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Three UBC Science Canada Research Chairs appointed

March 15, 2013

UBC statistician Gabriela Cohen Freue, immunologist Ken Harder and evolutionary biologist Loren Rieseberg earned support from the Canada Research Chair program, it was announced today. UBC Science's chairs are among 120 federally funded research positions awarded or renewed today. UBC boasts a total of eight appointments – five new and three renewals – valued at $4.5 million.

UBC researcher to go national with wildfire smoke forecasting

March 15, 2013

Extreme weather expert Roland Stull has received $325,000 from the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) to expand his work on forest fire prediction and tracking. Stull and his team of researchers at the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) have spent the past six years running the BlueSky Western Canada Wildfire Smoke Forecasting System. Support from CSSP will expand BlueSky’s reach, allowing full Canadian coverage of wildfire smoke forecasts.

Drugs targeting blood vessels may be candidates for treating Alzheimer’s

March 6, 2013

UBC researchers have successfully normalized the production of blood vessels in the brain of mice with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by immunizing them with amyloid beta, a protein widely associated with the disease. While AD is typically characterized by a build-up of plaques in the brain, recent research by the UBC team showed a near doubling of blood vessels in the brain of mice and humans with AD.

UBC researchers, alumni honored by LifeSciences BC

March 5, 2013

UBC cellular microbiologist Brett Finlay, known for his groundbreaking research into Salmonella and Escherichia coli infection, has been awarded the Genome British Columbia Award for Scientific Excellence by Lifesciences British Columbia. The awards recognize leaders in the province’s life science community who have transformed the sector, and rising stars in research or business.

New flu drug stops virus in its tracks

February 21, 2013

A new class of influenza drug has been shown effective against drug-resistant strains of the flu virus, according to a study led by University of British Columbia researchers. Published online today in the journal Science Express, the study details the development of a new drug candidate that prevents the flu virus from spreading from one cell to the next. The drug is shown to successfully treat mice with lethal strains of the flu virus.

Evolution of diversity surprisingly predictable

February 19, 2013

Similar—or even identical—mutations can occur during diversification in completely separate populations of E. coli evolving over more than 1,000 generations, according to researchers at the University of British Columbia and the University of Montana. The findings by UBC zoologist and mathematician Michael Doebeli and Matthew Herron, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Montana, were published today in the open access journal PLOS Biology.

UBC Science Associate Dean to receive award for marine virology work

February 16, 2013

Curtis A. Suttle, UBC’s Faculty of Science Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, is being recognized for his pioneering work in the field of marine virology with the G. Evelyn Hutchinson award. The award, granted annually by the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), highlights Suttle’s contributions to a variety of fields, including biological oceanography, environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, virology and phycology.

Computerized 'Rosetta Stone' reconstructs ancient languages

February 11, 2013

University of British Columbia and Berkeley researchers have used a sophisticated new computer system to quickly reconstruct protolanguages – the rudimentary ancient tongues from which modern languages evolved. The results, which are 85 per cent accurate when compared to the painstaking manual reconstructions performed by linguists, were published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

UBC Science nabs nine Faculty Research Awards

February 4, 2013

The 2012 recipients of UBC’s Faculty Research Awards have been revealed. In total, nine UBC Science researchers are being recognized for their work. The Faculty Research Awards are presented by the Office of the Vice President Research & International, and include Killam Research fellowships and prizes, the Charles A. McDowell Award for Excellence in Research, and the Jacob Biely Prize, the most prestigious research prize the University offers.

UBC's first MOOC attracts 130,000 registrants

January 31, 2013

A free online science course offered by researchers at UBC and Stanford University has attracted more than 130,000 registrants, including learners from every Canadian province and almost every nation on the planet. The Massive, Open Online Course (MOOC) on game theory is taught by UBC computer scientist Kevin Leyton-Brown and Stanford's Matthew O Jackson and Yoav Shoham. It's the largest MOOC involving a Canadian university delivered via the U.S.-based Coursera platform.

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