, an adjunct professor at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health and a former Vancouver Coastal Health Addiction Services supervisor, commented:
“Before, we had unregulated gang involvement. The banner of drug prohibition produced widely available, unregulated cannabis. Now that we’re moving away from prohibition, it’s turning into commercialization….What we need is something in the middle, that will reduce the harms that are produced by the two ends of the spectrum.”
|Arctic Council tensions threaten environment as Canada exits chair|
The Arctic Council meets today in Iqaluit, with the U.S. taking over the chair from Canada.
UBC international affairs professor Michael Byers says Canada will meet resistance if it tries to add the Ukrainian situation to the council’s agenda.
“The Obama administration has been very clear that Arctic co-operation must continue, that the issues of climate change in the Arctic are simply too important to be caught up in the tensions in Ukraine and eastern Europe,” Byers said.
|Understanding changes in the brain key to treating vulvodynia|
|Globe and Mail|
About 15 per cent of women suffer from vulvodynia, a chronic pain condition that makes any type of contact with the vagina extremely painful, says registered psychologist and UBC gynecology professor Lori Brotto.
Research suggests changes in the brain may explain this chronic condition, Brotto said, but until it’s fully understood, women who experience the pain can take a number of measures, including pelvic floor physiotherapy and multidisciplinary treatment.
|UBC researchers discover cause of brain swelling|
UBC researchers have pinpointed the cause of brain swelling caused by strokes and head trauma, a discovery that could pave the way for future treatments to prevent brain damage.
Finding a drug that acts on that chemical pathway could be just five years away, according to the researchers.
“It’s a spectacular discovery. I think it has a much more immediate impact because there’s a target that could be used to develop drugs to block the brain swelling,” said Brian MacVicar, one of the study’s senior authors and co-director of UBC’s Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.
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|Vancouver study to test immunotherapy drug against diabetes|
Researchers in Vancouver are seeking participants for a yearlong trial that will test the effectiveness of a psoriasis drug against Type 1 diabetes.
The drug alters immune systems and researchers are hoping to find out if it can also stop diabetes in its tracks.
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|Medical breakthroughs in 3D printing|
Making living human cells using a printer isn’t in the distant future. It’s already happening now, right here in B.C. at the Aspect Biosystems lab led by UBC electrical and computer engineering professor Konrad Walus.
“We can take living cells and run them through the printer and so the 3D structure that we get at the end is an assembly of living human cells,” Walus says. The technology “can be used to make liver tissue, gastrointestinal issue and ultimately we’d like to make living organs.”
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|UBCO’s medical program celebrates first graduating class|
The Southern Medical Program, the newest distributed site of UBC’s provincewide medical education program, is graduating its very first medical doctors this year from UBC Okanagan.
Thirty students started their medical training at the UBC Okanagan campus in September 2011. They will now begin residency programs across B.C. and Canada.
|A year of triumph and tragedy for UBC pitcher Conor Lillis-White|
Conor Lillis-White was named UBC’s male athlete of the year early April, capping one of the greatest pitching careers in UBC history.
A day after accepting the honour, he learned his older brother had died in a car crash. He decided to play anyway a few days later, leading the T-birds to another victory before heading back home to Toronto for his brother’s funeral.