Media Release Archives - November 2011

UBC study explores distrust of atheists by believers

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

Distrust is the central motivating factor behind why religious people dislike atheists, according to a new study led by UBC psychologists.

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UBC receives $2.2M from BMO for family business and dairy research education

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

The University of British Columbia welcomes a $2.2 million donation from BMO Financial Group to support education and outreach for successful family business as well as innovative research and education to benefit dairy farms – most of them family-run.

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Babies embrace punishment earlier than previously thought, study suggests

Nov. 28, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Babies as young as eight months old want people who commit or condone antisocial acts to be punished, according to a new study led by a University of British Columbia researcher.

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Marine biodiversity loss due to warming and predation: UBC researcher

Nov. 28, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

The biodiversity loss caused by climate change will result from a combination of rising temperatures and predation – and may be more severe than currently predicted, according to a study by University of British Columbia zoologist Christopher Harley.

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UBC partnering with Province of B.C. to promote social innovation

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

The ISIS research centre at UBC’s Sauder School of Business is partnering with the Province of British Columbia and other business and non-profit organizations on a dynamic initiative to fund social innovation in B.C.

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Frank Tester trains Inuit youth in documentary filmmaking skills, part of the Nanisiniq Project

UBC experts available to comment on UN climate change conference

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

UBC experts are available to speak about the 17th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP17/CMP7) in Durban, South Africa, beginning Nov. 28.

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UBC experts available to comment on Greater Vancouver municipal elections

Nov. 17, 2011 | Filed under: Hot Topics, Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , ,

UBC experts are available to provide media commentary on a variety of topics – from Occupy Vancouver and bike lanes to voter turnout and diversity issues – in this weekend’s municipal elections.

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UBC researchers provide recommendations for $100 billion in annual climate change aid

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

In advance of a major United Nations climate conference, University of British Columbia researchers are recommending how to manage a $100 billion annual commitment made by the international community last year to help the developing world respond to climate change – a funding promise almost equal to all existing official development aid from major donor [...]

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UBC to recognize Japanese Canadian students affected by internment during World War II

Nov. 16, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia Senate voted tonight to honour students and Canadians affected by a dark period in Canada’s history, and will be awarding them special degrees next spring as part of a three-pronged program to mark the 70th anniversary of the internment policy.

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From left to right: George Cope, President and CEO of Bell Canada and BCE; Ross MacGillivray, Vice Dean, UBC Faculty of Medicine; Clara Hughes, Canadian Olympian and Bell Let's Talk national spokesperson; Sarah Morgan-Silvester, UBC Chancellor; Barbara Miles, UBC Vice President of Development and Alumni Engagement; Mary Deacon, chair of the Bell Let's Talk initiative; Michael Krausz, professor of psychiatry. Photo: Don Erhardt

UBC receives $1M from Bell for online youth mental health outreach and research

Nov. 16, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Vancouver, November 16, 2011 – Today UBC and Bell announced a $1M gift to establish the Bell Youth Mental Health IMPACT project. This initiative will enable researchers from the University of British Columbia to conduct mental health outreach to youth in need.

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More than 50-per-cent decline in elephants in eastern Congo due to human conflict: UBC research

Nov. 10, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

Humans play a far greater role in the fate of African elephants than habitat loss, and human conflict in particular has a devastating impact on these largest terrestrial animals, according to a new University of British Columbia study published online in PLoS ONE this week.

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UBC establishes significant new on-the-ground presence in India

Nov. 10, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia is deepening its commitment to India by opening offices in Bangalore and New Delhi and establishing partnerships with leading universities and research institutions across India.

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Wood biofuel could be a competitive industry by 2020: UBC study

Nov. 8, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , ,

Fuel made from wood could become a competitive commercial alternative to fuel made from corn by 2020 if the wood biofuel industry is supported, according to a new University of British Columbia study.

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Historical B.C. newspapers digitized by UBC Library

Nov. 7, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , ,

For the first time, more than 45,000 pages chronicling B.C.’s storied past are available online following the completion of a British Columbia Historical Newspapers Project.

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UBC faculty elected Royal Society of Canada Fellows

Nov. 5, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Seven University of British Columbia professors have been elected Fellows by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) and were honoured at a ceremony yesterday at the University. The 2011 fellowships were awarded to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the sciences, social sciences and the arts and humanities.

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UBC researchers devise new technology to monitor brain aneurysms

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

University of British Columbia researchers have developed new technology for monitoring brain aneurysms – an approach that is potentially less invasive and more accurate than current methods, and one that is simple enough for patients to use at home for frequent monitoring.

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UBC opens North America’s ‘greenest’ building to advance sustainability research and innovation

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

UBC has opened the most sustainable building in North America, a $37-million “living laboratory” that will help to regenerate the environment and advance research and innovation on global sustainability challenges.

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$2.5M gift from UBC alumni to create student engineering design centre

Nov. 2, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Tip, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia opens today on its Vancouver campus the Wayne and William White Engineering Design Centre, which will boost collaboration and hands-on innovation among students from 11 engineering disciplines.

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