UBC In The News

The data don't really support the most popular happiness strategies

Psychology professor Dr. Elizabeth Dunn and graduate student Dunigan Folk conducted a study that found that some activities people associate with happiness lack scientific evidence to prove they actually boost your mood. 
TIME via Yahoo, MSN; CNET, New Scientist 

The morality of ‘himpathy’ for sexual harassers

Sauder School of Business postdoctoral researcher Dr. Samantha Dodson co-authored a study which investigated how employees react to sexual harassment reports in the workplace. 
The Academic Minute 

Drug testing at Shambhala

UBC chemistry researchers created a prototype portable drug-testing machine that will be rolled out at the Shambhala Music Festival in the Kootenays. Professor Dr. Jason Hein was interviewed.  
CBC Radio (33:35 mark), CKNW 

Meet Janus, the rare, newly-discovered star with ‘two faces’

Physics and astronomy researchers were part of an international team that revealed the first ‘two-faced’ star, a spinning orb with one side covered in super-heated helium, and the other in hydrogen. 
Global News via CFOX, Rock 101, 91.5 the beat 

UBC researchers find high levels of contaminants in Lost Lagoon: study

Environmental science students conducted a study that found that Lost Lagoon at Stanley Park is impacted by invasive species and pollution. 
Daily Hive 

Uncertainty at B.C. ports continues as possible deal emerges in labour dispute

Sauder School of Business professor emeritus Dr. Mark Thompson commented on the B.C. port workers’ strike. 
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More patients, few answers: New Brunswick doctor is ‘sounding the alarm’ as unexplained neurological cases continue

UBCO chemistry professor Dr. Susan Murch commented on the “mystery” brain disease afflicting dozens in New Brunswick. 
Globe and Mail (subscription) 

Drought conditions threatening B.C. salmon as river levels drop

Dr. Scott Hinch (forestry; zoology) commented on the B.C. drought’s effect on salmon habitat. 
CBC via Weather Network 

The end of the Black Sea Grain deal

Dr. Matias Margulis (school of public policy and global affairs; land and food systems) commented on Russia’s decision to halt participation in the Black Sea Grain Initiative that lets Ukraine export grain through the Black Sea. 
QR Calgary 

Northeastern Salish Sea temperatures boiling kelp alive

Zoology professor Dr. Christopher Harley commented on the increase in temperature in the waters off northeastern Vancouver Island. 
CHEK News 

If you listen carefully, you can hear a bee ejaculate

Dr. Alison McAfee, postdoctoral fellow at UBC’s BeeHIVE research cluster, said when male bees die from shock, they spontaneously ejaculate. 
IFL Science 

Somewhere, a large asteroid is on course to eventually hit Earth. Will humanity be ready?

Dr. Michael Byers (political science) and Dr. Aaron Boley (physics and astronomy) argued that mission-ready planetary defence assets should be created to deal with potential asteroids and comets that might pose existential threats to humanity.  
Globe and Mail 

UBC’s new president a neuropsychologist, president from Carleton University

Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon has been named the 17th President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of British Columbia. 
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