Media Release Archives - 2012

Kindness key to happiness and acceptance for children

Dec. 26, 2012 | Filed under: Arts and Humanities, Media Release, Science, Health and Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Children who make an effort to perform acts of kindness are happier and experience greater acceptance from their peers, suggests new research from the University of British Columbia and the University of California, Riverside.

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The Next Big Thing: UBC researchers predict game-changers that could rock our world

Dec. 19, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , ,

From medical maggots to ethical robots, this year’s ten predictions are an eclectic mix of the unusual, unexpected, and hopeful.

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For power and status, dominance and skill trump likability

Dec. 19, 2012 | Filed under: Arts and Humanities, Business, Law and Society, Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Finding the next Barack Obama or Warren Buffett might be as simple as looking at who attracts the most eyes in a crowd, a new UBC study finds.

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UBC scientists part of three PhysicsWorld’s top 10 breakthroughs

Dec. 18, 2012 | Filed under: Extra, Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

UBC physicists and astronomers are part of three of the top four breakthroughs of 2012 in Physics World’s annual accounting of the greatest achievements in the field.

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UBC releases 2011 statistics of animals involved in research

Dec. 14, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , ,

For the second year, the University of British Columbia has published the total number of animals involved in research, their major species groupings, as well as their purpose of use and the degree of invasiveness of the research activities.

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Mali elephant wearing a GPS collar.

Violence in Mali threatening survival of endangered elephants

Dec. 12, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia and Oxford University researchers have revealed the secrets of survival of an endangered population of African elephant in the unforgiving Sahara desert. These animals have the biggest migration among elephants, the study finds, but recent violence in Mali may now be putting them at risk.

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Commercial fishing boats departing from Prince Rupert, B.C. Photo by: Ngaio Hotte

Single spill could wipe out economic gains from Northern Gateway

Dec. 11, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

UBC researchers estimate losses of $300-million, cleanup costs of up to $9.6-billion.

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Asst. Prof. Christian Kastrup co-invented a gel, inspired by mussel's "sheer strength" for clinging to cliffs, that can shore up weakened blood vessels.

Mussel goo inspires blood vessel glue

Dec. 11, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

A University of British Columbia researcher has helped create a gel – based on the mussel’s knack for clinging to rocks, piers and boat hulls – that can be painted onto the walls of blood vessels and stay put, forming a protective barrier with potentially life-saving implications.

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Prof. Michael Devereux, Bank of Canada research fellow and inaugural director of UBC's Vancouver School of Economics.

UBC’s new Vancouver School of Economics to educate global economic policy leaders

Dec. 5, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , ,

An expansion of Canada’s top-ranked economics department will create the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia, a new global centre for research and learning on the world’s most pressing economic issues.

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Examiners tend to grade relative to work already seen: UBC research

Dec. 4, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

How well you fare on a subjective evaluation – whether it’s of you treating a patient, auditioning for a play or even interviewing for a job – may depend largely on the person who was examined just before you. And the worse the person before you did, the better for you.

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L-R: Associate Professor James Johnson and Ph.D. student and co-author Arya Mehran. Photo credit: Martin Dee

UBC research finds another culprit for obesity: Too much insulin

Dec. 4, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

A serendipitous discovery by a researcher at the University of British Columbia could overturn widely accepted notions about healthy eating habits.

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Alzheimer’s researcher reveals a protein’s dual destructiveness – and therapeutic potential

Dec. 3, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

A scientist at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health has identified the molecule that controls a scissor-like protein responsible for the production of plaques – the telltale sign of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

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Inviting customer complaints can kill business: UBC research

Nov. 29, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Giving customers a chance to complain can be a bad idea if customers believe they’re to blame for a product’s failure, a new study from the Sauder School of Business at UBC shows.

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HIV/AIDS Treatment as Prevention strategy working in B.C. Montaner calls for national implementation

Nov. 27, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

A new study from the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) shows highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) reduces new HIV diagnoses, deaths and HIV prevalence, suggesting that the made-in-Canada Treatment as Prevention strategy should be implemented across the country.

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Four of UBC’s 2012 Royal Society of Canada inductees. From left: Susan Boyd (Law), Anne Condon (Computer Science), Veronica Strong-Boag (Education), Judy Illes (Neurology)

UBC celebrates Royal Society inductees

Nov. 22, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

The Royal Society of Canada recognizes scholarly, research and artistic excellence across the country.

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‘Repurposed’ anti-parasite drug shows promise as new TB treatment: UBC research

Nov. 22, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

A well-established family of drugs used to treat parasitic diseases is showing surprising potential as a therapy for tuberculosis (TB), according to new research from University of British Columbia microbiologists.

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The common dolphin (shown here) and the striped dolphin are similar in size but have very different diets. One eats energy rich prey and the other energy poor species. Photo credit: CRMM/University of La Rochelle

Eating right key to survival of whales and dolphins: UBC research

Nov. 21, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

In the marine world, high-energy prey make for high-energy predators. And to survive, such marine predators need to sustain the right kind of high-energy diet. Not just any prey will do, suggests a new study by researchers from the University of British Columbia and University of La Rochelle, in France.

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Adherence to HIV treatment significantly increases survival: UBC study

Nov. 20, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

HIV-positive individuals who strictly adhere to highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) have a significantly lower probability of premature morbidity and mortality as compared to those with suboptimal compliance to HAART, according to a new study from the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE).

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Largest class of Aboriginal doctoral students graduate from UBC Faculty of Education

Nov. 20, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , ,

Eleven Aboriginal doctoral students will graduate from the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Education this year – the largest number to graduate from an education faculty in any Canadian university in one year.

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The new Earth Sciences Building underlies UBC’s commitment to science education

UBC’s commitment to science education underlined by $75M facility

Nov. 16, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia today officially opens the new Earth Sciences Building, a state-of-the-art facility that will provide modern learning spaces for more than 7,000 students each year and leading-edge laboratories for hundreds of researchers.

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UBC leads alliance to improve science education with Sloan grant

Nov. 15, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia is partnering with seven top North American universities to study how to speed up the adoption of improved teaching techniques in science classrooms.

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Dr. Doug Brown. Photo credit: Brian Kladko

Length of trip to hospital less important for hypothermia victims than availability of advanced care facilities

Nov. 14, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , ,

Hypothermia victims whose hearts have stopped functioning should be transported to a medical facility with advanced heart and lung support equipment, even if that means longer travel time, according to a new study by a University of British Columbia medical resident. In a study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Doug [...]

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Pre-eclampsia ward in a hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo credit: Diane Sawchuck

UBC-CFRI effort to save pregnant women awarded additional $17 million

Nov. 8, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

A project aimed at finding and treating women at risk of succumbing to pre-eclampsia – the often-fatal onset of high blood pressure during pregnancy – will receive an additional $17 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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UBC gains two new Canada Excellence Research Chairs

Nov. 8, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia will be home to two more Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC), valued at $20-million over seven years, in the areas of quantum materials and devices and digital media research and innovation.

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UBC experts for U.S. election night

Nov. 6, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

UBC experts are available after-hours to comment on the U.S. election results tomorrow night and Wednesday morning. Media and the public are also invited to a panel discussion of the results, which will be live-blogged.

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UBC experts comment on China’s leadership changes

Nov. 5, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

On Nov. 8 – just days after the U.S. election – China will hold its 18th National Party Congress, a week of high-level meetings that will culminate with new leadership for the superpower. UBC Asia scholars are available to preview the event and discuss its outcomes.

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UBC zoologist is donating $100,000 to help secure Okanagan habitats for at-risk species. (Photo: Graham Osborne, The Nature Trust of BC)

“Genius grant” helps secure Okanagan habitats for at-risk species

Nov. 2, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia zoologist Sarah Otto is using her MacArthur “genius grant” toward preserving fragile habitats in the South Okanagan region of British Columbia.

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Participants in the Veterans Transition Program reenact experiences from their military service. Photo by: Martin Dee

Canadian veterans to benefit from UBC expansion of transition program

Nov. 2, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

A University of British Columbia program to help former members of the Canadian military make the transition back to civilian life is expanding into a non-profit organization that will provide services across Canada.

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Common ground on the common good: Study finds Republicans and Democrats can agree on some moral issues

Nov. 2, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

A new University of British Columbia study that asked U.S. conservatives and liberals to rate the most influential historical figures of the 20th Century finds that the two sides of America’s “culture wars” share a surprising level of common moral ground.

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UBC experts comment on Nov. 6 U.S. election

Oct. 30, 2012 | Filed under: Hot Topics, Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , ,

As the U.S. election approaches, UBC’s experts on American politics, the election and campaign issues are available for commentary.

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The new UBC wireless charging system works in all weather conditions. (Photo: UBC)

Park and charge: UBC researchers invent safe wireless vehicle charging technology

Oct. 26, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia researchers have invented a safe, efficient technology to wirelessly charge electric vehicles using “remote magnetic gears” – and successfully tested it on campus service vehicles.

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Summer babies less likely to be CEOs: UBC research

Oct. 23, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

Sauder School of Business researchers at the University of British Columbia have found that a person’s date of birth can affect their climb up the corporate ladder. The Sauder study shows that only 6.13 per cent of an S&P 500 CEO sample was born in June and only 5.87 per cent of the sample was [...]

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Cycling infrastructure can reduce risk of cycling injuries by half: UBC study

Oct. 18, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

Certain types of routes carry much lower risk of injury for cyclists, according to a new University of British Columbia study on the eve of National Bike Week in Canada.

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Michael Kobor. Photo credit: Human Early Learning Partnership

Genes and immune system shaped by childhood poverty, stress

Oct. 18, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

A University of British Columbia and Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT) study has revealed that childhood poverty, stress as an adult, and demographics such as age, sex and ethnicity, all leave an imprint on a person’s genes. And, that this imprint could play a role in our immune response.

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Dr. Helen Tremlett has found that some MS patients experience 'natural' improvements (Credit: UBC/VCHRI).

Some MS patients experience “natural” improvements in disability: UBC-VCH research

Oct. 17, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients sometimes experience “natural” improvements in disability at least over the short term, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.

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Fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) feeding on a strawberry. Credit: Michael Gordon, the University of British Columbia.

Fruit fly’s ‘sweet tooth’ short-lived: UBC research

Oct. 16, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

The humble fruit fly may have something to teach us about forgoing empty calories for more nutritional ones – especially when we’re hungry.

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Thirteen Canada Research Chairs valued at $11 million appointed at UBC

Oct. 12, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia research in areas ranging from physical therapy, to conservation ecology, to climate change received a boost today with the appointment, advancement or renewal of 13 Canada Research Chairs.

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Prof. Janet Werker, UBC Psychology Dept. Martin Dee photo.

Maternal depression affects language development in babies

Oct. 8, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Maternal depression and a common class of antidepressants can alter a crucial period of language development in babies, according to a new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia, Harvard University and the Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI) at BC Children’s Hospital.

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$100,000 prize to fight global corruption

Oct. 4, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , ,

The UBC Faculty of Law at Allard Hall has launched one of the world’s largest prizes dedicated to the international fight against corruption and protecting human rights.

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Fish getting smaller as the oceans warm: UBC research

Sep. 30, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Changes in ocean and climate systems could lead to smaller fish, according to a new study led by fisheries scientists at the University of British Columbia.

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The Lew family & Law Dean Mary Ann Bobinski. Photo: Martin Dee

UBC Law receives $2M gift: Second largest donation to UBC Law by an individual

Sep. 28, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

In memory of their late husband and father, Franklin Lew, Joan and Derek Lew have made a $2 million gift to the Faculty of Law at UBC.

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Students outside the UBC First Nations House of Learning. Photo by Don Erhardt

New UBC-Langara program to help more Aboriginal students get university degrees

Sep. 27, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

UBC and Langara College have partnered to create a transfer program to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit students working toward a university degree. The program offers up to $8,500 in scholarships to Aboriginal students, plus guaranteed admission to UBC’s Faculty of Arts and personalized support from Aboriginal advisors at both institutions.

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UBC receives $1M from Coast Capital Savings to propel social ventures

Sep. 26, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , ,

Social entrepreneurs will soon benefit from a $1 million contribution from Coast Capital Savings to the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. The funding, announced today, will establish the Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub, a program supporting early stage ventures devoted to solving social and environmental problems using for-profit business models. [...]

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Housing on UBC's Vancouver campus.

UBC housing plan to increase affordability and choice for faculty, staff and students

Sep. 26, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

UBC has approved a comprehensive housing program designed to help more UBC faculty, staff and students live on its Vancouver campus. UBC will expand housing for its academic community and workforce on campus, becoming the only Lower Mainland employer to offer significant levels of restricted housing to employees, and one of the world’s first universities to offer non-profit housing to low-income staff.

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Swainson's thrush in the wild. Photo credit: Darren Irwin, University of British Columbia.

Backpack-toting birds help UBC researchers reveal migratory divide, conservation hotspots

Sep. 25, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

By outfitting two British Columbia subspecies of Swainson’s thrushes with penny-sized, state-of-the-art geolocators, University of British Columbia researchers have been able to map their wildly divergent migration routes and pinpoint conservation hotspots.

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UBC hosts world’s experts on safeguarding digital assets

Sep. 25, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , ,

UNESCO conference – Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation

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UBC receives $4.5M federal boost for health research

Sep. 25, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , ,

University of British Columbia researchers have received $4.5 million in federal support for multidisciplinary initiatives that combine science, engineering and medical expertise.

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UBC joins Coursera to offer free online courses

Sep. 19, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , ,

The University of British Columbia is joining forces with the U.S.-based company Coursera to provide high quality, non-credit courses free of charge to a worldwide audience – bringing the university’s expertise within reach of anyone with Internet access.

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Ralph Sultan, B.C. Minister of State for Seniors (r) interacting with the Story of Medicines at the new UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences Building with dean Robert Sindelar. (Credit: Martin Dee, UBC).

UBC opens new $133M Pharmaceutical Sciences Building

Sep. 18, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia today officially opens the new Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, a state-of-the-art learning and research facility that will enable UBC to graduate 224 new pharmacists per year by 2015 – a 47 per cent increase – and more than double the research space for drug discovery and health care innovation.

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UBC first Canadian university to produce clean heat and electricity from biofuel

Sep. 13, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Today, the University of British Columbia officially opened a pioneering $34-million clean energy facility, making it Canada’s first university – and one of a few institutions worldwide – to produce both clean heat and electricity for its campus from renewable bioenergy.

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UBC partners with Vietnamese hospital to create $8M oral health research centre

Sep. 12, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , ,

The Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia has received an in-kind gift of $8 million from the Ho Chi Minh City National Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology to create an oral health research centre.

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Collaborative maternity program results in fewer C-sections, shorter hospital stays: UBC/CFRI research

Sep. 11, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

A program delivering collaborative maternity care resulted in fewer caesarean sections, shorter average hospital stays and higher breastfeeding rates for mothers, according to researchers at the University of British Columbia and the Child & Family Research Institute.

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Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel receives UBC honorary degree

Sep. 10, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , ,

Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel received today an honorary degree from the University of British Columbia during a special ceremony on the Vancouver campus.

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Combination of blood thinning drugs shown to be ineffective as stroke preventer

Sep. 7, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

An international team led by a neurologist at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health has shown that a combination of aspirin and clopidogrel, both common blood thinners, does not prevent recurrence of a common type of stroke, and may even pose serious risks.

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UBC welcomes Whitecaps FC and National Soccer Development Centre to campus

Sep. 6, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus will be the home of a new training facility which will form the centerpiece of the proposed National Soccer Development Centre (NSDC) – a new athletic facility to be shared by Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the university and community.

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UBC welcomes more B.C. students with new personalized approach

Sep. 4, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , ,

The University of British Columbia is serving more B.C. students on its campuses than ever before, with continued growth at its Okanagan campus.

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Prescription database helps check use of addictive drugs: UBC research

Sep. 4, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , ,

A centralized prescription network providing real-time information to pharmacists in British Columbia resulted in dramatic reductions in inappropriate prescriptions for opioid analgesics and benzodiazepines, widely used and potentially addictive drugs, according to research by a University of British Columbia epidemiologist.

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The Ocean Health Index is the first global quantitative assessment of ocean health (Map credit: Halpern, et al, Nature)

Global ocean health gets passing grade: UBC researchers

Aug. 15, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

The health of the world’s oceans received a score of 60 out of 100 from a team of international scientists, including fisheries researchers at the University of British Columbia.

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UBC project examines the LGBT experience with breast and gynecological cancers

Aug. 2, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Researchers at the University of British Columbia are leading the first nationwide project on how sexual and gender minorities experience cancer, highlighting previously overlooked communities’ perspectives on cancer care.

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Students trading sex for drugs or alcohol happens also in rural B.C.: UBC research

Aug. 1, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

Just over two percent of teens in rural schools who have ever tried alcohol, marijuana or other drugs report they have also traded sex for these substances, according to University of British Columbia research published today in the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality. This is the first study to track this issue among rural students.

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Gerald McGavin Rugby Pavilion Rendering

New home for UBC Rugby

Jul. 31, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia Department of Athletics and Recreation announces the opening of the $2.5 million Gerald McGavin Rugby Pavilion in October 2012.

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Being paranoid about office politics can make you a target: UBC research

Jul. 31, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , ,

People who worry about workplace rejection or sabotage can end up bringing it upon themselves, according to University of British Columbia research.

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‘Only you can prevent forest fires’ … with your smartphone

Jul. 30, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

An app that prevents forest fires by identifying hazardous areas and that was developed by researchers at the University of British Columbia is getting tested in the BC Okanagan this summer.

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$1.4 M study on using plants to recover rare metals from mine waste: UBC research

Jul. 24, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Researchers at the University of British Columbia and an international team have received $1.4 million to explore the use of plants to recover precious metals from mine tailings around the world. Currently, metals obtained from ores contain platinum group metals (PGM) some of which are lost through various stages of processing. The research will investigate [...]

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UBC student Calyn Shaw in Brazil

18 arrested for murder in Brazil following UBC journalism investigation

Jul. 20, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , ,

Days after a reporting project by University of British Columbia journalism students ran in The New York Times, Brazilian authorities began arresting suspects in the murder of Guarani tribal chief Nisio Gomes.

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Severe flu increases risk of Parkinson’s: UBC research

Jul. 20, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Severe influenza doubles the odds that a person will develop Parkinson’s disease later in life, according to University of British Columbia researchers.

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Single-cell parasites co-opt “ready-made” genes from host: UBC research

Jul. 18, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

Two species of single-cell parasites have co-opted “ready-made” genes from their hosts that in turn help them exploit their hosts, according to a new study by University of British Columbia and University of Ottawa researchers.

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Prof. Helen Tremlett led a new JAMA study on the impact of a common MS therapy. (Photo: Brian Smith)

Widely prescribed MS treatment may not slow progression of disease: Vancouver Coastal Health and UBC Research

Jul. 17, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Researchers with the UBC Hospital MS Clinic and Brain Research Centre at Vancouver Coastal Health and the University of British Columbia have published important data in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) about the impact of a common drug therapy on the progression of multiple sclerosis for people with the relapse-remitting form of the disease.

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UBC fisheries economist Rashid Sumaila says global fisheries could be worth five times as much if steps were taken to rebuild them. (Photo: Martin Dee, UBC)

How to make global fisheries worth five times more: UBC research

Jul. 13, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

Rebuilding global fisheries would make them five times more valuable while improving ecology, according to a new University of British Columbia study, published today in the online journal PLoS ONE.

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UBC launches media resources for 2012 Olympic Games

Jul. 11, 2012 | Filed under: Media Advisory, Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia has launched a new website with resources for media covering the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Workplace bullying witnesses consider quitting more than the victims: UBC study

Jul. 5, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , ,

New University of British Columbia research reveals that workers who witness bullying can have a stronger urge to quit than those who experience it firsthand.

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A northern fulmar (Photo: Ashok Khosla, www.seabirds.com.)

Seabirds study shows plastic pollution reaching surprising levels off coast of Pacific Northwest

Jul. 4, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Plastic pollution off the northwest coast of North America is reaching the level of the notoriously polluted North Sea, according to a new study led by a researcher at the University of British Columbia.

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Inhalable nitric oxide shown safe as potential anti-microbial treatment: UBC-VCH research

Jul. 3, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

Results from a clinical study by a UBC-Vancouver Coastal Health research team have increased hope for a new, effective and inexpensive anti-microbial treatment using inhalable nitric oxide.

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Atlanta has world’s most efficient airport, Korea now leads in Asia: UBC research

Jun. 28, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL), one of the world’s busiest international airports, is also the most efficient for the sixth year running says an aviation think-tank based at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business.

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Unemployed Americans face greater risk of mortality: UBC study

Jun. 28, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Employment policy is also health policy according to a University of British Columbia study that found that workers experienced higher mortality rates if they didn’t have access to social protections like employment insurance and unemployment benefits.

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Prof. Matthew Farrer has identified a new gene mutation linked to Parkinson's disease thanks to the help of a Saskatchewan Mennonite family. (Photo: Martin Dee. Click on thumbnail to download high-resolution version.)

Parkinson’s disease gene identified with help of Mennonite family: UBC-VCH research

Jun. 27, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

An international team led by human genetic researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health has identified the latest gene associated with typical late-onset Lewy body Parkinson’s disease (PD), with the help of a Canadian Mennonite family of Dutch-German-Russian ancestry.

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Stem cells can beat back diabetes: UBC research

Jun. 27, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , ,

University of British Columbia scientists, in collaboration with an industry partner, have successfully reversed diabetes in mice using stem cells, paving the way for a breakthrough treatment for a disease that affects nearly one in four Canadians.

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Athletics director Bob Philip takes on new role at UBC

Jun. 26, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

UBC Athletics Director Bob Philip has been appointed senior advisor to Vice President, Students Louise Cowin. Starting on July 16th, Philip will provide advice to the Vice President, Students as she embarks on ambitious new plans for athletics and recreation.

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NSERC awards UBC $4.9 million to train young researchers

Jun. 26, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia students and postdoctoral fellows in the fields of geochemistry, quantum sciences, and information and communication technology systems received a $4.9-million boost from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

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Students receive $60,000 from the Schulich Leader Scholarships program to study at UBC

Jun. 25, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , ,

Two incoming first-year students – Cassandra Elphinstone and Jen-ai Lai – will receive $60,000 each over four-years from the Schulich Leader Scholarships program to study at the University of British Columbia.

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Elaine Kingwell is a postdoctoral fellow at UBC's Faculty of Medicine and the Brain Research Centre at UBC and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (photo: Melissa Ashman).

Multiple sclerosis patients have lower risk of cancer: UBC-VCH research

Jun. 21, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients appear to have a lower cancer risk, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health. The study, published online in the journal Brain, is the first to investigate overall cancer risk in MS patients in North America. “Because the immune system [...]

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Older women more prone to workplace injuries: UBC study

Jun. 20, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

Although the rate of workplace injuries in Canada has been declining over the past two decades, some workers – older women in health care, for example – are much more vulnerable to serious injuries, researchers at the University of British Columbia have found.

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Giving makes young children happy, UBC study suggests

Jun. 19, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

If it is indeed nobler to give than to receive, it may also make you happier – even if you’re a toddler, according to a new study co-authored by three psychologists at the University of British Columbia.

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Former Sauder professor returns from UC Berkeley to take helm as Dean

Jun. 18, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

After a year-long search, the University of British Columbia has announced that Professor Robert Helsley will return to the Sauder School of Business as its new dean on July 1. Helsley, currently at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, will replace Sauder’s outgoing dean, Daniel Muzyka, who steps down on June 30, after 13 years of service.

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UBC ‘ecological footprint’ creators win Blue Planet Award at Rio+20 UN conference

Jun. 17, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , ,

Two pioneering UBC researchers who developed the “ecological footprint” concept have won the prestigious Blue Planet Award for Sustainability, valued at nearly $645,000 CDN, at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil.

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UBC students report on Brazil violence for The New York Times

Jun. 11, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

A reporting project by University of British Columbia journalism students, in collaboration with the New York Times, has exposed violent conflicts over resources and territory in Brazil, as the emerging superpower grapples with an increasing demand for food and electricity.

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Dr. John Cairns

UBC recognizes brain and heart researchers with $50,000 prizes

Jun. 5, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , ,

Two of Canada’s most distinguished health researchers – Dr. Guy Rouleau of the University of Montreal and Dr. John Cairns of the University of British Columbia – have been awarded the second annual Margolese National Brain and Heart Disorders Prizes, the most lucrative prizes bestowed by UBC.

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UBC gains $3.8 million for major studies on religion, security, trade

May. 25, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia has launched major new research projects on religion and morality, terrorism and security, international relations in the digital age, free trade and sustainability, thanks to $3.8 million in new funding from Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

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A whale of a discovery: New sensory organ found in rorqual whales

May. 23, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Scientists at the University of British Columbia and the Smithsonian Institution have discovered a sensory organ in rorqual whales that coordinates its signature lunge-feeding behaviour – and may help explain their enormous size.

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Largest class of Aboriginal MDs graduate from UBC

May. 22, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Twelve Aboriginal students will graduate with a University of British Columbia medical undergraduate degree (MD) this spring, the largest cohort of Aboriginal students to graduate in the history of the Faculty of Medicine and in the province.

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Parents are happier than non-parents, new research suggests

May. 17, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

New research by psychologists at three North American universities, including the University of British Columbia, finds that parents experience greater levels of happiness and meaning from life than non-parents.

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UBC researcher wins 2012 Trudeau Foundation scholarship

May. 15, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Daniel Werb, senior research assistant at the Addiction and Urban Health Research Initiative (UHRI) at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), has been awarded the 2012 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship for his PhD research project investigating initiation and cessation of injection drug use among street youth in Vancouver.

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Vancouver, Montreal, Portland and Minneapolis among most “bikeable” cities in North America: UBC research

May. 14, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia researchers are making bikeability research easily accessible to consumers and city planners by introducing bikeability “heat maps” in partnership with Seattle-based Walk Score® at www.walkscore.com/bike.

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Kari Grist to be Managing Director of UBC’s Communications & Marketing Department

May. 14, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized

The University of British Columbia has selected Kari Grist to be Managing Director of the newly created Department of Communications & Marketing. She will join the portfolio of incoming Vice President of Communications and Community Partnership, Pascal Spothelfer.

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H1N1 discovery paves way for universal flu vaccine: UBC research

May. 8, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia researchers have found a potential way to develop universal flu vaccines and eliminate the need for seasonal flu vaccinations.

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Hedge funds more like guardian angels than vultures: UBC research

May. 7, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

New University of British Columbia research shows that – contrary to popular opinion – hedge funds have a positive influence when investing in U.S. companies filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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UBC to double enrolment in midwifery education program

May. 4, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia’s Midwifery Program – bolstered by increased funding from the Province of British Columbia – will double in size over the next five years, a move intended to augment the number of pregnancy and childbirth specialists in B.C.

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UBC digitization program brings B.C. history to the world

May. 2, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , ,

An innovative UBC program has provided more than $1 million in funding to help B.C. communities promote their unique histories to audiences around the world, thanks to digitization.

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Canadians don’t mean what we say about government spending: UBC researcher

May. 2, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , ,

Nearly half – 45 per cent – say that government laws, services and programs are irrelevant to their well-being and quality of life, according to a national poll by McAllister Opinion Research on issues studied by University of British Columbia public policy professor Paul Kershaw.

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Analytic thinking can decrease religious belief: UBC study

Apr. 26, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

A new University of British Columbia study finds that analytic thinking can decrease religious belief, even in devout believers.

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UBC Dentistry gains $1M to enhance patient-based research and knowledge transfer

Apr. 26, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , ,

The Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia has opened a clinical research centre focusing on best practices and evidence-based patient care thanks to a $1 million donation from Frontier Dental Laboratories.

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Preventing dementia: new research by VCH and UBC shows the trajectory of cognitive decline can be altered in seniors at risk for dementia

Apr. 23, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

Cognitive decline is a pressing global health care issue. Worldwide, one case of dementia is detected every seven seconds. Mild cognitive impairment is a well recognized risk factor for dementia, and represents a critical window of opportunity for intervening and altering the trajectory of cognitive decline in seniors.

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UBC revamps MBA for increasingly complex, global marketplace

Apr. 23, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , ,

The Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia today announced a revamped MBA for fall 2012. Offered by Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School, the new program emphasizes hands-on learning, global immersion and integration of business disciplines for a “360-degree” management perspective. Students will travel to one of Sauder’s partner institutions – [...]

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UBC journalism partners with First Nations to report on major health issues

Apr. 23, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

An innovative UBC Graduate School of Journalism project provides a hard-hitting look into efforts by Aboriginal communities to address such major health and social issues as suicide, sexual abuse, diabetes and the survival of traditional languages.

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Scientists re-write rulebook on breast cancer in landmark global study

Apr. 18, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

Scientists at the BC Cancer Agency and University of British Columbia have identified new breast cancer genes that could change the way the disease is diagnosed and form the basis of next-generation treatments.

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Jellyfish on the rise: UBC study

Apr. 18, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Jellyfish are increasing in the majority of the world’s coastal ecosystems, according to the first global study of jellyfish abundance by University of British Columbia researchers.

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UBC remembers alumnus, forester and philanthropist Dr. Irving K. Barber, OC, OBC 1923 – 2012

Apr. 16, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized

Prominent Canadian and British Columbian Irving K. Barber passed away peacefully at home on April 13 at the age of 89. “Ike,” as he preferred to be called, graduated from UBC’s Faculty of Forestry in 1950, having previously served during World War II for five years with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

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Early screening for anxiety disorders in children helps prevent mental health concerns: UBC study

Apr. 16, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , ,

A University of British Columbia researcher has developed a simple two-question test to screen kindergarten-aged children for future anxiety disorders – the most commonly reported mental health concern among children.

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New tool helps teachers use technology more effectively

Apr. 14, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , ,

A University of British Columbia researcher has piloted a tool to help elementary and secondary school science teachers get the most out of new classroom technologies.

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Children teaching parents about Aboriginal culture: UBC study

Apr. 14, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , ,

In a unique role reversal, children in literacy programs for indigenous families are learning about Aboriginal culture and language and teaching it to their parents – many of whom are missing this knowledge because of Canada’s history of residential schools and child welfare removal policies. This reversal is identified in a new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia.

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Cyberbullying and bullying are not the same: UBC research

Apr. 13, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia research comparing traditional bullying with cyberbullying finds that the dynamics of online bullying are different, suggesting that anti-bullying programs need specific interventions to target online aggression.

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Pride and prejudice: Pride impacts racism and homophobia

Apr. 12, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

A new University of British Columbia study finds that the way individuals experience the universal emotion of pride directly impacts how racist and homophobic their attitudes toward other people are.

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Names Not Numbers: UBC introduces personalized service for incoming students

Apr. 11, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia is offering a small campus experience to students admitted this fall to one of Canada’s largest universities, making UBC the first large university in Canada to implement a personalized service model.

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UBC president helps identify key steps to respond to growing Asia Pacific research strengths

Apr. 10, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

The most dramatic new developments in science are taking place among nations in the Asia-Pacific and the phenomenon is changing the dynamic of science around the globe, according to three science and academic leaders from the U.S., Canada and Singapore.

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How to make high-end perfumes without whale barf

Apr. 5, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia researchers have identified a gene in balsam fir trees that could facilitate cheaper and more sustainable production of plant-based fixatives and scents used in the fragrance industry and reduce the need for ambergris, a substance harvested from whale barf.

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Sexually abused boys at risk for more unsafe sex: UBC research

Apr. 4, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , ,

Young males who have been sexually abused are five times more likely to cause teen pregnancy compared to those with no abuse history, according to University of British Columbia research.

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Canadian arts philanthropist’s $5-million gift creates major new arts centre at UBC

Apr. 4, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

A $5-million gift from arts philanthropist Michael Audain’s family foundation will establish a major new centre for the visual arts at the University of British Columbia, providing a leading-edge facility for future generations of Canadian artists.

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Ultra-Fast Laser Pulses Shed Light on Elusive Superconducting Mechanism: UBC Research

Apr. 2, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

An international team that includes UBC physicists has used ultra-fast laser pulses to identify the microscopic interactions that drive high-temperature superconductivity.

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Picky females promote diversity: UBC-IIASA study

Apr. 1, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Picky females play a critical role in the survival and diversity of species, according to a Nature study by researchers from the University of British Columbia and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria.

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UBC Board of Governors welcomes two new appointed members

Mar. 30, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags:

The University of British Columbia Board of Governors welcomes two new appointees to the University board. Dr. Gerry Karr, founder and medical director of the first Okanagan Valley Renal Dialysis Program at Penticton Regional Hospital, and Jason McLean, president and CEO of the McLean Group, have been appointed by the provincial government for two-year terms that began on February 16, 2012.

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Some corals like it hot: Heat stress may help coral reefs survive climate change

Mar. 30, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

A team of international scientists working in the central Pacific have discovered that coral which has survived heat stress in the past is more likely to survive it in the future.

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Federal budget recognizes integral role of universities and university research to Canadian prosperity

Mar. 29, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , ,

Faced with a challenging fiscal environment, today’s federal budget sends a clear signal to Canada’s research universities. While other jurisdictions have dramatically reduced investments in government-supported R&D, the federal government’s continued support positions Canada to become a global leader in research and innovation.

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UBC researchers identify genetic regulators hijacked by avian and swine flu viruses during human infection

Mar. 29, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have identified a number of tiny but powerful “genetic regulators” that are hijacked by avian and swine flu viruses during human infection.

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Coffee and other stimulant drugs may cause high achievers to slack off: UBC study

Mar. 28, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

While stimulants may improve unengaged workers’ performance, a new University of British Columbia study suggests that for others, caffeine and amphetamines can have the opposite effect, causing workers with higher motivation levels to slack off.

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Asian Canadian LGB teens face greater health risks as dual minorities: UBC research

Mar. 28, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Asian Canadian teenagers who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual are 30 times more likely to face harassment than their heterosexual peers – a factor that is linked to higher rates of alcohol or drug use, according to University of British Columbia research.

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UBC experts available to comment on Canada’s 2012 budget

Mar. 27, 2012 | Filed under: Hot Topics, Media Advisory, Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

UBC experts will be available on March 29 to provide media commentary and analysis on the funding decisions, politics and potential impacts of Canada’s upcoming federal budget.

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UBC launches community-developed program as part of tribute to Japanese Canadian students of 1942

Mar. 22, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

As part of UBC’s efforts to recognize Japanese Canadians affected by internment in 1942, the university is asking the Asian Canadian community to help guide the creation of a interdisciplinary program that will highlight the contributions of Asian Canadians and examine anti-Asian racism that produced events like the forced removal of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War.

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UBC offers new $20,000 scholarships for Aboriginal students

Mar. 21, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia has launched two new major entrance scholarships to help attract and support outstanding Canadian Aboriginal high school students to UBC.

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Last privately held object from Captain Cook’s collection donated to UBC Museum of Anthropology

Mar. 20, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

An object of global historical and cultural significance, received by explorer Captain James Cook from a Canadian First Nation during his final voyage (1776-1779), is being donated to the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA) by a leading arts philanthropist.

Recently purchased through a private dealer in New York, and valued at $1.2 million, the rare ceremonial club was the last remaining object from Captain Cook’s personal collection not housed in a public museum. Thanks to the Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts, the club returns to British Columbia, where the famous explorer received it from the Nuu-chah-nulth people of Vancouver Island’s west coast in 1778.

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UBC animal research vindicated by Canadian Council on Animal Care

Mar. 19, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags:

In a letter sent Friday, March 16, to the activist group Stop UBC Animal Research, the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) finds no evidence to support allegations of animal cruelty made against a University of British Columbia research team.

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Exposure to antibiotics linked to severity of allergic asthma: UBC research

Mar. 16, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Widely used antibiotics may increase incidence and severity of allergic asthma in early life, according to a University of British Columbia study.

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Pascal Spothelfer appointed Vice President, Communications and Community Partnership

Mar. 15, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags: ,

The University of British Columbia Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Pascal Spothelfer as the new Vice President, Communications and Community Partnership. Spothelfer will begin his five-year term starting May 28, 2012.

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UBC’s Vancouver senate vote paves way for early admissions offers

Mar. 14, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags:

UBC’s Vancouver campus senate has adopted a motion that admissions officials say will help the University continue to deliver reliable admissions decisions as soon as possible and in an equitable way to all applicants this year.

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UBC’s reputation moves up six spots to 25th in global ranking

Mar. 14, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia now ranks 25th among the world’s top 100 universities, according to the 2012 Times Higher Education Reputation Rankings.

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Affordable housing elusive for new Canadians in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal

Mar. 14, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

With housing prices at record levels, a University of British Columbia-led study finds that new Canadians are struggling to find adequate and affordable housing in the country’s three largest cities.

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UBC gains nine more Canada Research Chairs valued at $10 million

Mar. 13, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , ,

The University of British Columbia has gained research strength in neuroscience, biotechnology, astronomy, anthropology and climate science with the appointment or renewal of nine UBC scholars as Canada Research Chairs.

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Medically prescribed heroin more effective, less costly than current methadone treatment: UBC research

Mar. 12, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , ,

Medically prescribed heroin is more cost-effective than methadone for treating long-term street heroin users, according to a new study by researchers at Providence Health Care and the University of British Columbia.

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One year later: UBC remembers Japan’s earthquake, explores lessons learned

Mar. 8, 2012 | Filed under: Hot Topics, Media Release, News Feed, News Tip, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

UBC experts and community members are available to comment on the March 11 anniversary of Japan’s “triple disaster” – the earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant meltdown.

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UBC, Fraunhofer formalize partnership among world’s top clean energy researchers

Mar. 8, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia today forged a formal partnership with Germany’s Fraunhofer, Europe’s largest research institution for applied research, to focus on renewable-energy technologies.

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Younger children in the classroom likely over-diagnosed with ADHD: UBC research

Mar. 5, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , ,

The youngest children in the classroom are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – and given medication – than their peers in the same grade, according to new research by the University of British Columbia.

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UBC Museum of Anthropology receives private ‘treasure’ of early Bill Reid works

Mar. 5, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

An important collection of early works by one of Canada’s best loved artists, Bill Reid, can be seen by the public for the first time thanks to a major donation to UBC’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA) from Vancouver’s Friedman family.

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Fins labeled primary are most commonly harvested, while fins labeled secondary are only sometimes harvested; the three common fin cuts leave varying levels of meat attached to the fin. Credit: Biery, L. and Pauly, D. (2012) A global review of species-specific shark fin to body weight ratios and relevant legislation. Journal of Fish Biology. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2011.03215.x

Law that regulates shark fishery is too liberal: UBC study

Mar. 2, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Shark fins are worth more than other parts of the shark and are often removed from the body, which gets thrown back into the sea. To curtail this wasteful practice, many countries allow the fins to be landed detached from shark bodies, as long as their weight does not exceed five per cent of the total shark catch. New University of British Columbia research shows that this kind of legislation is too liberal.

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UBC expert panel to explore US election

Mar. 1, 2012 | Filed under: Expert Profile, Media Advisory, Media Release, News Feed, News Tip | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

A former White House staff member, the U.S. Consul general and University of British Columbia political science experts will discuss current and upcoming issues surrounding the upcoming U.S. election at a free public forum at Robson Square on Sunday, March 4.

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Sauder School of Business unveils $70M facility revamp into global education hub

Mar. 1, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

Today, the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia announced the opening of its new home on the Vancouver campus. The $70-million revitalization and expansion will allow the school to become a global hub for business education, adding 55,000 square feet to the original 216,000 square foot structure.

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UBC researcher invents “lab on a chip” device to study malaria

Feb. 28, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia researcher Hongshen Ma has developed a simple and accurate device to study malaria, a disease that currently affects 500 million people per year worldwide and claims a million lives.

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Taking the Earth’s pulse: UBC scientists unveil a new economic and environmental index

Feb. 20, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

A growing world population, mixed with the threat of climate change and mounting financial problems, has prompted University of British Columbia researchers to measure the overall ‘health’ of 150 countries around the world.

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Conservation risk highest off coasts of Canada, Mexico, Peru and New Zealand: UBC research

Feb. 20, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia researchers have identified conservation “hot spots” around the world where the temptation to profit from overfishing outweighs the appetite for conservation.

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Dismay over ovarian cancer outcomes leads to new professorship

Feb. 20, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , ,

A new professorship created by the family and friends of the late Dr. Chew Wei, a Hong Kong physician who retired to Vancouver, will be devoted to finding new ways of detecting and treating women with ovarian and other gynaecological cancers.

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$2M national study on “making it better” for lesbian, gay, bisexual – and straight – youth

Feb. 20, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

Just how effective school and community programs are in reducing homophobic bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) – and straight – youth is the focus of a $2-million, five-year study led by Prof. Elizabeth Saewyc at the University of British Columbia.

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Figure 2 - Delta does nothing to prepare for climate change

Preparing for the flood: Visualizations help communities plan for sea-level rise

Feb. 19, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have produced computer visualizations of rising sea levels in a low-lying coastal municipality, illustrating ways to adapt to climate change impacts such as flooding and storms surges.

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Iconic marine mammals are “swimming in sick seas” of terrestrial pathogens: UBC researchers

Feb. 18, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , ,

Parasites and pathogens infecting humans, pets and farm animals are increasingly being detected in marine mammals such as sea otters, porpoises, harbour seals and killer whales along the Pacific coast of the U.S. and Canada, and better surveillance is required to monitor public health implications, according to a panel of scientific experts from Canada and the United States.

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As climate change increases forest fires, smoke forecasting could help protect public health: UBC research

Feb. 18, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Satellite images, air quality measurements and smoke forecasting models are useful tools to help individuals and public health professionals prepare for smoke episodes in areas at risk from forest fire smoke, according to University of British Columbia researcher Michael Brauer.

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Window into world’s future oceans unveiled by NF-UBC Nereus team

Feb. 18, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

An international team from the Nippon Foundation-University of British Columbia Nereus program has unveiled the first global model of life in the world’s oceans, allowing scientists and policymakers to predict – and show through 3D visualizations – the state of life in the oceans of the future.

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Ocean acidification turns climate change winners into losers: UBC Research

Feb. 18, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , ,

Adding ocean acidification and deoxygenation into the mix of climate change predictions may turn “winner” regions of fisheries and biodiversity into “losers,” according to research released today by University of British Columbia researchers.

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“Duet of one” possible with hand-controlled voice synthesizer

Feb. 18, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

New technology at the University of British Columbia makes it possible for a person to speak or sing just by using their hands to control a speech synthesizer. UBC researcher Sidney Fels says the gesture-to-voice-synthesizer technology mirrors processes that human use when they control their own vocal apparatus. “It’s like playing a musical instrument that [...]

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Beyond climate models: Rethinking how to envision the future with climate change

Feb. 17, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Professor Stephen Sheppard will present at the symposium Beyond Climate Models: Rethinking How to Envision the Future with Climate Change Friday, February 17, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference in Vancouver.

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Taking biofuel from forest to highway

Feb. 17, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

The world is moving from a hydrocarbon economy to a carbohydrate economy, according to University of British Columbia biofuel expert Jack Saddler. He is presenting his work at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Vancouver on Feb. 17.

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International ranking for infant mortality flawed: Canadian study

Feb. 17, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Canada’s ranking in international child health indexes would dramatically improve if measurements were standardized, according to a new study by researchers from the University of British Columbia, Dalhousie University, McGill University, the University of Calgary, and the Public Health Agency of Canada, working with the Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System and funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

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Maternal depression and bilingual households can impact infant language development

Feb. 17, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

While babies are born ready to learn any of the world’s languages, the crucial developmental period when they attune to their native languages can change due to environmental influences such as maternal depression or a bilingual upbringing, according to new University of British Columbia research.

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Mapping proteins key to human health and immune system: UBC research

Feb. 17, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Proteins, the building block for all living organisms, are the ultimate transformers – able to splice and switch roles and functions within the human body. But when these changes go wrong, diseases such as cancers and arthritis may result, says University of British Columbia researcher Chris Overall.

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Energy poverty creating a respiratory disease ‘epidemic’ for almost half the world’s population

Feb. 16, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Limited access to clean sources of energy, known as energy poverty, makes nearly half the world’s population reliant on burning wood, animal waste, coal or charcoal to cook. This leads to severe respiratory diseases that kill roughly two million people worldwide each year, a problem University of British Columbia researchers are trying to solve.

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UBC-AAAS news briefing schedule

Feb. 15, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: ,

UBC researchers will be taking part in a number of news briefing and media availability opportunities throughout the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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UBC immigration law expert available to comment on refugee act amendments

Feb. 15, 2012 | Filed under: Expert Profile, Hot Topics, Media Advisory, Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

A UBC expert will be available to comment on expected amendments to Canada’s Balanced Refugee Reform Act – likely announced tomorrow – which may have significant implications for refugee claimants seeking protection in this country. “Bill C-11 passed Parliament in 2010, but has not yet been implemented,” says UBC immigration law expert Catherine Dauvergne. “Changes [...]

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New drugs show promise for preventing “absence seizures” in children: UBC research

Feb. 15, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , ,

A team led by a University of British Columbia professor has developed a new class of drugs that completely suppress absence seizures – a brief, sudden loss of consciousness – in rats, and which are now being tested in humans. Absence seizures, also known as “petit mal seizures,” are a symptom of epilepsy, most commonly [...]

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UBC announces 2012 individual honorary degrees: Two former PMs, singer-songwriter among Vancouver campus recipients

Feb. 14, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Tip | Tags: , , , , , ,

Former Canadian prime ministers Joe Clark and Paul Martin and iconic singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie are among those receiving honorary degrees from UBC this year. Others who will receive the degrees at the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia include a philanthropist for Buddhism studies, a globe-trotting husband-and-wife ethnobotanist team and a beloved symphony conductor.

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UBC and four other Canadian universities chosen by U.S. to lead health education reform

Feb. 14, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia is part of a Canadian collaborative selected by the U.S. Institute of Medicine to develop new models for training health professionals that are better tailored to today’s realities.

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More than 40 UBC researchers present leading Canadian research at global science conference

Feb. 13, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , ,

The University of British Columbia community has come out in full force to take part in the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the largest general scientific gathering in the world.

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UBC researchers use Google Earth to verify Mediterranean fish farming data

Feb. 8, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

The Great Wall of China is not the only thing you can see from space. Fish farming cages are clearly visible through Google Earth’s satellite images and University of British Columbia researchers have used them to estimate the amount of fish being cultivated in the Mediterranean.

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New poll shows Canadians want to make family a priority

Feb. 7, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , ,

Canadians want to make family a priority – 85 per cent want to spend more time with their families and 60 per cent want governments to support policy changes that make it easier to raise a family, according to a national poll by McAllister Opinion Research about research led by University of British Columbia professor Paul Kershaw.

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UBC researchers discover key to immune cell’s ‘internal guidance’ system; could lead to more efficient vaccines

Feb. 5, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia researchers have discovered the molecular pathway that enables receptors inside immune cells to find, and flag, fragments of pathogens trying to invade a host.

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Deborah Buszard appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal for UBC’s Okanagan campus

Feb. 3, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Professor Deborah Buszard to lead UBC’s Okanagan campus as Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal. She will begin her five-year term on July 1, 2012.

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Student invention first to secure seed money from new UBC entrepreneurship fund

Jan. 31, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

An invention developed by students in a joint Sauder School of Business–UBC Engineering undergraduate class is the first to secure seed money from a new University of British Columbia entrepreneurship fund.

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UBC releases additional information on animal research

Jan. 30, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , ,

New information released today on the University of British Columbia Animal Research website outlines the main purposes for which animals were involved in research and educational activities in 2010.

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UBC gains $9.8M federal investment to advance Canadian composites industry

Jan. 25, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized

Businesses in western Canada’s manufacturing sector will be able to increase their competitive edge thanks to a federal investment of $9.8 million announced today at the University of British Columbia.

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Monogamy reduces major social problems of polygamist cultures

Jan. 23, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, News Tip | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

In cultures that permit men to take multiple wives, the intra-sexual competition that occurs causes greater levels of crime, violence, poverty and gender inequality than in societies that institutionalize and practice monogamous marriage.

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UBC experts available to comment on global economic issues raised at Davos

Jan. 23, 2012 | Filed under: Expert Profile, Hot Topics, Media Release, News Feed, News Tip | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

With the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, approaching (Jan. 25-29) and another year of uncertainty expected in global financial markets, UBC experts are available to comment on international and national economic issues.

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UBC applicants need more than just grades

Jan. 23, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia is expanding its use of broad-based admissions – an application process based both on grades and personal experiences – to all applicants of direct-entry undergraduate programs at the Vancouver campus this year, making UBC the largest Canadian university to include non-academic criteria in its application process on this scale.

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One in ten Canadians cannot afford prescription drugs: UBC study

Jan. 16, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

One in ten Canadians cannot afford to take their prescription drugs as directed, according to an analysis by researchers from the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto.

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UBC and SFU welcome $1.7M Videomatica film collection

Jan. 16, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , ,

An exceptional film collection valued at $1.7 million will be housed and preserved by the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University.

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UBC adjunct professor and alumnus appointed to the Order of Canada

Jan. 6, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

A UBC adjunct professor who invented a surgical technology that is used globally and an alumnus who helped to establish one of Canada’s first food banks have been named to the Order of Canada.

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UBC experts available to comment on Enbridge and Keystone debates

Jan. 6, 2012 | Filed under: Hot Topics, Media Release, News Feed, News Tip | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

UBC experts are available to provide media commentary on two controversial pipeline projects to carry Alberta bitumen to U.S. and foreign markets.

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UBC researchers identify potential new therapy approach for Hepatitis C that could benefit 170 million people affected worldwide

Jan. 5, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found a new way to block infection from the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the liver that could lead to new therapies for those affected by this and other infectious diseases.

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