Media Release Archives - 2009

UBC-Xerox partnership targets costs, sustainability

Dec. 14, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release

The UBC has entered a partnership with Xerox for new and cost-effective document and print management services.

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Audain Foundation’s $2.5 million grant supports UBC Museum of Anthropology

Dec. 9, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release

The Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts has granted the UBC Museum of Anthropology (MOA) $2.5 million in support of its current major capital renewal project, A Partnership of Peoples.

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Tropical birds waited for land crossing between North and South America: UBC study

Dec. 9, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Despite their ability to fly, tropical birds waited until the formation of the land bridge between North and South America to move northward, according to a University of British Columbia study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition.

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UBC’s two new Rhodes Scholars to focus on global water crisis, health care

Dec. 4, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release

Two UBC students have been awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, marking the first time the university has fielded two Rhodes Scholars in the same year.

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Pre-Games impact study for 2010 Olympic Winter Games finds modest benefits

Dec. 4, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , ,

Early results from a comprehensive study that measures the impact of the Olympic Games during the first four years of the organizing phase finds Canada’s decision to host the 2010 Games has helped boost its medal count and led to an increase in the number of businesses in Vancouver and Whistler. Meanwhile, the results on [...]

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Eighth LEEF Chair to UBC announced

Dec. 2, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release

See the release at http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2009-2013/2009STED0019-000709.htm.

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UBC to host new national research networks valued at $42 M

Dec. 1, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release

New media issues and opportunities and a better understanding of brain development in children are the subjects of two new Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) to be hosted by UBC.New media issues and opportunities and a better understanding of brain development in children are the subjects of two new Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) valued at more than $42 million over five years and to be hosted by UBC.

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UBC researcher to develop medical isotope alternatives

Nov. 26, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release

A University of British Columbia Pharmaceutical Sciences researcher has been awarded $874,000 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to develop alternatives to isotopes currently used in medical imaging. UBC Asst. Prof. Urs Hafeli, an expert in drug delivery using biodegradable polymers, is principal investigator [...]

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Tactile input affects what we hear: UBC study

Nov. 26, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release

Humans use their whole bodies, not just their ears, to understand speech, according to UBC linguistics research.

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Drug ads ineffective for boosting sales, could cost taxpayers: UBC-Harvard study

Nov. 23, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , ,

US Taxpayers may be on the hook for the high cost of drug advertising that does little to boost sales, according to a new study led by a University of British Columbia health policy researcher.

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Sedatives, mood-altering drugs related to falls among elderly: UBC study

Nov. 23, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , ,

Falls among elderly people are significantly associated with several classes of drugs, including sedatives often prescribed as sleep aids and medications used to treat mood disorders, according to a study led by a University of British Columbia expert in pharmaceutical outcomes research.

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UBC Asserts Need for Autonomy over Its Academic Future

Nov. 19, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release

The UBC has advised Metro Vancouver that it will not participate in a working group formed to further Metro’s proposal to restrict and regulate the use of UBC’s academic lands.

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Alternative animal feed part of global fisheries crisis fix: UBC study

Nov. 17, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Finding alternative feed sources for chickens, pigs and other farm animals will significantly reduce pressure on the world’s dwindling fisheries while contributing positively to climate change, according to University of British Columbia researchers.

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UBC Responds to Metro Vancouver move to control UBC campus

Nov. 13, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release

The UBC has asked Metro Vancouver to withdraw a proposal to restrict and regulate the use of academic land on the UBC Vancouver campus.

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BC Cancer Agency to lead $1.3-million program evaluating medical-isotope alternatives

Nov. 9, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , ,

Together with TRIUMF and other partners, the BC Cancer Agency (BCCA) has received a $1.3-million grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to develop an alternative source of medical isotopes. The BC grant is the largest out of seven nationally funded projects.

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UBC student to help prime minister encourage Canadian investment at next week’s APEC summit

Nov. 6, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: ,

A UBC student is one of four young Canadians chosen to accompany Prime Minister Stephen Harper to next week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

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UBC honours outstanding alumni at 15th annual Alumni Achievement Awards

Nov. 5, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release

What do a former prime minister, a Métis community health leader, and a tech-savvy social advocate have in common?

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The Research Universities’ Council of BC Announces New President

Nov. 3, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release

UBC President and RUCBC Board Chair Prof. Stephen J. Toope today announced the appointment of Robin Ciceri as President of the Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia.

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Open Letter to the UBC Vancouver Community

Oct. 28, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags:

Associate Vice President Planning Nancy Knight gives a status update on the UBC Bus Terminal.

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UBC worldwide contest challenges classrooms to engage with 2010 Olympic Games

Oct. 26, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , ,

UBC is challenging teachers and students around the world to demonstrate how they use learning technologies to promote a broader understanding of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in their classrooms.

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UBC innovation, industry collaboration recognized by NSERC awards

Oct. 22, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release

Advances in ultrasound and digital display technologies developed by UBC researchers have been recognized by NSERC with two prestigious awards.

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UBC engineering students unveil moon dust-shoveling robot before NASA competition

Oct. 9, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , ,

A robot designed by UBC students will be shoveling moon dust at an international robotics competition next week, vying for a $500,000 prize and the opportunity to contribute to NASA’s future space exploration projects.

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Flex your brainpower with Intellectual Muscle

Oct. 8, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: ,

As Canada prepares to host the world’s best, Vancouver 2010 and The Globe and Mail are partnering on a unique project inviting the public to flex their intellect via podcasts by some of the country’s best minds on topics related to the 2010 Winter Games.

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UBC profs and BC Cancer Agency team decode entire genome of metastatic breast cancer

Oct. 8, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , ,

Prof. Sam Aparicio of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Canada Research Chair in Molecular Oncology, and Prof. of Medical Genetics Marco Marra, create landmark genome that illuminates cancer development and offers new hope for fighting the disease.

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Tropical regions to be hardest hit by fisheries shifts caused by climate change: UBC research

Oct. 8, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , ,

Major shifts in fisheries distribution due to climate change will affect food security in tropical regions most adversely, according to a study led by the Sea Around Us Project at UBC.

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UBC welcomes proposed legislation that clarifies right of universities to regulate parking

Oct. 7, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags:

UBC welcomed proposed provincial legislation that would clarify the right of BC post-secondary institutions to regulate parking on their campuses.

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Outreach van makes sex trade workers safer: UBC research

Oct. 6, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: ,

A van that circled Vancouver streets frequented by sex trade workers made them feel safer and reduced their likelihood of being attacked, according to a UBC study.

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UBC researchers identify key behaviour of immune response to Listeria

Oct. 5, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , ,

A team of University of British Columbia microbiologists has identified a key defence mechanism used by the immune system against Listeria with strong implications for the future development of vaccines. Listeria is the bacteria that causes listeriosis, a food-borne infection that caused 22 deaths in Canada in an August 2008 outbreak in meat products produced [...]

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Former LA Times editor joins UBC Graduate School of Journalism as Canwest Visiting Prof

Oct. 2, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release

The UBC Graduate School of Journalism is welcoming a former editor of the Los Angeles Times as the Canwest Visiting Professor for 2009-2010.

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New Rx Atlas Reveals British Columbia Drug Spending Patterns: UBC Research

Sep. 30, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: ,

British Columbians are getting the life-saving medications they need regardless of their postal codes but cultural background, income, lifestyle and urban-rural differences may influence their use of other “discretionary” drugs, according to the latest BC Rx Atlas released today by the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research.

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UBC has $10 billion impact on B.C. economy

Sep. 29, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release

UBC is having a larger impact on the B.C. economy than previously measured, according to the first study in Canada to calculate the impact of university research.

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HSBC Bank Canada’s donation to support UBC initiatives in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Sep. 29, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release

UBC announced that it has received a $2.17-million donation over seven years from HSBC Bank Canada to support two innovative community initiatives in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and its surrounding neighbourhoods.

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Prime minister of Lesotho visits UBC as part of Canadian tour

Sep. 29, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags:

The prime minister of Lesotho today visited UBC as part of a Canadian tour to raise awareness of his country’s incidence of HIV and AIDS – the third highest in Africa.

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Construction starts on new research centre (B.C. Govt Media Release)

Sep. 24, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release

Premier Gordon Campbell helped launch the official groundbreaking of the new seven-storey, Robert H.N. Ho Research Centre at Vancouver General Hospital, built in part thanks to the generous donation of $15 million from Mr. Robert Ho. Read More: http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2009-2013/2009PREM0037-000378.htm

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UBC faculty honoured by Royal Society

Sep. 23, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: ,

An HIV/AIDS researcher who has influenced treatment world-wide and a leader in the field of artificial intelligence are among the four UBC faculty recently elected to the Royal Society of Canada.

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UBC gains $12.8M through Canada Research Chairs program

Sep. 23, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release

UBC will gain research strength with the appointment of four new investigators to the university as Canada Research Chairs.

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Neuroethics and the Games Lecture Helps Launch UBC 2010 Speaker Series

Sep. 17, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , ,

Media and the public are invited to a free Olympic-themed lecture tonight by Dr. Judy Illes, UBC Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics, on the powerful ethical questions raised when science is used to enhance athletic performance.

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Depression Increases Cancer Mortality Rate

Sep. 14, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: ,

Depression can affect a cancer patient’s likelihood of survival, according to UBC researchers who have conducted the world’s first analysis of existing cancer and depression research.

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UBC Wine Research Centre marks decade of pioneering research

Sep. 9, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release

New research from the University of British Columbia’s Wine Research Centre (WRC) may help rewrite the rules for the age-old tradition of winemaking.

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UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences Building

Sep. 4, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release

The new $133.3-million UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, scheduled to open in 2012, will significantly expand the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences’ capacity for learning and discovery.

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Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School opens one of Canada’s first residences for MBA students

Sep. 2, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release

Today, the Robert H. Lee Graduate School at UBC’s Sauder School of Business officially opens MBA House, one the first residences of its kind dedicated to Master of Business Administration students in Canada.

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Humans causing erosion comparable to world’s largest rivers and glaciers

Sep. 2, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release

A new study finds that large-scale farming projects can erode the Earth’s surface at rates comparable to those of the world’s largest rivers and glaciers.

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UBC welcomes 7,400 new first-year students

Aug. 31, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release

The University of British Columbia is preparing to welcome 7,400 new first-year undergraduate students to its campuses in Vancouver and Kelowna.

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Runaway Girls Reap Strong Benefits from Nurse Interventions: UBC-Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Study

Aug. 27, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release

A nurse intervention program that helps sexually exploited runaway girls re-connect to family, school and health care reduces trauma and restores healthy behaviors, according to a new study led by University of British Columbia researcher Elizabeth Saewyc and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota nurse practitioner Laurel Edinburgh. The study, published online this month in [...]

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UBC hosts world's leading bioenergy experts

Aug. 24, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release

The latest advances in bioenergy and the feasibility of biofuels in the commercial marketplace are being discussed and debated this week as the world’s leading experts gather at the UBC.

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The company you keep influences how much you eat

Aug. 24, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release

Thin friends who eat a lot could put your waistline in danger. That’s the warning from researchers studying how other people’s weight and food choices influence how much we eat.

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UBC Thunderbird Sports Centre named in honour of hockey builder Doug Mitchell

Aug. 21, 2009 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: ,

The University of British Columbia today announced the naming of the Thunderbird Sports Centre in honour of hockey builder Doug Mitchell.

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