October 18, 2013
Celebrate Learning Week is a showcase of teaching and learning opportunities available to our students, faculty, and staff at UBC Vancouver.
Join us from October 20 – 26, 2013 as we honour and promote student learning and development opportunities through open lectures, information sessions, student advising activities, poster sessions, workshops, and more. For more information visit: http://celebratelearning.ubc.ca/
Your Guide to Celebrate Learning Science Events
Roundtable on First Round UBC MOOC Offerings
Monday, October 21, 3:30pm – 5:00pm
October 17, 2013
The ability of invasive plants to rapidly adapt to local climates -- and potentially to climate change -- may be a key factor in how quickly they spread.
According to new research published in Science by UBC evolutionary ecologist Rob Colautti, it is rapid evolution -- as much as resistance to local pests -- that has helped purple loosestrife to invade, and thrive in, northern Ontario.
October 9, 2013
Marine conservationists from the University of British Columbia, Zoological Society of London (ZSL), and John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago today launched a smartphone app that could lead to new discoveries about some of the ocean’s most mysterious and threatened animals — seahorses — and pave the way for similar efforts with other difficult-to-study species.
September 25, 2013
Oxygen appeared in the atmosphere up to 700 million years earlier than we previously thought, according to research published today in the journal Nature
, raising new questions about the evolution of early life.
September 19, 2013
A common songbird may have acquired genes from fellow migrating birds in order to travel greater distances, according to a University of British Columbia study published this week in the journal Evolution
While most birds either migrate or remain resident in one region, the Audubon’s warbler, with habitat ranging from the Pacific Northwest to Mexico, exhibits different behaviours in different locations. The northern populations breed and migrate south for the winter, while southern populations have a tendency to stay put all year long.
September 12, 2013
Douglas Oldenburg, a world-renowned geophysicist, and Mark MacLachlan, a leading Canadian supramolecular materials chemist, have been recognized with honours from the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).
September 11, 2013Children in remote areas are exposed to less hands-on science than their urban peers. One UBC Science program is working to change that.
It’s a typical vacation-gone-wrong story: You arrive at your destination only to to find the chemistry supplies you meticulously packed and shipped haven’t arrived with you.
“I arrived and my boxes weren’t there,” recalls graduate student Angela Crane of her arrival for a month-long stay in Fort Nelson as part of UBC’s Scientist in Residence Program. “I had to rush to the supermarket, think on my feet, and come up with a demonstration!”
September 9, 2013
UBC zoologist Sarah Otto is using the second installment of a MacArthur 'genius grant' to help connect young research talent with agencies tackling conservation and biodiversity-related issues.
Otto’s gift of $100,000 will launch an endowment to provide on-going support for the university’s Biodiversity Research: Integrative Training and Education (BRITE) internship program.
"The world’s biodiversity is in crisis, making it urgent that we connect our students with the pressing problems being tackled outside of academia," says Otto.
August 29, 2013
UBC astronomers have discovered the first Trojan asteroid sharing the orbit of Uranus, and believe 2011 QF99 is part of a larger-than-expected population of transient objects temporarily trapped by the gravitational pull of the Solar System’s giant planets.
Trojans are asteroids that share the orbit of a planet, occupying stable positions known as Lagrangian points. Astronomers considered their presence at Uranus unlikely because the gravitational pull of larger neighbouring planets would destabilize and expel any Uranian Trojans over the age of the Solar System.
August 6, 2013
Marine species are migrating toward the poles as much as 12 times faster than land-based species as a result of the warming climate, according to a new study by an international team of scientists.
The study, published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change, shows marine species distribution moving toward the poles at an average of 72 kilometres per decade, compared to terrestrial species, which are moving poleward at an average of six kilometres per decade.