Soaring: Anti-Asian hate incidents reported in Canada

“Last July, Statistics Canada reported that more than 30% of Chinese Canadians perceive themselves to be at a higher risk of possible violence or harassment. In February, data released by Vancouver police showed a 717% increase in anti-Asian hate crimes. Notably, youth under 18 and adults age 55 and older were 233% and 250% more likely to be coughed and spat upon during a hate incident. Attacks described in the report range from a young child being thrown off a bicycle to an older woman being punched.”

“Spitting or coughing on someone deliberately is done not only to infect Asian Canadians, but also to follow through on a warped sense of vengeance that feeds into long-standing stereotypes around Asian people and disease,” said Kennes Lin of @ccncto.

More on Physical assaults, spitting on older people and children among soaring number of anti-Asian hate incidents reported in Canada via Toronto Star.

Tracking COVID-19 transmission in Vancouver schools

The study, funded by Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF), aims to determine how many teachers and support staff in Vancouver schools have acquired SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, by checking their blood samples for antibodies. The study will also examine the risk of exposure to COVID-19 cases in schools and assess the impact of the pandemic on the mental health of teachers.

“Education and social interactions are essential for our youth to thrive, and to support their psychological and physical well-being,” says lead researcher Dr. Pascal Lavoie, associate professor in the department of pediatrics at UBC and an investigator at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. “Our study will help inform policies that further safeguard our kids at schools and make for a more supportive environment for the entire school community.”

Read more on New study to track COVID-19 transmission in Vancouver schools via UBC Medicine.

Reality Check: Actions & Values

Demonstrators carrying placards with several hashtag slogans via သူထွန်း – Own work.

“The internet did not come down with [COVID-19]. There was a military coup where I am living and almost 200 protestors have been shot [as of] now. The regime has decided to shut off all communications by tomorrow.”

The student then writes to the instructor again, this time to confirm if they should be worried about missing the test.

“Of course you should. The next time you miss something, it’s over,” the instructor responds. 

“By the way, your remarks (both related to this course and to your home country) made me wonder how you understand reality,” he continues. “People don’t get shot for just protesting, but for a lot deeper reasons.”

More on Instructor’s exchange with student in Myanmar disregards school values, says York University via CBC News.

#YorkUniversity #SupportOurLearners #MyanmarProtest #MilkTeaAlliance

Paying it Forward

When UBC’s Dr. Glenn Regehr was awarded the 2020 Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education, he immediately informed the faculty of medicine’s Centre for Health Education Scholarship (CHES) – his academic home for the past 12 years – that he was donating the entire cash award associated with the Prize to the Centre.

At his request, the resulting fund of €75,000 will be dedicated to supporting the travel of visitors to CHES who could not otherwise afford to engage with the CHES community of scholars in person.

“I honestly don’t see this as an individual award for me. As much as anything it’s a nod to the culture of supportive collaboration and interaction that we have developed in health professions education,” said Dr. Regehr, a professor in the department of surgery and associate director, research of CHES. “My goal is always to look for opportunities to continue that spirit of building community and supporting junior colleagues in developing that broad culture of collaboration.”

Read more on Dr. Glenn Regehr gives back to UBC’s faculty of medicine via UBC Faculty of Medicine.

Canadian Women Physicians’ Day 2021

Today is the first ever Canadian Women Physicians’ Day!
March 11 was chosen to honour Dr. Jennie Trout, the first woman licensed to practice medicine in Canada.
“It was her own battle with ‘nervous disorders’ shortly after her marriage, which made Jennie decide to practice medicine.  In 1871, she passed her matriculation exam and studied the University of Toronto.  Jennie Trout and Emily Jennings Stowe were the first women admitted to the Toronto School of Medicine, by special arrangement.  However, Emily refused to sit her exams in protest of the university’s demeaning treatment of the two women.”
Remember the women who paved the way.
Celebrate and thank those who are making a difference today. #WomenDocsCAN

Tissue Series

“The pieces that comprise Lisa Nilsson’s ‘Tissue Series’ are made of Japanese mulberry paper and the gilded edges of old books. They are constructed by a technique of rolling and shaping narrow strips of paper called quilling or paper filigree. Quilling was said to have been first practiced by Renaissance nuns and monks who made artistic use of the gilded edges of worn out bibles, and later by 18th century ladies who made artistic use of lots of free time. Lisa finds quilling exquisitely satisfying for rendering the densely squished and lovely internal landscape of the human body in cross-section.”

Learn more MEDinART: Where MEDicine and ART collide

International Women’s Day 2021: UBC Events

March 8, 2021 | 9:00 a.m.

Women’s Brain Health Conference—Symposium 4: Sex Hormones and Metabolic Regulation

This symposium is part of the Women’s Brain Health Virtual Conference Series, which brings attention to the brain health issues women face and encourages the medical, scientific and commercial communities to address them. Hear from three renowned speakers who will discuss pertinent topics related to sex hormones, metabolic regulation and women’s health. Dr. Elizabeth Rideout will chair the event and facilitate conversation.

March 8, 2021 | 12:00 p.m.

Women’s Health Seminar Series—Hormones, Brain and Social Cognition

Women’s Health Research Cluster is proud to host Dr. Elena Choleris, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program, University of Guelph. This seminar will focus on in various regulatory and modulatory aspects of social behavior.

March 8–19, 2021 | N/A

“Who Run the World?” Charity Run-a-thon

Join UBC Women Empowerment Club and The Dream Charity in “Who Run the World?” Charity Run-a-thon, an opportunity to collect proceeds for Plan International’s “Girls Get Equal Campaign” all while staying active this March.  Participants will pledge to run as many kilometers as they can, in return for monetary donations from their friends and family!

Events are being held all week! Learn more here.