UBC In The News

Cameras capture wildlife activity in closed B.C. park

UBC forestry’s Wildlife Coexistence Lab, which focuses on human-wildlife coexistence across multiple species and scales, captured some footage of wildlife in the Golden Ears Provincial Park. Cole Burton, a UBC forestry professor who leads the lab, was interviewed.
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New pilot study encourages seniors to pick up weights to avoid frailty

A new study led by Jenn Jakobi, a professor at UBCO’s school of health and exercise sciences, showed doing a variety of resistance exercises a few times a week could help improve frailty in seniors.

What urban forests can teach us about good soil for our gardens

CBC spoke to UBC forestry professor Susan Day about how our urban forest affects our gardens and how to build the best patch of dirt.

Freeland mum on whether Hong Kong asylum seekers will be granted refuge as bigger wave predicted

Wenran Jiang, an adjunct professor at UBC’s school of public policy and global affairs, says if Ottawa officially encourages and offers political asylum to protesters in Hong Kong, Beijing is likely to interpret such a move as interfering in China’s domestic affairs, leading to adding more chill to an already cold-bilateral relationship.
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Hacking the virus: Eight University Of British Columbia grads step up to supply the COVID-19 shortage

Forbes highlighted FlowO2, a team comprised of UBC engineering students, that has developed a simple, low-cost COVID-19 ventilator, and mentioned Roger Tam, director of the Engineers in Scrubs program and an associate professor of radiology in the faculty of medicine.

Canada is dealing with the coronavirus far better than the US, which has 30% more deaths per capita. Here's why.

Peter Berman, a professor and director at the school of population and public health, was mentioned for his input on comparing the health systems and the way hospitals are run in Canada and the U.S.
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How to have a fulfilling staycation when you’re sick of your house

UBC psychology professor Nancy Sin was quoted about giving ourselves a mental and physical break as the pandemic wages on.

Provinces must give emotional support to returning students: education advocates

The Canadian Press interviewed Shimi Kang, a clinical professor in UBC’s department of psychiatry, about the way teens deal with anxiety resulting from the pandemic, and the need for social-emotional learning to be incorporated into the overall kindergarten to Grade 12 curriculum.
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Answering some of the frequently asked questions about COVID-19

The Canadian Press quoted Max Cameron, a professor in UBC’s department of political science, about the protests against stay-at-home orders in North America.
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Fitness centres mull smaller classes, online lessons once studios are able open

Sally Willis-Stewart, a senior instructor at UBCO’s school of health and exercise sciences, envisions more personalization in fitness culture during COVID-19.
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No vaccine for SARS, so why do we need one now? Your COVID-19 questions answered

CBC asked Michael Curry, a clinical professor in UBC’s department of emergency medicine, whether seniors and vulnerable populations need to stay inside until there is a vaccine.

Vaccine may be the only way sports return to full arenas

Anthony Chow, a professor emeritus in the infectious diseases division, says physical distancing is really the only thing that will help prevent transmission and the safest option remains showing sports events on television that are played in empty arenas until a vaccine is available or herd immunity reaches a certain point.

B.C. to relax COVID-19 rules later than most other provinces — but it had fewer to begin with

CBC spoke to Mohsen Sadatsafavi, a professor at UBC’s faculty of pharmaceutical sciences, and UBC mathematics professor Daniel Coombs about reopening the province.

Canada’s wildfire season expected to be ‘well above average’: Natural Resources Canada

Sarah Henderson, a UBC professor at the school of population and public health, shared her concern that sustained wildfire smoke could further put people at risk of contracting COVID-19 and the challenges physical distancing measures may pose when sheltering evacuees.

Mental health support program for B.C. doctors gets boost during pandemic

CTV interviewed Lakshmi Yatham, a professor and head of UBC’s department of psychiatry, about supporting the mental health needs of front-line physicians during the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 and seniors: Advice, insight and ideas from faculty on the frontlines

Roger Wong, a clinical professor in geriatric medicine at UBC’s faculty of medicine, was interviewed about how to support seniors in long-term care homes.
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How Canadian runners are staying safe and fit during coronavirus pandemic

Chris Napier, a professor in the department of physical therapy at UBC, spoke about how COVID-19 has changed runners’ training pattern, and taking it slow and why it’s important to gradually increase training to avoid any injuries.
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COVID-19 slowed down Vancouver real estate sales, but not its prices

Paul Kershaw, a professor at UBC’s school of population and public health, commented on the rising home prices as sales fall in Vancouver and said if we want a future where all Canadians can afford a good home, we need to make it so that no Canadian relies on gains in housing wealth to feel secure, and rethink the policies that push the cost to buy or rent a home out of reach.
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Extroverts are faring surprisingly well in lockdown

UBC psychology professor Elizabeth Dunn co-wrote about a study that looked at the gap in perceived social connectedness between extroverts and introverts during the first wave of COVID-19.
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More than food banks are needed to feed the hungry during the coronavirus pandemic

Jennifer Black, a professor in UBC’s faculty of land and food systems, co-wrote about the high rates of food insecurity in Canada and the need to adequately address it.
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UBC forestry professor receives prize

UBC forestry professor Nicholas Coops has received the Marcus Wallenberg Prize for his work in predicting forest growth using satellite imagery.
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UBC Aquatic Centre, Polygon Gallery, and the Dock Building win Governor General’s Medals in Architecture

UBC Aquatic Centre has earned the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture.
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