May 19, 2022
UBC student-athlete Coltyn Liu was just two years old when an accident left him with a number of challenges, including a brain injury. He was able to not only live with his conditions but thrive despite them. In this episode, Santa talks to Coltyn about how he overcame his challenges to become a star volleyball player […]
April 20, 2022
In this episode of the Blue & Goldcast, Santa talks to Margaret Moss, the Interim Associate Vice-President, Equity & Inclusion, about her current role and her work with UBC’s First Nations House of Learning. Download the transcript here.
April 8, 2022
Dr. Julio Montaner is the director of the British Columbia Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, the chair in AIDS research and head of the division of AIDS in the faculty of medicine at the University of British Columbia. He discusses highlights of his distinguished career as one of the world’s foremost AIDS/HIV researchers. Download the […]
March 14, 2022
Ars Scientia is an ongoing UBC research excellence cluster which pairs scientists and artists, challenging them to create work that stepped outside of their respective disciplines and bridge the academic gap between arts and science. Today, Santa speaks to Daniel Korchinski and Josephine Lee. Daniel, a physicist, and Josephine, an artist were paired together to […]
February 9, 2022
In this episode of the Blue & Goldcast, Santa talks to Nancy Hermiston, chair of UBC’s Voice and Opera Division, director of UBC’s Opera Ensemble and University Marshall; who Santa describes as “the face of UBC.” Download the transcript here.
January 20, 2022
In the first episode of the Blue and Goldcast for 2022, Santa talks with two scholars working to improve scholarly integrity at UBC. Dr. Ross Hickey is an associate professor in the Faculty of Management and the Department of Economics, Philosophy and Political Science at UBC’s Okanagan campus Jacqui Brinkman is the Director of Graduate […]
December 15, 2021
In this episode, Santa talks to Peter Klein from the UBC School of Journalism about his current projects and the future of journalism. Download the transcript here.
October 28, 2021
In this episode of the Blue and Goldcast, Santa Ono chats with UBC Okanagan student Mikey Friedland, who has just returned from an epic bicycle ride to the Arctic Ocean to raise funds and awareness of mental health issues. Download the transcript here
September 3, 2021
In this episode of the Blue & Goldcast, Santa talks to the directors of the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics about why ethics matter in business more than ever. Download the transcript here.
August 19, 2021
In this episode of the Blue & Goldcast, special guest Dr. Handel Wright discusses anti-racism, Black Studies, and his own journey with Santa Ono. Download the transcript here.
July 19, 2021
In this episode of the Blue & Goldcast, Santa talks to Dr. Glenn Regehr is a researcher in health professions education in the Faculty of Medicine. Download the transcript here.
June 18, 2021
In this episode of the Blue and Goldcast, Santa talks to UBC’s Dr. David Kuhl about his research into fatherhood and masculinity. Dr. Kuhl holds the Mohammad H. Mohseni Foundation Chair in Men’s Health, Integrity and Wellbeing at Vancouver Coastal Health with support from the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. Download the transcript here.
May 6, 2021
UBC’s Vancouver campus sits at the tip of one of the most important estuaries in the province, the Fraser River. In this estuary alone, there are 102 species at risk of extinction. My guest today, Tara Martin of the Faculty of Forestry, studies this area, as well as how to best save species at risk. […]
April 1, 2021
In this episode, Santa talks to UBC Okanagan professor Kevin Golovin about his anti-fouling and anti-fogging face shields and his “cool” research. Download the transcript here.
March 18, 2021
UBC Okanagan professors Jan Cioe and Jannick Eikenaar talk to Santa about the university’s senates and why they matter. Download the transcript here.
March 4, 2021
I’m joined by UBC engineering professors Johan Foster and Orlando Rojas who have been working with a multidisciplinary team of researchers and scientists to design what may be the world’s first fully compostable and biodegradable medical mask—the CanMask. Download the transcript here.
February 9, 2021
I’m joined by Sheryl Staub-French, the Associate Dean of UBC’s Faculty of Applied Science to discuss the Faculty’s equity, diversity, and inclusion strategies. Here at UBC, we’re committed to doing better by all of our students, faculty, and staff. That means advancing and prioritizing our understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion, or EDI, not just […]
December 17, 2020
UBC President Santa Ono talks to Professor Camden Hutchison from the Peter A. Allard School of Law about the differences and similarities between the Supreme Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of the USA. Download the transcript here.
November 12, 2020
This week on the Blue & Goldcast, Santa talks to Dr. Walter Mérida, the president’s senior advisor on climate, as well as the director of the Clean Energy Research Centre. Dr. Mérida and Santa sit down to discuss how UBC can continue its role as a climate leader in Canada and beyond. You can learn […]
September 30, 2020
Blue and Goldcast · Episode 11: Land & Food Systems Roundtable This week on the Blue and Goldcast, join Santa and guests for a roundtable discussion about how the Faculty of Land and Food Systems is integrating anti-racist and social equity frameworks into the natural sciences, while partnering with communities along the way. Dr. […]
September 14, 2020
I’m delighted to let you know that the Blue and Goldcast, my regular podcast series where I sit down with students, faculty and staff to discuss a wide range of topics, has resumed after taking a short break. We’ve recorded several new episodes, which will be released over the next few months (we’ll be recording […]
September 14, 2020
Blue and Goldcast · Episode 10: The Indigenous Strategic Plan On September 14th, UBC launched its 2021 Indigenous Strategic Plan. On this episode of Blue & Goldcast, Santa Ono sits down with Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot. She was one of the driving forces behind the strategic plan, and is Santa’s senior advisor on Indigenous Affairs. […]
June 21, 2019
The Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences was hosted at UBC from June 1st to the 7th, 2019. It’s the largest academic conference in Canada. As delegates shared big ideas, Santa and Margot discuss the future of higher education with Jessica Riddell of Bishop’s University. Blue and Goldcast · Blue And Goldcast Episode 9: […]
May 27, 2019
Why are younger Canadians feeling more squeezed than ever before? In this episode, UBC Associate Professor and founder of Generation Squeeze, Paul Kershaw, discusses the barriers between advocacy and academia. And we meet the new co-host of the Blue & Goldcast, Allard School of Law professor Margot Young. Blue and Goldcast · Blue And Goldcast […]
May 27, 2019
I’m delighted to announce that I have a new co-host for the Blue and Goldcast podcast. As you may know, my previous co-host, Jennifer Gardy, has left UBC to take on a new role as Deputy Director, Surveillance, Data, & Epidemiology at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. I’d like to thank Jennifer for being […]
March 20, 2019
Can parking garages help us tackle climate change? On this episode, we look at how UBC has turned itself into a Living Lab. UBC Mechanical Engineering Professor Walter Merida explains to Santa Ono how UBC experiments with itself — with its buildings, its operations, and its surroundings — to develop innovative green technologies. Blue and Goldcast […]
January 25, 2019
On the fifth episode of The Blue and Goldcast, Santa and Jen meet two professors who are charting a new path for higher education in Canada. Dave Ng, a biologist and associate director of the Michael Smith Laboratories and Allen Sens, a Professor of Teaching in UBC’s political science department teach ASIC 200, a class […]
December 14, 2018
In the fourth episode of The Blue and Goldcast, Jen and Santa talk about women in STEM, the importance of mentorship, and ways for institutions like UBC to encourage diversity. They hear a story from UBC Mathematics Professor Stephanie van Willigenburg about her struggle to find a place in a disproportionately-male field. Blue and Goldcast […]
November 15, 2018
As the NHL and NFL struggle with an epidemic of concussions, we talk about brain science and sports policy. Santa, Jen and their guest, Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul, discuss mysteries of the brain, the social impact of concussions, and the role that Universities like UBC should play in making sports safer. Blue and Goldcast · Blue […]
October 15, 2018
Will artificial intelligence usher in the next industrial revolution? In this episode, we look at the social, political, and economic consequences of AI. We profile UBC professor’s quest to make a ‘smart wheelchair’ for patients in long-term care. Blue and Goldcast · Blue And Goldcast Episode 2: The Next Industrial Revolution Download the transcript: Blue […]
September 16, 2018
I’m excited to announce the birth of The Blue and Goldcast. As you can probably guess from its name, The Blue and Goldcast is a podcast. I’ll be cohosting it every month along with Jennifer Gardy. Jennifer is an assistant professor at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, a Canada Research Chair in Public […]
September 15, 2018
In the first episode of the Blue and Goldcast, we focus on indigenous research methodologies: how can we include traditional ways of knowing into the university? Blue and Goldcast · Blue And Goldcast Episode 1: Indigenous Ways of Knowing Download the transcript: Blue and Goldcast Episode 1 transcript