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November 30, 2016
Coastal Indigenous people eat on average 15 times more seafood per person than non-Indigenous people in the same country, according to new research from the University of British Columbia. The findings highlight the need to consider food sovereignty and cultural identity as part of fisheries policy...
November 29, 2016
A new 10-month master’s program in data science launched this fall at UBC is designed to give students the skills they need to turn messy data into insights in health care, industry, research and beyond. But the program isn’t all about tech skills. “We’re focused on students whose main expertise...
November 22, 2016
A rare microbe that was once thought to be insignificant has turned out to be one of the most abundant single-celled hunters in the ocean, and a team of researchers led by UBC have captured the first glimpse of these elusive predators. Diplonemids are tiny cells that have more or less been ignored...
November 21, 2016
Acidification of the world’s oceans could drive a cascading loss of biodiversity in some marine habitats, according to research published today in Nature Climate Change. The work by biodiversity researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and colleagues in the U.S., Europe, Australia...
November 17, 2016
In an effort to customize materials for their courses and save students money on rising textbook fees, instructors in the Math department at UBC have adopted open or freely accessible textbooks in all first-year courses and most second-year courses. 7,000 students are enrolled in these courses so...
November 17, 2016
As part of a global effort to map the human epigenome, UBC and BC Cancer Agency researchers have published the first epigenetic profiles of normal cell types in breast tissue. The research is part of a major, co-ordinated analysis of the epigenomes of healthy and abormal cells by the International...
November 16, 2016
New UBC research shows that climate change may impede the cooling effect of volcanic eruptions. When an eruption is powerful enough, volcanoes spew sulfur gasses high into the atmosphere, reaching a layer called the stratosphere, about 10 to 15 kilometres above the Earth’s surface. Here, gasses...
November 7, 2016
Computer scientist Joanna McGrenere—co-founder of HCI@UBC—discusses how human-computer interaction research has evolved as new devices are adopted by a wider-range of users. The challenge: Making sure tech works for everyone. How has the field of human-computer interaction changed since you began...
November 1, 2016
The first continent-wide assessment of the economic losses caused by elephant poaching in Africa shows the practice costs countries around US $25 million annually in lost tourism revenue. “While there have always been strong moral and ethical reasons for conserving elephants, not everyone shares...
October 27, 2016
The Pacific spiny dogfish shark is a master at recycling the ocean’s toxic ammonia and converting it into useful urea, according to new research from University of British Columbia (UBC) zoologists. Animals typically eat protein in order to grow, but sharks also require protein to continually...

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