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February 23, 2016
Just three years after crayfish were introduced to a BC lake, two species of fish that had existed in the lake for thousands of years were suddenly extinct. And the hybrid species that took their place has scientists fascinated. New research from UBC shows that when humans speed up the usually slow...
February 22, 2016
UBC chemical biologist Katherine Ryan, an expert in natural product molecules, has been named an Alfred P Sloan fellow. The fellowships honour early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars. Ryan’s research investigates how complex organic...
February 18, 2016
More than 600 islands dot the Western Pacific Ocean and form the Federated States of Micronesia. In total, they extend more than 1700 miles from west to east across one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth. UBC graduate student and marine biologist Sara Cannon has spent the last three years...
February 10, 2016
UBC chemist and chemical engineer Curtis P. Berlinguette has been awarded a 2016 NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship for his research on solar energy conversion technologies. Berlinguette’s team is researching new catalysts which could convert sunlight into high-density fuels, such as hydrogen...
February 9, 2016
The Faculty of Science welcomed seven new Canada Research Chairs today, an investment that will boost UBC’s research capacity in new materials, biodiversity, big data, health and artificial intelligence. The CRCs are part of 31 new or renewed Chairs worth $27 million at the University. Three chairs...
February 4, 2016
A $1.05 million gift from the Franklinia Foundation will nearly double the size of the UBC Botanical Garden’s Asian Garden, and provide additional educational and training opportunities to future horticulturalists. "The UBC Botanical Garden is a wonderful space that connects visitors and community...
January 29, 2016
Computer scientist and mathematician Kevin Leyton-Brown has been awarded UBC’s Charles A McDowell award, which recognizes the University’s best young scientists. Leyton-Brown is an expert in artificial intelligence, auction theory, electronic commerce, game theory and multi-agent systems. He has...
January 26, 2016
Naturally occurring clay from Kisameet Bay, B.C. — long used by the Heiltsuk First Nation for its healing potential — exhibits potent antibacterial activity against multidrug-resistant pathogens, according to new research from the University of British Columbia. The researchers recommend the rare...
January 25, 2016
The abundance of viruses in the world’s oceans varies wildly, regardless of the available ‘prey’, according to new research published by an international team that includes (UBC) University of British Columbia microbiologists. The findings published in Nature Microbiology turn previous estimates on...
January 19, 2016
Countries drastically underreport the number of fish caught worldwide, according to a new study, and the numbers obscure a significant decline in the total catch . The new estimate, released today in Nature Communications, puts the annual global catch at roughly 109 million metric tons, about 30...

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