UBC In The News

If the hardiest species are boiled alive, what happens to humans?

Sandra Emry, a PhD candidate in UBC’s department of zoology, and Dr. Christopher Harley, a zoology professor, gave comments about the impact of heat waves on marine life.
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The revolutionary idea behind America’s urban trails

National Geographic mentioned an analysis by UBC forestry and SALA researchers of green space distribution in 10 U.S. cities, which found that wealthy white neighbourhoods still enjoy easier access to parks and green spaces.
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Extreme heat cooks mussels in their shells on Canada coast – video

The Guardian featured a video taken by UBC marine biologist Dr. Christopher Harley that shows shells of dead mussels along Canada’s Pacific coast that have likely died during the heat wave.
The Guardian

After-hours partying, garbage in Vancouver's Stanley Park contributing to coyote attacks: researcher

Dr. Kristen Walker, a professor of teaching and wildlife biologist at UBC’s faculty of land and food systems, discussed her team’s research, which includes setting up cameras in Stanley Park to better understand the resident coyotes.
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Hundreds to thousands could die from inaction on BC wildfire crisis: UBC

Dr. Mathieu Bourbonnais, a professor in UBCO’s department of earth, environmental and geographic sciences, presented a strategy for Western Canada to mitigate wildfire risk and prevent the climate change crisis.
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Former Afghan interpreters plead for Canada to help families

Tim Laidler, executive director of the Institute for Veterans Education and Transition at UBC, says the lack of information and clarity has left
former Afghan interpreters now living in Canada and their extended family members stuck in Afghanistan unsure what to do.
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Catholic Church approved legal fees from fund meant for residential school survivors: documents

Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki-kwe), academic director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, commented on documents obtained by media about the Catholic Church’s controversial multimillion-dollar legal bill, which was paid from a fund intended for residential school survivors.

Living with fire

Dr. Kira Hoffman, an NSERC postdoctoral fellow at UBC’s faculty of forestry, discussed what municipalities can do to live with fire.
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Lumber prices have plunged, but experts don't expect them to go back to pre-pandemic levels

UBC forestry professor Dr. John Innes says that lumber prices in North America reached their peak in May due to increased home renovations amid COVID-19.

Plan your evacuation or you could regret your loss, says researcher

UBCO sociology professor Dr. Mary Ann Murphy discussed the psychological and sociological impacts of wildfires.
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All signs point to a fall federal election where B.C. could hold serious sway

UBC political science professors Allen Tupper, Richard Johnston, Kathryn Harrison and Maxime Héroux-Legault at UBCO gave comments in an article about B.C.’s role in the anticipated fall Canadian election.
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Why Canada leaped ahead of U.S. in COVID-19 vaccinations

Dr. Heidi Tworek, a professor at UBC’s school of public policy and global affairs and department of history, commented on how tying the removal of pandemic restrictions to specific immunization targets helped boost COVID-19 vaccination rates in Canada.
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COVID-19 modelling group sounds alarm over Alberta's case trajectory and emerging delta variant

UBC evolutionary biologist Dr. Sarah Otto commented on Alberta’s COVID-19 projections.

Social needs of older adults can't be met by technology alone, says new COVID-19 research

A study co-authored by UBC sociology professor Dr. Yue Qian suggests that virtual interaction was not helpful on its own as an alternative to face-to-face time for people over 60 during the pandemic.

Researchers report link between exposure to wildfire smoke, increased COVID-19 cases

CTV mentioned a UBC medicine study that found exposure to PM2.5 fine particles can make COVID-19 symptoms more severe.

While desire increased, we did not have more sex during COVID: Study

A study led by Dr. Lori Brotto, a professor in UBC’s department of obstetrics and gynecology found that the number of people having sex did not increase during the pandemic.
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Up in smoke: How wildfires are tainting grapes and threatening the wine industry

UBC chemistry professor Dr. Wesley Zandberg discussed smoke taint—the undesirable ashy, smoky aroma of wines produced from grapes exposed to wildfire smoke while ripening.
The Conversation

20 books by Black Canadian authors to read in honour of Emancipation Day 2021

CBC featured the latest poetry collection by Dr. Ian Williams, a creative writing professor at UBC, that tackles issues facing contemporary society such as racial inequality, as well as universal themes like how people connect to and relate to each other.

B.C.’s 1st Indigenous Lieutenant-Governor offers advice to Canada’s 1st Indigenous Governor-General

UBC Chancellor Steven Point offered advice to Mary Simon, Canada’s first Indigenous Governor-General.
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Quarantine housing in 'high demand' as international students plan return to UBC this fall

UBC has designated 160 units on campus for self-isolation and is partnering with hotels to provide lodging for international students returning this fall with unapproved immunizations.
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Health Scams: a growing problem in the age of misinformation

UBC nursing professor Dr. Bernie Garrett discussed his new book that looks at the rise of deceptive healthcare practices and marketing techniques used to mislead people.
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The Indigenous archaeologist tracking down the missing residential children

The New York Times spoke to UBC alumna Kisha Supernant about bringing radar technology to the search for burial sites in Canada while she works to reshape her profession’s relationship with Indigenous communities.
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