Media Release Archives - March 2010

UBC gains 12 new or renewed Canada Research Chairs

Mar. 26, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: ,

The University of British Columbia will gain research strength in neuroscience, cancer screening, pediatrics, psychology, balance disorders and economics with the appointment and renewal of 12 UBC scholars as Canada Research Chairs. These chairs – three new and nine renewals – are valued at $11.4 million and bring UBC’s total number of Canada Research Chairs [...]

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Astronomers confirm Einstein’s theory of relativity and accelerating cosmic expansion

Mar. 25, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia astronomer Ludovic Van Waerbeke with an international team has confirmed that the expansion of the universe is accelerating after looking at data from the largest-ever survey conducted by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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UBC sets aggressive new targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Mar. 24, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , ,

University of British Columbia President Stephen Toope announced aggressive new greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets for UBC’s Vancouver campus today. Toope made the announcement to delegates at the GLOBE 2010 conference in Vancouver, one of the world’s largest environmental conferences.

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Carl Wieman nominated for White House post

Mar. 23, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: ,

US President Barack Obama has nominated UBC Prof. Carl Wieman for the position of Associate Director of Science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. White House announcement: Wieman, a 2001Nobel Laureate joined UBC’s Faculty of Science in 2007 as professor of Physics and Director of the $12 million Carl Wieman Science [...]

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Markets and religion – not family ties – shaped norms of fairness, punishment in complex societies: UBC study

Mar. 18, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , ,

Members of large-scale, complex human societies have learned to play nice with strangers through the norms that are associated with market participation and world religions, and not solely due to an evolved psychology for cooperation in small groups as previously believed, according to UBC-led research.

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UBC economist Paul Beaudry receives Bank of Canada fellowship

Mar. 15, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release

UBC professor Paul Beaudry is the recipient of the Bank of Canada’s Research Fellowship for 2010. He was also the recipient of the Bank’s Research Fellowship Award in 2005. Two of the six Bank of Canada fellowships are held by UBC professors. Prof. Michael Devereux of the University of British Columbia was awarded a research [...]

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Olympic organizer, TV rant-er, Gen X author, astronaut to receive UBC honorary degrees

Mar. 11, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release

The architect of Canada’s Golden 2010 Games, a much-loved Canadian comedian, an acclaimed B.C. writer and artist, and an accomplished astronaut and engineer are among the 12 individuals who will receive honorary degrees during Spring and Fall ceremonies this year from UBC.

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Anti-depressants bring higher risk of developing cataracts: UBC-Vancouver Coastal Health research

Mar. 8, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , ,

Some anti-depressant drugs are associated with an increased chance of developing cataracts, according to a new statistical study by researchers at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and McGill University.

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Budget good news for universities: UBC President

Mar. 4, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: ,

Today’s Federal Budget contains good news for Canada’s post-secondary sector with numerous initiatives to strengthen Canada’s research capacity, UBC President Prof. Stephen Toope said. “With substantial new support for post-doctoral scholars, the government has now rounded out a suite of post-graduate programs that will do much to attract and retain research talent for Canada,” Toope [...]

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UBC experts available to comment on federal budget issues

Mar. 4, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government will bring down the federal budget today and faculty members at the University of British Columbia are available to comment on key areas related to the budget.

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Pediatric ER doctors need to query vitamin use in children: UBC researcher

Mar. 3, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release

Pediatric emergency physicians should check children’s vitamin intake to avoid potential adverse drug reactions and negative interactions with over-the-counter or prescription medication, says a researcher at the UBC and the Child and Family Research Institute (CFRI).

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