June 5, 2014
Four members of the UBC Science community have been recognized for their outstanding service to the University with President’s Staff Awards.
The awards recognize personal achievements and contributions to UBC and to the vision and goals of the University. Eleven PSAs were awarded this year.
June 5, 2014
Fish and aquatic life living in the high seas are more valuable as a carbon sink than as food and should be better protected, according to research from the University of British Columbia.
The study found fish and aquatic life remove 1.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year, a service valued at about $148 billion US. This dwarfs the $16 billion US paid for 10 million tonnes of fish caught on the high seas annually.
June 4, 2014
Pre-class assignments, small group discussions and clicker quizzes improve students' ability to grasp tricky first-year calculus concepts, according to a new study by UBC researchers.
May 25, 2014
The Greenish Warbler, long considered an idealized example of a single species that diverged into two as it expanded its range, has a much more checkered family history than biologists previously realized.
May 22, 2014
Researchers at the University of British Columbia have identified a small molecule that prevents bacteria from forming into biofilms, a frequent cause of infections. The anti-biofilm peptide works on a range of bacteria including many that cannot be treated by antibiotics.
“Currently there is a severe problem with antibiotic-resistant organisms,” says Bob Hancock, a professor in UBC’s Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology and lead author of the study published today in PLOS Pathogens. “Our entire arsenal of antibiotics is gradually losing effectiveness.”
May 16, 2014
Researchers studying nanomaterials at UBC received a $1.65 million boost in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada today.
UBC chemist Mark MacLachlan received the support from NSERC's Collaborative Research and Training Experience program, with the funding extending over six years. The investment will help MacLachlan mentor and train graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
May 16, 2014
A new interdisciplinary program at UBC and the TRUIMF national physics lab will provide young scientists with enriched training experiences in the production, preparation and innovative application of isotopes for science and health.
The Isotopes for Science and Medicine (ISOSIM) CREATE program--announced today at a ceremony at McGill University by Minister of State (Science and Technology) Ed Holder--will help researchers transition from academia into the Canadian workforce.
May 8, 2014
A lethal parasite infecting a wide range of insects actually originated from pond scum, according to a genomic investigation by UBC researchers.
A team led by UBC Botany's Patrick Keeling sequenced the genome of Helicosporidium – an intracellular parasite that can kill juvenile blackflies, caterpillars, beetles and mosquitoes – and found it evolved from algae like another notorious pathogen: malaria.
May 6, 2014
An international team of astrophysicists has released an unprecedented map of the entire sky that charts the magnetic field shaping the Milky Way galaxy and helps in our understanding of the birth of the universe.
The team—which includes researchers from the University of British Columbia and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) at the University of Toronto—created the map using data from the Planck Space Telescope.
April 29, 2014
UBC microbiologist Julian Davies has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
He is among 21 foreign associates from 15 countries elected to the prestigious Academy today in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in research.
The Davies lab searches for antibiotics from a variety of natural sources, these include bacteria isolated from soils, sediments, clays, mushrooms and lichens.