UBC In The News
Tens of thousands of new satellites expected to hamper astronomy
Dr. Aaron Boley, a professor at UBC’s department of physics and astronomy, discussed why some scientists are worried about the impact tens of thousands of new satellites may have on astronomy and stargazing—especially in Canadian cities such as Vancouver.
CBC On The Coast, ScienceNews
A simple equation indicates wormholes may be the key to quantum gravity
Interesting Engineering mentioned work by Dr. Mark Van Raamsdonk, a professor in UBC’s department of physics and astronomy, about a thought experiment that suggested a complex network of quantum entanglements could be the threads that form the fabric of space-time itself.
4 Takeaways From the Canadian Election
UBC political scientist Dr. Allan Tupper commented on the “strong” broad regional voting patterns seen in Canada’s 2019 and 2021 elections and says “it will require a major set of changes in political problems, political issues, political values to shift Canadians out of those patterns.”
New York Times
Climate change was supposed to be a big issue this election. It wasn’t.
Political science professor Dr. Kathryn Harrison commented on the difference between the Conservatives’ 2019 and 2021 climate platforms.
New York Times
What is basic income and which of Canada's main parties support it?
Dr. David Green, a professor at the Vancouver School of Economics, discussed a basic income for the country. He believes a better solution would be to reform the programs that already exist.
Who has faith in politics? In 2019, some Toronto areas saw nearly half their electorate skip out
Dr. Richard Johnston, a professor emeritus in the department of political science, commented on why some Canadians skipped the 2019 federal vote.
‘It feels hopeless:’ Housing an afterthought in election campaign
Dr. Tom Davidoff, a professor at the UBC Sauder School of Business, commented on how over and undertaxing works in the housing market and on overseas buyers’ role in the current housing challenges in Canada.
What the rise of the memoir has meant for non-fiction
Dr. Kamal Al-Solaylee, director of the UBC school of journalism, writing, and media, discussed the idea of a grant to support non-fiction authors.
The Globe and Mail
At 50, Greenpeace is an environmental success story — with a daunting future
UBC political science professor Dr. Lisa Sundstrom commented on Greenpeace’s use of highly visible, peaceful protest to get the public’s attention as one of the keys to its longevity.
Vancouver driver says he's set a new record for fastest Trans Canada Highway journey by electric car
Dr. Werner Antweiler, a professor at the UBC Sauder School of Business, commented on the importance of increasing accessibility to low-cost electric car charging at motorists’ homes without extra fees or surcharges.
Frogs, toads emerge to soak up Vancouver rain, UBC prof. says
Amphibians might be a more common sight with the wet weather, according to Dr. John Richardson, a forest and conservation sciences professor in the faculty of forestry.
After Cod, Shrimp. After Shrimp? Mud
The Tyee featured an excerpt from UBC Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries professor Dr. Daniel Pauly’s soon-to-be-released English-edition biography The Ocean’s Whistleblower: The Remarkable Life and Work of Daniel Pauly.
Wedgemount glacier nearly unrecognizable in historical comparison photos
Dr. Michele Koppes, Canada Research Chair in Landscapes of Climate Change and a professor in the department of geography, discussed accelerated glacial recession in B.C., including that it is “absolutely” possible to attribute a higher melt rate with the high temperatures the West Coast experienced this summer.
Vancouver Is Awesome, Pique News Magazine, Castanet News
Is Ginkgo’s synthetic-biology story worth $15 billion?
UBC Sauder School of Business professor Dr. Will Gornall commented on special-purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, with reference to Ginkgo Bioworks.
MIT Technology Review
Children and others repay an “immunity debt” from lockdown
The New Statesman quoted an interview with UBC microbiology and immunology professor Dr. Brett Finlay about the effects of excessive sanitizing and use of antibiotics.
The New Statesman
Questions about B.C.'s COVID-19 measures rack up billable hours for law firms
Salima Samnani, a lecturer in UBC’s Peter A. Allard School of Law, said she believes new laws are not evolving with regards to COVID-19 measures, but rather existing laws are being applied in unique ways.
Serious Infections Linked to Autism: Study
Dr. Annie Ciernia, a professor in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology, commented on a study where, following an early immune challenge, male mice with a mutated copy of a particular gene developed deficits in social behaviour linked to changes in the immune cells of the brain.
Federal election 2021: What ever happened to 'better'?
Dr. Paul Kershaw, a professor at UBC’s school of population and public health and founder of advocacy group Generation Squeeze, commented in an op-ed about the federal parties’ unwillingness to have conversations about systemic intergenerational issues and their limited investment in younger generations.
Incivility is the new bullying in higher education
Professor of education at UBC Okanagan Dr. Lynn Bosetti wrote about her recent research on the emotional labour of leadership in higher education.
Canadian men advance to quarter-finals despite loss to U.S. at HSBC World Rugby 7s Series
UBC Thunderbirds member Matthew Percillier discussed the Canadian men’s win over Chile in the opening day of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
The Canadian Press via CBC News, Rimbey Review, MSN Canada, Langley Advance Times, North Delta Reporter, Burns Lake Lakes District News, North Island Gazette, The Chilliwack Progress, Creston Valley Advance
Wartime letters between Surrey teen and interned Japanese friends spark search for descendants
Tomoko Kitayama Yen, Japanese studies librarian, and Krisztina Laszlo, archivist for rare books and special collections, at UBC Library have been trying to connect with the family members of Japanese-Canadians who wrote to a Surrey woman after being forced into internment camps in northern B.C. and the Prairies.
UBC club looks to combat COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy
UBC integrated sciences student and Vaccine Literacy Club founder Emilie Wang spoke about the club’s aim to help communities in B.C. overcome vaccine hesitancy.
Sustainability degree first for UBCO, Canada
UBC Okanagan’s new undergraduate degree dedicated to sustainability was featured in the Penticton Herald. It is Canada’s first such undergraduate degree.
University of British Columbia opens bioenergy research facility
Energy Global featured the opening of the Biorefining Research and Innovation Centre at UBC. Director and professor of chemical and biological engineering Dr. Xiaotao Bi discussed the Centre’s potential to transform organic materials such as B.C. forest waste into low-carbon, high-value fuels and other bioproducts.