UBC In The News

Gmail goes down and America’s productivity goes through the roof

CNN mentioned a UBC study that showed people feel less stressed when they check their email less often. Kostadin Kushlev, who led the research as a PhD candidate at UBC’s department of psychology, was quoted.

The hunt for the modern-day pirates who steal millions of tons of fish from the seas

Smithsonian highlighted data compiled by Daniel Pauly, a professor at UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, that examined how many foreign boats are fishing in other countries’ waters and how much fish they need to catch to stay in business.
Smithsonian Magazine

Researchers develop a new, more efficient way to keep cool — the ‘Cold Tube’

UBC researcher Adam Rysanek and collaborators have built an environmentally friendly system of using chilled panels to cool spaces without cooling the air. Their design uses 50 per cent less energy than conventional air conditioning.
Global (24:35 mark), ZME ScienceNew AtlasEurasia ReviewSina.comTreehugger

High blood pressure? Bolt down beetroot

Daily Mail mentioned a UBC dentistry study that measured the level of smelly compounds in people’s mouths after they were given green-tea powder and found it outperformed mints and chewing gum when it came to freshening breath.
Daily Mail

Craft distillers say hefty taxes have them over a barrel

Richard Barichello, a professor at UBC’s faculty of land and food systems, says the brewing industries are always asking for a special subsidy and the government needs to evaluate whether the loss of that income will be compensated through the sector’s overall economic growth.
National Observer (subscription)

Biden-Harris tax changes could be good news for Canada

Wei Cui, a professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, says a Biden-Harris administration would make the U.S. a stable neighbour and restore some normalcy to U.S. economic policy, which is good for Canada and for everyone.
Business in VancouverPique MagazinePrince George Matters

Could Port Moody be home to a world-class marine research and education centre?

Andrew Trites, director of the marine mammal research unit at UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, commented on Port Moody’s repurposed sea lion research station.
Tri-City News

Biodegradable medical mask for COVID-19

Johan Foster, a UBC chemical and biological engineering professor, was interviewed about biodegradable masks he created for everyday use and how important it was to find the materials within Canada.
CBC North by Northwest (1:19:00 mark)

Canada’s coronavirus patients getting younger as pandemic moves west

Stephen Hoption Cann, a clinical professor at UBC’s school of population and public health, says private indoor gatherings are a major driver of the pandemic spread in B.C.

Big pros, few cons of back-to-school plan for B.C. secondary students, says expert

Wendy Poole, a professor in UBC’s department of education studies, commented on several school districts’ quarter school year system, instead of semesters or trimesters, to limit contact between high school students.
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Maskne — what it is and what you can do about it

Monica Li, a clinical instructor at UBC’s department of dermatology and skin science, gave comments about “maskne”, a type of breakout that results from wearing a face mask, and how to treat and prevent it.
Montreal GazetteWindsor StarStar PhoenixCalgary HeraldVancouver SunThe Province

Economic recovery? Release the Kraken

Adam Pankratz, a lecturer at the UBC Sauder School of Business, spoke about green economic post-pandemic recovery and said we need to recognize where our natural competitive and comparative advantages are in the world and make sure that those are a key part of it going forward.
Business in Vancouver

Why Canadians need to keep moving during the COVID-19 pandemic

Georgia Straight interviewed UBC kinesiology researcher Katie Di Sebastiano about her study that underlined the importance of keeping physically active during the pandemic.
Georgia Straight

What will our cities look like after COVID-19? 

Erick Villagomez, a lecturer at UBC’s school of community and regional planning, was interviewed about COVID-19 and urban life, and what our cities will look like after the pandemic.
CKNW Jill Bennett Show (45:43 mark)

The coolest virtual courses you can take at Canada's top schools

Refinery 29 featured UBC Extended Learning’s new technology courses that touch on data visualization, programming and foundational coding.
Refinery 29