Monday, 22 January 2018

Lind Initiative: Francis Fukuyama


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Toronto now most expensive Canadian city for renters

Paul Kershaw, a professor at UBC’s school of population and public health, spoke to the Toronto Sun about the challenges young people face in finding affordable housing in Canadian cities.

“Cities need young people to stay, but hard work doesn’t pay off for young people, who face a range of adaptations from moving out of the city or choosing to live smaller,” he said.

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What Tom Petty’s death says about Vancouver overdose crisis

The Vancouver Courier quoted Mark Tyndall, the director of the UBC Centre for Disease Control, in an article about the opioid crisis in Vancouver.

He said health officials do not know exactly how many people are opioid addicts in B.C.

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B.C. firm tackles ethical challenges of artificial intelligence

Richmond News published a Business In Vancouver story that mentions a consulting firm based at UBC.

Generation R Consulting was commissioned to develop artificial intelligence ethics guidelines for new software.

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Friday, 19 January 2018

Cosmic Nights at HR Macmillan Space Centre Hosts a Date Night that’s Out of this World!

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Image courtesy of HR Macmillan Space Centre

If you’re a lover of stars, planets, nebulas and all things astronomy, Cosmic Nights at HR Macmillan Space Centre may be your dream come true.

Similar to the very popular adult evenings at the Vancouver Aquarium, Science World, and the Museum of Anthropology, the HR Macmillan Space Centre is hosting its own version of an evening after dark for its ‘Cosmic Nights’ event series.

The next Cosmic Nights event is happening on Thursday, January 25, 2018 and will be a themed 19+ adults-only party featuring a custom planetarium show, music, drinks, science demonstrations, games, and a special guest lecturer.

For January, Cosmic Nights is asking the important questions: Is there anything beyond the universe? What came before the Big Bang? These are questions that don’t have answers – but there are theories!

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Photo Credit – Torben Hansen – HR MacMillan Space Centre (facebook)

Cosmic Nights will bring these theories to the forefront on Thursday, January 25 from 6:30pm – 10:00pm with the theme Beyond our Universe. Jump into multiple universes, the Big Bang and other ideas that may bend your minds. Select your preferred Planetarium Star Theatre show time and then come early or stay late to experience all this event has to offer.

At 7:30 or 9:00pm, you can enjoy a planetarium show about the Big Bang Theory (note: this does not include episodes of popular sitcom, The Big Bang Theory).

Then, at 8pm or 9pm, get ready to expand your mind with Dr. Douglas Scott, a Professor of Physics & Astronomy at UBC who will attempt to answer: Can there be more than one universe?  Why is the Universe that we live in the way that it is?  Does our existence imply that the universe has to have certain properties? Can we imagine universes that are quite different? What does the word “multiverse” even mean?

cosmic nights at HR Macmillan Space Centre

Image courtesy of H.R. Macmillan Space Centre

Finally, if your mind needs a break from being blown, you can check out the Cocktail Crash Course: String Theory and Quantum Gravity, a fun, interactive science demo on string theory and quantum gravity – providing enough fun facts to impress at a cocktail party. Trivia prizes are also up for grabs!

Tickets to Cosmic Nights cost $25 each and are available online through Eventbrite or in-person at the Space Centre.

Even if you only understood 1/3 of the words in this post (multiverse?? quantum gravity??) the event is sure to be a blast for all lovers of the night sky. It will certainly make for an entertaining evening out!

Cosmic Nights Quick Details

Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018

Time: 6:30pm – 10:00pm

Location: Vanier Park (Kitsilano), 1100 Chestnut Street (the building that looks like a UFO with the giant crab fountain out front!)

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Beyond consenting, women actually want to enjoy sex

UBC economics professor Marina Adshade wrote a Globe and Mail op-ed on the evolving definitions of consent in sexual relations.

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Records Management 101: Document Naming Conventions

This video, created by the University of British Columbia’s Records Management Office, introduces naming conventions for electronic records, so you can always find your stuff!

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