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May 4, 2018
U.S. physicist Meigan Aronson will take on the leadership of the UBC Faculty of Science this fall. Currently Dean of the Texas A&M College of Science, Aronson succeeds Simon M Peacock, who has served as Dean of Science at UBC since 2006. She will begin her five-year term between July 1 and...
April 18, 2018
British Columbia’s Take Home Naloxone program significantly reduced the number of fentanyl-related overdose deaths in 2016, according to new research from the BC Centre for Disease Control and University of British Columbia. The study, published in the Lancet Public Health, used a new mathematical...
April 16, 2018
Scientists in Canada, the United States and Europe are looking to rewrite the textbook on microbial ecology, advocating a new approach to studying the most abundant form of life on Earth. When it comes to microbe species, they argue, niche is much more important than names. "Traditional ecology...
April 9, 2018
A new study in Science is highlighting the University of British Columbia's success in adopting student-centred teaching in science classes. The analysis of more than 2,000 classes at colleges and universities across North America found that 55 per cent of science classes continue to be dominated...
March 29, 2018
UBC and BCIT are teaming up to train B.C.’s next generation of forensic scientists. Future graduates of the new combined honours program will receive a bachelor of science in biochemistry and forensic science from UBC and BCIT. It will be the only program of its kind in Western Canada. “It is...
March 29, 2018
Judith Mank, an evolutionary biologist internationally recognized for her research into the genetic causes and evolutionary consequences of differences between the sexes, will join the University of British Columbia this year. Mank, Josef Penninger and Azim Shariff are the latest international...
March 28, 2018
Bodo saltans virus, the first isolated representative of the most abundant giant viruses in the sea, has been unveiled by researchers at the University of British Columbia. The virus, whose genome weighs in at 1.39 million bases of DNA, is one of the largest giant viruses ever isolated, and the...
March 19, 2018
Researchers at the University of British Columbia have shed new light on how mountain pine beetles produce an important pheromone called trans-verbenol, which could aid in efforts to better predict outbreaks. In recent years, mountain pine beetles have destroyed more than 25 million hectares of...
March 16, 2018
Some of the fishing methods used in today’s small-scale fisheries are causing more damage to coral reefs than ever, a new UBC study has found. The study, conducted in the Philippines by the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries’ Project Seahorse and the Landscape Ecology Group at the University of...
March 15, 2018
New research from UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries suggests that larger reef areas may help protect the Caribbean’s coral reef fish communities from the impacts of ocean warming. “We are seeing alterations to local reef fish populations due to warming ocean temperatures, particularly in...

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