UBC In The News

Canada study debunks stereotypes of homeless people’s spending habits

Psychology professor Dr. Jiaying Zhao led a study which found that unhoused people are more likely to spend a lump sum of money on rent, food, housing, transit and clothes, despite public perception otherwise. 
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Why are married people happier than the rest of us?

An opinion piece mentioned a study co-authored by economics professor emeritus Dr. John Helliwell which found that cohabitation leads to a happiness boost about two-thirds as big as that of marriage. 
The Atlantic (subscription) via MSN 

Infant antibiotics use and disrupted gut microbiome linked to childhood allergies

Several major childhood allergies may all stem from the community of bacteria living in our gut, according to a new study led by researchers at the faculty of medicine and B.C. Children’s Hospital. 
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Are self-driving cars safe? A UBC study says British Columbians aren’t too sure

Civil engineering professor Dr. Alex Bigazzi and PhD student Gurdiljot Singh Gill conducted a study which found that more than 40 per cent of British Columbians believe pedestrians will be less safe with self-driving cars on roadways. 
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Rights of the river: Could granting legal personhood for the Fraser River estuary spur its protection?

An opinion piece mentioned a report by Peter A. Allard School of Law graduate student Avery Pasternak which argued that Canada’s legal system does not provide a clear pathway for Rights of Nature laws. 
The Province 

UBC researchers filter microplastics with plants

Forestry and chemical and biological engineering researchers developed a device that uses wood dust to trap up to 99.9 per cent of microplastics in water. Postdoctoral researcher Dr. Tianyu Guo was interviewed. 
Fairchild TV (Mandarin) 

UBC researchers are hoping to find out how we can better co-exist with raccoons

Professor Dr. Sarah Benson-Amram (forestry, science) and graduate student Hannah Griebling (forestry) are looking to learn more about how raccoons’ brains work. 
Canadian Geographic 

Fish surprisingly resistant to ocean heat waves, shows new international research

Researchers from the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries were part of a study which found that fish were resilient to marine heatwaves before 2019. 
Powell River Now, Comox Valley Now, Coast Now, Campbell River Now 

Parisians are pledging allegiance to the ‘republic of super neighbors.’ They must bring cheese.

School of architecture and landscape architecture adjunct professor Scot Hein commented on community spaces in Vancouver. 
New York Times 

Will the wildfires 'being held' near Yellowknife ever be 'under control'?

Forestry postdoctoral researcher Dr. Kelsey Copes-Gerbitz said the warming climate is changing how fires act. 
CBC News via Yahoo 

Autumn is around the corner — and so are seasonal allergies

Allergy and immunology clinical professor Dr. Persia Pourshahnazari said climate change is behind the longer allergy season and worsening of people’s systems. 
CTV News  

Scents and sensibility: Why we just adore the smell of fresh rain

Postdoctoral researcher Dr. Sahil Bhandari (mechanical engineering) commented on the smell of rain. 
Postmedia via Vancouver Sun, The Province 

Life expectancy for men in B.C. drops to lowest in a decade

School of population and public health professor Dr. Kim McGrail commented on life expectancy in B.C. 
Vancouver Sun 

Tax wealthy homeowners to fund affordable housing, says new B.C. proposal

School of population and public health professor Dr. Paul Kershaw suggested an increase in taxes for B.C. properties valued at over $1 million.  
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BC Hydro apologizes for $128 million Site C dam data error

Dr. David Silver (Sauder School of Business) commented on the lack of transparency around BC Hydro’s Site C direct-award contracts. 
The Narwhal 

Why are there so many mosquitoes in Metro Vancouver right now?

Zoology professor Dr. Ben Matthews commented on the increase in mosquitoes in Metro Vancouver. 
Daily Hive 

Aging in place: A guide to growing older at home

Dr. Roger Wong, clinical professor of geriatric medicine, gave tips on how to keep your home comfortable as you age. 
Reader’s Digest via MSN 

A View from the Darién Gap

Anthropology PhD candidate Caitlyn Yates discussed how asylum seekers make their way to Canada and the U.S. 
The Border Chronicle 

Has it become cheaper to opt for an electric car?

Sauder School of Business professor Dr. Robin Lindsey co-authored an op-ed about the cost of electric vehicles. 
The Conversation (French) 

Harmony with nature

Forestry professor Dr. Jeffrey Sayer and graduate student Ge Yingxue wrote about China’s role in global biodiversity protection. 
China Daily  

When your ‘doppelganger’ becomes a conspiracy theorist

Dr. Naomi Klein, co-director of the Centre for Climate Justice, will be releasing a new book in September, Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World. 
New York Times