Big Data, Big Issues: Should we be worried?

Scientific innovation is accelerating at a breathtaking rate, with big data and related disciplines such as genomics opening up new possibilities in areas including health, sustainability and the environment. As advances are made though, as a population, are we even aware of the types of moral, ethical and scientific questions that we should be asking?… Read more

Examining Whiteness: What’s at Stake for Canada?

With the rise of populism in the U.S. and Europe, the time is right for a frank discussion on the realities of racism and critical reflection on white privilege in Canada. Recent events make it clear that it can and does happen here. Experts from UBC and the University of Alberta participate in this provocative… Read more

Master Mind Master Class with Homa Hoodfar

In March 2016, Canadian-Iranian academic Dr. Homa Hoodfar, best known for her research on the role of women in Muslim societies, was arrested in Tehran by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. She was accused publicly of “dabbling in feminism and security matters” related to the recent election, and in June, after her bail was increased, she was… Read more

Can early intervention improve mental health outcomes in youth?

Nearly one in five Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. While many start experiencing symptoms as youth, the stigma surrounding mental illnesses often leads individuals to delay or avoid diagnosis. Much work is being done locally to help our youth get the help they need in order to build healthy, fulfilling lives…. Read more

Science and innovation in BC: What’s on your agenda?

From sustainability to technology to science education to health care, what are the key innovation opportunities and challenges facing BC? What investments will boost our economy and improve British Columbians’ quality of life? Listen as a panel of UBC researchers highlight key science and tech issues in the lead up to BC’s 2017 election. This event… Read more

In Conversation with UBC President & Vice-Chancellor Prof. Santa J. Ono – Ottawa

Professor Santa Ono recently took office as the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia. In a series of In Conversation events, presented by alumni UBC, Professor Ono will share his early priorities and interests as well as gather input from alumni and friends on how we can continue to strengthen our university. Hear from this… Read more

The Grape Debate 2017 – What role does the vessel play?

Winemakers in BC have traditionally used stainless steel and oak barrel vessels in the fermentation and ageing processes. Yet there are two new kids on the block: amphora (clay) and concrete now making their way into local cellars. Each affects the makeup of the wine differently, not only because of the diverse materials but also… Read more

Baby Talk: How Language Learning Begins Before Birth – Featuring Dr. Janet Werker

Explore the secrets of “Babies” with Dr. Janet Werker, a world-leading developmental psychologist. Following a special screening, Dr. Werker leads a discussion about the acclaimed documentary Babies, directed by award-winning filmmaker Thomas Balmès. Babies joyfully captures on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us…. Read more

Why has Vancouver been so slow to join the sharing economy?

Around the world, popular app- and web-based services such as Uber and AirBnB have disrupted traditional business models and sparked explosive growth in the sharing economy. Consumers have embraced these services for their convenience and cost savings, but as they enter highly regulated industries, they face friction from both traditional operators and hesitant governments who… Read more

Alzheimer’s Disease: What we know and what we can do

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disorder leading to dementia. About 11% of the population age 65 and older and about one-third of people age 85 and older suffer from the disease. The world is facing a dementia epidemic, and the number of people affected will reach 81.1 million by 2040. Annual global cost is estimated… Read more

Master Mind Master Class with John Corigliano – Architecture and Music

From his Oscar-winning score for The Red Violin to his opera The Ghosts of Versailles, his acclaimed Symphony No. 3, Circus Maximus, and his Grammy-winning Conjurer: Concerto for Percussionist and String Orchestra, American composer John Corigliano has built one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work of any composer in the last forty years. His “architectural”… Read more