|PTSD-suffering veteran speaks out about suicide attempt|
|CBC The National|
The Canadian Forces are reeling after a fourth soldier has died within a week from apparent suicide.
“There are so many different factors that can attribute to someone taking his or her own life, that to try to say this is what did it is challenging, if not impossible,” said Dan Cox, assistant professor of counselling psychology at UBC.
|Canadians slowly adjusting to new allergenic food guidelines|
|Globe and Mail|
Babies in Canada can now start eating certain allergenic foods as early as six months, according to new food guidelines.
Up to 10 per cent of Canadian babies have food allergies, says Stuart Turvey, associate professor of pediatric immunology at UBC.
|Bad days may make the good ones better: study|
Falling on hard times can make the good times feel even better, confirms a UBC study.
“We’re not saying, ‘Hey, the more terrible s—that comes your way, the better,” said Elizabeth Dunn, associate professor of psychology. “But over time, as you come to terms with those negative events, they can actually promote savouring.”
This story also appeared on Canada.com.
|Getting people to publicly support a cause can be counterproductive|
|Harvard Business Review|
Public support of a cause could result in less donations, according to a UBC study.
Kirk Kristofferson, a doctoral student at UBC, found people told to wear a poppy “right now” for Remembrance Day donated 60 per cent less money to veterans than those who were told the poppy was for them “to take with you.”
|Failure to add value to resource wealth chains Canada to its colonial past|
|Globe and Mail|
A modernization of Canada’s economy is needed to support and sustain the country’s resources, according to UBC researchers.
“Canada is fortunate to have a stable, democratic political system – but has failed to address the value problem,” argues Harry Nelson, a professor in UBC’s Faculty of Forestry, and Ngaio Hotte, a resource economist at the UBC Fisheries Centre. “Instead, we have liquidated natural assets while ignoring other revenue opportunities and long-term impacts.”
|CBC Early Edition|
The streets of central Bangkok are being cleaned up to mark the country’s king’s birthday after days of violent anti-government protests.
“There hasn’t been this many people out on the street since 2008,” said Aim Sinpeng, a political science instructor at UBC, who is originally from Thailand. “In fact, earlier in October and November, we’ve seen estimates of over a million people out on the street. I’m concerned that this can escalate into more violence towards the end of the year.”
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|Court gives clinic permission to destroy sperm|
A B.C. Supreme Court judge is allowing a local fertility clinic to destroy the collected sperm of more than 1200 men, including those part of a class action lawsuit against UBC.
A similar story appeared in the Vancouver Sun, The Province.
|Our dream jobs|
UBC is among the top 10 desired public sector employers in the province, according to a new survey by Insights West.
The survey found roughly 20 per cent of British Columbians believed they were close to working their dream job.
A similar story appeared in HuffPost BC.
|Sexual banter in the workplace: Harassment or a tolerated social norm?|
A new article in the Vancouver Sun examines the acceptability of sexual banter in the workplace.
A study co-authored by Karl Aquino at UBC’s Sauder School of Business found some women found sexual innuendos made at work to be both “fun and flattering.”
|Would you let researchers access your health care data?|
A new poll suggests most British Columbians would allow health researchers access to their medical information, so long as the records are anonymous.
An organization that delivers this type of data to researchers in B.C. is PopData, based at UBC.
|Football out of crosshairs … for now|
UBC’s sport target review is the focus of a new column in The Province.
“Ever since this started, it’s been an awful lot of work, but at the same time, we wanted to help,” said former CFL player Dave Sidoo, speaking about his role in the review process.
|Not just humans who can see glass half empty, half full|
A UBC study is the first to examine how farm animals react to pain.
Heather Neave, a recent master’s graduate of UBC’s Animal Welfare Program, led a study that found calves became pessimistic after being dehorned.
“I hope [the research] encourages providing pain relief after the procedure and it’s a step towards including it as a requirement in the Dairy Code of Practice,” Neave said.
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