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November 14, 2018
The Federal Government’s latest round of Canada Research Chair investments include four new chair-holders at UBC Science investigating ocean sustainability and turbulence, machine learning, and quantum materials. The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced significant...
November 13, 2018
For Giulia Mattia, a computer science student at UBC, the pathway into the tech sector just got a bit easier thanks to a newly launched scholarship from the Irving K Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society. Mattia is among 11 students in BC awarded the women in tech scholarships based on...
November 6, 2018
Christa Van Laerhoven (BSc 07) is a UBC astrophysicist and post-doctoral fellow who studies celestial mechanics, which she says is a fancy name for orbital shenanigans. After completing a PhD at the University of Arizona she is now back in BC and often involved in public science...
October 29, 2018
Researchers retracing the steps of a 1985 expedition in the Peruvian Andes have documented how the area's bird populations have shifted—and in some cases disappeared altogether—due to warming temperatures in the intervening 30 years. "Mountaintop species are running out of mountain," says UBC...
October 2, 2018
Researchers in Canada, the United States and Europe have developed a new way to remotely measure Earth’s magnetic field—by zapping a layer of sodium atoms floating 100 kilometres above the planet with lasers on the ground. The technique, documented in Nature Communications, fills a gap between...
September 19, 2018
The cast skeleton of an ancient marine reptile—with a neck so long and heavy it would have barely been able raise its head above water—has taken up residence at UBC's Pacific Museum of Earth (PME). The 13-metre-long, resin-cast Elasmosaurus skeleton was installed in the glass atrium of the...
September 13, 2018
Consumers need to stop demanding shark fin soup and other products in the absence of robust laws and sustainable practices regulating shark overfishing, research co-authored by the Sea Around Us initiative at UBC has found. The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Hong Kong, the...
September 11, 2018
University of British Columbia researchers studying the marine food web of the Northeast Pacific Ocean have found that the exposure and accumulation of chemical pollutants, such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and organic mercury, will be exacerbated under climate change. The study, published...
September 11, 2018
Physicist Andrea Damascelli and computer scientist Uri Ascher are among UBC’s newly named Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) – the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the sciences in Canada. Since 2000, 40 UBC Science researchers have been recognized by the RSC. Currently scientific...
September 10, 2018
For every one-degree-Celsius increase in temperature, mountaintop species shift upslope 100 metres, shrinking their inhabited area and resulting in dramatic population declines, new research by University of British Columbia zoologists has found. The study—the first broad review of its kind—...

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