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UBC Science welcomes three new Canada Research Chairs

November 18, 2013

UBC Science boosted its research capacity in biochemical sensing, particle physics and mathematical biology today with the appointment of three new Canada Research Chairs. The chairs are among 10 new, three renewals and two advancements at UBC, the largest share of the latest round of CRC appointments--135 at 41 post-secondary institutions valued at $109 million. Overall, UBC holds the second largest complement of CRC allocations -- 186 -- at any Canadian university. UBC Science is home to 55 Chairs.

Don’t hold the anchovies: Study shows Peruvian fish worth more as food than as feed

November 13, 2013

The true potential of Peruvian anchovy lies not in fishmeal but as food for people and as part of the ocean food web, according to Canadian and Peruvian researchers. The Peruvian anchovy is the world’s biggest fishery resource, with annual landings of five to 10-million metric tons. It generates up to one-third of the world’s fishmeal supply. But a new study reveals the bulk of the revenue and employment comes from producing the seafood for human consumption.

Tagging aquatic animals can disrupt natural behaviour

November 1, 2013

American and Canadian researchers have for the first time quantified the energy cost to aquatic animals when they carry satellite tags, video cameras and other research instruments. Studying fibreglass casts of sea turtles in a wind tunnel, the team found that while most commercially available tags increased drag by less than five per cent for large adult animals in the wild, these same devices increased drag by more than 100 per cent on smaller or juvenile animals.

Delayed gratification hurts climate change cooperation

October 21, 2013

Time is a huge impediment when it comes to working together to halt the effects of climate change, new research suggests. A study published today in the journal Nature Climate Change reveals that groups cooperate less for climate change mitigation when the rewards of cooperation lay in the future, especially if they stretch into future generations.

Celebrate Learning 2013

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

Adaptability to local climate helps invasive species thrive

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.

Crowdsourcing Seahorses: New smartphone app offers hope for seahorse science and conservation

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.

Ancient soils reveal clues to early life on Earth

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.

Songbirds may have “borrowed” DNA to fuel migration

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.

EOAS, Chemistry researchers recognized by Canadian royal society

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).

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