“We spotted four polar bears but luckily there were no close encounters.” ~ Philippe Belley, a recent PhD graduate who went to Baffin Island to study how rare gems are formed (UBC News, April 4).
“[The US has] become one of the most unequal societies in the world in terms of access to health, education, even disposable incomes, a situation where people are less trusting of people than they were in the past.” ~ Professor emeritus of economics John Helliwell, co‑editor of the 2019 UN Happiness Report (Yahoo New Zealand, March 30).
“We need to uncouple the package deal that links home cooking and family dinners with being a good mother. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, put a frozen pizza in the oven or, if you have the resources, go out for a meal. While food is important for health, it isn’t the only thing that matters. Stress also plays a role. So keep food in perspective and realize that it’s not the only thing that matters for your family’s well‑being.” ~ Home cooking from scratch is healthiest for our families, we’re told, but that’s not always easy. UBC sociologist Sinikka Elliott’s new book, Pressure Cooker: Why Home Cooking Won’t Solve Our Problems and What We Can Do About It, tells the stories of nine women who know how complicated it is to feed a family in 2019 (UBC News, March 11).
“People will eventually start buying more fuel‑efficient vehicles as a result of high fuel taxes – whether it’s a carbon tax or any other fuel tax.” ~ Professor Werner Antweiler commenting on record gas prices in BC, thought to be due in part to the recent increase in carbon tax (CBC News, April 12).
“Regardless of what wine was in the glass, if somebody identified with the label they thought the wine tasted better. People want to be able to relate to the labels so that it can represent who they are and the image they want to convey.” ~ Research by UBC masters student Darcen Esau has revealed that people enjoy wine more if the label matches their personal identity (CBC News, March 17).
“For centuries in the West, powerful medico‑moral discourses have defined ‘queerness’ as a sickness, a sin, and a crime. As a result, LGBTQ2S peoples have lived with secrecy, silence, shame, misrepresentation, and fear for far too long. Therefore, stories told by and for LGBTQ2S folks about past lives, loves, achievements, struggles, and triumphs symbolize oxygen, or necessary fuel, for people long denied access to full, substantive inclusion and citizenship.” ~ Professor Becki Ross of UBC’s Department of Sociology and Social Justice Institute, commenting on an online archive offering an expansive look at LGBTQ history, now accessible to UBC Library users (UBC Library News, Sept. 17, 2018).