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October 1, 2008
Four UBC Science researchers–with expertise in areas ranging from bacterial pathogens to nanostructures to probability–are among 13 Canada Research Chairs renewed at UBC this fall. Two of the renewals are in the Department of Math. David Brydges, who comes to UBC from the University of Virginia, is...
September 10, 2008
Ivar Ekeland, an internationally renowned mathematical economist, and Curtis Suttle, a researcher who has changed our fundamental understanding of biological oceanographic processes, have been elected to the Royal Society of Canada. Ekeland, Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Economics and...
September 9, 2008
Two years before the World Wide Web emerged as a household phrase, former Computer Science staffer John Demco was busy helping to put Canada on the Internet map. And this week, the Demco Student Learning Centre in the Department of Computer Science will be named after the former computing...
September 4, 2008
An international team of scientists that includes University of British Columbia astronomer Brett Gladman has found an unusual object whose backward and tilted orbit around the Sun may clarify the origins of certain comets. In the first discovery of its kind, researchers from Canada, France and the...
August 29, 2008
Two UBC Science research projects—one looking at improving weather forecasting and warning capability, the other investigating the effects of international pollutants on Canada’s air quality—have received more than $300,000 from Canada’s major funding body for university-led climate research. The...
August 28, 2008
Shedding some genetically induced excess baggage may have helped a tiny fish thrive in freshwater and outsize its marine ancestors, according to a UBC study published today in Science Express. Measuring three to 10 centimetres long, stickleback fish originated in the ocean but began populating...
August 28, 2008
Researchers at UBC and in Switzerland have applied a mathematical model to Salmonella bacteria to show how altruistic, self-destructive traits can evolve in biological populations. In the case of Salmonella, these traits could potentially result in stronger and more damaging infections. UBC's...
August 27, 2008
Two Canadian amateur stargazers get to trade in their backyard telescopes for one 820 kilometres up in space. Dozens of proposals poured in over the last year after scientists in charge of MOST—a Canadian Space Agency space mission headed by Physics and Astronomy professor Jaymie Matthews—asked...
August 5, 2008
The ability to work together and capture larger prey has allowed social spiders to stretch the laws of nature and develop enormous colonies, researchers with the UBC Department of Zoology have found. The findings, published in this week's edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of...
July 29, 2008
Professor Nancy Heckman--internationally recognized for her work in non-parametric, or smoothing, regression--has been named head of the UBC Department of Statistics. Heckman joined the University as an assistant professor in 1984, and earned her PhD at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She...

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