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China’s two-child policy may exacerbate gender inequality

Post Date: Feb 23, 2018

Since China ended its one-child policy allowing all families to have up to two children, an additional 90 million women have become eligible to have a second child. But new UBC sociology research suggests the new universal two-child policy could be negatively affecting women’s status and gender equality.

The study, published in the Chinese Sociological Review, found that women with less marital power— shaped by their relative income, resources and education— had lower “fertility autonomy” and were likelier to succumb to pressure to have a second child even if they did not want to.

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Risk of fatal traffic crash higher during annual 4/20 cannabis celebration

Post Date: Feb 23, 2018

Drivers in the United States are more likely to be in a fatal traffic crash during the annual April 20 cannabis celebration, according to new research from the University of British Columbia.

“One-fifth of Americans now live in states that have legalized recreational cannabis, and legalization is set to occur for all Canadians in July 2018,” said lead researcher Dr. John Staples, a clinical assistant professor of medicine and scientist at UBC’s Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences. “We hope that legalization doesn’t lead to more people driving while high.”

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Shortage of Metro Vancouver strata agents worsening

Post Date: Feb 13, 2018

Richmond News published a Business in Vancouver story that mentioned the UBC Sauder School of Business real estate division.

Real estate agents must take the strata management licensing course which is offered through Sauder.

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Viruses – lots of them – are falling from the sky

Post Date: Feb 14, 2018

An astonishing number of viruses are circulating around the Earth’s atmosphere – and falling from it – according to new research from scientists in Canada, Spain and the U.S.

The study marks the first time scientists have quantified the viruses being swept up from the Earth’s surface into the free troposphere, that layer of atmosphere beyond Earth’s weather systems but below the stratosphere where jet airplanes fly. The viruses can be carried thousands of kilometres there before being deposited back onto the Earth’s surface.

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Indigenous people face higher risk of transportation injuries in British Columbia

Post Date: Feb 14, 2018

Indigenous people in British Columbia suffered transportation-related injuries at a rate 1.89 times higher than the province’s total population between 1991 and 2010, a new University of B.C. study has found.

Overall hospitalization rates for transport injuries in B.C. (including car, bike or pedestrian incidents, and motorcycle, bus, ATV, boat or airplane crashes, as well as others) declined by more than two-thirds during the study period.

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Mammals and birds could have best shot at surviving climate change

Post Date: Feb 06, 2018

New research that analyzed more than 270 million years of data on animals shows that mammals and birds – both warm-blooded animals – may have a better chance of evolving and adapting to the Earth’s rapidly changing climate than their cold-blooded peers, reptiles and amphibians.

“We see that mammals and birds are better able to stretch out and extend their habitats, meaning they adapt and shift much easier,” said Jonathan Rolland, a Banting postdoctoral fellow at the biodiversity research centre at UBC and lead author of the study. “This could have a deep impact on extinction rates and what our world looks like in the future.”

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UBC expands tech training with investment from province

Post Date: Jan 24, 2018

An investment from the Province of British Columbia will create 624 undergraduate spaces for domestic students at UBC’s Vancouver campus for biomedical engineering, computer science, and manufacturing engineering programs to meet growing demand for talent in B.C.’s technology sector.

“We’re grateful for this investment, which enables UBC to educate more students from B.C. and across Canada to deepen the talent pool for data scientists, software developers, biomedical researchers, and manufacturing innovators in B.C. companies,” said UBC President Santa J. Ono.

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