Media Release Archives - June 2010

Psychological research conducted in WEIRD nations may not apply to global populations

Jun. 30, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release

A new University of British Columbia study says that an overreliance on research subjects from the U.S. and other Western nations can produce false claims about human psychology and behavior because their psychological tendencies are highly unusual compared to the global population. According to the study, the majority of psychological research is conducted on subjects [...]

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Top Canadian diplomat joins UBC to advance teaching, research of Asian-Canada relations

Jun. 30, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release

One of Canada’s top diplomats will join the UBC’s Institute of Asian Research (IAR) as Honorary Research Associate, effective July 2, 2010.

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UBC study offers ethical and cost-effective strategy for managing MRI incidental findings

Jun. 17, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , ,

The increasing number of incidental findings in brain imaging can be managed ethically and cost-effectively by screening study participants based on gender, age and family history, according to University of British Columbia researchers.

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Male desire to be strong and protect family key to preventing suicides: UBC study

Jun. 16, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release

Masculine ideals of strength coupled with strong family ties can help men combat depression and overcome thoughts of suicide, according to University of British Columbia research.

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UBC-VCH researchers funded by MS Society to investigate the validity of CCSVI

Jun. 11, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , ,

A team of researchers from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and the University of Saskatchewan has been selected by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and the National MS Society to assess whether a syndrome known as chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency has a role in MS.

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UBC’s Faculty of Arts appoints new dean

Jun. 10, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , ,

The University of British Columbia welcomes Gage Averill, a world renowned ethnomusicologist, as the new dean in the Faculty of Arts, beginning July 1, 2010.

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UBC’s Faculty of Forestry appoints new dean

Jun. 10, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , ,

John Innes, professor and FRBC Chair of Forest Management, will become the University of British Columbia’s new dean in the Faculty of Forestry, beginning July 1, 2010.

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UBC Board re-appoints Toope to second term as President and Vice Chancellor

Jun. 9, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags:

The Board of Governors of The University of British Columbia has reappointed Prof. Stephen J. Toope to a second term of five years as President and Vice Chancellor.

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UBC’s Okanagan campus to double in size

Jun. 9, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags:

The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus will soon double its land area, as the UBC Board of Governors today approved the $8.78-million purchase of 103.6 ha. (256 acres) of North Glenmore farmland from the City of Kelowna.

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UBC researchers win major NSERC prizes

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

Three University of British Columbia researchers have been given some of the most prestigious science and engineering prizes by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The Honorable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) and NSERC President Suzanne Fortier announced 19 recipients of five NSERC prizes in Ottawa this week. [...]

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Twenty-five UBC students win prestigious Vanier Canada Scholarships

Jun. 3, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , ,

Twenty-five doctoral students from the University of British Columbia have been awarded the 2010 Vanier Canada Scholarships, the Canadian equivalent of the Rhodes scholarships in the U.K. and the Fulbright scholarships in the U.S. UBC has the second highest number of scholars, after the University of Toronto. Last year, 17 UBC students were among the [...]

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Under the microscope, Chromera looks like inconspicuous "little brown balls." Credit: Patrick Keeling

“Little brown balls” tie malaria and algae to common ancestor: UBC research

Jun. 1, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , ,

Inconspicuous “little brown balls” in the ocean have helped settle a long-standing debate about the origin of malaria and the algae responsible for toxic red tides, according to a new study by University of British Columbia researchers.

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