UBC In The News

Exercise apps could help boost healthcare workers mental health

UBC kinesiology researchers conducted a study which found that simple home workouts using exercise apps can effectively reduce depressive symptoms in healthcare workers. Lead author kinesiology professor Dr. Eli Puterman was interviewed. 
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What is 'skiplagging' and why do the airlines hate when you do it?

Sauder School of Business professor Dr. Tim Huh co-authored a study that found skiplagging–when a traveler buys a ticket for a flight with a layover and departs at the layover airport–could lead to an increase in airfares. 

Arthritis now affects 15% of those over the age of 30. These 6 factors could put you at risk

School of population and public health professor Dr. Jacek Kopek co-authored a study that estimated nearly one billion people will have osteoarthritis by 2050. 
Fortune via Yahoo, Aol; Scottish Daily Record 

Some surprising places are at risk of devastating urban wildfires like Maui’s

Forestry postdoctoral researcher Dr. Kelsey Copes-Gerbitz said this year’s catastrophic wildfires are revealing is that no place is immune to the issue. 
Scientific American 

One billion people worldwide will suffer from arthritis by 2050

School of population and public health professor Dr. Jacek Kopek co-authored a study that estimated nearly one billion people will have osteoarthritis by 2050. 
HealthDay News, Huff Post (Italian)

UBC researchers filter microplastics with plants

Forestry and chemical and biological engineering researchers led by Dr. Orlando Rojas at the BioProducts Institute developed a device that uses wood dust to trap up to 99.9 per cent of microplastics in water. PhD student Marina Mehling was interviewed. 
Radio-Canada (French), Yahoo, CKNW Weekend Mornings (Aug. 19, 7 AM) 

How did mammals come to dominate Earth?

Dr. Kendra Chritz, assistant professor in the department of earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences, is co-leading a new multimillion-dollar research project to learn how ecosystems and organisms recover after a catastrophic, climate-changing event. 
CBC Daybreak North (1:14:45 mark) 

Embrace, don’t fear artificial intelligence art, says B.C. researcher

Sauder School of Business PhD student Guanzhong Du co-authored a study which found that there is a bias against artwork made by artificial intelligence. 
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Weather that drove eastern Canada’s devastating wildfires made twice as likely by climate change

Dr. Kira Hoffman (faculty of forestry) said a rapidly changing climate is creating longer, drier and hotter wildfire seasons across Canada. 
CNN via Yahoo, Aol 

This songbird's genes may show how climate change has sped up evolution

Forestry professor Dr. Sally Aitken discussed how animals adapt to climate change. 
Washington Post (subscription) 

As wildfires multiply, a new era of air pollution

Respiratory medicine professor Dr. Chris Carlsten said that there is a lot of speculation about the chronic health effects of air pollution from wildfires, but not yet a lot of hard evidence. 
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Displaced by wildfires? Here's what you should know about home insurance

Sauder School of Business professor Dr. Thomas Davidoff said it is important for homeowners and tenants to get home insurance amid wildfires. 
CTV News via iHeart Radio 

20 years after B.C. wildfire report, more work needed on prevention

Forestry postdoctoral researcher Dr. Sarah Dickson-Hoyle commented on wildfires in B.C. 
Vancouver Sun; CTV News via iHeart Radio; City News 

Some Canadians affected by wildfires would consider moving: study

Forestry postdoctoral researcher Dr. Sarah Dickson-Hoyle commented on a study which found that one in four people in B.C. are considering moving elsewhere to avoid wildfires. 
City News 

How can I save money on my beauty routine?

Dermatology clinical instructor Dr. Katie Beleznay discussed how to save money on your skincare products. 
The Kit