UBC In The News

An Indian organization wants to grow urban forests and transform the cities we live and work in

CNBC quoted UBC forestry professor Cecil Konijnendijk about how long it takes for a city to grow a forest and for the benefits related to the environment, cost-effectiveness or energy consumption to be seen.

Calls for COVID-19 racial data worldwide

Farah Shroff, a professor at UBC’s school of population and public health, spoke about data collection and taking action on COVID-19, specifically for racialized communities.
Public Radio International (4:30 mark)

With 22 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Indigenous communities, leaders urge officials to disclose locations

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-kwe, director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC, was quoted about the implications of limited rights for Indigenous people during a pandemic.

UBC students among final 10 teams in global competition to create low-cost ventilator

UBC engineering students have developed a simple, low-cost COVID-19 ventilator and are among the finalists in an international competition. Their design is based on a machine that’s typically used to treat sleep apnea.
CBCCBC On The CoastYahooCTV

Vancouver radiologists and UBC students build database of COVID-19-affected lung images

Radiologists at UBC and Vancouver General Hospital are building an open-source, artificial intelligence model to improve future COVID-19 diagnostics based on CT-scans and chest X-ray images. They are working with UBC students in engineering, computer science and medicine. Kendall Ho, academic director at the UBC Community Health and Wellbeing Cloud Innovation Centre, and project leads Savvas Nicolaou, a professor of radiology, and William Parker, a radiology resident at UBC, were mentioned.
Vancouver SunThe ProvinceGlobal (16:10 mark)CTVCityNewsIndo-Canadian VoiceGeorgia StraightVancouver is AwesomeNorth Shore NewsRichmond NewsBurnaby NowNew West RecordTri-City NewsTimes ColonistPiqueWindsor Star

What quarantine and self-isolation is doing to your mental health

Maureen Whittal, a clinical professor in UBC’s department of psychiatry, says it’s too early yet to have done any population-based studies here in Canada, but thinks we will see an increase in the prevalence rates of anxiety and depression.
Regina Leader-Post

'It's just exploded': patients turn to telehealth during pandemic

Rita McCracken, a professor in UBC’s department of family practice, shared her concerns about private, for-profit companies operating telehealth services.
Daily Hive

UBC Okanagan medical students join provincial initiative to help

UBCO medical student Alex Monaghan and SMP student Brian Hayes were interviewed about joining a provincial initiative matching UBC medical students with frontline workers in need of extra assistance, donating PPE and connecting families.

Learning from disasters: Nepal copes with coronavirus pandemic 5 years after earthquake

UBC anthropology professor Sara Shneiderman and geography professor Philippe Le Billon in the school of public policy and global affairs co-wrote about Nepal’s experience coping with the current crisis five years after the 2015 major earthquakes. They say that vulnerabilities not only challenge communities but also generate complex approaches to anticipating and mitigating systemic disruptions.
The Conversation

New book by former Stephen Harper advisor hopes to change opioid discussion

Benjamin Perrin, a UBC professor at Peter A. Allard School of Law, spoke about his new book on overdose crisis in Canada. “I’m hopeful that it will be a contribution to changing our national debate in Canada on our drug policy,” he said.
Vancouver SunThe ProvinceCalgary Herald

Take the Master of Educational Technology graduate program online

UBC is offering a 100 per cent online-based master of educational technology program to educate professionals in the use and impact of digital learning technologies.
Georgia Straight