UBC In The News

Immune cells are more paranoid than we thought

The Atlantic mentioned a 2010 study by UBC psychology professor Dr. Mark Schaller that found mere visual perception of other people’s disease symptoms can cause the immune system to respond more aggressively.
The Atlantic via MSN

Younger, lower-income Asian-Canadians more likely to be the target of anti-Asian racism: poll

A new survey by UBC and the Angus Reid Institute looked at the rise in anti-Asian discrimination in Canada and found that younger Canadians are more likely to be the target of racism.
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Great ape populations have continued to shrink across the globe recently

Jacqueline Sunderland-Groves, a great ape expert in UBC’s faculty of forestry, discussed why protecting gorillas, chimpanzees and other great apes is important, and what can be done to protect the species.

Here’s how to resist the urge to splurge in a post-pandemic spending spree

UBC psychology professor Dr. Elizabeth Dunn gave comments about the importance of thinking ahead before you splurge and knowing how and when to treat yourself.

National library apologizes for online content that excluded Indigenous people

Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki-kwe), academic director of UBC’s Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre and professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, discussed true reconciliation. She said an external audit should be done through an anti-Indigenous racism lens, and also examine limits on access to residential school records held by the national archives.
The Star

Marketing Metro Vancouver in Canada’s next immigration wave

UBC sociology professor Dr. Nathanael Lauster gave comments about the prospective ramp-up in immigration and said further densification of the local housing market is needed because the affordability of Metro Vancouver single-detached homes is unlikely to return.
Business in Vancouver

Opioid vending machines could be the next big thing in safe supply

Dr. Mark Tyndall, a professor at UBC’s school of population and public health, says the answer to the opioid crisis lies in keeping drug users alive and providing a safe supply that isn’t tainted with unknown poisonous substances.

Rate of more contagious delta COVID-19 variant increasing in B.C. with 500 cases so far

UBC professor of mathematics Dr. Eric Cytrynbaum was quoted about how the delta variant is more resistant to the Pfizer vaccine and the serious risk it can pose due to high transmissibility.
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Making virtual assistants sound human poses a challenge for designers

Dr. Dongwook Yoon and Dr. Joanna McGrenere, professors in UBC’s department of computer science, discussed their study on designing virtual assistants. They found that a challenge for voice interface designers is finding a balance between an effective assistant versus an affable companion.
The Conversation via National Post

Klondike Gold Rush Collection

UBC alumnus Philip B. Lind was interviewed about the Klondike Gold Rush Collection, which he donated to UBC.
CBC As It Happens (1:05:03 mark)