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New research decodes virus-host interactions in ocean dead zones

September 15, 2014

A new study by University of British Columbia and US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute researchers sheds light on the ecological role played by marine viruses in oxygen starved regions of the worlds' oceans. It's the first time researchers have used single cell genomics to explore interactions between SUP05—a sulfur-oxidizing bacteria that will play an increasingly important role in ocean carbon and nutrient cycling—and the viruses that infect the bacteria at deeper depths.

New president pledges to boost UBC research excellence

September 12, 2014

UBC's new President Arvind Gupta pledged in his formal academic installation ceremony today to increase funding for research excellence by $100 million during his presidency, supporting those who discover, develop, and deploy knowledge. He said the pledge to boost research excellence is fundamental to improving teaching and learning, building engagement throughout B.C. and the world, fostering a vibrant international learning community, and promoting innovation. Last year UBC received $564 million in research funding for more than 8,440 research projects.

UBC chemist, astronomer honoured by Royal Society of Canada

September 9, 2014

UBC chemist Mark MacLachlan and stellar astronomer Harvey Richer have been elected fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, the society announced today. MacLachlan is an internationally recognized leader in supramolecular materials chemistry, applying concepts from nature to the design and synthesis of new molecules and materials. His pioneering work in iridescent glasses that mimic the structure of beetle shells has led to a new field of research in photonic materials. Last year MacLachlan was honoured with the Rutherford Memorial Medal in Chemistry from the RSC.

$2.5M investment to chart future health of Canada’s oceans

August 27, 2014

UBC Fisheries Centre researchers have received $2.5 million to examine the future health and economic potential of Canada's oceans from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s (SSHRC).

Paul G Allen Family Foundation grants $2.6 million to improve data on world fisheries

August 20, 2014

The University of British Columbia has received $2.6 million (U.S.) from The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to provide African and Asian countries with more accurate and comprehensive fisheries data to help them better analyze and support their ocean resources and local economies.

Fish study links brain size to parental duties

August 19, 2014

Male stickleback fish that protect their young have bigger brains than counterparts that don’t care for offspring, finds a new University of British Columbia study. Stickleback fish are well known in the animal kingdom for the fact that the male of the species, rather than the female, cares for offspring. Male sticklebacks typically have bigger brains than females and researchers wanted to find out if the difference in size might relate to their role as caregivers.

Antibiotics in early life may alter immunity long-term

August 18, 2014

Receiving antibiotic treatments early in life can increase susceptibility to specific diseases later on, according to new research from the University of British Columbia. Most bacteria living in the gut play a positive role in promoting a healthy immune system, but antibiotic treatments often do not discriminate between good and bad bacteria. The study published today in Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology helps scientists understand how different antibiotics affect good bacteria.

New software algorithm mimics human perception to turn sketches into 3D

August 13, 2014

A novel graphics system that can infer complex 3D shapes from single professional sketches will be unveiled by UBC computer scientists at SIGGRAPH 2014 in Vancouver this week. The solution has the potential to dramatically simplify how designers and artists develop new product ideas. Converting an idea into a 3D model using current commercial tools is a complicated and painstaking process. So UBC researchers developed True2Form, a software algorithm inspired by the work of professional designers, who effectively communicate ideas through simple drawings.

Astronomers measure weight of galaxies, expansion of universe

July 30, 2014

Astronomers at the University of British Columbia have collaborated with international researchers to calculate the precise mass of the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies, dispelling the notion that the two galaxies have similar masses. While it was previously thought that the two galaxies weighed the same because of their similar size and structure, researchers found that neighbouring Andromeda is about twice as heavy as our own Milky Way.

UBC-based math research and training network awarded $6.25 million

July 23, 2014

The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) has received $6.25 million in renewed funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The investment will help PIMS fund its scientific, training and industrial activities throughout Western Canada, which include the support of conferences, workshops and lecture series, collaborative research groups, and host postdoctoral fellows and distinguished visitors.

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