Media Release Archives - October 2011

UBC releases new information on animal research

Oct. 28, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , ,

The University of British Columbia is publishing on its Animal Research website information on the total number of animals involved in research during 2010, the major species groupings, and the degree of invasiveness of the research activities.

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Robert VanWynsberghe. Photo credit: Martin Dee

2010 Winter Olympics provided economic and cultural boost

Oct. 25, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

British Columbia’s economy grew in 2010 with new businesses, jobs and an increase in visitor spending, all likely related to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, says a University of British Columbia study that measured the impact of the Games.

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Lapsias lorax, the jumping spider found in Ecuador by Wayne Maddison. Photo credit: Wayne Maddison

UBC announces “Name a Spider” contest winner to mark first anniversary of Beaty Biodiversity Museum

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

After a national contest with 810 entries, a jumping spider, discovered in Eucador by the Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s scientific director Wayne Maddison, has been named Lapsias lorax ­- after a Dr. Seuss character.

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“Trading Places” most common pattern for couples dealing with male depression: UBC study

Oct. 20, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , ,

University of British Columbia researchers have identified three major patterns that emerge among couples dealing with male depression. These can be described as “trading places,” “business as usual” and “edgy tensions.”

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Dr. Karin Humphries, the new UBC Heart and Stroke Foundation Professor in Women’s Cardiovascular Health

New UBC professorship focuses on women’s cardiovascular health

Oct. 19, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

The first research program in British Columbia to focus on gender-based differences in cardiovascular disease has been established by the University of British Columbia and Providence Health Care.

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UBC welcomes $1M boost in entrepreneurship and research translation

Oct. 19, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , ,

The Genomics Research Entrepreneurship to Accelerate Translation (GREAT) project at the University of British Columbia has been chosen for funding through Genome Canada’s Entrepreneurship Education in Genomics (EEG) pilot program.

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Allegations against UBC researchers’ study on Insite “without merit:” independent reviewer

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

An independent reviewer has dismissed concerns over a study that shows a 35-per-cent decrease in overdose deaths after the opening of Insite, North America’s only supervised injection facility.

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Raising a family is harder but retiring is easier for Canadians today than in the ‘70s: UBC study

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

Canadian parents today are raising families with less money and time than the Baby Boomer generation even though the country’s economy has doubled in size since 1976, says a new study by the University of British Columbia.

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UBC gains global politics expertise through new visiting Trudeau Fellow

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

An international expert on the politics of global aid, conflict and security will join UBC as a visiting fellow, thanks to a $225,000 prize from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

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Carbon nanotube yarns. Courtesy of John Madden

UBC researchers invent tiny artificial muscles with the strength, flexibility of elephant trunk

Oct. 13, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

An international team of researchers has invented new artificial muscles strong enough to rotate objects a thousand times their own weight, but with the same flexibility of an elephant’s trunk or octopus limbs.

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Six new Canada Research Chairs appointed at UBC

Oct. 12, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , ,

Six new Canada Research Chairs have been appointed at the University of British Columbia and 11 more have been renewed, infusing $12.1 million into research at the university.

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Skin colour matters when it comes to Canadians’ health: UBC study

Oct. 12, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

A new UBC study finds that Black Canadians with darker skin are more likely to report poorer health than Black Canadians with lighter skin. The study also suggests that a mismatched racial identity can negatively affect health.

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UBC-Providence Health research to examine new treatments for heroin addiction

Oct. 12, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

A clinical trial to test better treatment options for chronic heroin addiction is expected to begin in Vancouver at the end of this year. Led by researchers from Providence Health Care and the University of British Columbia, it’s the only clinical trial of its kind in North America.

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Djavad Mowafaghian speaks at the groundbreaking for the brain health centre that will bear his name. Photo: Martin Dee

Federal and provincial ministers break ground for UBC-VCH brain health centre

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

Representatives of the federal and provincial governments today marked the start of construction of a new centre at the University of British Columbia that will unite brain research and patient care. The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, expected to open in 2013 at UBC Hospital, will bring together experts in the fields of psychiatry, [...]

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Prof. Colleen Varcoe. Clare Kiernan Photograph.

Annual cost of violence pegged at $6.9B after women leave abusive partners: UBC research

Oct. 11, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , ,

Even after women have separated from an abusive partner, the violence still costs Canadians an estimated $6.9 billion a year, according to research at the University of British Columbia. The study – published in a recent issue of Canadian Public Policy – is the first in Canada to comprehensively identify the spectrum of economic costs [...]

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UBC ranks 22nd among world universities, jumping eight spots

Oct. 6, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , ,

The University of British Columbia now ranks 22nd among the universities, according to the 2011-2012 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, released yesterday in London, U.K.

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UBC innovator receives major Manning Foundation award for green engine technology

Oct. 6, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

University of British Columbia Professor Emeritus Phil Hill has been named the 2011 recipient of the $100,000 Encana Principal Award by the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation. Hill was chosen for his discovery of a technology that enables diesel engines to run on clean-burning natural gas.

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Workplace sabotage fueled by envy, unleashed by disengagement: UBC research

Oct. 6, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia research shows that managers should keep team members connected and engaged to avoid workplace sabotage. Co-authored by UBC Sauder School of Business Prof. Karl Aquino, the study reveals that envious employees are more likely to undermine peers if they feel disconnected from others. “We often hear that people who feel envious [...]

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Zooplankton. Photo by David Xiao Song.

Global warming will reduce populations of plant-eaters: UBC research

Oct. 6, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , ,

Rising world temperatures will cause most populations of herbivores – including plant-eating fish – to decline, according to a University of British Columbia biologist. That prediction resulted from updated mathematical models that integrate fundamental biological effects of temperature with the way herbivores and plants interact. These models were combined with data from experiments using “mini-ecosystems” [...]

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Bilingualism doesn’t hamper language abilities of children with autism: UBC research

Oct. 5, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , ,

Bilingual children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) acquire vocabularies just as rich as monolingual children with ASD, according to research by a bilingualism expert at the University of British Columbia.

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Little progress on reducing pharmacare coverage disparities over past decade: UBC research

Oct. 5, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

Changes to provincial drug plans over the past decade did little to address the wide disparities among provinces in prescription drug coverage, according to an analysis by University of British Columbia researchers.

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