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Gail Murphy

Professor Gail Murphy is appointed VP, Research and Innovation.

She will formally begin the role on August 14, 2017.

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The psychological impact of wildfires

Post Date: Jul 18, 2017

Fort McMurray wildfire, 2016. Credit: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta

Nearly 40,000 British Columbians have been displaced due to wildfires in B.C. As the province heads into the third week of what is expected to be a long and destructive wildfire season, a UBC professor discusses the psychological impact of wildfires.

Dr. Steven Taylor is a professor of psychiatry who specializes in anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.

What are the psychological impacts of having to flee a wildfire or losing your home to wildfires?

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Ga-ga, goo-goo, why a baby likes you

Post Date: Jul 18, 2017

By the age of one, infants already prefer speakers of their native tongue, but do not necessarily view speakers of an unfamiliar language negatively, according to new UBC research. The findings suggest that, while positivity toward familiar groups may be innate, dislike for unfamiliar groups appears to be a learned behaviour.

Anthea Pun

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First Canadian study examining patients’ use of cannabis dispensaries finds high satisfaction

Post Date: Jul 11, 2017

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Patients who use cannabis for therapeutic purposes (CTP) rate storefront dispensaries highly for quality, safety, availability and efficiency, but less highly for cost compared to some other cannabis sources, new UBC research has found.

The study, led by interdisciplinary studies PhD candidate Rielle Capler, is the first to look specifically at access from dispensaries in Canada and comes ahead of legislation that will legalize the sale of cannabis for non-medical uses expected by July 2018. Researchers used data gathered in 2011-12 for the Cannabis Access for Medical Purposes Study (CAMPS) led by UBC Okanagan professor Zach Walsh.

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Serious pain afflicts a third of nursing home residents in last six months of life

Post Date: Jul 05, 2017

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Ten million tonnes of fish wasted every year despite declining fish stocks

Post Date: Jun 26, 2017

Industrial fishing fleets dump nearly 10 million tonnes of good fish back into the ocean every year, according to new research.

The study by researchers with Sea Around Us, an initiative at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and the University of Western Australia, reveals that almost 10 per cent of the world’s total catch in the last decade was discarded due to poor fishing practices and inadequate management.  This is equivalent to throwing back enough fish to fill about 4,500 Olympic sized swimming pools every year.

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How to stay sane when your child can’t sleep

Post Date: Jul 17, 2017

Your child’s sleep problems may be making you depressed and unsure of your parenting skills, says a new paper by UBC sleep expert and nursing professor Wendy Hall. The good news is you can turn the situation around. In this Q&A, she talks about the connection between parental sanity and infant sleep—and offers a few suggestions for parents unsure of the way forward.

Wendy Hall

What prompted you to focus on parents’ mental state for this particular study?

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When the rubber hits the road: Recycled tires create stronger concrete

Post Date: Jul 05, 2017

UBC engineers have developed a more resilient type of concrete using recycled tires that could be used for concrete structures like buildings, roads, dams and bridges while reducing landfill waste.

The researchers experimented with different proportions of recycled tire fibres and other materials used in concrete—cement, sand and water—before finding the ideal mix, which includes 0.35 per cent tire fibres, according to researcher Obinna Onuaguluchi, a postdoctoral fellow in civil engineering at UBC.

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