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August 24, 2016
Three UBC Science staff members have been recognized with President’s Staff Awards for their outstanding achievement and contributions to the university. Derek Tan, Digital Media Specialist at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum is the recipient of a President’s Staff Award for Creativity &...
August 23, 2016
Lasya Vankayala, a student with an interest in biochemistry who is joining UBC Science this fall, has been named the recipient of a $60,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. A graduate of David Thompson Secondary School, Vankayala’s research in wound healing, mitochondrial dynamics, and Parkinson’s...
August 19, 2016
Forget about dipping lobsters in butter. UBC chemist Mark MacLachlan has other plans for the tasty crustacean. The scientist is experimenting with the shell, or exoskeleton, of lobsters to make batteries as well as biomedical materials and plastics. Why, and how, could you turn lobster shells into...
August 17, 2016
UBC-led exploration and geological research at major sites in Yukon and Alaska has received $557,670 in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The investment, along with $700,000 in in-kind and direct contributions from industry partners,...
August 11, 2016
Plant species that have evolved to withstand elevated levels of carbon dioxide grow poorly when moved to a plant community with a different make up, according to a new study in Nature Communications. "In an effort to save certain species, there has been an interest in the movement of plants or...
August 10, 2016
It’s been a mantra for generations: cleanliness is next to godliness. Kids are urged to wash up before dinner, and a bottle of hand sanitizer on the desk is de rigueur for elementary-school teachers. But could all this hygiene actually be harming children? In their new book, Let Them Eat Dirt, UBC...
August 4, 2016
Spiders living together in colonies of tens of thousands can go extinct from sharing food equitably, finds new UBC research. “It’s an unfortunate byproduct of what they have to do survive,” said lead author Ruth Sharpe, a PhD student in UBC’s department of zoology. “It’s a puzzle because in this...
July 28, 2016
Scientists from the University of British Columbia have shown that there is a genetic basis to the migratory routes flown by songbirds, and have narrowed in on a relatively small cluster of genes that may govern the behaviour. “It’s amazing that the routes and timing of such complex behaviour could...
July 18, 2016
Hummingbirds are among nature’s most agile fliers. They can travel faster than 50 kilometres per hour and stop on a dime to navigate through dense vegetation. Now researchers have discovered that the tiny birds process visual information differently from other animals, perhaps to handle the demands...
July 15, 2016
UBC Science graduate student Karen Chan and biochemical engineer Christian Kastrup have developed a synthetic version of fibrin, opening up new possibilities for shoring up blood clots and helping internal wounds heal. Kastrup and Chan have created a polymer – a large, star-shaped molecule with...

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