Media Release Archives - February 2011

Oscillating “plug” of magma causes tremors that forecast volcanic eruptions: UBC research

Feb. 25, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia geophysicists are offering a new explanation for seismic tremors accompanying volcanic eruptions that could advance forecasting of explosive eruptions such as recent events at Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines, Chaiten Volcano in Chile, and Mount St. Helens in Washington State.

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Adverse drug events costly to health care system: Vancouver Coastal Health-UBC research

Feb. 25, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

Patients who suffer an adverse medical event arising from the use or misuse of medications are more costly to the health care system than other emergency department (ED) patients, say physicians and research scientists at Vancouver General Hospital and the University of British Columbia. Their research, the first to examine the health outcomes and cost of patient care for patients presenting to the ED with adverse drug events, is published today in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

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UBC Bioenergy Demonstration and Research Project (BRDP) – System Components

Pioneering UBC clean energy project gets $11.2 million in new government support

Feb. 24, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags:

A first-of-its-kind clean energy project that will generate enough clean electricity to power 1,500 homes and reduce the University of British Columbia’s natural gas consumption by up to 12 per cent, received $11.2 million in new federal and provincial government funding at an official groundbreaking ceremony today. The $27-million UBC Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Project [...]

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Canadians and Americans get different drug information online: UBC study

Feb. 23, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , ,

Canadians and Americans are getting vastly different search results when they look up prescription drug information online, says a study by researchers at the University of British Columbia.

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Fishing down food web leaves fewer big fish, more small fish in past century: UBC research

Feb. 18, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , ,

Predatory fish such as cod, tuna, and groupers have declined by two-thirds over the past 100 years, while small forage fish such as sardine, anchovy and capelin have more than doubled over the same period, according to UBC researchers.

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Infants raised in bilingual environments can distinguish unfamiliar languages: UBC research

Feb. 18, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , ,

Infants raised in households where Spanish and Catalan are spoken can discriminate between English and French just by watching people speak, even though they have never been exposed to these new languages before, according to UBC psychologist Janet Werker.

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UBC researchers win national honours

Feb. 14, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

UBC researchers in engineering, medicine, chemistry and physics and astronomy are being honoured this evening in Ottawa at a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) award ceremony.

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Sarah Morgan-Silvester reappointed Chancellor of UBC

Feb. 11, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed

Sarah Morgan-Silvester has been reappointed for a second three-year term as Chancellor of the University of British Columbia. Morgan-Silvester was first appointed in April 2008; her next term will begin July 1, 2011 and end June 30, 2014.

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Student housing gets huge boost at UBC’s Vancouver campus

Feb. 8, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release

UBC’s Board of Governors this week dramatically increased opportunities for student housing on UBC’s Vancouver campus when it unanimously approved the formation of a Student Housing Financing Endowment.

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Single-cell marine predator’s unique survival mechanisms revealed: UBC research

Feb. 8, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

University of British Columbia researchers have uncovered the unique survival mechanisms of a marine organism that may be tiny, but in some ways has surpassed sharks in its predatory efficiency.

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UBC and China’s Modern Green Development partner to advance green building research

Feb. 4, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia and Modern Green Development Co. Ltd. – one of China’s largest property developers – have entered into a strategic partnership to advance green building research and development at UBC, thanks to an initial contribution of $3.5 million from the Beijing-based company. The contribution, which results from discussions that occurred around [...]

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Arctic fisheries catches 75 times higher than previous reports: UBC research

Feb. 4, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia researchers estimate that fisheries catches in the Arctic totaled 950,000 tonnes from 1950 to 2006, almost 75 times the amount reported to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) during this period.

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Roasting coffee beans a dark brown produces valued antioxidants: UBC food scientists

Feb. 2, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , ,

Food scientists at the University of British Columbia have been able to pinpoint more of the complex chemistry behind coffee’s much touted antioxidant benefits, tracing valuable compounds to the roasting process.

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Nobel laureates, environmental activist, senator and community leaders to receive UBC honorary degrees

Feb. 1, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Two Nobel laureates are among the 10 individuals who will receive honorary degrees at the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia this year.

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