Impacts of Media Coverage

UBC postdoctoral researcher Dr. Tianyu Guo is part of the team that developed a wood dust-based filter for removing microplastics from water.
A new filter that removes microplastic particles from water has attracted government attention. Photo: Jillian van der Geest

Microplastics filter from wood dust

A news release about a revolutionary microplastics filter by scientists at UBC’s BioProducts Institute attracted B.C. provincial government interest in using their technique to remove pollutants from water.

Testing for designer drugs

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences sent a film crew to profile the work of UBC researchers who use high-performance computers to screen urine samples for emerging designer drugs.

Bug bake-off serves up insect delights

A bug baking competition at UBC elicited numerous inquiries about insect powders and proteins from public members, including a secondary school teacher interested in holding a similar event for Earth Day 2024.

UBC expert launches initiative for substance use education

A media release focusing on substance use education led to a partnership inquiry from a health authority.

Keeping toxic chemicals out of waterways

A Vancouver Island municipality expressed interest in implementing UBC research on rain gardens, which can keep toxic tire chemicals out of waterways, after reading about it on UBC News.

Men in Mind on public’s mind

This Q&A inspired members of the public to express interest in participating in a mental health program, Men in Mind.

Museum with more than 2,000 preserved human organs

A media pitch on the David F. Hardwick Pathology Learning Centre landed on the cover of the Sunday Province and resulted in multiple requests for tours from health care professionals, educators and the public.

Removing forever chemicals from drinking water

Media stories about a new UBC water treatment that removes “forever chemicals” prompted numerous information requests and partnership inquiries from water utilities, researchers, businesses and the general public across North America and Europe.

Women scientists rowing across the Atlantic

UBC student Lauren Shea is part of an all-woman crew rowing 3,000 miles non-stop to save the oceans. A media pitch highlighting this story attracted a documentary company, which decided to film the journey.

Cash transfers to homeless people

Coverage of a media release about how people experiencing homelessness spent a substantial cash transfer prompted three levels of government in two different countries to seek the research team’s help in designing cash-transfer programs to reduce homelessness and poverty.

Beyond Tomorrow Scholars Program
The Beyond Tomorrow Scholars Program is a first-of-its-kind initiative in Canada.

Scholarships for Black Canadian students

Stories about the new UBC scholarship program for Black Canadian students prompted numerous emails from potential applicants to the program.

Student reporting the war in Ukraine

A faculty member read our profile of a student reporter covering the war in Ukraine and was encouraged to help the student find housing for her return to UBC in the fall.

Wildfire management

A Q&A with three wildfire experts led to the researchers engaging with BC Wildfire Service to implement the calls to action and to invitations to guide ongoing wildfire management and recovery.

Donating your body to science

Media coverage of the shortage of cadaver donations to a Medicine program prompted offers from potential donors.

Sentinel device in the Kieffer Lab
Sentinel device in the Kieffer Lab.

Advancing diabetes research

News media coverage of a stem cell-based treatment for Type 1 diabetes inspired a community member to make a gift to advance future diabetes research.

Planning for laneway homes

News stories about a UBC study on how laneway homes can decrease neighbouring property values prompted the City of Mississauga to request the full paper to use in their planning work.

Local-scale climate action

11 individuals and organizations expressed interest in applying or expanding the Cool ‘Hood Champs program in Toronto, Halifax, Winnipeg and Victoria.

Psychological first aid

Communications support for Prof. Lesley Lutes’s COVID-19 psychological first aid service and related  programs recruited over 250 registered psychologists to provide free emergency psychological services.

COVID-19 ventilator

A donor came forward offering two CPAP machines to further students’ work on a low-cost ventilator—a story that was covered by multiple media outlets.

Art kits for men in prison
Art initiative aims to promote the mental health of men in prison.

Art kits for men in prison

Several individuals reached out for more information about an art initiative to promote the mental health of men in prison in order to implement similar projects in their communities.

Biodegradable face masks

Potential industry partners and medical professionals in Canada and other countries reached out to express interest in a biodegradable medical mask made from pulp and fibre.

History of Mulan

A Q&A about a Mulan translation project brought several thousand views and many new subscribers to the researcher’s YouTube channel. The New York Times also linked to his translation of the film.