B.C. needs a dedicated species at risk law—one that focuses on recovery
Not only is B.C. home to the most species at risk in Canada, it also lacks dedicated species at risk legislation. On May 22, the International Day for Biological Diversity, UBC researchers Sarah Otto and Cole Burton discuss British Columbia’s efforts to develop comprehensive species at risk legislation.
May 22, 2019
Canada’s west coast surf culture downplays concussion risk
Interviews with surfers on B.C.’s west coast indicate they don’t take concussion as seriously as the data suggests they should.
May 7, 2019
Let’s talk about love, baby – and why we should define it
Carrie Jenkins, Canada Research Chair in philosophy and a member of UBC’s Language Sciences Initiative, says discussing the definitions of key words often used in love—including “love” itself—could help people empower their love lives and avoid heartbreak.
Feb 13, 2019
UBC research examines hormones that make us choose love over sex
Looking for love and looking for sex are two different things, even at the level of human evolutionary biology
Feb 11, 2019
High society wants its fine foods to also be ethical
Truffles and caviar have traditionally been delicacies of the upper class, but a new study by UBC sociology professor Emily Huddart Kennedy and colleagues from the University of Toronto finds that free-range and fair-trade foods are becoming increasingly important among the elite. We asked Kennedy about the changing ways in which people signal status through food.
Jan 8, 2019
UBC program teaches kids how to navigate health information online
Smartphones, tablets and laptops are likely on many kids’ wish lists to Santa this year. But for the lucky ones whose wishes come true, parents and guardians may be wondering how to ensure youngsters know how to safely navigate the online world.
Dec 13, 2018
UBC economist proposes solution to Vancouver’s affordability crisis
New research from UBC Sauder School of Business Associate Professor Thomas Davidoff could help combat Vancouver’s housing affordability problem. In new research published in the Canadian Tax Journal, Davidoff outlines how a new model for calculating property tax could help renters.
Dec 5, 2018
Negative advertising works in U.S. politics
New research from the UBC Sauder School of Business has found that negative political advertising is effective, especially if it’s coming directly from a candidate or their campaign.
Nov 1, 2018
Halloween doesn’t have to be a horror for children’s teeth
Sweet treats are as much a part of Halloween as haunted houses, creative costumes and the Monster Mash. They’re fun to collect, but having that big bag of candy around the house for weeks after Halloween can’t be good for children’s oral health.
Oct 30, 2018
Sex education and gender identity in schools rife with controversy
Sexual health education and gender identity policies in schools have prompted heated debates across Canada.
Sep 6, 2018
New, free online resource for teachers, teacher candidates, or anyone who wants to support youth mental health
Four Canadian universities, including the University of British Columbia, launched a new online curriculum resource earlier this month called Teach Mental Health.
Aug 30, 2018
UBC researchers seek participants for perfectionism study
The need to be perfect, or appear to be perfect may be seen as a positive trait by some, but it can take a toll on mental health and require psychological treatment.
Aug 29, 2018
Some seniors entering long-term care homes too soon: UBC expert
With seniors now outnumbering children in Canada, an increasing number of families are caring for aging loved ones.
Jun 26, 2018
Recycling may be confusing but volunteers help get it right
Trained volunteers at large-scale public events and festivals are the most effective way to ensure people recycle correctly, suggests new UBC research.
Jun 13, 2018
Sugar loss during baking means calorie counts could be off
When you’re on a diet, counting calories usually means paying close attention to labels. But you might be surprised to learn that labels often provide the nutritional information of the recipe – not the final product. What goes in and what comes out during food processing aren’t necessarily the same.
May 31, 2018
Making her mark: How Meghan Markle’s marriage to Prince Harry breaks with royal tradition
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tie the knot Saturday in a ceremony that is expected to be a departure from traditional royal weddings. UBC lecturer in Victorian literature and royal expert Sarika Bose explains how the marriage could mark the beginning of a modern new era for the Royal Family.
May 18, 2018
What is blockchain? UBC expert breaks it down
Blockchain is often touted as being the future of finance, trade, digital media, and more— but many people still don’t really understand what it is.
May 14, 2018
New environmental assessment law is an opportunity to put public trust back into the process: UBC researchers
A new study by UBC researchers offers insights on how to improve environmental assessment reviews. The research examined the conclusions of 10 recent assessments for major projects in B.C., including the Northern Gateway pipeline, and found that while environmental thresholds were often surpassed, the projects were ultimately given the green light.
May 11, 2018
‘Revenge porn’ is more than a privacy violation
Canadian legislation criminalizing the non-consensual distribution of “intimate images” risks putting more scrutiny on the victims than the perpetrators, according to a recent study from the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC.
May 1, 2018
Robot sex could power up marriage
Sex robots may soon be a reality. However, little research has been done on the social, philosophical, moral and legal implications of robots specifically designed for sexual gratification.
Apr 17, 2018