|Trudeau to gain where provinces lose on taxing 1%: adviser|
An analysis by Kevin Milligan, a UBC professor and occasional Liberal adviser, and the University of Toronto’s Michael Smart shows that taxing the “one per centers” may not bring in as much revenue as expected since wealthy families could move provinces.
But since it’s harder to move countries, by coordinating their tax efforts, the federal and provincial governments could achieve the results they want, the analysts said.
|Early Native Americans raised turkeys, but not to eat|
New research suggests that Native Americans at a Utah site called Turkey Pen Ruins raised turkeys for their feathers, not for food.
The researchers analysed human hair for the American Southwest to look for amino acid signatures resulting from diet.
Native Americans from the area obtained around 80 percent of their calories and protein from maize, said study co-author and UBC anthropologist R.G. Matson.
|Whales make mysterious visits to underwater mountains|
Researchers from New Caledonia were surprised to find that migrating humpbacks stay for days on end in waters around underwater mountains.
Commenting on the study, UBC scientist Tony Pitcher says tuna, seabirds, hammerhead sharks and other big marine creatures have also been seen hanging around seamounts, though the reason for that remains unclear.
|Crosby’s injury marked turning point on concussions|
A CBC article on a shift in thinking about sports-related concussions mentions the sensors worn by the UBC football team to help a study of how the head reacts to a hit.
The researchers are expected to announce the results next year.
|Canada’s 1st dimetrodon solves P.E.I. fossil mystery|
A fossil dug up in P.E.I. in 1854 has finally been identified as that of a dimetrodon–a huge, ancient reptile that had giant spiny “sails” on its backs. Dimetrodons are related to modern mammals and existed before the age of dinosaurs.
The fossil was positively identified by paleontologist Kirstin Brink, who is now a postdoctoral researcher at UBC.
|Concussion legislation not in B.C.’s immediate future|
Experts say B.C. should follow Ontario’s example and introduce legislation on handling concussions in youth sports.
“Right now we’re working on an individual association and school district basis, whereas if it’s legislated that would ensure everyone has the knowledge and understanding,” said Shelina Babul, a sports industry specialist and a pediatrics professor at UBC.
“There should be mandatory province wide-coaching and education, with at the end some kind of grading or evaluation that’s been retained, and some kind of tracking,” said UBC neurology professor William Panenka. “We should be tracking all the kids who have concussions throughout the province.”
|A look inside the walls of values-driven companies|
UBC’s Marc-David Seidel is quoted in an article on the shift in corporations’ view of human resources.
Seidel, who teaches organizational behaviour and human resources at UBC’s Sauder School of Business, said while looking after employees’ personal growth is great, research shows social connections in the workplace are the biggest factor in employee retention.
Work friendships tend to survive changes in employers, Seidel added.
|Locals cooling on Black Friday sales|
Ann Stone, a marketing lecturer at UBC’s Sauder School of Business, says Canadians aren’t as caught up in the Black Friday sales across the border as they used to. The drop in the value of the Canadian dollar and a growing “buy local” mindset are affecting Black Friday shopping, she added.
|B.C. research explores gut’s role in multiple sclerosis|
Only five per cent of new multiple sclerosis cases are diagnosed in children but this small percentage provides an opportunity to discover what causes MS, says Helen Tremlett, a professor of medicine at UBC.
Tremlett, who is leading a study to study the gut in pediatric cases, says gut bacteria stimulate the immune system, and the gut and the brain are connected directly.
“Preliminary data shows we’re on the right track with this — we’re examining the link and trying to understand the influence of the gut microbiota in MS and MS on the gut microbiota,” Tremlett said.
|Cattle vaccines aim to cut slaughter|
Research is under way to develop two vaccines to eradicate Johne’s disease and bovine tuberculosis in cattle, which result in losses of more than $86 million and $10 million a year in Canada.
The study is led by UBC’s Bob Hancock and Andrew Potter from the University of Saskatchewan.
|UBC eyes new liquor establishment on campus|
UBC has applied for a liquor primary licence for the Gerald McGavin UBC Rugby Centre.
The plan is to set up an establishment pouring only during sporting events and private occasions such as fundraisers. It would accommodate 200 people.
|(In)visible: The Spiritual World of Taiwan|
The Straight reviewed “(In)visible: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art,” a contemporary Taiwanese art exhibition at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology.
The review went: “It’s a truly captivating installation, immersive and, in many ways, overwhelming—and impossible to see or comprehend in one visit. Given the theme of this exhibition, this is as it should be.”
|UBCO professor creates tool to help visual learners|
Bruce Mathieson, a biology professor at UBC’s Okanagan campus, has created seven videos on dissecting the human brain to help students who learn better if they have visual aids.
The approach helped many students get better than 95 per cent on their tests, according to Mathieson.
|How oil companies are tapping tech startups|
New tech startups are providing some of the innovations that help the oil and gas industry function despite low commodity prices, according to an article in Canadian Business.
One such company was founded by Stephen Robinson, a UBC engineering graduate who developed HD cameras that can be used in oil wells to reduce risk and drilling costs.
|Victoria phenom gives T-Birds a solid leg up on rivals|
The Thunderbirds are preparing for Saturday’s 51st Vanier Cup in Quebec City against the defending national champion Montreal Carabins.
Quinn van Gylswyk, the T-Birds’ kicker-punter from Victoria, is expected to be named to the All-Canadian team.
A similar article appeared in The Province.