Net neutrality’s existence is currently on the chopping block in the United States. In response, the internet has imploded yet again, with calls to “Save the Internet” seen in mid-July by popular websites including Reddit, Amazon, Imgur and Google.
Career paths are as varied as the people who unfold them into existence: some lead clearly to a goal and some are completely unpredictable. But neuroscientist and social entrepreneur Dr. Grace Lee doesn’t let her own career path define her identity.
To kick off the search, Provost Angela Redish hosted a town hall on May 8 for the science community at UBC. All humour aside, attendees stated that the new dean should be an excellent, courageous and communicative scientist.
A few years ago, researchers at Tsinghua University in Beijing approached UBC SPPH researcher Dr. Michael Brauer with a proposal for a massive study linking global air pollution and international trade.
Peak flu season is supposedly waning, but your voice is scratchy, your back hurts and your nose is runny. Are your symptoms related? Where should you go for help? What practices are safe and regulated?
Scientists around the world have been late to lab meetings, classes and social events because we’re reacting with horror to Trump’s first six weeks. Crucially, we should all remember that a shocked reaction is the first step towards resistance.
The scientific community often operates under the assumption that it is destined to succeed simply because it is committed in principle to noble aims. But noble aims mean nothing if scientists do not perform the actions to support them.
UBC is a diverse community — we are multinational, many-gendered and religiously varied. Sometimes we honour our differences and sometimes we fall short of doing so. Whether we want to be or not, we are all shaped by our shared environment.
Need inspiration? Heed the advice of Dr. Stravos Avramidis, the head of wood science. “You cannot lock yourself in a room — talk to your colleagues. Talk to whoever uses what are you are doing. That’s the only way to get ideas,” he said.
“I would love it if everyone out there who is voting had some background in evaluating evidence,” said Sara Harris, professor of teaching at UBC, paleo-oceanographer and co-author of Understanding Climate Change: Science, Policy, and Practice.
I am weary and wary of grand scientific agendas. Promises of curing neurodegenerative diseases, abating international poverty or engineering a completely disaster-proof building make me squirm with skepticism.
Dr. Warren Code, the acting director for the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI) at UBC, works with faculty and students to research and implement curriculum, teaching methodology and if students are actually meeting course objectives.
Sci-fi readers will know the feeling of reading a book written decades ago that reads like a premonition of our current lives. Thinking about the societal effects of technological innovations can be fun. For Illes, it's a job.
For some, politics is something people either choose to engage with or not. For others, engaging in politics is not a choice but a necessity. Jessica Wang, a science historian at UBC, is happy to be the latter.
Early on, Gardy used her interests to guide her. She naturally found herself engaging in sci-fi as a young adult, reading books like The Coming Plague or The Hot Zone in her spare time, which helped to inspire her Bachelor’s degree in microbiology.