TikTok and public health

TikTok is a rapidly growing short video-sharing social media platform that has gathered over 1 billion global users, but little is known about the potential health-related impacts on its users. According to Skye Barbic, an assistant professor in the University of British Columbia’s Department of Occupational Health and Occupational Therapy, “There are several potential issues…

The Charming Taste of European… Cinema !

The Charming Taste of European… Cinema!The Charming Taste of Europe is a special project that introduces exquisite items to the UnitedStates and Canada, such as Italian and French wine and fresh fruit from Greece, that showcase allof Europe’s charm, beauty, culture, history, art, heritage, and unmistakable tastes. When it comesto… charm, the European Union’s filmmakers…

The Great Derangement – A call to action on climate change

“Climate change is the most important issue of our times,” says Indian writer Amitav Ghosh. Ghosh believes the stress associated with climate change has altered people’s mindset towards creativity and other issues. He also thinks that in literature, climate change has been simplified to a point where the intersectionality between other elements such as arts…

Leading through impossible times – looking for new models

Amid the turmoil of a global pandemic, a deepening economic crisis, and a growing global awareness of the impacts of white supremacy, the challenges of becoming an organizational or community leader may seem insurmountable. Yet there is a pressing need for collaborative, adaptive leaders who can work across systems to navigate disruption and uncertainty. A…

Fear and cooperation: during the dawn of globalization, and today

The COVID-19 outbreak has brought changes to people’s lives in an unprecedented way, all over the world. Travel restrictions, stagnant commerce and overloaded hospitals have not been the world norm for generations. One of the first measures adopted by governments worldwide to fight the spread of the virus was the reduction in international air travel.…

Women empowerment – the struggle continues

The theme of International Women’s Day this year is #EachforEqual. It highlights the strength that comes when individuals with different lived experiences come together for a greater purpose. When we all work together, we can achieve anything. As senators, we are particularly privileged because we hold some power. As women, we draw on our own…

Rosio Godomar, woman extraordinaire

According to various news media, social media and other sources, women in some parts of the world are denied basic rights. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017), there is an average difference of at least $170 between the pay of women and men of all races. These differences exist in most industries,…

Kıvanç Tatar: crossing the boundaries of science and the arts

Kıvanç Tatar, a newly minted Doctor of Philosophy from SFU’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology, has developed an innovative interactive AI music agent named MASOM for live performances during his Ph.D. research. Trained with musical styles from famed electroacoustic composers of the past, MASOM has been jamming alongside human performers in an audio-visual performance…

A philosopher’s unusual take: mathematical representations of diversity

Sina Fazelpour, a Ph.D. candidate of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia (UBC), spoke about his research and his unusual path to philosophy. Before coming to UBC’s Ph.D. program in Philosophy, Fazelpour studied biomedical modeling and medical biophysics. Currently a philosopher, he works on philosophy of science where his previous training in engineering has carved…

Srijana Sunuwar (a.k.a Jana)

Srijana (a.k.a. Jana) Sunuwar was born in Janakpur, Nepal. She spent her early childhood in Japan but immigrated with her parents to Vancouver in grade 9. The move from the East to the West changed her life in multiple ways, but Sunuwar believes that it was a positive transition and that she changed for the…

Vivian Kayeg El Jamal, international student

With strong family ties, a mixed ethnic and cultural background, and an extremely  protective father, Vivan Kayeg El Jamal never really dreamt of moving abroad for  education. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil to a Lebanese and Italian immigrant family, El Jamal experienced all the challenges of a kid living among three different cultures. She was intensely…

Education with a touch of empathy and compassion

In Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania, Alim Fakirani met with a local teacher during his work at the Aga Khan University-Institute for Educational Development. Although from different cultural backgrounds, a sense of understanding gradually sparked between them. “Even though we came from different contexts, we were still able to relate to one another’s…

Sami people: a blueprint for other cultures

The Association for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies in Canada (AASSC) will be having their 38th annual conference at the University of British Columbia (UBC) from June 3–6. One of the speakers who will be giving sessions this year is Matthew Etherington, PhD, professor and director of the Institute of Indigenous Issues and Perspectives at…