UBC Reports | Vol. 58 | No. 2 | Feb. 1, 2012

UBC Reports

February 2012
John Helliwell

Six things science tells us about happiness

UBC economist John Helliwell has been asked to help the United Nations measure and improve global happiness. He is working with colleagues on a “World Happiness Report.”

Basil Waugh

Rob VanWynsberghe stands in front of the new Musqueam cultural centre, the former Four Host Nations Olympics pavilion. UBC's Vancouver campus is located on the traditional territory of the Musqueam people. Martin Dee Photograph

The Olympic jolt

London and Rio have a unique opportunity. Mega-events can be a force for social change, says UBC researcher Rob Van Wynsberghe, who leads a study measuring the impact of the 2010 Games.

Heather Amos

Science Teaching and Learning Fellow Brett Gilley (left) discusses an in-class activity with Prof. James Scoates. Martin Dee Photograph

Seeking precious minutes of focused attention

What does it take to give your science class a makeover? Brett Gilley is helping Prof. James Scoates morph his class from a “stand and deliver” model to something much more interactive.

Brian Lin

Nicolas Loran Photograph

Animals in research

Like all leading universities, UBC engages in animal research to address challenging issues. And, like all research, it presents ethical questions. Four UBC professors offer their perspectives.

John Hepburn

China 2012 The year of living dangerously

China 2012 The year of living dangerously

Tensions are rising between the US and China. The world economy is sputtering. UBC Institute of Asian Research experts Paul Evans and Timothy Cheek explain major issues for 2012.

Basil Waugh

Mining Engineering Prof. Marcello Veiga.Martin Dee Photograph

Toxic gold rush

Residents of Colombia’s mining towns are breathing in dangerous levels of mercury as a result of artisanal gold mining, says UBC Mining Engineering Prof. Marcello Veiga.

Lorraine Chan

Sauder marketing expert Tirtha Dhar. Martin Dee Photograph

Do advertising bans work?

A new UBC study by Sauder marketing expert Tirtha Dhar shows how one advertising ban has reduced fast food consumption.

Lorraine Chan


The AAAS comes to Vancouver. Insights on the makings of the world’s largest gathering of scientists.

Ginger Pinholster, Director, Office of Public Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science

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