University of British Columbia

UBC Jewish organizations host event in response to pro-Nazi incidents

The Chabad Jewish Student Centre (CJSC) and Hillel BC collaboratively set up a “Mitzvah Marathon” booth in the Nest yesterday, as a response to …

Remembrance Day

Why scientists are growing tiny starter brains and implanting them in rats

Scientists are starting to blur the line between the human brain and that of non-human animals to try to demystify brain development and gain …

Alzheimer's Disease

28 of 42 Meet Records Broken at New UBC Aquatic Centre

The University of British Columbia smashed their competition in both the men’s and women’s teams in the Odlum Brown Limited Colleges Cup – Pacific …

Swimming

Henry Flanagan: With another cold winter ahead, Vancouver needs to rethink road-salting

<b>By Henry Flanagan</b><p>Last winter, more than 60 centimeters of snow blanketed Vancouver between December and March. The heavy snowfalls and sustained cold …

Lower Mainland

Opioid crisis: Trump declared it an emergency, why won't Trudeau?

Opinion: By declaring a national public welfare emergency, Ottawa could unlock critical funds to respond to Canada’s opioid crisis<p><i>Pauline Voon is a</i> …

Jagmeet Singh

Union accuses Corus of punishing newly unionized workers

The union representing a new group of unionized employees at Corus Entertainment has filed a complaint with the federal labour board, alleging the …

21st Century

How UBC's Food Choices Changed As The New School Year Began

What are the New Food Places at UBC?<p>University of Building and Construction (UBC) brought us some new places.<p>November 16, 2017<p>When I first came back …

Restaurants

Thunderbirds renew rivalry with Pandas

<b>Matchup</b><p>With four straight victories under their belt, the surging UBC Thunderbirds (5-1) head out on the road this weekend to face the University of …

Canadian University Sports

Canadian university degrees still highly valued by employers worldwide: survey

Degrees from Canadian universities continue to be highly valued around the world, even while postsecondary institutions in other English-speaking countries are facing declines in their reputation with employers, a new survey shows.<p>Five Canadian universities appear among the Top 100 on this year's …

Education

‘Birds back home for key battle with Cougars

<b>The Matchup</b><p>It's been nearly a month but the UBC Thunderbirds (5-4-1) are back on home ice this weekend hosting the Mount Royal Cougars (4-5-1) Friday …

Canadian University Sports

Four tips for adult digital learners

The title alone, <i>Death 101</i>, suggests something other than typical University of Toronto fare.<p>But <i>Death 101</i> is no horror show. It is an online course, now archived, on global health risks, death and disease, and their effect on policy, developed by the University of Toronto for EdX Inc. And that makes …

Learning

UBC evaluates accessible parking on campus with launch of new project

UBC has partnered with with Canada’s only national low-power network, eleven-X, to collect data on the usage of accessible parking spaces on UBC’s …

It’s so easy to compost. So why am I still not doing it?

I opened the Umbra inbox to find a question from our new intern and recent Seattle transplant, Zoya: How does compost work?<p>Zoya! Don’t be shy! Just …

Environmentalism

What’s so scary about free speech on campus?

Back in the 1960s, a free-speech movement swept North American campuses and launched a new era of social and political ferment. It was a heady, liberating time – time for dissent, challenge and dangerous ideas. It was perhaps the counterculture's finest hour.<p>Today, university campuses are where …

Censorship

Sting's brain on music offers scientists clues to what fuels creativity

Poets and philosophers have pondered the quiet, contemplative times of reflection in our lives. Now neuroscientists are finding our brains are really …

The Brain

B'nai Brith Canada condems rash of pro-Nazi postering in B.C.

'Once again, we see anti-Semitism and neo-Nazism raising their ugly heads at a B.C. university'<p>B'nai Brith Canada has condemned the actions of …

Prejudice

UBC shelves new freedom of expression statement

The University of British Columbia has shelved a draft of a new statement on freedom of expression that professors argued was necessary to provide boundaries amid a wave of controversies at Canadian universities about how conflicts over speech and discrimination are addressed.<p>A working group of …

Civil Rights

Vancouver's LGBT library gets new home at UBC

(via Instagram)<p>An LGBT volunteer-run library collection that began in Vancouver in 1983 has found a new home at the University of British Columbia’s …

Lifestyle (Canada)

UVic forum to explore climate for fairness

<b>What:</b> Victoria Forum: Canada@150: Promoting Diversity and Inclusion. <b><br>When:</b> Nov. 17 - 19 <b><br>Where:</b> Victoria Conference Centre on Nov. 17 and at various …

Climate

Opinion: Vancouver should abandon costly bike-share program when contract up

In July 2016, the City of Vancouver launched Mobi, a bike share program designed to increase daily bicycle use and “fill a gap in the transportation …

Vancouver

Globe editorial: Why an unabashed embrace of free speech is the best option for our universities

Universities are complicated places, with important roles that are often in conflict with each other.<p>On the one hand, their core mission of advancing knowledge requires them to be steadfast in their defence of freedom of expression and inquiry. On the other hand, as a community of scholars, they …

Education

How to Lift the Brain Fog That May Come With Multiple Sclerosis

Fuzzy thinking can be one of the most disheartening symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Frequently referred to as “brain fog” or “brain fatigue,” the …

Medicine

'How do you put a price on somebody's life?': Student needs $750K to treat rare disorder

A B.C. student dying of a rare but treatable disorder says she’s in desperate need of financial help, because the only drug that might save her costs …

Canadian News

The lean, mean ketogenic diet machine

Developed for epileptics, the high fat, low carb approach to eating known as "keto" has become a popular weight-loss regimen. Corey Mintz finds out why devotees are very satisfied and experts a little skeptical<p>Dan McKinnon starts his day with a coffee, like anybody else. Except that he puts butter …

Weight Loss

Jennifer Nosek, Rene Lemos

Jennifer Camille Nosek and Rene Alberto Lemos were married Nov. 11 at the ZaZa Gardens, an events space in San Antonio. David Villela, a friend of the groom who became a Universal Life minister for the event, officiated.<p>The bride, 40, is a founder, along with her mother, of Modern Dog and Modern …

San Antonio

Scientists Finally Found The Ordinary Matter Missing From The Universe

The universe is full of stuff we can't detect. Dark energy and dark matter — named for their mysterious natures — make up most of that stuff, but …

Dark Matter

'Stop and smell the roses' is indeed good for you, science says

A study by the University of British Columbia (UBC) has shown when you look at things in nature and reflect on how you feel, you will be more likely …

Health

Yes, the Robots Are Coming for Your Jobs. Here's How to Work With Them

Your robot co-workers are coming soon. Here are the experts making sure that happens smoothly.<p>Manuela Veloso still gets surprised when the robot shows up outside her office.<p>"I can hear his motor coming down my corridor," says Veloso, the head of the machine learning department at Carnegie Mellon's …

Robots

Chinese-Canadian veterans share stories of fighting in secret Second World War unit

VANCOUVER - Giant monkeys in the jungle are what Ronald Lee remembers most about his Second World War "adventure" in Burma as part of a dangerous and …

Canadian News

Find your story at this how-to-podcast workshop

<i>Learn radio reporting and audio storytelling in this podcasting primer with producer-journalists Madeline Taylor and Alex de Boer of UBC radio CiTR</i> …

Podcasting