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#UBCGrad: Read more about the graduating class of 2018

Post Date: May 26, 2018

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Hey Alexa: Amazon’s virtual assistant becomes a personal assistant to software developers

Post Date: May 24, 2018

UBC computer scientists have turned Amazon Alexa into a tool for software engineers, tasking the virtual assistant to take care of mundane programming tasks, helping increase productivity and speed up workflow.

Software engineers use many different tools for any one project. They work with millions of lines of computer code and run their code through various independent tools to help edit, build and test systems and for project management to get their programs running smoothly.

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Study highlights environmental cost of tearing down Vancouver’s single-family homes

Post Date: May 25, 2018

Rising property values in Vancouver have resulted in the demolition of an unprecedented number of single-family homes in recent years, many of which were replaced with the same type of structure. Despite the better energy performance of the new homes, this cycle is likely to increase overall greenhouse gas emissions, according to new analysis from researchers at the University of British Columbia and MountainMath Software.

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New environmental assessment law is an opportunity to put public trust back into the process: UBC researchers

Post Date: May 24, 2018

A new study by UBC researchers offers insights on how to improve environmental assessment reviews. The research examined the conclusions of 10 recent assessments for major projects in B.C., including the Northern Gateway pipeline, and found that while environmental thresholds were often surpassed, the projects were ultimately given the green light. The researchers argue this may be a by-product of the current process which allows developers to hire their own consultants to perform the analysis.

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Flexible work arrangements reduce wage gap for mothers

Post Date: May 15, 2018

Access to flexible work arrangements reduces the wage gap for mothers compared to women who don’t have children, new UBC research suggests.

The study, published recently in the journal Work and Occupations, is the first to look at how the use of a range of flexible work arrangements affects the wage gap between mothers and childless women, and how this varies depending on a women’s education.

The researchers found that access to flexible work arrangements— such as being able to work from home and to choose work hours— improves wages for mothers, especially for those with a university education.

Workplace flexibility benefitted mothers primarily by reducing barriers to employment in higher-paying firms, the researchers found.

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Genetics help make a weed a weed

Post Date: May 15, 2018

New University of British Columbia research finds that the success of weedy and invasive plants like the Jerusalem artichoke lies in their genes.

The tasty tubers, or root vegetables, of the Jerusalem artichoke may make for a nice side dish, but the plant is considered a major invasive species in Europe. Understanding how invasive plants evolve and the genetic underpinnings that enable them to thrive in a new environment is key to better understanding why they are wreaking havoc on natural landscapes and food production around the world.

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Vancouver filmmaker takes aim at animal testing in medical research

Post Date: May 01, 2018

The Star Vancouver mentioned a report on animals used in research and teaching projects at UBC for a story about a film on the medical research industry.

Gail Murphy, vice president of UBC research and innovation, said such projects are vital to developing new cures for human disease.

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