|Facebook moves closer to light-based wireless communication|
|New York Times|
The New York Times interviewed UBC communications engineer Julian Cheng for a story on a Facebook internet initiative.
The Facebook-led study used light to wirelessly transmit internet signals instead of wired optical fiber networks.
“It’s a completely new design,” said Cheng. He said a device that is simpler than traditional light receivers let the Facebook team achieve wireless data rates on the order of wired systems.
|Ailes’ downfall testament to rising power of women|
Huffington Post reported on the downfall of Fox News executive Roger Ailes following a sexual harassment lawsuit. Jennifer Berdahl, a UBC business professor and harassment and discrimination expert, was interviewed for the story.
Ailes stepped down from his position after numerous women at the network spoke up against his alleged actions.
“It’s great progress,” said Berdahl, who has served as an expert witness in discrimination trials. “There’s a lot more normalization of women’s voices. Women are legitimate equals. Someone you take seriously.”
|Tail docking and ear cropping affect dogs, not just physically|
Scientific American featured UBC animal welfare research for a story on the impacts of elective surgeries on dogs.
The study by Marina von Keyserlingk and colleagues found that cosmetic surgeries affect how participants perceived dog personality traits. Surgically altered dogs were generally seen as more aggressive toward people and dogs than “natural” dogs.
|Gay, lesbian, bisexual youth ‘disordered eating’ rates troubling|
|Globe and Mail|
The Canadian Press highlighted a UBC study which found that eating disorders are on the rise for young lesbian and bisexual girls, while such behaviours are declining among their straight peers.
The researchers looked at a survey of 26,000 students in grades nine to 12 in Massachusetts.
Lead author Ryan Watson, a postdoctoral fellow at UBC’s school of nursing, said the results suggest that sexual-minority kids need specialized programs. Senior author and UBC nursing professor Elizabeth Saewyc added that better supports will help these youth develop healthy eating habits and a positive body image.
The story appeared in the Globe and Mail, CBC News, CTV News, Global News, Yahoo News Canada, Winnipeg Free Press, Medical Xpress, City News, News 1130, Metro News, Times Colonist, Castanet, Kelowna Daily Courier and Kelowna Capital News.
|How to be a better patient to improve your own health|
|Globe and Mail|
UBC’s medicine professor Dr. James Heilman was interviewed for a Globe and Mail story on how patients can make the best decisions when it comes to health care.
The article lists six mistakes patients often make and how to solve them. One common problem is denying there is any health issue.
“[Patients] don’t want anything to be wrong,” Heilman said. “They hope by ignoring it, it’ll simply go away. Some of it is simply wishful thinking,”
|What Gen Z can teach us about a social-media vacation|
|Globe and Mail|
The Globe and Mail cited UBC research for an article about social media use among Generation Z.
A 2015 study by researchers at UBC’s Sauder School of Business found that envy drives Facebook. When a friend posts a picture of an extravagant holiday or successful family, people respond by posting their own photos and the cycle continues.
|The 50 best computer science schools in the world|
Business Insider Singapore listed UBC as one of the 50 best computer science schools in the world.
The article reported that some of UBC’s computer science and information systems courses are so popular that there are waiting lists in place. The UBC programs achieved a score of 80.6 on the QS World University Rankings.
|Why Canada’s top court should weigh in on electoral reform|
|Globe and Mail|
The Globe and Mail published an op-ed by UBC law professor Benjamin Perrin on federal electoral reform.
The government is looking at alternatives to the first-past-the-post system.
“Holding a referendum on electoral reform would allow Canadians to say whether they want to change the system or not, and, if so, which model they prefer,” he wrote. “Failing to do so would indelibly stain the Liberal government as opportunist for using its majority to entrench new rules that favour the party’s electoral outcomes for decades to come.”
|Gulf Island Brewery is B.C.’s first unionized craft brewery|
CBC News interviewed Mark Thompson, a UBC professor emeritus at the Sauder School of Business, for a story on the first unionized craft brewery in the province.
He said the Saltspring Island Ales deal is the first of similar deals in the future.
“What the union would probably like to do as a strategy is to unionize several craft breweries and then get them in a group and negotiate,” he said. “For 10 to 15 workers, it’s not worthwhile to a union to dedicate a lot of resources because there are not enough dues coming in. But let’s say 100 workers at several breweries, then it starts to make sense.”
|Time to fix the PST|
The Vancouver Sun cited a study by UBC economist Kevin Milligan for an op-ed on the Provincial Sales Tax.
In his study commissioned by the Business Council of B.C., Milligan offered several alternatives for government consideration: replace the PST with other revenue sources like the carbon tax, improve the PST by exempting business inputs and expanding it to cover more services, or replace the PST with a new B.C.-VAT, an alternative form of value-added tax.
|B.C.’s highest paid public sector employees|
The latest B.C. public sector compensation data shows that total compensation is up 2.3 per cent compared to last year, reports CKNW.
The article mentioned the compensation package for former UBC president Arvind Gupta.
|Health minister orders review of IHealth records system|
The Times Colonist reported on the upcoming review of a controversial electronic health record system. The review will be led by a UBC professor.
Dr. Doug Cochrane, patient safety and quality officer for the province, is a practising physician and a UBC neurosurgery professor. The current system will continue to be used unless Cochrane recommends otherwise.
Doctors have said the system software cancels, overrides, changes or doubles some drug orders and crucial physician instructions.
|UBCO going green|
Castanet reported on UBC Okanagan’s reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent between 2014 and 2015.
“UBC’s commitment to sustainability has achieved ambitious emissions reductions that support federal, provincial and municipal climate and sustainability goals,” said Deborah Buszard, UBC deputy vice-chancellor and principal of the Okanagan campus.
|When kids lose faith|
Castanet reported on a UBC study looking into the experiences of parents when their adult child leaves the religious tradition they were raised in.
PhD candidate Glendon Wiebe is working with UBCO nursing professor Barb Pesut and said past research has not explored the perspective of parents in this topic.
“For some parents, keeping the faith is extremely important, and if their child leaves, it can lead to a difficult and somewhat lonely journey,” says Wiebe. “Others, however, may accept it more readily, depending on the circumstances surrounding their child’s religious change.”
|Low wages hampering Kelowna tech sector|
Kelowna Now reported on the struggling Kelowna tech sector and included comments from UBCO computer science professor Dr. Ramon Lawrence.
Lawrence said that every year the university program’s top grads are snapped up right away by international tech giants like Google and Microsoft.
One recent grad said most of Kelowna’s tech jobs are with small start-ups that often can’t offer competitive wages.
|Nisga’a government trained in counselling|
The Terrace Standard featured a peer counselling program developed by UBC Continuing Studies for the Laxgalts’ap Village in the Nass Valley.
The program focused on counselling abilities, and 30 students, all part of the village government team, have completed the first module. According to UBC facilitator Sally Halliday, participants learned basic counselling skills for use in everyday situations.
“It’s about understanding for themselves how people change, group dynamics,” said Halliday.