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Planck reveals magnetic fingerprint of our galaxy

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.

UBC antimicrobial pioneer elected to American National Academy of Sciences

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.

‘Charismatic’ organisms still dominating genomics research

April 29, 2014

Decades after the genomics revolution, half of known eukaryote lineages still remain unstudied at the genomic level--with the field displaying a research bias against ‘less popular’, but potentially genetically rich, single-cell organisms. This lack of microbial representation leaves a world of untapped genetic potential undiscovered, according to an exhaustive survey conducted by UBC researchers of on-going genomics projects. The survey results are published in the May issue of Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

UBC's research prowess in statistical inference bolstered with CRC renewal

March 28, 2014

Statistical research at UBC that could help pinpoint the genetic origins of disease and illuminate the mysteries of genetic diversity has received a boost in federal funding from the Canada Research Chairs program. Jiahua Chen, CRC in Statistical Inference, was among eight Chairs appointed or renewed today at UBC, with the researchers receiving a total of $8.5 million in funding. The UBC contingent is among 102 new and renewed chairs announced Friday by Ed Holder, Minister of State for Science and Technology, at the University of Alberta.

Still deadly after all these years: World TB Day is March 24

March 21, 2014

World TB Day -- March 24 -- marks Robert Koch's discovery of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacillus in 1882. Today, TB remains one of the world's most serious health threats, killing millions annually in the developing world, and striking at communities in Canada. UBC researcher Charles Thompson and colleagues at UBC's Centre for Tuberculosis Research are investigating new approaches to combating TB. Next week, they're also holding public talks to increase awareness of this surprisingly stubborn disease.

A day to celebrate the life of pi

March 13, 2014

March 14 (3/14) is Pi Day, a day for number lovers like UBC’s Lior Silberman to celebrate the world’s most famous irrational number Pi Day is an unofficial day to revel in the mystery of the infinitely long mathematical constant that is approximately equal to 3.14. First started in the late ’80s, Pi Day is used by many schools to teach students about the number. MIT sends acceptance letters to prospective students on this day, as well. Lior Silberman, a professor in UBC’s Dept. of Mathematics, explains the allure of pi. When did you first hear about Pi Day?

UBC appoints Dr Arvind Gupta president and vice chancellor

March 12, 2014

Dr. Arvind Gupta, a renowned expert in research and innovation policy and a professor with UBC's Department of Computer Science, has been appointed the 13th president and vice chancellor of the University of British Columbia.

UBC photo wins life sciences image competition, set to light up Times Square

March 12, 2014

A vibrant microscopic closeup of a fruit fly’s neuromuscular junction captured by UBC researchers is one of three winners of GE Healthcare Life Sciences’ 2013 world-wide Cell Imaging Competition. The photo, stained in blues, greens and reds, will be displayed in New York’s Times Square this April. “Science can be very beautiful,” says UBC zoologist Vanessa Auld, whose lab submitted the winning image to the competition’s microscopy category. “I’m fortunate to get to explore how the nervous system develops, and to see beautiful images like this generated by the lab almost every day.”

Shade will be a precious resource to lizards in a warming world

March 10, 2014

Climate change may even test lizards’ famous ability to tolerate and escape the heat -- making habitat protection increasingly vital -- according to a new study by UBC and international biodiversity experts.

UBC and wireless leader Qualcomm announce 10-year innovation partnership

March 5, 2014

UBC has entered into a ten-year innovation partnership with global wireless device semiconductor company Qualcomm. The partnership, spearheaded by UBC professor Panos Nasiopoulos, lays out pre-defined terms under which Qualcomm can sponsor multiple research projects at UBC. "We’re delighted to have signed this agreement with UBC and have them as a portfolio partner in our intellectual property investment program," says Qualcomm’s VP of Business IP Strategy Jan Lezny. 

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