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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.

Construction begins on Canada’s largest radio telescope

January 24, 2013

Construction is now under way in Penticton, B.C. on Canada’s largest radio telescope – and the first research telescope to be built in the country in more than 30 years. The new telescope, with a footprint larger than six NHL hockey rinks, will listen for cosmic sound waves and help scientists understand why the universe has expanded rapidly – and learn about the mysterious 'dark energy' that is supposedly driving the expansion.

Compact, eco-friendly design for UBC’s South Okanagan field school earns architectural award

January 22, 2013

An ecologically friendly, small-footprint design for rebuilding UBC's 60-year-old geological field school near Oliver, BC has received a 2012 Award of Excellence from Canadian Architect magazine. The award winning designs by BattersbyHowat Architects will help create a permanent ‘camp campus’ and geological training resource for institutes of higher education in Western Canada, and potentially, internationally.

Digital radio telescope, quantum materials 'foundry' highlight new CFI funding

January 16, 2013

A new digital radio telescope and quantum materials 'foundry' are among the UBC projects being supported by almost $23 million in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). The grants are part of the CFI's Leading Edge Fund and New Initiatives Fund, which support infrastructure and state-of-the-art equipment for innovative science. A total of $215 million was awarded for 75 projects at 34 institutions across Canada. UBC researchers are leading nine of the funded projects--four investigators in the Faculty of Science are leading projects worth $8 million.

WMAP team reveals nine years worth of rich cosmos data

January 3, 2013

NASA’s Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) space mission has released its final results, a collection of nine years worth of observations which have served to map the universe and improve the field of cosmology. UBC Physics and Astronomy professor Gary Hinshaw participated in the project headed by Johns Hopkins astrophysicist Charles L. Bennett, helping establish what is now dubbed the Standard Cosmological Model.

Mussel goo inspires blood vessel glue

December 11, 2012

A University of British Columbia researcher has helped create a gel – based on the mussel’s knack for clinging to rocks, piers and boat hulls – that can be painted onto the walls of blood vessels and stay put, forming a protective barrier with potentially life-saving implications.

Three UBC botanists inducted into American Association for the Advancement of Science

November 29, 2012

Three UBC botanists with expertise in photosynthesis, evolutionary biology and plant cell biology have been named as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The honour is awarded to researchers whose work has advanced science or its applications. The 2012 UBC Science AAAS fellows are: Beverley Green For distinguished contributions to the field of photosynthesis, particularly the biochemistry of light-harvesting complexes and molecular evolution of the chloroplast. Patrick Keeling

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