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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).

Sparking a Passion for Chemistry in Rural BC

September 11, 2013

Children 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!”

UBC researcher donates MacArthur ‘genius’ grant to biodiversity training program

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. 

‘Trojan’ asteroids in far reaches of Solar System more common than previously thought: UBC research

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.

Marine life migrating to cooler habitats 12 times faster than land animals

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.

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