UBC In The News
Urban forests and the transformation of cities
CNBC featured UBC’s Forest Sciences Centre and interviewed forestry professor Cecil Konijnendijk about integrating urban forestry into development to make cities livable and adaptable to climate change.
CNBC (5:32 mark)
The evolution of evolution, under human influence
The Sunday Edition spoke to UBC theoretical biologist Sarah Otto about how humans are speeding up evolution, and not necessarily to our benefit.
CBC Sunday Edition
The new cringeworthy
UBC psychiatry professor Steven Taylor says those who might have already had obsessive-compulsive tendencies might become germaphobes but for most people, COVID-19 will be a short-term germ aversion.
How early-career scientists are coping with COVID-19 challenges and fears
Science Magazine interviewed Daphne Ling, a UBC PhD student in neuroscience, about strategies she has found helpful when coping with coronavirus-related challenges, stressors and worries.
Why some people are ditching shampoo during COVID-19
Katie Beleznay and Harvey Lui, professors in UBC’s department of dermatology and skin science, and UBC chemistry professor Jay Wickenden commented on ditching shampoo and conditioner and opting for water or natural alternatives during COVID-19.
Meet the Newfoundlander leading Canada's COVID-19 clinical trials
CBC interviewed Srinivas Murthy, UBC clinical pediatrics professor and co-chair of the World Health Organization’s clinical research committee on COVID-19, about the drug trials and different aspects of the pandemic from the perspective of global health.
B.C. farmers retool their offerings to sell more locally
Hannah Wittman, a professor and academic director of the UBC Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, says we need to build a resilient, regional food system and the government needs to provide economic support to farmers and to make sure they have access to their labour in times of crisis.
Globe and Mail
UBC entrepreneurs developing decontamination ovens for medical masks
UBC venture Barrelwise, part of the hatch accelerator program, is creating a decontamination oven for disinfecting the respirator masks.
UBCO researching impact of COVID-19 on travel restrictions
UBC engineering professor Mahmudur Fatmi is conducting an online survey to understand the impact of COVID-19 on travel restrictions and examine out-of-home and in-home activities, such as going out on errands, going on a road trip or alternatively, cancelling plans to travel locally or abroad.
Castanet, Daily Courier
Making face shields with 3D printer
UBCO’s school of engineering and Makerspace UBCO have partnered with the Okanagan Regional Library and Interior Health to develop 3D printed, medical-grade face shields for front-line health care workers. UBCO engineering professor Ray Taheri and the facility manager Cortnee Chulo were interviewed.
Earth Day at 50: A look to the past offers hope for the planet’s future
Philippe Tortell, a professor and head of UBC’s department of earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences, wrote about how Earth Day helped catalyze legislative changes to take action against climate change.