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February 9, 2016
The Faculty of Science welcomed seven new Canada Research Chairs today, an investment that will boost UBC’s research capacity in new materials, biodiversity, big data, health and artificial intelligence. The CRCs are part of 31 new or renewed Chairs worth $27 million at the University. Three chairs...
February 4, 2016
A $1.05 million gift from the Franklinia Foundation will nearly double the size of the UBC Botanical Garden’s Asian Garden, and provide additional educational and training opportunities to future horticulturalists. "The UBC Botanical Garden is a wonderful space that connects visitors and community...
January 29, 2016
Computer scientist and mathematician Kevin Leyton-Brown has been awarded UBC’s Charles A McDowell award, which recognizes the University’s best young scientists. Leyton-Brown is an expert in artificial intelligence, auction theory, electronic commerce, game theory and multi-agent systems. He has...
January 26, 2016
Naturally occurring clay from Kisameet Bay, B.C. — long used by the Heiltsuk First Nation for its healing potential — exhibits potent antibacterial activity against multidrug-resistant pathogens, according to new research from the University of British Columbia. The researchers recommend the rare...
January 25, 2016
The abundance of viruses in the world’s oceans varies wildly, regardless of the available ‘prey’, according to new research published by an international team that includes (UBC) University of British Columbia microbiologists. The findings published in Nature Microbiology turn previous estimates on...
January 19, 2016
Countries drastically underreport the number of fish caught worldwide, according to a new study, and the numbers obscure a significant decline in the total catch . The new estimate, released today in Nature Communications, puts the annual global catch at roughly 109 million metric tons, about 30...
January 18, 2016
The provincial government has committed $19.95 million toward upgrading and expanding the aging teaching and laboratory space used by life sciences students at UBC. “Our government invests tens of millions of dollars in innovation at public post-secondary institutions to build on the growth and...
January 12, 2016
First Nations fisheries’ catch could decline by nearly 50 per cent by 2050, according to a new study examining the threat of climate change to the food and economic security of indigenous communities along coastal British Columbia, Canada. “Climate change is likely to lead to declines in herring...
January 5, 2016
UBC researcher Chen Greif—an expert in scientific computing with a strong record in undergraduate teaching and service—has accepted the position of head of the Department of Computer Science, effective January 1, 2016.     Greif earned his PhD in applied mathematics from UBC and was...
January 4, 2016
Astronomers from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Austria, Germany, France and Australia have introduced a new method to measure a star’s surface gravity – which depends on the star’s mass and diameter – to an accuracy of a few per cent. The method—descibed in the journal Science Advances—...

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