|Best places to experience Native American culture|
UBC’s Museum of Anthropology is named as one of the best places to learn about Aboriginal history and culture by CNN.
According to CNN, visitors to the MoA “can get intensely ethnographic” with its collection of carvings, totem poles and artifacts.
|Crew that sailed with Columbus suffered scurvy: study|
The crew accompanying Christopher Columbus on his journey to the New World had scurvy, according to a new study.
But UBC anthropologist Darlene Weston says conclusive signs of scurvy can only be found if the crewmembers’ skulls are examined.
|Incoming UBC President on challenges facing today’s students|
|CBC The National|
Universities need to train their students to evolve as the job market changes, says UBC’s incoming president Arvind Gupta.
“This generation is coming into a very different environment. The job market is evolving very rapidly,” he said. “Many of the jobs we see today didn’t exist 10 or 15 years ago. We have to think of the workforce as having a lot to say to us.”
Another segment on CBC The National featured UBC students talking about their present and future.
|Canadians spending more out of pocket on health care|
Out of pocket expenses for health care are on the rise in Canada, according to a new Statistics Canada report.
“What we saw in the data was for the poorest households, the amount that they spent out of pocket, after adjusting for inflation, went from $600 to over $1,000,” said study co-author Michael Law of the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research at UBC.
|Electric cars sales slow in B.C. despite government support|
Electric cars aren’t selling well in British Columbia despite rebates of up to $5000.
According to UBC professor Sumeet Gulati, the rebates only benefit high-income earners who would have purchased an electric car regardless.
“When you gave money, $2,000 to someone in B.C., we found that about $800 out of that went into buying a more expensive car,” he said.
|UBC women’s softball team players sue to save program|
|Globe and Mail|
The women’s softball team is suing UBC over the loss of its varsity status.
“It’s a difficult situation, but I’m proud of them for standing up for what they believe in,” said head coach Gord Collings.
A similar story appeared in CBC BC, The Province, Vancouver Sun.
|The backbenchers’ calculus and the Fair Elections Act|
The Conservatives’ proposed changes to Canada’s Fair Elections Act is a “risky political ploy,” says UBC PhD political science candidate Stewart Prest, in a new op-ed in The Ottawa Citizen.
“For one thing, it is a potent potential mobilizer for the opposition,” he writes. “Polling on the issue so far suggests that while most Canadians are not engaged on the issue, the more they know about C-23, the more they dislike it. A limited set of amendments will not change that calculus.”
|Of course we need varsity sport|
Varsity sport is valuable to universities, says UBC political science professor and senior adviser to the president, Richard Price, in a new op-ed in University Affairs.
Price is responding to an earlier article that argued varsity sport should be eliminated.
“For students who often report in university surveys that they don’t feel connected to the community, athletic competitions are one way to build a sense of belonging,” he writes. “Sport has benefits for cognitive performance as well as other obvious health benefits.”
|Ready or not? More mill closures coming to BC|
Sawmills are fighting to stay open in British Columbia as towns reliant on the industry disappear.
The provincial government has introduced several measures over the last decade to try to save mills from closing, including the introduction of the Forest Revitalization Plan in 2003.
“What the province was trying to do was allow market forces to work more in the sense of how timber was harvested, how it was being used — the core of the idea was you were going to create a market for timber throughout the province,” said UBC forest resource management professor Harry Nelson.
|Columbine, 15 years later|
A UBC education professor discusses the promotion of empathy as a prevention tool for school shootings ahead of the 15th anniversary of the Columbine tragedy in a new interview on CKNW.
“We know that skills such as empathy, understanding others, can be taught,” said Kimberly Schonert-Reichl. “B.C. is leading the way in the idea that schooling doesn’t just include reading, writing, arithmetic, but also the promotion of these positive human qualities like empathy and compassion.”