Is there something in the air? These UBC researchers want to know
We all know air quality can sometimes be imperfect. The smells and aromas produced by traffic, businesses and industry, and thousands—if not millions—of people living in close proximity can combine to produce an olfactory experience that’s less than pleasant.
Dec 8, 2020
The unique mental health and brain impacts of COVID-19
As COVID-19 infections spike around the globe, with no end in sight for months, questions are beginning to arise around the long-term effects of the pandemic on our mental health and brain health.
Nov 6, 2020
How the human right to a healthy environment can help protect us all
From the COVID-19 pandemic to the raging wildfires in Australia and the U.S., scientific evidence shows an increase in planetary environmental emergencies that pose a risk to Canadian and global communities.
Oct 27, 2020
Trick or treat? How to safely celebrate Halloween during a pandemic
Dr. Srinivas Murthy, an infectious disease expert and clinical associate professor in UBC faculty of medicine’s department of pediatrics, weighs in on how to safely celebrate Halloween during a pandemic, offering tips for parents and advice for those handing out candy from home.
Oct 26, 2020
On-scene care saves more lives than transporting cardiac arrest patients to hospital
If someone experiences cardiac arrest—a condition in which the heart suddenly stops beating—what’s the best way to keep that person alive?
Oct 14, 2020
Will we ever shake hands again?
Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, professor and head of the UBC department of psychiatry, explores the psychological toll of COVID-19 and offers his advice on combating stress and anxiety.
Oct 9, 2020
Ancient texts show Jesus had little in common with Republican Jesus
The Christian Right is a powerful political force in the U.S., and it’s no coincidence that its members believe in a Jesus who aligns with their political views. Right-wing influencers have weaponized the Bible as a political tool, according to a new book by UBC’s Tony Keddie.
Oct 6, 2020
Earlier testing and tracing could have prevented spread of COVID-19 in U.S. and Europe
Earlier testing and contact tracing might have prevented SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from becoming established in the United States and Europe, suggests a new study recently published in Science.
Sep 25, 2020
New research finds people react better to both negative and positive events with more sleep
New research from UBC finds that after a night of shorter sleep, people react more emotionally to stressful events the next day—and they don’t find as much joy in the good things.
Sep 15, 2020
Don’t be fooled by the corporation’s ‘makeover,’ documentary warns
The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel premieres on Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival. It’s based on Professor Joel Bakan’s new book, The New Corporation: How “Good” Corporations are Bad for Democracy.
Sep 10, 2020
Are you a fan of COVID-19 briefings interpreter Nigel Howard? You can take his ASL courses this fall at UBC
You’ve likely seen Nigel Howard interpreting at the provincial COVID-19 briefings. You might even have joined his Facebook fan club. And this week, students will be taking American Sign Language (ASL) as an official credit course with him at UBC.
Sep 8, 2020
Q&A: Rebuilding depleted Canadian fish stocks is good business
Fish populations in Canada need to be urgently rebuilt, but short-term socio-economic concerns – such as the impacts of fisheries closures on local fishers – often slow down or even prevent the process of rebuilding stocks.
Aug 24, 2020
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