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February 28, 2008
Researchers led by a UBC Science astronomer have discovered the largest structures of dark matter ever recorded, measuring 270 million light-years. "The presence of a cosmic dark matter web that extends over such large distances has never been observed," says Ludovic Van Waerbeke, assistant...
February 23, 2008
Scott M. Oser, Assistant Prof. in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Canada Research Chair in Solar Neutrinos, has been awarded a 2008 Sloan Research Fellowship. The prestigious award (35 Sloan fellows have become Nobel Laureates) is intended to enhance the careers of outstanding young...
February 18, 2008
A postdoctoral fellow with the UBC Department of Microbiology and Immunology co-hosts Project X, CBC's new science show, set to debut this week. Jennifer Gardy—a microbiologist working to increase our understanding of the human innate immune system—graduated from SFU with a PhD in molecular biology...
February 11, 2008
Kelly Russell (Earth and Ocean Sciences) has been awarded the Peacock Medal, the Mineralogical Association of Canada's most prestigious award. The medal goes to scientists who have made significant contributions to the mineralogical sciences in Canada. According to the association: "We recognize Dr...
February 4, 2008
UBC Science faculty members have been awarded close to $1.2 million in research funding by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The ten funded projects are led by researchers in the departments of Botany, Chemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Physics and Astronomy, and Zoology, and...
January 16, 2008
Major minerals companies announced today that they will collectively invest more than $20 million in the new University of British Columbia Earth Systems Science Building. The new $75 million facility, set to begin construction in 2009, will house UBC’s earth and ocean sciences department--known...
January 11, 2008
Researchers with UBC Science have unlocked some of the genetic secrets that enable pine and spruce trees to maintain a battery of chemical defenses against insects—including British Columbia’s notorious pine beetles. "Figuring out how these naturally occurring defenses work has important...
January 8, 2008
Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, UBC researcher Catherine Heymans has produced the highest resolution map of dark matter ever captured. It’s the first time astronomers have been able to see indirect evidence of the invisible web that houses galaxies and causes them to collide and swirl into...
December 21, 2007
Fourth-year Microbiology and Immunology major Emma Preston has been named to the distinguished Rhodes scholarship for her outstanding academic achievements and her remarkable commitment to global citizenship. The scholarship of nearly $150,000 will allow her to pursue a masters degree in global...
December 15, 2007
University of British Columbia astronomer Harvey Richer and UBC graduate student Saul Davis have discovered that white dwarf stars are born with a natal kick, explaining why these smoldering embers of Sun-like stars are found on the edge rather than at the centre of globular star clusters. White...

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