Media Release Archives - July 2011

UBC researchers create more powerful “lab-on-a-chip” for genetic analysis

Jul. 26, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , ,

UBC researchers have invented a silicone chip that could make genetic analysis far more sensitive, rapid, and cost-effective by allowing individual cells to fall into place like balls in a pinball machine. The UBC device – about the size of a nine-volt battery – allows scientists to simultaneously analyze 300 cells individually by routing fluid [...]

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Louise Cowin appointed Vice President, Students

Jul. 22, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , ,

The University of British Columbia Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Louise Cowin as the new Vice President, Students. Cowin will begin her five-year term in October 2011.

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Discovery may overcome obstacle for quantum computing: UBC, California researchers

Jul. 20, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , ,

Researchers have made a major advance in predicting and quashing environmental decoherence, a phenomenon that has proven to be one of the most formidable obstacles standing in the way of quantum computing.

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UBC graduate student discovers key to “bifocals” in mangrove fish species

Jul. 20, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

A “four-eyed” fish that sees simultaneously above and below the water line has offered up a dramatic example of how gene expression allows organisms to adapt to their environment.

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UBC Library and Vancouver Aquarium reveal Vancouver’s secret waterways

Jul. 19, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized

Vancouver’s vanished streams and waterways can be discovered once again thanks to a digitization project involving UBC Library and the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre. UBC Library digitized the content of the Aquarium’s paper maps from the 1970s, allowing both scholars and the public to see the paths of old streams and the original shoreline [...]

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Rumana Monzur completes initial medical care

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

Further to an update provided via UBC on July 14, masters student Rumana Monzur completed eye surgeries last week. Four surgeries were performed in an attempt to establish some vision, but the severity of the injuries were found to be beyond repair.

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Student Sarah Buell prepares to interview an opium farmer in Rajasthan, India, for the documentary Freedom From Pain. Photo by: Evan Duggan

UBC Documentary shows hidden human rights crisis of medical pain

Jul. 18, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism’s International Reporting Program (IRP) has partnered with Al Jazeera English to produce Freedom From Pain, a half hour documentary that will air on the program People & Power on Wednesday, July 20.

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UBC students mobilize for Rumana Monzur as she undergoes care

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

University of British Columbia masters student Rumana Monzur is receiving medical treatment in Vancouver but further procedures will be required to determine how much, if any, of her sight can be restored.

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Newly identified gene mutation linked to Parkinson’s: UBC research

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

A team of researchers at the University of British Columbia has identified a genetic mutation that causes late-onset Parkinson’s disease, paving the way to a new target for potential treatments that may halt or cure the debilitating neurodegenerative disease.

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Donor Peter Allard (left) and Mary Anne Bobinski, Dean of the Faculty of Law. Photo by: Don Erhardt

UBC receives largest single gift to Faculty of Law: Alumnus donates $11.86 million and establishes annual prize for international integrity

Jul. 13, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia has received an $11.86 million gift from law alumnus Peter Allard, which will support the UBC Faculty of Law’s new building, establish an international prize that supports freedom, integrity and human rights, and create an online historical faculty archive.

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