|Why you should listen to music while working out|
|New York Times|
The New York Times featured UBC research that explains the benefits of listening to music while performing high-intensity interval training, or HIIT.
Study participants learned a gruelling form of HIIT, hoping it would increase their physical and emotional responses. Researcher Matthew Stork, a PhD candidate at UBC’s Okanagan campus, found that music significantly intensified the volunteers’ positive attitudes toward the workout.
A similar story appeared in Time Magazine.
|Why does fall foliage turn so red and fiery?|
|New York Times|
The New York Times quoted Robert Guy, a professor of forestry at UBC, about the impact of the autumn sun on leaf colour.
“Protection from bright light (and probably UV light as well) during the process of leaf senescence is the best explanation for why the leaves of some trees turn red in autumn,” Guy wrote in an email.
|Exploring the effects of testosterone|
Richard Wassersug, a urologic sciences professor at UBC, was interviewed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for a story on the impacts of testosterone.
Wassersug is an expert on the effects of androgen deprivation therapy, which stops the production of testosterone to prevent cancer from growing.
“It’s actually problems like working through a maze or finding your car in a parking lot that are the actual cognitive challenges that men [losing testosterone] have,” he said.” This is sort of known already because women typically use a slightly different navigational strategy than men. Women pay attention to landmarks, and it appears to be related to testosterone.”
|These are the zombies you need to worry about|
Vice featured an ongoing UBC seminar on the threat of real-life zombies.
“While preparing for the rise of the undead is a little over the top, new diseases are emerging all the time, and thinking about how we’d prep for a zombie apocalypse is a great way of getting us thinking about more realistic disease scenarios, like a viral pandemic,” said Jennifer Gardy, a professor at UBC’s school of population and public health.
|MP wants to make birth control free|
Vice cited a study by researchers at UBC, the University of Toronto, McGill University, and Laval University for an article about a proposed motion in Canadian parliament regarding birth control.
The 2015 study found that “cost was the most important barrier to contraception” and one in three women will have an abortion in their lifetime in Canada.
If the motion is supported and turned into a bill, prescription birth control would be free to women and trans people.
|Psychopaths could be changed by the power of love|
Quartz featured psychology research from UBC’s Okanagan campus that examined if psychopaths can lead satisfying love lives, and if love and happiness are relevant to them.
Study authors Mark Holder, a professor who specializes in the science of happiness, and PhD candidate Ashley Love aimed to answer this question: If people who score high on the psychopath spectrum don’t care about others, are they happy?
“Good social relationships are a key component of happiness,” Love said. “The fact that people who score high on psychopathy questionnaires also tend to have poor social relationships may partially explain why these people also tend to be less happy.”
They also found that teaching psychopaths how to develop healthier interpersonal relationships with emotionally stable people could help to decrease their antisocial behaviours.
|Horrifying things Facebook posts can reveal about you|
Research from UBC’s Sauder School of Business and the Technische Universität Darmstadt was featured in a Metro U.K. story on insights you can gain from Facebook posts.
Researchers found a worrying level of “bad” emotions in Facebook users, such as jealousy after reading about “happy” moments in other people’s lives.
|How young families live in Vancouver|
The Financial Post quoted Paul Kershaw, a UBC professor at the school of population and public health, for an article about the lives of young families in Vancouver.
Kershaw said there is data suggesting families may be leaving Vancouver for cheaper regions.
“In many respects, we’ve been calling it generation ghost town,” said Kershaw. “In Vancouver proper, it is a difficult time for people raising young kids.”
|Excuse the pumpkin spice latte but it’s fall outside|
The Toronto Star cited a study co-written by Lisa Jordan Powell, a UBC postdoctoral researcher in the faculty of land and food systems, about the link between class and pumpkins.
“Even when we move away from ephemeral flavours of pumpkin and pumpkin spice,” the researchers wrote, “whiteness and cultural symbols cluster around visual images of pumpkins. Aspirational lifestyle magazines, social media pumpkins and reality television competitions come together in a veritable pumpkin entertainment complex, whose multiple manifestations continue the entanglements of pumpkins, social capital, race and place.”
|Canada falling far behind on marine conservation|
|The Hill Times|
The Hill Times interviewed Rashid Sumaila, the director of UBC’s fisheries economics research unit, about the challenges with marine conservation in Canada.
Sumaila said the Arctic is where Canada’s marine environment most needs protection.
|Time to scrap the Canada Food Guide|
Michael Lyon, a professor in UBC’s food, nutrition and health program, told AM 730 the Canada Food Guide needs to be rebuilt.
“Those of us that are in the science of nutrition and we’re clinically in the nutritional field with nutritionally related disease – we believe the Canada Food guide needs to be dumped,” he said. “It’s a document that has evolved over years and years of bringing stakeholders into the discussion to create a discussion to create a document that does not compromise industry around food production and food making. And that’s the problem.”
|Scary clowns: Why now?|
|24 Hours Toronto|
24 Hours Toronto interviewed Ernest Mathijs and Stephen Heatley from UBC’s theatre and film department about the recent phenomenon of clowns in the media.
“Somebody sees it, goes ‘Oh that looks like fun, that looks hilarious, that looks like I could get a rise out of somebody!’ Heatley said. “They seem harmless when in fact traditionally … some of the clowns are terribly coarse and vulgar and violent.”
Mathijs said this type of clown coverage in the media is unprecedented.
“It’s gotten to a degree of intensity that’s unseen before, and has gotten a kind of media attention which was unseen before. But there’s actually a precedent,” he said. In 2013, there was a number of clown sightings in Northampton in the U.K.”
|Moms and babies ‘actually do very well’ together in prison|
Following reports that convicted murderer Kelly Ellard is pregnant in prison, CBC interviewed Amy Salmon, a researcher with UBC’s centre for health evaluation outcome sciences.
Salmon said babies and mothers do well in jail.
“They’re much more likely to meet their developmental milestones. They often have access to very good health care, often at a frequency that’s much greater than they might have received in the community. They’re also more likely to be vaccinated and breastfed,” she said.
|More emergency training needed for dentists doing sedation|
Michael Dare, a professor in UBC’s faculty of dentistry spoke to CBC about the dangers of allowing a dentist to administer a general anesthetic and also perform a surgical procedure. This practice is currently permitted in Alberta.
“Time and time again the stories sound very similar in that staff did not watch their breathing well enough and the patient ends up in a severe respiratory arrest,” Dare said. “Time and time again, they’re inadequately prepared to respond to the emergency.”
The story also appeared on Yahoo News.
|Parkinson’s app brings together gaming and health care|
CBC highlighted an app co-created by Martin McKeown, the director of UBC’s Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre.
The app, called CognitiaPD, is part of a large-scale Parkinson’s study that will assemble data using mobile games. Two simple games in the app test cognition – one focuses on attention by checking response time and the other tests memory.
“This is becoming an increasingly important area in Parkinson’s. I think we’ve always known that we needed to be able to monitor people over time. I think the problem is that the technology just wasn’t there to enable us to do this,” said McKeown.
|Stunning drone footage of bowhead whales|
Global BC featured drone footage of bowhead whales used in research by Sarah Fortune, a UBC zoology PhD candidate.
“Using this new drone technology is something that has allowed us to observe these whales and observe their underwater behaviour like never before,” she said. “In a lot of cases these were areas that were inaccessible by boat.”
|Trophy-hunting may increase cougar-human conflict|
Kristine Teichman, a biology PhD candidate at UBC’s Okanagan campus, was quoted in a Vancouver Sun article about the impacts of cougar trophy-hunting.
Researchers from UBCO, the University of Victoria, the University of Cape Town and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation discovered that when trophy hunters killed a larger adult male the younger “sub-adults” became more prone to human conflict.
“We can infer from other studies that when trophy hunters take out the strongest male cougar you have more dispersal of younger males. It creates an opening and what happens is these teenagers are moving around and getting into more conflict,” said Teichman, one of the study authors.
The story also appeared in 24 Hours Vancouver.
|Christian Louboutin talks shoes structure and freedom|
The Vancouver Sun reported that internationally-renowned shoe designer Christian Louboutin visited UBC’s Museum of Anthropology while he was in Vancouver for an event at Nordstrom.
“I had always wanted to go to this museum. It’s a beautiful museum,” he said. “It reminds me of a museum I used to go to when I was a kid in Paris.”
|Ontario won’t adopt B.C.’s foreign buyers tax|
CKNW interviewed Thomas Davidoff, a professor at UBC’s Sauder School of Business, after it was reported that Ontario will not implement a foreign buyers tax like B.C.
Davidoff says the tax could lose popularity if other provinces don’t adopt it.
“There is some risk that if Ontario has a different tax policy from Vancouver with respect to foreign buyers that the national and even provincial support politically for the foreign buyers tax might be shorter lived than had Ontario followed suit,” he said.
The story also appeared on AM 900.
|Fantasizing about food may limit the amount you reach for|
Yann Cornil, a professor at UBC’s Sauder School of Business, was interviewed on CFAX about the link between enjoying food and portion size.
Cornil and colleagues found people chose smaller portions sizes after imagining the food they were about to eat.
“Simply by picturing in your mind the smell, the taste, the sensory pleasure of eating, you’re reminded of the actual relation between sensory pleasure and quantity,” he said.
|Forest ecologist says we need to get fire ‘smarter’ in B.C.|
CBC Kamloops interviewed Lori Daniels, a UBC forest ecology professor, about the ways homeowners can make their homes more resilient in case of a fire.
Daniels said we can choose certain plants that are less flammable.
“Looking at our yards and the distribution of plants in our yards,” she said. “Fire-resistant plants would be ones that have moist and supple leaves ones that don’t produce a lot of dead wood.”
|Climate change may harm predator-prey connection|
Castanet featured research by Rebecca Tyson, a professor of mathematics at UBC’s Okanagan campus, about how climate change may lead to the extinction of some species and impact predator-prey relationships.
“At the moment we have stable cyclical relationships between prey and predator,” Tyson said. “But we have found some new behaviour which leads us to ask whether longer summers make existing predator/prey relationships sustainable.”
|People trying to quit smoking don’t focus on quitting|
Castanet reported on a UBC study that found half of statements made by smokers during counselling sessions designed to help them stop are not related to quitting the harmful habit.
“These findings may indicate that people trying to quit need time to talk about a variety of topics to feel comfortable talking with their practitioner about smoking,” said Heather Gainforth, a professor of health and exercise sciences at UBC’s Okanagan campus. “It also highlights the importance of providing smokers with the opportunity to receive counselling about pharmaceutical aids that can help them quit.”
|Discussing generosity of spirit|
Roundhouse Radio featured an interview with Blye Frank, UBC’s dean of education, about the concept known as generosity of spirit.
“I think generosity of spirit most of all involves creating space for other people,” he said. “That can happen in a variety of ways, from the infrastructure that you create for faculty or staff and students to do their work. It could be a simple morning hello.”
|First woman to receive B.C. Law Society lifetime achievement award|
Constance Isherwood, a UBC law school alumna, was featured in a CBC article about her upcoming lifetime achievement award.
Isherwood, 96, is British Columbia’s oldest practicing lawyer and is the first female to receive a lifetime achievement award from the B.C. Law society.
She graduated top of her class in 1951 and was one of only eight women in a group of 200.
|UBC keeper looks to add to T-Birds’ 13 national titles|
The Province featured Chad Bush, a goalkeeper for the UBC’s men’s soccer team.
The history major was recently named to U Sports’ prestigious Top 8 Academic All-Canadian list and said he chose UBC because of its past success.
“UBC was always my first choice. With the 13 national championships they’ve won along with their academics, that really put it over the top for me,” he said.
The article also mentions field hockey player Rachel Donohoe and golfer Evan Holmes.