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June 15, 2016
Researchers have discovered a handful of ‘bright spots’ among the world’s embattled coral reefs, offering the promise of new approaches to conservation. In one of the largest global studies of its kind, researchers at James Cook University and UBC conducted over 6,000 reef surveys in 46 countries...
June 15, 2016
Fish catches won’t be able to meet the nutritional needs of the Earth’s population by mid-century, but a shift in management practices could save hundreds of millions of fish-dependent poor from malnutrition, according to a new analysis by researchers at Harvard, the University of British Columbia...
June 14, 2016
A virus that infects major freshwater bacteria appears to use stolen bits of immune system DNA to highjack their hosts’ immune response. Microbiologists have discovered that the virus, Cyanophage N1, carries a DNA sequence—a CRISPR—that is generally used by bacteria to fight off viral infection. “...
June 13, 2016
A Vancouver-born biomedical researcher who is a pioneer in experimental medicine with an established track record as a senior leader at U.S. universities has become the 15th President and Vice Chancellor of the University of British Columbia, the university announced today at the Peter A. Allard...
June 7, 2016
UBC researcher and alumnus Harry Joe is the 2016 recipient of the Gold Medal of the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC). The medal is awarded to a person who has made outstanding contributions to the field of statistics. Internationally renowned for his work on multivariate dependence modelling,...
June 6, 2016
New research from the University of British Columbia finds that rogue fishing vessels are able to secure insurance including those that have been flagged by international watchdogs for unlawful activity. “Restricting access to insurance could play a major role in ending illegal fishing, and right...
May 30, 2016
Michelle Kunimoto’s bachelor degree in physics and astronomy sent her on a journey out of this world—and led to the discovery of four new worlds beyond our solar system. The planets, designated “planet candidates” until independently confirmed, are exciting discoveries. Two are the size of Earth,...
May 25, 2016
UBC researchers Michael Wolf and Sean Graham will assume the leadership of the departments of Chemistry and Botany respectively, starting July 1, 2016. Wolf specializes in inorganic and organic materials chemistry, and has served as the Department of Chemistry’s graduate academic advisor and as a...
May 24, 2016
The University of British Columbia has received more than $27 million in funding from the provincial government for a number of research projects, announced today by Honourable Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services. The investment from the BC Knowledge and...
May 16, 2016
TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics housed at UBC, has launched a branch office in Japan, cementing ties with the nation’s high-energy accelerator cluster. The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Canada’s Minister of Science, announced the partnership between Canada and...

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