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Marine life declines for another year in contested, overfished South China Sea

Voice of America mentioned a study co-authored by Daniel Pauly, a principal investigator of the Sea Around Us initiative at UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, that showed fishing in the East China Sea expanded rapidly in the 1980s and early 1990s to about 10 million tons per year but then started stagnating.
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What we're missing, by missing strangers now

NPR spoke to UBC psychologist and happiness researcher Elizabeth Dunn about her study that showed interacting with strangers can boost happiness.

Ottawa adds to protections for endangered southern resident killer whales

Andrew Trites, director of the marine mammal research unit at UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, commented on the endangered orca population, pointing to ocean noise, dwindling fish stocks and the warming ocean.
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As military probes deadly crash, clues could lie in the Cyclone's troubled procurement history

CBC spoke to Michael Byers, a defence policy analyst at UBC, about the Cyclone military aircraft and the fly-by-wire technology which uses computers based on the input from pilots. “If pilot error is ruled out in last week’s crash, and if there are concerns about either the flight control software or the adequacy of the design,” he said.

What is happening in Venezuela?

Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in global politics at UBC, was interviewed about a story out of Venezuela where authorities claim they’ve captured two U.S. mercenaries who were part of a team attempting to capture President Maduro.
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How to support seniors during the novel coronavirus pandemic

Roger Wong, a clinical professor of geriatric medicine in the faculty of medicine, spoke about ways to protect and socialize with seniors living in long-term care facilities during COVID-19.

Tough decisions ahead as British Columbians consider bigger social bubbles

Judy Illes, a neurology professor and Canada Research Chair in neuroethics at UBC, says we cannot expect our leaders to imagine every context for every person when it comes to easing public health orders.

Can my sourdough starter spread COVID-19?

News 1130 asked UBC zoology professor Sarah Otto whether sourdough starters could carry COVID-19 virus.
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B.C.'s student-teachers showing their ingenuity during current practicums

Marianne McTavish, UBC faculty of education’s associate dean of teacher education, thinks the student-teachers aren’t missing much by not being in the classroom and said the resourcefulness demonstrated by both teachers and their protégés in using screens, videos and other online resources will reshape education as we go forward after COVID-19.
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Canada stays quiet as China’s handling of COVID-19 comes under scrutiny

UBC professor of trans-Pacific relations Paul Evans commented on Ottawa’s approach to calls for a probe into China’s early handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
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Is ‘speaking moistly’ spreading COVID-19?

Research 2 Reality quoted Bryan Gick, a speech scientist with UBC Language Sciences, about the danger of transmitting COVID-19 from having a conversation.
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COVID-19: Remote health care access may reduce challenges for men seeking help

John Oliffe, a UBC nursing professor and founder of the Men’s Health Research program, spoke about men’s resistance or fears about seeking health care and said confidentiality afforded by virtual health care could help men feel more comfortable.
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Class act: UBC first year student shops for seniors during the pandemic

Daily Hive featured UBC kinesiology student Ava Katz for offering her services to those in need and running errands free of charge.
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UBCO student drops the books, dons medical gear amid COVID-19 outbreak

Castanet interviewed Ngan Nguyen Lyle, a master of data science student at UBCO and medical doctor, who returned to work to support Interior Health’s COVID-19 response team and shifted her focus back to completing her degree.

Before DIY sourdough starters became popular, there was home economics

Mary-Leah De Zwart, a sessional lecturer in UBC’s department of curriculum and pedagogy, wrote about home economics and people re-enacting the traditional household activities during COVID-19.
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Dutch Holocaust survivor hopes co-operation and caring will be learned from coronavirus

Robert Krell, a UBC professor emeritus of psychiatry, wrote an article commemorating the liberation of the Netherlands in 1945 and shared his personal experience as a Holocaust survivor.
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Revitalizing a language, one video call at a time

APTN spoke to Jeannette Armstrong, Canada research chair in Okanagan Indigenous knowledge and philosophy based at UBCO, about her work in Indigenous language programs and how UBCO is adapting.

COVID-19 lockdown triggers foreign-student flight from Canada

UBC arts student Jenny Kwak was interviewed about the mass vanishing of foreign students on campus, as well as others with parents across Canada, who went home to be safe with their family during the COVID-19 lockdown.
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Filmmaker works through grief and reconnects with her father's memory through new animated documentary

Calgary Herald featured UBC film school alumna Anne Koizumi for her new documentary that has recreated one of her strongest childhood memories using puppets and stop-motion animation.
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