Preparing for wildfires: UBC experts share their tips
Experts from the faculty of forestry suggest practical measures for individuals and communities to protect their homes and surroundings from the B.C. wildfire risk, while calling for broader-scale solutions for managing wildfires.
May 24, 2023
Caring for our forests this camping season
We spoke with forestry PhD candidate and BC Registered Professional Forester Ira Sutherland about respecting and caring for the forests around us as we go camping this spring and summer.
May 18, 2023
Baby’s first bites: How to introduce food allergens to infants
In this Q&A, land and food systems PhD candidate Brock Williams discussed how to safely introduce food to an infant for the first time.
May 17, 2023
Why humans respect hard work regardless of results
Have you ever had a co-worker make a big show of how hard they work—even though they don’t get great results? They do this because people attach moral value to hard work, something Dr. Azim Shariff calls “effort moralization.”
May 11, 2023
Bats in Vancouver: UBC researchers to study secret city nightlife
They live among us and eat pesky insects, but unless you’re armed with an ultrasonic microphone you may never notice our nocturnal neighbours: bats.
May 8, 2023
Prenatal education by text message is working, UBC research shows
In this Q&A, Dr. Patricia Janssen discussed the decline of traditional in-person prenatal classes and the rise of text-messaging prenatal education program.
May 3, 2023
UBC scholar combats climate change with happiness
The prevailing narrative on the climate crisis—and how to address it—is at best bewildering and at worst downright depressing. We’re told we face a doom-and-gloom scenario, and the only way to solve it is to give up simple pleasures and conveniences.
Apr 21, 2023
Gay dads have an image problem
Erez Aloni, associate professor in the Peter A. Allard School of Law, analyzed data about gay fathers in the U.S. and found there may be a systemic disparity in wealth accumulation among this group, a situation he says likely exists for Canadian fathers as well.
Apr 5, 2023
Cherry picking the best spots to enjoy Vancouver’s blooms
We spoke with Douglas Justice (he/him), associate director of horticulture and collections at the UBC Botanical Garden, about how the recent cold snap may affect this year’s blossoms, his favourite locations to enjoy the blooms, and how these trees have become so iconic in Vancouver.
Mar 16, 2023
Is AI coming for white-collar jobs? A psychology professor finds out the hard way
A UBC psychology professor wondered whether AI was smart enough to handle some of his workload. He was astonished to discover it could.
Mar 8, 2023
UBC zoologist: We need to acknowledge climate change’s effects on wildlife—for our own good
As the United Nations marks World Wildlife Day on March 3, UBC zoology professor Dr. Kaitlyn Gaynor (she/her) discusses how climate change is affecting wildlife, and why that can spell bad news for humans and animals alike.
Mar 2, 2023
UBC scholar helping AI overcome its language barrier
People around the world have been impressed with ChatGPT, a new chatbot developed by OpenAI that uses natural language processing (NLP) to seemingly answer any question.
Feb 21, 2023
UBC scholar’s Final Fantasy is a PhD in ludomusicology
At the turn of the century, Marina Gallagher was a young piano student who played a lot of video games between piano lessons. The Final Fantasy series was her favourite.
Jan 23, 2023
Looking for a faster way to learn a language? Try historical linguistics
A new study conducted by UBC English professor Dr. James Stratton finds that one of the best ways of fast-tracking your language acquisition may be to learn a bit of language history – at least when it comes to learning a historically related language.
Dec 20, 2022
Climate change contributing to real Christmas tree shortage
UBC Faculty of Forestry professor Richard Hamelin explains how climate change continues to plague the real Christmas tree market and what should be considered for improving the worldwide growing supply chain shortage.
Dec 9, 2022
The stories men tell themselves after getting dumped
When a partner breaks up with them, men often try to make sense of it by telling themselves stories about how it happened.
Nov 30, 2022
Which of these five eco-types are you?
When it comes to environmental politics there’s a tendency to associate the Left as pro-environment and the Right as anti-environment, but a UBC sociologist says this polarization might actually slow down our collective progress on environmental issues.
Nov 30, 2022
Greenspaces should support mental health among young adults
New UBC research shows greenspace planning often fails to include the needs of youth and young adults between the ages of 15 and 24.
Nov 17, 2022
UBC researcher to study young adults who live with their parents
Young adults in Canada are less likely to own a home and more likely to live with their parents than they were a decade ago, according to recently released census data.
Nov 15, 2022
Seafood farming’s growth rate has already peaked, and now it’s in decline
Dr. Rashid Sumaila and Dr. Muhammed Oyinlola discuss why we can’t rely on just farmed seafood for our fishy needs.
Nov 14, 2022