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June 25, 2019
Philippe Tortell and Michael Murphy have been appointed heads of the departments of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, and Microbiology and Immunology, respectively. Their terms begin July 1, 2019 “Both Michael and Philippe have strong academic and administrative records and are held in high...
June 17, 2019
Research in statistical ecology, probability and fisheries economics at UBC Science received a boost with the appointment of three new Canada Research Chairs, along with seven renewed and advanced chairs, within the faculty. The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced an...
June 4, 2019
The rapid expansion of harm reduction services in response to B.C.’s overdose crisis prevented more than 3,000 possible overdose deaths during a 20-month period, suggests new research led by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). The study estimates that without access to and rapid scale up of...
June 4, 2019
Salmon species, known for undertaking arduous upstream migrations, appear to owe a good deal of their athletic ability to the presence of a single enzyme. New research indicates that plasma-accessible carbonic anhydrase (paCA)—an enzyme anchored to the walls of salmons' blood vessels—helps reduce...
May 30, 2019
For some people, the thought of their partner, friend or colleague snooping through their phone, reading their texts and emails, is an automatic deal breaker. However, some relationships can survive the snooping, a new study examining the motivations behind phone snooping has found. Researchers...
May 27, 2019
Scientists from the University of British Columbia (UBC), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Maryland, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Google are conducting a multi-year investigation into cold fusion, a type of benign nuclear reaction hypothesized to occur...
May 22, 2019
British Columbia is home to the most biodiversity of any Canadian province or territory, with a vast array of species from the coast to the Rockies. Not only is B.C. home to the most species at risk in Canada, it also lacks dedicated species at risk legislation. On May 22, the International Day for...
May 13, 2019
New analysis of Apollo mission seismic data shows that some shallow moonquakes can be linked to young faults—evidence that the moon, like Earth, is tectonically active. Researchers at the Smithsonian, UBC and NASA published the findings today in Nature Geoscience. “It’s a great testament to the...
May 8, 2019
Killam Teaching Prize winner Elisa Baniassad (MSc 98, PhD 03, ) has helped redesign three major computer science courses at UBC, and created free online classes on edX that reach thousands of learners. Her secret? Crystalizing ideas, and creating a sense of belonging for students. How did you...
May 3, 2019
UBC research into green chemistry and microbial bioremediation are among five UBC projects receiving funding through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Strategic Partnership Grants program. “When researchers, businesses and governments work together, they...

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