Staying fire-smart in the era of COVID-19
Nearly 100 wildfires are burning across B.C. following the recent wave of hot and dry weather. With the COVID-19 pandemic still upon us and primarily affecting people’s respiratory tracts, minimizing accidental wildfires is critical. We asked UBC faculty of forestry wildfire expert Lori Daniels what can be done.
Aug 11, 2020
What will our cities look like after COVID-19?
The past few months have been a highly unusual time for cities as people sheltered in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. UBC planning experts Jordi Honey-Rosés and Erick Villagomez analyzed the implications of these changes on city planning and space design.
Aug 6, 2020
How a tiny island off Victoria became part of B.C.’s racist history
British Columbians who spent the spring locked down due to COVID-19 are now making up for lost time by getting outdoors and enjoying B.C.’s parks.
Jul 27, 2020
COVID-19 pandemic causes ‘quiet period’ for seismic noise
Seismometers are used to detect vibrations travelling through the ground after an earthquake, but they also pick up the background “buzz” of human activity at the surface.
Jul 23, 2020
One billion tweet dataset investigates impact of COVID-19 on human communication
Researchers from a number of disciplines can now use a billion-scale dataset of tweets from around the world to answer their research questions about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jul 23, 2020
Researchers call for support for BIPOC in ecology and evolutionary biology
Recently, a group of researchers from five different institutions collaborated on a commentary piece in Nature Ecology & Evolution, outlining strategies and support for Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) in ecology and evolutionary biology.
Jul 20, 2020
Social circles of visible-minority youth become less diverse as they get older
Even if they were born in Canada, visible-minority children of immigrants tend to stick more closely with their own ethnic groups as they get older.
Jun 26, 2020
DNA testing could help in COVID-19 patient care
UBC’s Dr. William Gibson discusses how human DNA testing could improve outcomes for patients with COVID-19.
Apr 23, 2020
Saving the planet in the midst of a pandemic
Greta Thunberg galvanized masses of people across the world into advocating for climate change. But just as climate action seemed to be hitting a new peak globally, the COVID-19 outbreak abruptly brought the physical manifestations of the movement to a halt.
Apr 21, 2020
Why ‘speaking moistly’ needs to be taken seriously
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave us all a much-needed laugh when he awkwardly used the phrase “speaking moistly” in response to a recent question about wearing masks.
Apr 17, 2020
The social psychologist’s guide to making people stay home
Relying on people to do the right thing has never been an airtight strategy. Nonetheless, the choices made by individuals will likely have a greater impact than anything else on the success of our response to COVID-19.
Apr 15, 2020
How to stay comfortable and prevent injury when working from home
Abigail Oveduin leads the ergonomics program for UBC Human Resources, where she is tasked with keeping 16,000 faculty and staff comfortable, productive and injury-free. We asked her what people can do to bring ergonomics into their homes.
Apr 7, 2020
Feedback-based policy can help manage COVID-19 more effectively
A team of applied science researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a systematic feedback strategy they say can help public health authorities in their efforts to contain COVID-19 over the next several months.E
Mar 31, 2020
Webinar: UBC experts on how to reduce COVID-19 anxiety
The rapid spread of COVID-19 has impacted the global psyche in a way not seen in generations.
Mar 31, 2020
How globalization stoked fear of disease during the Romantic era
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the word “communication” had several meanings. People used it to talk about both media and the spread of disease, as we do today, but also to describe transport—via carriages, canals and shipping.
Mar 25, 2020
The post-pandemic city: UBC expert on how the coronavirus will impact future cities
The current COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly changing the way we live and the way we work. Do these changes signal long-lasting impacts on the design and architecture of our cities? We spoke to UBC professor Patrick Condon.
Mar 23, 2020
Myth busting: Setting the record straight on ibuprofen and COVID-19
In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, there has been a wave of fear and misinformation related to the use of anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin)
Mar 23, 2020
UBC psychology study to examine how people worldwide cope with COVID-19 outbreak
The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted everyone in Canada and around the world. Health officials are asking people to practice social distancing to slow the spread of the virus, and this unprecedented series of events has dramatically changed our social landscape.
Mar 20, 2020
Why we need to live in social quilts, not echo chambers in times of COVID-19
Fake news is a growing phenomenon, and its impact on people, politics and public health, seems greater than ever before. With the advent of social media, misinformation about COVID-19, can reach huge audiences and circulate very quickly.
Mar 19, 2020
Meet the UBC master’s grad who watched Cats four times—all in the name of scholarship
This Saturday, the 40th annual Golden Raspberry Awards, or the Razzies, will honour the worst films of 2019. Jared Aronoff wrote his master’s thesis on bad cinema to earn an M.A. in cinema and media studies from UBC’s department of theatre and film.
Mar 11, 2020