1. Our Solar System

    What exactly is a planet? Scientists propose improved definition

    July 11, 2024

    The proposal refines current definitions that require planets to be round bodies which orbit our sun and have ‘cleared’ their neighbourhoodsPlanetary scientists are proposing a new definition for what we can call a planet. If accepted, it would replace the current definition from 2006 that caused… read more

  2. Various pills

    Chemists synthesize an improved building block for medicines

    July 2, 2024

    Chemists have overcome a major hurdle in synthesizing a more stable form of heterocycle—a family of organic compounds that are a common component of most modern pharmaceuticals.The research, which could expand the toolkit available to drug developers in improving the safety profiles of medications… read more

  3. A Cabbage White butterfly rests on a flower.

    The mystery of the missing butterflies in Vancouver

    June 25, 2024

    A wet, cool spring and spraying for invasive insects may be the reasons behind a drop in butterfly sightings this year. iNaturalist, an online service where anyone can upload their pictures or observations of plants and animals, records about 400 observations of 22 species of butterflies in… read more

  4. Headshots of Dr. Erik Eberhardt and Dr. Laurel Schafer

    UBC Chemistry, EOAS welcome new leadership

    June 24, 2024

    Two of UBC’s largest science units will welcome new heads this summer, with Professor Laurel Schafer and Dr. Erik Eberhardt taking on the leadership of the departments of Chemistry and Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, respectively. Both appointments begin July 1, 2024. Professor Schafer,… read more

  5. Students sit around a round table in discussion.

    UBC expands first-year, small-class experience to all BSc students

    June 17, 2024

    A renewed and expanded first-year seminar will give all incoming UBC Science students a crucial small class experience—one that will challenge them to think critically about what it means to be part of the scientific community.“SCIE 113 is unlike any other first-year experience available at UBC,”… read more

  6. UBC Fountain.

    Computational sciences research at UBC gets Discovery Grant, CRC boost

    June 14, 2024

    Computer visualization, quantum computing, advanced mathematics and statistical models for conservation efforts are among the research areas being funded at UBC Science as part of the latest round of NSERC Discovery Grant investments.The new Discovery Grant funding announced today will support… read more

  7. Messier 78 is a star nursery enveloped in interstellar dust.

    Euclid serves up first science with a side of stellar images

    May 23, 2024

    Five new images of the universe taken by the Euclid satellite are now available, along with the mission’s first scientific papers and data. The never-before-seen images demonstrate the European Space Agency (ESA) satellite’s ability to unravel the secrets of the cosmos and enable scientists to… read more

  8. Dr. Sally Otto

    UBC zoologist named fellow of the Royal Society UK

    May 16, 2024

    Dr. Sally Otto—a theoretical biologist focused on fundamental questions of population genetics and evolution—has been elected to the Fellowship of the United Kingdom’s Royal Society. She joins 12 other UBC Science fellows elected to the society over the past decades.A highly acclaimed scientist, Dr… read more

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UBC Science acknowledges that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm.

Learn more: Musqueam First Nation

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