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The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and questioned the status quo. With close to 63,000 students from 160 countries and more than 5,400 faculty on two campuses in Vancouver and the Okanagan, UBC is a place where bold thinking develops into ideas that can change the world. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning.

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Presenting their ‘human self’ as well as their ‘professional self’ allows doctors to role model healthy behaviours for peers and trainees, and be more relatable to their patients and the public. (Shutterstock)

Doctors engage the public by bringing a human side to social media

Doctors use social media for reasons ranging from the strictly professional to the highly personal: They connect with colleagues, raise awareness of social issues and educate the public on health topics.
A recent report has found that a growing number of people in Canada are in polyamorous relationships. (Shutterstock)

Thinking about polyamory? You’re not the only one

Polyamory is on the rise, yet at the same time, younger people are turning away from romance and dating. Does Gen Z want multiple partners or none at all?
British Columbia Premier David Eby shares a laugh with Hereditary Chief Gitkun, centre, and others following an event to recognize the Haida Nation’s Aboriginal title throughout Haida Gwaii during a ceremony at the provincial legislature in Victoria in April 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Historic Haida Nation agreement shows the world how to uphold Indigenous rights

The recent title lands agreement between British Columbia and the Haida Nation is historic and inspiring, but also long overdue in light of decades of rulings by international human rights bodies.
Jay Park, right, of K-pop band Enhypen, who was born in Seattle, prepares to throw ceremonial first pitches with bandmates before a Seattle Mariners game, April 29, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)

Global auditions are changing the ‘K’ in K-pop

New K-pop groups comprised entirely of North Americans, Korea’s ‘K-culture training visa’ to attract international participation and K-pop auditions in Canada are all signs of a K-pop evolution.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during an announcement on innovation for economic growth in advance of the 2024 federal budget in Montréal in April 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

To make AI safe, governments must regulate data collection

Governments should play to their existing strengths in data collection to make AI safer for their citizens, including assessing what kinds of data are too risky to allow private companies to collect.
Girls carry a dying sheep in the Cconchaccota community of the Apurimac region of Peru as more than 3,000 communities in the central and southern Andes experience its driest period in half a century in November 2022. (AP Photo/Guadalupe Pardo)

Advancing the rights of girls and women promotes justice and is also effective climate action

Girls bear the brunt of the climate crisis. It’s time we bring them to the centre of international climate policy.
Pacific herring swimming through a bull kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) forest on Vancouver Island, B.C. (Fernando Lessa)

Why some of British Columbia’s kelp forests are in more danger than others

Kelp forests around the world, and in Canada, are under threat. New research sheds further light on the health, and resilience, of these crucial ecosystems.
Will Beyoncé’s new album help to break down racial barriers in the country music industry? Here she performs during the ‘On The Run’ tour on July 18, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)

Beyoncé’s ‘Cowboy Carter’ transmits joy, honours legends and challenges a segregated industry

Beyoncé’s country-inspired album has caused a stir because the country music scene has a history of racial segregation that has erased its Black roots and gatekept it from Black artists.
Há muito já se sabe que a vitamina D exerce importante papel na saúde dos ossos e diversos tecidos, inclusive o cerebral. Tese de pesquisadoras da UFSC indica que a vitamina pode ser determinante também na redução dos índices de depressão em idosos. Lucas Seixas/Folhapress

Saúde mental: estudo brasileiro mostra que carência de Vitamina D pode aumentar risco de depressão em idosos

Estudo da UFSC mostrou que idosos com deficiência da vitamina podem ter de 2 a 3 vezes mais chances de apresentar sintomas depressivos
Culture and system changes take time and require resources. People seen walking on the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver, B.C., in 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

How universities can move beyond a ‘diversity crisis’ mode of equity planning

Universities must not only invest in dedicated senior equity leader roles with specialized knowledge and expertise. They must also ensure these roles are resourced and empowered with authority.
Supporters and opponents of a proposed ordinance to add caste to Seattle’s anti-discrimination laws gather at City Hall on Feb. 21, 2023. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

How caste discrimination impacts communities in Canada

Casteism is commonly seen as a form of discrimination limited to South Asia. However, diaspora communities in Canada are also grappling with issues of caste.
Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in Rome, Ga. on March 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

How ‘himpathy’ helps shield perpetrators of sexual misconduct from repercussions

A new study examines why women who report sexual misconduct often experience retaliation while men who are alleged perpetrators of sexual assault escape repercussions.
People walk on the snowless streets of Place Jacques Cartier in Old Montréal on Jan. 3, 2024. February 2024 was the warmest February in human history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

The world is not moving fast enough on climate change — social sciences can help explain why

Climate change is often seen as solely a technical problem. This is a misguided belief. Understanding how to build a better world begins, and ends, with understanding the societies which inhabit it.
Federal Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre speaks about his proposed car theft policy during a news conference at the Port of Montréal on Feb. 6, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Pierre Poilievre’s proposed mandatory minimum penalties will not reduce crime

Pierre Poilievre’s “tough-on-crime” rhetoric relies on discredited ideas that can lead to overly harsh penalties and actually increase crime.
The University of Toronto’s Convocation Hall in Toronto, Ont. Universities must shift towards co-operative governance which fosters collaborative approaches to teaching, research and grappling with the crises we collectively face. (Shutterstock)

Universities should respond to cuts and corporate influence with co-operative governance

Universities should shift toward co-operative governance structures that foster collaborative approaches to teaching and research, which can help tackle the crises we collectively face.

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