Media Release Archives - March 2011

Eliason and her colleagues fishing near Chilliwack in 2010. Photo by Marika Gale

Some populations of Fraser River salmon more likely to survive climate change: UBC study

Mar. 31, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Populations of Fraser River sockeye salmon are so fine-tuned to their environment that any further environmental changes caused by climate change could lead to the disappearance of some populations, while others may be less affected, says a new study by University of British Columbia scientists.

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Death anxiety prompts people to believe in intelligent design, reject evolution: UBC research

Mar. 30, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

Researchers at the University of British Columbia and Union College (Schenectady, N.Y.) have found that people’s death anxiety can influence them to support theories of intelligent design and reject evolutionary theory.

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Media reports about uncommon acts of goodness can make good people even better: UBC study

Mar. 29, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , ,

People with a strong moral identity are measurably inspired to do good after being exposed to media stories about uncommon acts of human goodness, according to research at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business.

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UBC 2011 federal election experts

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

UBC experts are available to comment on a number of hot topics related to the possible upcoming Canadian election.

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Women in Canada’s news industry still face glass ceiling: study

Mar. 24, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Canadian women journalists hit the glass ceiling in senior management despite making gains that reach or exceed parity at most other levels, according to a International Women’s Media Foundation global report co-authored by UBC Prof. Mary Lynn Young.

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Connections trump expertise for U.S. federal lobbyists, study suggests

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

When it comes to lobbying, it’s not what you know, but who you know that matters, according to new research from the University of British Columbia and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

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Michael Hayden bestowed premier award for leadership in medicine

Mar. 23, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Dr. Michael Hayden has received the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award, the premier honour for leadership in medical science in Canada.

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UBC welcomes federal budget initiatives for universities

Mar. 22, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , ,

Today’s federal budget contains a range of initiatives to boost research, innovation, and the global profile of Canadian universities, said UBC President Prof. Stephen Toope.

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Professor Derek Gregory appointed Peter Wall Distinguished Professor

Mar. 17, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed

On the unanimous recommendation of Professor Dianne Newell and the Academic Advisory Committee of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC, and with the unanimous approval of the Wall Institute Board of Directors, President Stephen J. Toope is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Derek Gregory, Department of Geography at UBC, as a Peter Wall Distinguished Professor.

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UBC forum on Japan disasters

Mar. 16, 2011 | Filed under: Media Advisory, Media Release, News Feed, News Tip | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Media are invited to attend a UBC forum where experts, students and the community will discuss Japan’s “triple disaster” of earthquakes, tsunamis and nuclear crisis.

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Four UBC alumni appointed to B.C. cabinet

Mar. 14, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , ,

President Stephen Toope today congratulated University of British Columbia alumni on their new roles in Premier Christy Clark’s cabinet.

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UBC experts available to comment on uprisings in North Africa

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

UBC experts are available to comment on the historic popular revolts in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia and their implications for North Africa, the Middle East and beyond.

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“David and Goliath” viruses shed light on the origin of jumping genes: UBC study

Mar. 3, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , ,

University of British Columbia researchers have identified a small virus that attacks another virus more than 100 times its own size, rescuing the infected zooplankton from certain death. The discovery provides clues to the evolutionary origin of some jumping genes found in other organisms.

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Two UBC researchers receive Killam Research Fellowships

Mar. 1, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , ,

Two University of British Columbia researchers have been given Killam Research Fellowships. Among Canada’s most distinguished research awards, the fellowships provide $70,000 a year for two years to enable recipients to pursue independent research.

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Auto-rickshaw. Photo credit: Conor Reynolds

Clean fuel worsens climate impacts for some vehicle engines: UBC study

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

A pioneering program by one of the world’s largest cities to switch its vehicle fleet to clean fuel has not significantly improved harmful vehicle emissions in more than 5,000 vehicles – and worsened some vehicles’ climate impacts – a new UBC study finds.

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